SWIMMING

There’s something for everyone in the Rutgers Recreation New Horizons Learn to Swim program. Seven levels of instruction are designed to help swimmers of all ages develop and refine their skills. Authorized Red Cross Water Safety Instructors teach a variety of strokes, including front crawl, back crawl, elementary backstroke, breaststroke, sidestroke and butterfly.

Children between the ages of 3-12 are invited to join us in a program that guarantees they will learn new and exciting skills. All classes are designed to help students learn to swim or to improve their swimming skills with new strokes, stroke refinements, diving safety tips and techniques, and more. Instruction in swimming and water safety is complimented by games to provide a positive experience in the water. Expose your children to the excitement of water activities for life-long enjoyment.

Our instructors offer a fun, exciting and safe program so that your child can learn (or improve) in some great recreational activities.

Our most popular program, swim, offers the following: swim lessons for ages 5-12, pre-school swim lessons for ages 3-5 and Pre-Competitive Swim Training for ages 8-15.

Classes are generally run in six-week sessions. You may sign up for any combination of classes and we encourage you to register for both sessions at the same time. Many classes fill up early. Space is limited.

Prior to attending your first class please print and fill out the waiver below and bring to class.

New Horizons Parent Guidelines

SUPERVISION
Parents must accompany their children into and out of the facility. During the swimming lesson, parents must remain in the designated waiting areas and observe their child’s lesson from a non­distracting distance. Parents will accompany their child anytime they need to use the locker rooms or family changing areas.

CHANGING ON DECK
Changing your child on pool deck is strictly prohibited at any of the Rutgers Recreation facilities. Please use one of the locker rooms or family changing areas to change and/or shower your child.

FAMILY CHANGING AREAS
There are several private changing areas located on either side of the College Avenue Pool and at the far end of the Cook/Douglass pool deck.

LOCKER ROOMS
There are men and women’s locker rooms for restroom and changing needs. Mothers with daughters or fathers with sons should use the locker rooms to prevent crowding of the family changing areas. It is strictly prohibited for children to enter the locker room that doesn’t correspond with their gender. Instead, these patrons should use the family changing areas provided.

SEATING
Parents may sit on the metal benches along the wall at the College Avenue Pool or in the chairs provided at the Cook Douglass facility.

Parking:Parking is available in lot 76, located across the street (Dudley Road) for Cook patrons, or in lot 30 for College Avenue patrons. Lot 27 (these are the two closest rows to the building) of the College Ave Facility is only for Faculty and Staff that have been issued a specified permit. Patrons of New Horizons’ are not permitted to park here at any time.

PARENT & CHILD SWIM
A responsible adult must accompany each child in the water for the duration of the class. Children who are not potty trained MUST wear rubber pants ANDswim diapers. All children should be encouraged to use the facilities prior to class starting and/or should be placed in clean unsoiled swim diaper prior to the class starting. Should your child soil their diaper during the class, they should immediately be removed from the pool and changed to prevent pool contamination.

ROCK CLIMBING

Start your child on a new adventure. Register them for Indoor Rock Climbing. The sheer verticals, sculpted bulges and horizontal overhangs of our 80’ X 25’ wall will challenge them all the way to the top. They’ll be having fun as well as increasing balance, body awareness and both mental and physical strength. Classes are taught with a 1:5 instructor to student ratio. For ages 7 to 13.

To browse upcoming classes, please click here:  Children’s Classes

– American Red Cross instructors
– Certifications given to each participant
– American Red Cross cards awarded to those who qualify
– Individual assessments prior to lesson to ensure appropriate placement
– Excellent instructor/student ratios: 1:3 for beginners 1:5 for all other levels

CANCELLATION OF REGISTRATION FOR CLASSES

A 50% refund will be given if cancellation is made more than 2 weeks before the class starting date. Classes are non-transferable. NO refunds will be given within 2 weeks of the class starting date. ANY changes in section, class type or level made after your registration is accepted will result in a $25.00 processing fee charged in addition to the course fee.

