Tiger Swim – Adult Lessons

Tiger Swim is a premier American Red Cross swim lesson program for adults of all ages.

Our approach includes 3 levels of progression and is taught by both male and female college students. Students learn everything from water safety and comfort to stroke development and breathing techniques.

Tiger Swim is known for creating a positive learning environment for all individuals, regardless of how much experience they have in the water. Our experienced swim instructors have helped students do everything from get over their fear of water to become successful competitive swimmers.

The Mizzou Aquatic Center has been offering a premier American Red Cross swimming lessons program for people of all ages and skill levels for the last several years.

(An active MizzouRec membership is not required to participate in Tiger Swim).



Beginner: Introduces basic aquatic skills and swimming strokes, including the front crawl, breaststroke and elementary backstroke.

Intermediate: Seeks to improve participants’ proficiency in basic aquatic skills and the six basic swimming strokes.

Advanced: Focuses on refining the participant’s front crawl, back crawl and breaststroke strokes and turns, and building endurance.


Parking for our Tiger Swim lessons program is located in the Virginia Avenue Parking Garage. The Virginia Avenue Garage is located adjacent to the MU Student Recreation Complex off of Hitt Street. During the Fall and Spring semester, this program falls after parking enforcement hours and therefore participants will not need a parking pass. Parking passes will be available for summer sessions at the first day’s check-in.


Enter the facility through the main entrance (located across from the Virginia Avenue Parking Garage). Upon entering the facility, immediately turn left and then proceed through the four Mizzou Aquatic Center mezzanine doors. Please do not attempt to enter the building through the Membership Desk.

As part of a new safety initiative, we are requiring all Tiger Swim participants, guardians, and guests to check in at our Tiger Swim kiosk located in the Mizzou Aquatic Center mezzanine with a valid photo ID.

This process only takes a few minutes per group. Swim lessons check in will begin 20 min before the start of each class time. After all participants, guardians, and guests are checked in by our Tiger Swim staff, they may proceed to the 50M or Tiger Grotto pool deck.