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Aquatic Programs

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Holmes Aquatic Center Shark School

Jump into summer with our Learn-to-Swim Lesson Program!  Join Shark School for group lessons, focusing on the development and refinement of swim strokes, water safety, and lake and boating safety. 


  • Children must be 3 years of age or older, and be COMPLETELY potty trained
  • Lessons held from 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Mondays - Thursdays
  • Make-up lessons will be offered on Fridays if needed due to inclement weather or pool closings only
  • Registrations WILL NOT be accepted after the cut-off date listed

If your child is unable to attend the full, two week session, sign up is not recommended. Our classes build upon what is taught each day, and when swimmers miss a class, they fall behind and do not receive the full benefit of the course. 

Skill Levels
Our program offers (5) different skills levels. From developing water comfort for our beginners, to stroke refinement for the more experienced swimmers, we have a level for everyone. 

We no longer ask parents to determine which course level your child falls in to. Instead, a maximum of (25) students will be accepted for each session. On the first day of the session, each swimmer will be evaluated, and placed in their appropriate level based on their current swim skills. Parents can assist with this determination by completing the "Swim Skills" information section on the registration form.


The fee for our "Shark School" Program is $150. Costs are per session, per child. Each child will: receive a Shark School t-shirt and a sling bag upon completion of their session. (One t-shirt/bag per child, per season) 

To enroll your child is our "Shark School" program, please download the following registration form and submit with the registration fee. As sessions become full, information will be updated here. 

All 2021 Shark School sessions are full.

For additional questions about our Shark School Program, please contact the Parks & Rec Department at 214-987-5488.

Makos Swim Team at University Park
Makos Swim Team

Take your swimming to the next level by joining the Makos Swim Team. The Makos compete against local country club and municipal swim teams in a fun, no pressure environment! To be eligible for the team, your swimmer must be 5 to 17 years old, be able to swim 25 meters in both Freestyle and Backstroke and be a resident of UP or be enrolled in HPISD.

  • Swim team is open for swimmers ages 5-17
  • Swimmers must be able to swim 25m in Freestyle and Backstroke
  • Swimmers must be UP residents, and reside within HPISD
  • Practices will be held from 9 a.m. - 10 a.m. or 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. Monday through Friday
  • Swimmers will register for one practice time slot for the entire season
  • Additional information, and meet dates are listed on the registration form and team website 

Season & Fees
The program fee is $300 and includes team suit, cap, t-shirt, meet entries and meet and championship awards, and the end of season team party. 

To register for the Makos Swim Team, please download and fill out this form and email it to UPevents@uptexas.org