INCLEMENT WEATHER CANCELLATIONS

In case of inclement weather announcements will be made on our website, our registration hotline 848-445-8285, and we will make every attempt to contact you via phone.

MAKE-UP CLASSES

The schedule does not allow for make-up classes. If classes are cancelled due to inclement weather or a university closure, we will offer a prorated refund for that particular class or activity. Refunds are issued at the end of the each session only. Make-up lessons are NOT conducted for missed classes due to illness or scheduling conflicts.

ILLNESS OR INJURY

Refunds will be issued for illness or injury when it results in the loss of three or more consecutive class days AND is supported by a doctor’s note. An illness related refund request must be made within 30 days of the class ending date. Refunds will be pro-rated based on
the number of missed classes. A maximum refund of 80% of the class fee paid will be issued for illness and injury related absences when it meets the above criteria. All requests will be processed at the discretion of the Program Director.

PARKING

Rutgers Department of Parking and Transportation controls and monitors the parking lots at Rutgers. ALL vehicles must display a valid parking permit when parked in any lot at Rutgers. Parking permits are issued on the first day of class. Parking permits may only be used in the assigned lot. You may not park in Lot 27 at the College Avenue Gym. Please obey all signs and markings and park only in marked stalls in designated areas.

Any ticket or summons issued is the responsibility of the vehicle owner or operator.

What if my child gets sick during lessons?
It is our policy that if a child gets sick or injured during a lesson, he/she will be asked to sit out for the rest of the class. Illness or injury includes vomiting or nosebleed. We do this to keep the pool safe for our instructors and the other students. We understand that accidents happen and we ask that you let your child observe the rest of the lesson from outside of the pool to prevent any further accidents for the day.

When will the brochure be out?
The brochure is published three times a year: late July (for classes beginning in September), early December (for classes beginning in late January), and in late April (for classes beginning in late June).

When can I register?
Registration for Fall New Horizons begins in mid-August, registration for Spring Hew Horizons takes place in mid-December and registration for Summer New Horizons takes place in mid-May.

What happens if a student misses a class?
Unfortunately, we cannot offer make up classes. We hold multiple classes on multiple days and have found it improbable to offer make up classes for individuals who miss a class.

What happens if Rutgers cancels a class?
Whenever possible, we will try to offer a make up class for classes cancelled due to inclement weather. However, we are not always able to do this in all cases. When we can’t offer a make up class, we would issue partial refunds for the cancelled class.

Why isn’t there a discount for Rutgers employees?
This program is not subsidized by Rutgers in any way. We receive no funding from any agency, organization or grant. Therefore we can not offer discounts to Rutgers employees.

What happens if the swim class is cancelled due to lightning?
First Instance: The instructor will conduct a safety lesson on deck.
Second Instance: Five minutes will be added to the end of the remaining lessons in the session.
All Remaining Instances: A proportionate refund will be returned to each participant.

Can I get a refund?
In the case of a cancelled registration, NO refunds will be given within 2 weeks of the class starting date. A 50% refund will be given if cancellation is made more than 2 weeks before the class starting date. Classes are non-transferable. ANY changes in section, class type or level made after your registration is accepted will result in a $25.00 processing fee charged in addition to the course fee. In case of inclement weather announcements will be made on our web site, our registration hotline 732-445-8285 and we will make every attempt to contact you via phone. If the schedule allows it we will schedule a make up date at the end of the session. If we cannot offer a make up date due to inclement weather cancellation, we will issue a proportionate refund. Make up lessons will NOT be conducted for participants who miss a class unless the University closes and we reschedule all lessons for another day. Make up lessons are NOT conducted for missed classes due to illness or scheduling conflicts. Illness or Injury Refunds will be issued for illness or injury when it results in the loss of three or more consecutive class days AND is supported by a doctor’s note. An illness related refund request must be made within 30 days of the class ending date. Refunds will be pro-rated based on the number of missed classes. A maximum refund of 80% of the class fee paid will be issued for illness and injury related absences when it meets the above criteria. All requests will be processed at the discretion of the Program Director.