Scholl Lifesports Center – Albright College

Scholl Lifesports Center


Albright Aquatics and Activity Schedule 

What we offer:


About the Program

September Back to School Session: We are happy to announce our “Back to School Learn to Swim” session. Swimming is an essential life skill and its important to keep your children in the water even after summer is over.

General: The Albright College Learn to Swim Program has been one of the most successful in the Greater Reading area for ages 3 and up. We offer swim lessons for beginners as well as stroke development for more experienced students. Our Parent-Tot class for younger children allows parents to help their children become comfortable in the water.

Our programs are built carefully to ensure student success and positive outcomes. Beginner students will master floating on their back while kicking and sculling. Successful students will graduate to rotary freestyle swimming and more advanced stroke development. Whenever possible, each student will have one instructor, but increased enrollments may mean sharing an instructor, never to exceed a 3:1 student:teacher ratio. All sessions are staffed by qualified and knowledgeable instructors, including members of Albright’s own Varsity Swim Team.

*Currently NOT offering learn to Swim, parent-tot learn to swim, private swim lessons, or lifeguarding at this time.

Learn to Swim

Pre-Level 1 (3 & 4 yr olds) – Acclimate students to the pool and pool safety. Students will become comfortable entering the water without the assistance of a parent.

Level 1 (4 & 5yr olds) – Water Safety:  After this session student will be able to jump in, surface on back, swim (scull) across pool and exit pool without help of teacher.

Level 2 (Minis) – Graduates of Level 1 that are 5 & under. Their back swimming skills (safety position) will be enforced as we teach them to roll over onto their stomach into freestyle strokes.

Level 2 (Novice) Graduates of Level 1 that are 6 & Over. Their back swimming skills (safety position) will be enforced as we teach them to roll over onto their stomach into freestyle strokes.

Level 2 (High End) – Graduates of Level 1 that are able to show some appearance of front crawl stroke but cannot breathe bilaterally. To move to Level 3 children must be able to swim 20 yards of bilateral breathing freestyle.

Level 3 (Freestyle/Backstroke Endurance) – Introduces elements of treading water, freestyle, backstroke and diving skills. Building endurance and stamina are key to move to Level 4.

Level 4 (Stroke improvement – Backstroke/Freestyle) Develops technique and builds knowledge in freestyle and backstroke using refinement drills.  Level 3 completion required.

Level 5 (Stroke improvement – Butterfly/Breaststroke) Develops technique and builds knowledge in butterfly and breaststroke using refinement drills. Level 4 is not required but many children who do not plan on joining a swim team should have additional help in freestyle/backstroke in that it would be is more beneficial.


$65 for Schumo Members/ $75 for Non-Schumo Members

Fall Sunday Sessions

Times Available 10 – 10:45 a.m., 11 – 11:45 a.m., 12 – 12:45 p.m.

Winter Sunday Sessions

Times Available 10 – 10:45 a.m., 11 – 11:45 a.m., 12 – 12:45 p.m.

Spring Sunday Sessions

Times Available 10 – 10:45 a.m., 11 – 11:45 a.m., 12 – 12:45 p.m.

Parent-Tot Learn to Swim


$55 for Schumo Members/ $65 for non-Schumo Members

Fall Sunday Sessions

Times Available 12 – 12:30 p.m.

Winter Sunday Sessions

Times Available 12 – 12:45 p.m.

Spring Sunday Sessions

Times Available 12 – 12:45 p.m.

Tier 1 Swimming at Albright College

Tier 1 Swimming is a private and semi-private clinic for competitive swimmers who want the opportunity to work on swimming specific skills without the endless laps up and down the pool. Founded by Russ Banak, this stroke clinic provides three levels of training designed to help swimmers who wish to achieve at a higher level improve their start turn and finish technique. Different levels incorporate the use of underwater and above water cameras. For more information visit: All clinics are held every Sunday between 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.,  by appointment.

Bronze Level:

$60/session, $50/session for Schumo Fitness Center and Albright Aquatic Club Members

Two- One hour clinic of in the pool breakdown of Starts, Turns and Finishes. Held on Sundays, one hour each starting at 8 a.m., 9 a.m. 10 a.m, or 11 a.m.  During the clinic the athlete will learn the techniques for a quick, more powerful start off the blocks, a fast, stable flip turn and a smooth, strong finish.All essential for winning races and breaking records​.

