Learn to Swim FAQ

James W. Hardin Swim Center

Learn to Swim FAQs


Swim Lesson Sessions:

Each session is 2 weeks, with lessons Monday - Thursday for 30 minutes.


Session 1: May 10 to May 20

Session 2: May 24 to June 3

Session 3: June 7 to June 17

Session 4: June 21 to July 1

Session 5: July 5 to July 15



The James W. Hardin Swim Center is located at Temple High School, 400 North 23rd Street, Temple, TX 76504.


Parents may park in the Swim Center lot, or behind the swim Center near the automotive shop or near the Tennis Courts if additional parking is necessary. 


What to Wear


Swimmers must be potty trained, no swim diapers, pull-up or disposable diapers are allowed.


Swimmers should wear a swimsuit and goggles that do not cover the nose.


No swim shoes. Swimmers must be barefoot when they enter the water.


Swim shirts are ok but must be intended for swimming, lightweight and close fitting. 


What to Bring


Goggles that do not cover the nose, Swimsuit, Towel, face covering.  Non-slip sandals or shoes should be worn before and after lessons. 


Please do not bring pool toys to the lesson. We will provide all equipment necessary for the lesson. 


When to Arrive


It is recommended that you arrive between 5-10 minutes before the lesson start time.


It is always a good idea to have swimmers dressed and to have swimmers use the bathroom before you leave for practice (before entering the facility).


Classes will start on time. Late swimmers will not be permitted to make up lost time in another class or session. Please be on time to maximize your lesson. 




Learn to swim parents may enter the facility with their swimmer, use the bathroom and immediately sit in the bleachers.  Face coverings MUST be worn at all times.


Coaches will come to the bleachers for your swimmer when it is time for class to start.  Please do not walk out on deck or allow your child to approach the pool before they are asked. We ask that unless the instructor asks for your assistance, please stay in the bleachers for the entirety of the lesson.


I need to ask/tell the coach something


Your questions are important! However, Coaches are not available to talk with parents during practice time. Before practice we are preparing for practice, during practice we are focused on all swimmers, after practice we are preparing for the next group or preparing to close the facility so we can spend time with our families.  If you have questions for the coaches, please send an email and we will promptly get back to you.


Bad Weather and/or Cancellation


The Hardin Swim Center is an indoor facility, so we do practice in the rain. If there are extreme weather conditions that require us to cancel practice, we will post the cancellation under the weather tab on the front page of the website and send an email. 


The weather tab will be updated before the email is sent, so please check here first.


Please do not call the facility or coaches to ask if practice has been cancelled, check the weather tab on the front page of the website and check your email.


If the pool must close due to weather or maintenance, we will attempt to reschedule the cancelled lessons for the Friday of the same week. However, there is no guarantee that it will be rescheduled. 


An email will be sent out with detailed information should we have to reschedule or cancel.


Swimmer Illness


 Lessons missed for illness or other activity will not be made up or refunded. Only lessons cancelled by the swim center will be attempted to be rescheduled. Again, there is no guarantee that it will be rescheduled. 


How will I know when they are ready to progress from lessons to the swim squad?


At the end of the session, the instructor will go over the swimmers “report card” and send it home.


The report card will include the instructor's recommendation for next steps: more lessons or swim squad.


My child is younger than the age listed. How do I register?


We set the age requirement to ensure that practices are age appropriate. You may contact Coach Mary at [email protected] to inquire about private lesson availability.


I signed up for a class, but now want to change the date/time, how do I do that?


If you are unable to change the time online, email Coach Mary at [email protected] There are no guarantees that space is available, but we will do our best to accommodate. 


Is your question not answered above? Check out our policies and procedures tab or call (254) 215-7197.