• Aquatics

Paddling Panthers

Paddling Panthers swim lessons include all levels of the American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim Program. Lessons are taught by American Red Cross certified Water Safety Instructors. All participants in this program will be assessed on the first day of class to ensure proper class level enrollment. 


Our swim lesson program is only available for UNI students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Our swim lesson program is not open to the general public.


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Session Options

Session dates and times are as follows: Sessions are comprised of 8 lessons each. Parent/Child and Preschool are 30 minutes in length, Levels 1-6 are 40 minutes in length.​

Paddling Panthers Lesson Fees

UNI Students, Staff, Faculty, Alumni & WRC paid users:

One Child: $50 per session

Paddling Panthers Level Information

Weather Policy

If lightning is detected within an 8 mile radius of the Wellness/Recreation Center (WRC) the Recreation Services professional staff, Student Facility Manager or Welcome Desk Supervisor will inform persons in the pool areas (e.g., the lifeguards, swim lesson instructors, aquatic supervisors, swim lesson parents/guardians, swim lesson patrons and group fitness aquatic class participants/instructor). Once pool patrons have been informed of the lightning situation they will have the option of leaving the pool(s) or to continue to swim at their own risk. If patrons choose to leave the pool, they should not use showers or land line telephones, and Lifeguards will be trained to provide this information to patrons, as appropriate.

If a severe weather warning is received from the UNI Police or another reliable weather source indicating a severe thunderstorm/tornado is present in the area and patrons should take cover, WRC patrons will be evacuated to a safe zone(s). The lifeguards, swim lesson instructors, aquatic supervisor and/or group fitness class instructor will instruct patrons to leave the pool and take shelter in the pool locker rooms. Once an all clear is received patrons will be allowed to return to the pool(s).

You may choose to call the WRC prior to driving to the building if you are coming for swimming lessons. Please call the main welcome desk at (319) 273-2413 for information concerning lessons and severe weather closures. Unless there is a severe weather warning, we will stay open for swimming lessons!

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