Register for Tier 1 Swimming

Silver Level:

$120/session, $110/session for Schumo Fitness Center and Albright Aquatic Club Members

This is a four day clinic held on four Sundays, one hour each day. The Silver Level includes the use of camera equipment capable of filming above and below the water line.  Every aspect of the athletes start, turn and finish is analyzed in slow motion.  The use of cameras is the best way to help athletes improve upon their swimming skills.

Register for Tier 1 Swimming

Elite Level:


5 day clinic designed for swimmers who are already excelling in competitive swimming, consistently demonstrating powerful starts, fast turns and strong finishes. The Elite Level will bring their performance to a higher level. Swimmers who attend will focus on their best event(s) and Strokes(s), working on speed drills, resistance drills, race strategy and building mental toughness. Open to all swimmers age 12 and older, it is most appropriate for swimmers who have qualified for championship swim meets.

Register for Tier 1 Swimming

No Experience Necessary Hour:


The “No Experience Necessary Hour” is great for kids who are just starting out as a competitive swimmer. This 1 Hour program is designed to introduce new swimmers to the sport and give them the confidence they need to become a great swimmer. Cameras are used to help accelerate the learning process. Swimmers will learn the basic competitive start, the basic competitive flip turn and correct stroke technique. This is not a learn-to-swim program. Swimmers must be able to perform a standard, head first front dive and swim 25 yards Freestyle across the pool.

Please reach out to Russ Banak ( with any questions.

Tier One Pre- County Practice Session

July 27th & 28th   8-10AM

$15 per session


Private Swim Lessons

Swimmers are scheduled for a total of ten, one hour private training sessions.  These are not swim practice sessions, these are training workouts built for each swimmer’s individual needs.  Swimmers who have attended Private Sessions have qualified for States, JO’s and YMCA Nationals as well as break numerous records.  All have dropped significant time.

·         Private in pool swim training are scheduled on Sundays at Albright College.

·         Work privately (1 Coach/1 Swimmer) on Starts, Turns, Pool Awareness Techniques, Race Finishing and Stroke Refining.

·         Start Drills, Turn Drills and Finishing Drills are incorporated into every session greatly improving speed in these three critical areas

·         Camera systems are used to film the swimmer.  Film is analyzed with the coach on a private bases.

·         Difficult and proprietary training sessions can be incorporated upon request to the coach.  They are designed to work each swimmer very hard, taking them out of their comfort zone and into a transcending zone.  This effectively creates a faster swimmer.  These specific training days include ‘Speed’, ‘Wind’ and ‘Drag’ sets.


10 Private Swim Sessions are $550.

Parents can divide the cost into 2 separate payments by paying $275 at registration and $275 at session 5.  Payment MUST be made BEFORE swimming.

Parents can also make one payment to cover all 10 sessions.

5 Private Sessions: $275

10 Private Session: $550

Register at Tier 1 Swimming


Open and Lap Swimming

Open area and lap lanes for circle swimming for Albright members.  Year-round program with closures for holidays, repairs and swim meets.

For additional information about community lap swim and exercise classes, email or

Lifeguarding/CPR/AED Certification & Basic Water Safety for Daycare and Camp Personnel

Register now to become a lifeguard

Lifeguarding/CPR/ AED Certification

Future Dates will be announced soon.

Cost $240 including mask

Pre Requisites (If pre-requisites cannot be completed, you will be refunded $225)

  1. Must be 15 years old on or before the final scheduled session of this course
  2. Swim 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing
  3. Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs
  4. Complete a timed event in 1 minute 40 seconds
    1. Starting in the water swim 20 yards. Face may be in or out of the water
    2. Surface dive to a depth of 7 to 10 feet to retrieve a 10 pound object
    3. Return to surface and swim 20 yards on the back to return to the starting point with both hands holding the object. Exit the water without using ladder or steps
  5. Click here to view the lifeguarding fact sheet

Lifeguard/CPR/AED Re-Certification

Future dates will be listed.

Cost: $175

  • $70 deposit required

Other classes available depending on demand. They include:

  • CPR/AED For the Professional Rescuer and Health Care Providers
  • Bloodborne Pathogens Training
  • Administering Emergency Oxygen
  • Safety Training for Swim Coaches
  • Basic Water rescue
  • Water Safety Today

Please inquire by email to

Basic Water Safety

For Daycare and Camp Personnel

By request.

Cost: $30

To sign up, email