Harding Aquatics Program

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Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas offers various swimming lessons and classes for the community. Our classes serve everyone, from ages 9 months in the "Mom and Me" class to age 99 in the "Water Exercise for Adult Women" class. Several of our programs are even offered year-round.

Swimming is a great form of aerobic exercise and is so important for personal water safety. So please browse the various programs on this site and join us!


Swimming Lessons

Beginner & Intermediate

Group swimming lessons for children four years old or older.  Children are taught basic swimming skills and strokes.  The student-to-teacher ratio is 4 to 1 or less for beginners. 

$65 per session or $180/$240 for 3 or 4 sessions in a season. ($10 multi-child discount)

Spring Season

Monday & Wednesday or Tuesday & Thursday 3:45-4:30

Jan. 12-Feb. 5

Feb. 9-March 5

March 16-April 9

April 13-May 7

Summer Season

Monday through Thursday for two weeks (8 lessons)

June 1-11    9:00, 9:45, 10:30, 3:00*, 3:45** & 4:30

June 15-25 9:00, 9:45, 10:30 & 4:30

July 6-16 9:00, 9:45, 10:30, 3:00*, 3:45** & 4:30

July 20-30   9:00, 9:45, 10:30, 4:30 & 5:15

* 3:00 class is for Boys only

**3:45 class is for Girls only

Fall Season

Monday & Wednesday or Tuesday & Thursday 3:45-4:30

Sep. 25 - Sep. 18

Sep. 12 - Nov. 5

Nov. 9 - Dec. 10

Advanced Classes

Advanced lessons are for children who can swim 2 lengths of the pool using freestyle (front crawl) and backstroke.  Skills taught include freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and diving.

Advanced swimming instruction is offered by joining the entry level of the CATS competitive swimming program.

Mom & Me

Moms and children are in the pool together during the classes.  For children 9 months through 3 years.  We will help you to teach your child the basics to prepare for swimming lessons and a lifetime of enjoying water activities. 

$35 per session (4 classes during each two-week session)

Summer Schedule

Tuesdays & Thursdays 5:15 - 5:45 pm

  • June 2 - 11
  • June 16 - 25
  • July 7 - 16

Private Lessons

Private lessons are offered May 11-29, June 29-July 2 and other times the pool is available.
Four 30-minute lessons for $100 for one child or $140 for two.
(For J. D. or Kim Yingling $120 for one child or $160 for two)

Contact J. D. Yingling or call 230-3440 to set up a lesson schedule.


To register for any of our classes, please print the following form and mail it in with your check made out to Harding University.

Registration Form pdf - mail to:

Harding University
Aquatics Program 
Box 12281
Searcy, AR 72149-5615


Additional Classes

"CATS" Competitive Swimming

The Crawfish Aquatic Team of Searcy offers a summer league swimming experience for swimmers 6 years & older. Participants will learn competitive swimming skills and improve their overall fitness. Swim meets will be offered at various times during the year.

CATS Registration form pdf

Spring Season  Jan. 12 - May 22    $180 ($20 multi-child discount)

Practice schedule: 3:30-4:30 – Boys MWF; Girls TRF
(no practice during Harding's spring break on March 6-13 or Friday April 3rd) 

Summer Season  May 27 - Aug. 1     $100 ($20 multi-child discount)

Practice schedule: Daily with Girls from 9:00-10:00 & Boys from 10:00-11:00
(No practice on July 3th)

Fall Season Aug. 25 - Nov. 21    $140 ($20 multi-child discount)

Practice schedule: 3:30-4:30 – Boys MWF; Girls TRF
(no practice on the Friday of HU's Fall break, Oct. 2nd)

Lifeguard Training

American Red Cross Lifeguard certification course, TBA upon demand.

$175 includes course materials and certification cards.

Contact J. D. Yingling or call 501-230-3440.

Water Exercise for Adult Women

Summer schedule for women’s water exercise classes (late May through August):

  • Beginning the day after Memorial Day through the beginning of the Fall semester
  • Early classes: Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays at 6:30 am
  • Daily classes begin at 7:30 am
  • Late Class: 7:30-8:30 Monday through Friday

September to December & January to April:

  • Early Class: 6:30-7:30 on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays
  • Water walking, lap swimming, etc. from 7:30-8:30 on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays
  • Late Class: 8:30-9:30 on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays
  • You have the option of paying by the season or month.
    • If you choose to pay by the season, there is a 10% discount - $90 for four months.
    • By the month, the same $25 per month fee will be charged as before.
    • All payments should be received prior to the month or season of participation.
    • Guests may pay $3 per day to participate.
    • Make checks payable to Harding University with Water Exercise in the memo field.
  • All participants will be required to sign a waiver and release form and a form that lists the rules and procedures for participation.

Contact Sheron Ward at 501-658-3546 

Women's Registration Form pdf


All of our programs are offered at the Harding pool in the Ganus Athletic Center. Enter the University at the Beebe-Capps entrance on Burks Blvd. and take the second right. The pool is in the southeast corner of the building next to a circle driveway. Enter directly into the pool area through the double black doors under a covered area. If you enter from another entrance to the Ganus Athletic Center, find the men's or women's locker rooms in the middle hallway and go all the way through to the back of the locker room to the door to the pool.

Printable directions and map pdf