About the School
Trip Hedrick’s SwimAmerica Cyclone Swim School was established in 1993 and is Iowa’s first licensed SwimAmerica school. SwimAmerica’s goal is “to teach America to swim for health, safety, fun, and fitness.” SwimAmerica is an international, state of the art, learn to swim program that operates in nine countries. SwimAmerica believes that a student should not only be taught to swim but should be taught to swim well. Unlike most traditional swim lesson programs that require a student to remain in a particular level for the duration of the session, SwimAmerica employs a station method of teaching that enables students to progress at their own rate based upon skill attainment levels. Our unique award system rewards a student each time a new level is attained. SwimAmerica Schools operate in conjunction with The American Swimming Coaches Association. The Cyclone Swim School LLC is operated by Trip Hedrick, former Head Men’s Swimming Coach at Iowa State University.
In our traditional SwimAmerica sessions, we will accept children that turn 5 by April 15th, 2017. We expect our enrollees to be ready and willing to positively cooperate in our structured lesson setting. If you are in doubt of your child’s readiness to begin our program, we believe it is best to wait. Our Private Lesson age requirement for participants is 4 years or older. Please reference "Private Lessons" menu tab for details.
The school is staffed with highly qualified and trained instructors who provide quality swim lessons with care, compassion, and good humor.
The SwimAmerica Cyclone Swim School is conducted at the Forker Building pool on the east side of the Iowa State Campus.
Instructor to Student Ratio and Class Size
To ensure the most ideal teaching conditions, we maintain an instructor to student ratio of no more than 1:3 and most often 1:2. Each class will be limited to 12 students minimum and 22 students maximum. Classes will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Your Investment in Swimming Lessons
We believe that your investment of both time and money in your child’s swimming should be a wise one. We also believe that at the completion of a lesson progression, your child should have as many options in aquatics as possible. Whether it be basic survival skills, lifelong aquatic comfort in recreational aquatic activities, a lifetime of productive aquatic fitness, or even possible participation in a competitive swimming program, your child should learn from those that can best accommodate these potential options. We are confident that our “goal oriented” program and motivational instructors provide your best value in your swimming investment.
•Traditional session (8 lessons): $104.00
•Private lesson session (4 lessons): $124.00
•New participant Program Initiation Fee is $25.00. This fee is a one-time charge for each new participant and includes a complimentary T-Shirt and a program Award Certificate.
•An Online Registration Processing (per checkout) fee of $4.00 will be assessed (no matter how many family members you register at one time).
Due to our limited enrollment, only medical emergency situations will be considered for a refund less a $10 processing fee. Any withdrawal from an enrolled class will be treated as a cancellation and is not refundable. Refunds will not be given for absence due to illness or other conflicts.
We offer evening private lesson sessions. Please reference the "Private Lessons" menu tab for details.
If you are interested in parking near the pool for our daytime classes, ISU Parking Services will offer SwimAmerica clients parking permits that are valid in the visitor parking lot #100 at the Lied Rec Center at a cost of $5.00 per session. Your confirmation email will include a temporary parking permit which is only valid for the first day of the session. A parking permit for the remainder of the session will be made available for purchase on the first day (only) of each session. For our evening classes; University parking lots open to the public at 5:30 p.m. and are available for parking (where permitted).