According to the Centers for Disease Control, 37% of American adults cannot swim the length of a 25-yard pool. Even more alarming is that of the 10 drownings that occur each day in this country, 8 of those victims are adults or young adults. This alarming trend can be reversed and it's up to YOU!  We are glad you're taking the first step in learning to swim.

The Adult Learn-to-Swim Program is a partnership between Indy Aquatic Masters and Indy Parks. Indy Aquatic Masters is an aquatic program is dedicated to helping adults 18 years of age and older incorporate healthier lifestyles through swimming. And, at Indy Aquatic Masters and Indy Parks, we believe it's never too early OR TOO LATE to start swimming.

The Adult Learn-to-Swim Program is designed for adults aged 18 and over. Our goal is to first make you comfortable and safe in the water. Then, skills will be added as you progress from novice to beginner to swimmer! The lesson progressions are tailored to your personal needs, so bring your suit and your sense of adventure.

Multiple sessions are scheduled throughout the year. Check out the upcoming sessions and make plans to attend now!


The IAM Adult Learn-to-Swim program consists of 8 sessions over a 4-week period and swimmers are strongly encouraged to attend all 8 sessions. Please note that there are no make-up lessons for missed classes. Classes meet at Butler University on Monday and Wednesday evenings and at Warren Central High School on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. The classes typically run from 7:15-8:00p.


Beginners (Level 1): This is a beginner level class for swimmers with little or no experience. We will cover the basics of swimming strokes and water safety including overcoming fear of the water, floating, gliding, stroke introduction, and deep water skills.

Intermediate (Level 2): This is an intermediate-level class for swimmers with moderate experience who are already comfortable in the water. We will focus on skill development, including breathing, building endurance, deep water comfort, and treading water. Strokes will also be developed.

Advanced (Level 3): Level 3 swim lessons are ideal for the swimmer who wishes to further develop their swim technique and efficiency. These participants are looking to compete in triathlons or join a Masters program.  Participants will explore flip turns, stroke refinement, and alternate breathing techniques.  Use of training tools such as pull bouys, kickboards and hand paddles will also be introduced.


Each session consists of all 8 lessons. Sessions are $80 per participant and participants are strongly encouraged to attend all 8 of their lessons. Payment can be made by check or credit card (VISA or MasterCard). If payment is an issue, please let us know. There are limited scholarships available.


There are two ways to register for the Adult Learn-to-Swim Program:

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact Program Director Pat Schenkel by email at or by calling 317.796.0137.

This program is made possible in part due to the support received from the Swimming Saves Lives Foundation.