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About Aquaplex Youth Programs

About Us

Aztec Recreation provides high quality programs, services and facilities that inspire active, healthy living and enhance the SDSU experience. Aztec Recreation Aquaplex Youth Programs are based on the American Red Cross Swimming and Water Safety program. Our certified American Red Cross Water Safety Instructors provide students of all ages and abilities with a positive and safe learning environment to develop and improve aquatic skills.


Register in person at the Aztec Aquaplex, Online, or over the phone (619) 594-SWIM. A parent or guardian is required to complete a Youth Program Waiver Form for each participant prior to the start of the first lesson. Classes are filled on a first-come-first-serve basis


What to Expect

For students – Swimmers should have a swim suit, towel, and be ready to have fun in the water for every lesson. Goggles and caps are optional for all levels. We highly recommended wearing sunscreen and additionally rash guard shirts are allowed for all classes except Intro to Springboard Diving (*for safety purposes) .

For parents – Parents are required to accompany their children starting from swim lesson check in and remain at the facility during their child’s lesson for safety and security reasons. For safety purposes, child “drop off” is not allowed, and any children dropped off will not be allowed into the facility. Parents may watch lessons from the bleachers or pool deck area. Only children enrolled in the Youth Program classes are allowed in the pool with an Aquaplex Aquatic Instructor and only during their designated class time. However, we encourage parents to return with their children during our available Family Swim Aquaplex Hours.

Pool Info

Parent & Child Aquatics, Pre-school Aquatics, and Learn to Swim Levels 1-3 are held in the Aquaplex Recreation Pool. The Recreation Pool is heated year round to maintain a comfortable water temperature of 83°- 86° year round.

Learn to Swim Levels 4 & 5, Intro to Water Polo, Intro to Springboard Diving and Youth Swim Team (RAYS) are held in the Aquaplex Competition pool. The Competition pool is heated and maintains a water temperature of 79°-83° year round.


Class Transfers, Cancellations & Refunds

Class Transfer

We recommend participants notify the Aztec Aquaplex at least 24 hours in advance to request an Aquaplex youth class transfer. Participants can submit in person or by calling the Aztec Aquaplex directly at 619.594.SWIM during facility operating hours. Class transfers must be made prior to the start of the third class meeting.

Class Cancellation & Absence

The Aztec Aquaplex has the right to cancel any course that does not meet the minimum number of students or if there is a facility emergency. If the class is cancelled, participants will be notified by email 24 hours prior to the first day of the scheduled class. Any enrolled students in a class that is cancelled due to low enrollment or facility closures will have the option to transfer their fees to a future course or receive a full refund.Instruction time missed by participants cannot be made up.

Class Refunds

Participants can request for a full class refund prior to the first day of the scheduled class. After the first class meeting, participants are not eligible for a full refund. To submit a request for a class refund, please review the guidelines listed below and call the Aztec Aquaplex at 619.594.SWIM.


100% refund: Prior to the first class meeting
75% refund: Prior to the second-class meeting
50% refund: Prior to the third class meeting