MIT PE offers ‘online conceptual’ swim class

MIT Physical Education and Wellness (MIT PE) began offering a four-hour “online conceptual education swim class” last semester for seniors living off-campus who need to complete the swim graduation requirement during the COVID-19 pandemic. Unlike in-person swim classes, the online conceptual swim class does not count for PE credit.

Director of MIT PE Carrie Moore said in a statement to Bloomberg in April that “‘graduating seniors can fulfill their swim test requirement by completing an online program that teaches water safety and introduces swimming fundamentals.’”

Students living on campus may also complete the swim requirement by taking the swim test, which is available by appointment only. Seniors must complete their swim tests by Nov. 13.

The Institute has also provided more flexibility to students in taking physical education (PE) classes, as most undergraduate students are not living on campus in the fall. PE classes are offered in three formats: remote synchronous, remote asynchronous, and modified in-person for students living on campus.

Seniors are required to complete the Physical Education and Wellness General Institute Requirement by the end of the fall semester.

Students with extenuating circumstances such as an underlying health condition may request an accommodation from MIT PE.