Swimming Lessons

Greenville County Aquatic Complex offers swim lessons for infants through adults, including Star Babies and Star Tots, an innovative Parent / Child swim program for children 6 months to 36 months old. Starfish Swim School is a fun swim program for youth ages 3 – 12 years old. Also available are adult lessons for individuals 13 years old and older and private or semi-private lessons upon request.

Have a more advanced swimmer? The Greenville County Aquatic Complex also hosts a number of programs geared toward preparing youth for competitive swimming.

Our USA Swimming-approved swim lesson program is accredited in partnership with the Starfish Aquatic Institute, a nationally renowned developmental swim curriculum and progression.

Read more about each class below.

If you have any questions, please call 864-679-7946 (679-SWIM) or email Clarissa Suttle at [email protected].

Learn to Swim

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Star Baby/ Star Tot Parent / Child Lessons

Through positive, child-focused teaching methods, we will cover the following skills in the Parent / Child Swimming Program:

  • Water entry and exit
  • Safety in and around the water
  • Water adjustment and acclimation
  • Parent education
  • Fun and games
  • Basic swimming movements (kicking, paddling, blowing bubbles)
  • Breath control and independence (older swimmers)

Cost: $62 ($77.50 out of county)

  • Includes six 30-minute lessons
  • 1 Instructor per class
  • 1 Parent per child

Star Babies Ages: 6 months to 18 months

Star Tots Ages: 19 months to 36 months

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Starfish Swim School

This course will develop a high comfort level in the water and a readiness to swim, and for those children who are developmentally ready, it will teach functional swim skills. This class approaches teaching swimming through creative, fun activities in the water. Students work toward developing the five competencies and progress toward achieving the benchmarks at their own pace in a small-group setting. All swimmers will be swim tested their first day of class to determine the appropriate level to begin.

Ages: 3 – 12

Cost: $75  ($93.75 out of county)


  • Six 40-minute lessons
  • 1 Instructor per every 3-4 students (Beginner)
  • 1 Instructor per every 6 students (Advanced)
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Starfish Swim School for Teens and Adults

Ages: 13 +

If you’re looking for an opportunity to gain greater confidence in the water or learn primary swimming skills, then our adult group swimming lessons are for you.

The adult lesson program is goal based, so if you are brand new to the water we will work on water acclimation and water safety. For those adults who are comfortable in water, we will expand on existing skills and learn basic technique and stroke refinement.

Whatever your goals or needs are, our experienced instructors will give you the tools you need to succeed.

Cost: $58 ($72.50 out of county)


  • Four 45-minute lessons
  • 1 Instructor per every 6 students
instructor showing child how to swim

Angelfish Swim Lessons for Individuals with Special Needs

All Ages Welcome

With our Angelfish Swim Lessons, we understand that everyone is different. Our Starfish swim instructors will work with each special needs student on an individual basis to find the best way to teach and motivate them to learn to swim. Lessons feature:

  • One-on-one instruction with out Starfish swim instructors
  • Parents are invited and encouraged to participate on the pool deck or in the water to learn water safety and adaptive swim techniques.
  • Lessons are specialized to meet the needs of each individual swimmer.

Cost: $100 ($125 for non-residents)


  • Eight 30-minute lessons
  • 1 Instructor per every 1 student
Kids taking swim lessons

Greenville County Rec also offers swimming lessons during the summer at the Aquatic Complex, and also Discovery Island Waterpark and Otter Creek Waterpark.

A USA Swimming Make a Splash Partner

Greenville County Rec is now an official USA Swimming Make A Splash partner!

Consistent with the goal of saving lives and providing every child in America with the opportunity to learn how to swim, Make a Splash, a national child-focused water safety initiative, was created by the USA Swimming Foundation in 2007. Make a Splash partners with learn-to-swim providers across the country to provide swimming lessons and educate kids on the importance of learning how to swim.

Many partner programs are located in disadvantaged or ethnically diverse communities and provide training programs (including certified instructors, resources and quality programming) to help children become water-safe and share with them a lifelong physical fitness activity. Make a Splash’s awareness campaign is built around the staggering statistics that minority children ages 5-14 are most at risk for drowning, and drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death for children under the age of 14.

Make a Splash educates parents through a national awareness campaign; saves lives by joining forces with grassroots learn-to-swim programs and reaches millions of children through its programming, promotions and publicity tours.

To ensure the safety of our participants, families, and staff, Greenville County Rec will be immediately suspending all youth and adult athletic and recreational programs and events as well as field rentals until further notice. This includes all Greenville County Rec afterschool programs, community center programs and rentals. Greenville County Aquatic Complex is also closed until further notice. We will continue to evaluate the situation and will provide updates as they become available.Facility Hours