Welcome to Harvard Swim School

Swim School logo About the Program

Operating for over 40 years, the Harvard Swim School is a prestigious swimming and diving instructional program.

Harvard Swim School is for swimmers and divers aged 5 and older, including adults. Youth lessons are offered for beginners through intermediate students at Harvard's Blodgett Swim Center. Adult lessons are for experienced swimmers only.

The Swim School generally runs 4 weeks of lessons and competitive swim clinics in the fall and the spring, starting in early to early-September and in late March or early April. Lessons are held on Saturday mornings.

In addition to lessons for beginning and intermediate swimmers, we offer weekly clinics for competitve swimmers, which are held concurrently with the Swim School program. Registration for the clinics is for one-day only, although swimmers may register for more than one session, or for all four sessions. We also offer occasional clinics during the winter months.

Harvard Swim School is run by the Varsity coaching staff, taught by Varsity swimmers and divers, and is a fundraiser for the Swimming and Diving Teams at Harvard. Additional contributions are welcome! Please note that there are no refunds.

September Clinic Registration | Swimming and Diving Lessons Registration

Swim School logo Contact

Keith Miller, Harvard Swim School
Murr Center-65 N. Harvard Street
Boston, MA 02163-1012
Phone: 617-496-8790

Swim School logo Swimming & Diving Lessons

The Harvard Swim School offers 4 levels for children, ages 5 through 18, from "Beginner," through "Intermediate," as well as adults (Levels 1-3 and one combined class for 4-6, "Intermediate through Advanced"), and 2 levels of diving. Classes are taught by the members of the Harvard Varsity Swimming and Diving Team.

Students must register according to their ability level. Youth lessons, S1 through S4 ("Beginner" through "Intermediate"), are 30 minutes long, while Adult and Diving classes are 45 minutes long.

Diving instruction brings a level of safety and control to a fun and challenging sport. Students will learn how to control their dives while learning new techniques and skills that will allow them to perform harder dives. Starting with the fundamentals, students will master body control and cognitive awareness on the deck and low platforms prior to advancing to springboard work off the low and high boards.

Instructors bring years of experience training students of all ability levels to maximize safety, fun, and learning.

Swimming & Diving Lessons

Swim School logo Swim Clinics

During the fall and spring Swim School sessions, we offer four 1-hour, 45 minute Competitive Swimming Clinics, which will run concurrently with the lessons program. In addition, we also run two additional clinics in January.

In the fall and spring, swimmers may register for each Saturday morning clinic separately, and may register for just one, or up to all four clinics. Clinics run from 9:00 - 10:45 a.m. (except on September 23, which will run from 11 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.), and are for competitive swimmers, ages 8 - 18. Please bring your own goggles, as well as a snack and drink (no glass bottles, please!).

The January clinics are independent and swimmers may sign up for each one individually.

Refinement of all four strokes! Gain awareness, improve efficiency, optimize walls, and have fun! Each clinic focuses on:

  • Stroke, Start and Turn
  • Analysis and emphasis of three elements of stroke:
    • Body Line
    • Kick Technique
    • Pull Pattern
  • Progression of stroke through specific drills, modifications and race strategy
  • Progression of starts AND turns/transitions of specific stroke
  • Film and Review of stroke; simple specific feedback given

Swim Clinics

Swim School logo Swimming & Diving Lessons

Held on Saturday mornings in April (dates to be determined). Please register for the appropriate Level below according to the description. Youth classes (Levels 1-4) are offered as 30-minute lessons for younger students. Adult and Diving classes are 45 minutes.

No swimming experience. S1
The swimmer can submerge face in the water. Student should be able to swim about ten feet. S2
Advanced Beginner
Swims approximately twenty-five yards freestyle with face in water. Can swim backstroke. S3
S4 (Youth Only):
Intermediate / Pre-Competitive
The swimmers should be able to complete at least 25 yards, which is one length of the pool, freestyle and backstroke, unassisted and without stopping. This level transitions to the deep water and the focus will be on learning the correct technique for freestyle and backstroke, and introducing breaststroke and butterfly. S3
S4-6 (Combined for adults):
Intermediate through Advanced
The swimmer can complete at least 100 consecutive yards of freestyle and/or backstroke. This class assumes basic knowlege of all four competitive strokes and provides instruction on their proper technique. We will group swimmers loosely based on proficiency levels. S5
Beginning Diving
Divers must be at least 7 years old and must be able to swim approximately 20 yards (the width of the diving area) unassisted. No diving experience needed. D1
Intermediate Diving
Beginning and younger divers have the option of diving at 9:10 or 10:00 a.m. for up to 45 minutes. Each lesson will include approximately 5 minutes of warmup and drills on the ground, followed by a combination of water and deck instruction to teach the fundamentals of body alignment, positions (tuck, pike, straight), boardwork and entries. As divers become more proficient at these skills, they will start to learn easy dives and progress to more difficult ones when they are ready. D3

Advanced Diving

Experienced divers who are interested in competing or are already on competitive teams. This group will start with the first group and continue diving until the 2nd group is finished, for more time on the diving boards. D3

September Lessons Registration

Swim School logo Competitive Swim Clinics (Fall and Spring)

You may register individually for each clinic, or for all four at a reduced rated. Clinics are on Saturday mornings, from 9 - 10:45 a.m., with the exception of September 23, which will begin at 11 a.m. and end at 12:45 p.m.

Clinic dates are as follows:

Week 1 (Saturday, September 9, 9 a.m.): Freestyle
Week 2 (Saturday, September 16, 9 a.m.): Backstroke
Week 3 (Saturday, September 23, 11 a.m.):
Week 4 (Saturday, September 30, 9 a.m.):

September Clinics Registration

Swim School logo Fees:

Lessons fees include four Saturday classes. Clinic fees are for individual days or for all four weeks combined.

Please note that there are no refunds once payment is made.

Swimming & Diving Lessons (all four weeks)   Clinics (per day)
Youth classes (Levels 1-4, 4 classes, 30 min. each): $95   Week 1 (September 9): $125
Adult classes (Levels 1-6, 4 classes, 45 min. each): $125   Week 2 (September 16): $125
Swim Preparation for Lifeguarding: $125   Week 3 (September 23): $125
Diving Classes (3 classes, 45 min. each): $95   Week 4 (September 30): $125
Advanced Diving (4 classes, 90 min. each): $175   All 4 clinics (Discounted): $450

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