Learning to swim is a key component of the Horizons student experience.  Becoming a competent swimmer builds confidence and a desire to achieve.


Students receive swimming lessons from certified instructors four days a week at the University of Mississippi’s Turner Center. Students learn a potentially life-saving skill and become comfortable in the water. They leave the program with the increased self-confidence.

Photo by Robert Jordan/Ole Miss Communications

Students work with experienced swim instructors to learn the fundamentals of swimming.

Learning to swim: 

  • Encourages attention to detail and commitment to a goal
  • Teaches resilience and strategies to overcome fears and obstacles
  • Inspires children to adopt a healthy lifestyle
  • Introduces a competitive sport
  • Teaches skills for summer employment
  • Is FUN!  Promoting a love for and engagement in Horizons