Swim Lessons

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Parks and Recreation offers a wide variety of youth swimming lessons. Our lesson program is affiliated with the American Red Cross and follows the Red Cross age and height requirements for participants. 

We also offer Adult Swimming Lessons, Lifeguard Training, Early Bird Lap Swim and Scuba Diving classes. 

Swim lesson class levels are listed below.  You will need to have a Household ID to register online.



American Red Cross Parent and Child Aquatics helps young children (age 6 months through 3 years) become comfortable in and around the water so they are ready to learn to swim. It is not designed to teach children to become good swimmers or even to survive in the water on their own. Parent and Child Aquatics gives parents information and techniques to help orient their children to the water and to supervise water activities in a safe manner. 

PARENT CHILD 6 months - 3 years
Provides experiences and activities for children 
• Parents are taught to safely work with their child in the water
• Parents are taught how to encourage their child to participate fully and try the skills
• Children are introduced to basic skills to help them learn to swim in the future
• Several water-safety topics are discussed
• A parent or guardian is required to accompany each child in the water and participate in the class

Note: Children who are not potty-trained are required to wear swim diapers


Must be 3 years of age and 36” tall.

Must be able to leave parent willingly, follow directions, and behave appropriately in a class setting

PRESCHOOL 3 - 4 years
Helps participants feel comfortable in the water
• Enter and exit water using ladder, steps or side
• Blow bubbles through mouth and nose
• Submerging mouth and nose
• Open eyes under water and retrieve submerged objects
• Front and back glides/ floats and recover to a vertical position
• Fluttering kicking
• Rolling from front to back and back to front

Other skills will be added as children progress.


Ages 5 and up

LEVEL 1: Intro to water skills
Helps participants feel comfortable in the water.
• Enter and exit water using ladder, steps or side
• Blow bubbles through mouth and nose
• Bobbing
• Retrieve submerged objects with eyes open
• Front and back glides and floats
• Recover to vertical position
• Roll from front to back and back to front
• Combined arm & leg actions on back

LEVEL 2: Fundamental aquatic skills
Gives participants success with fundamental skills.
• Entering water by stepping or jumping
• Fully submerge and hold breath
• Bobbing
• Retrieve submerged objects with eyes open
• Front, jellyfish, and tuck floats
• Front and back glides and floats
• Recover to vertical position
• Roll from front to back and back to front
• Change direction while swimming on front or back
• Combined arm and leg actions on front and back
• Sculling arm action
• Introduce treading water

LEVEL 3A: Stroke development
Builds on the skills in Level 2 through additional guided practice in deeper water.
• Front crawl with rotary breathing, 15 yards
• Elementary Backstroke, 15 yards
• Bobbing while moving toward safety
• Enter water by jumping from the side into deep water
• Rotary breathing, 15 times
• Survival floats on front and back in deep water
• Change from vertical to horizontal position on front & back
• Tread water for 30 seconds in deep water
• Flutter & elementary backstroke kicks

LEVEL 3B: Stroke development and endurance
Prior to enrolling in 3B, students must show proficiency in ALL of 3A skills.
• Tread water for 60 seconds in deep water
• While in a vertical position, rotate one full turn in deep water
• Front Crawl with rotary breathing, 25 yards
• Elementary Backstroke, 25 yards
• Breaststroke kick
• Scissor kick
• Dolphin kick
• Diving

LEVEL 4: Stroke improvement
Develops confidence in the skills learned and improves other aquatic skills.
• New Strokes Introduced: Backcrawl, Breaststroke, Sidestroke
• Headfirst entries from compact and stride positions
• Swim under water
• Feet first surface dive
• Survival swimming
• Tread water using two different kicks
• Front crawl, elementary backstroke, breaststroke, sidestroke
• Flutter, scissor and breaststroke kicks

LEVEL 5: Stroke refinement
Provides further coordination as well as endurance and refinement of strokes.
• Shallow-angle dive from side then glide and begin a front stroke
• Tuck and pike surface dives, submerge completely
• Front open turn and backstroke open turn while swimming
• Front & back crawl, elementary backstroke, breaststroke, sidestroke, and butterfly, 50 yards each
• Dolphin Kick

LEVEL 6 – Swimming & skill proficiency
Refines the strokes so participants swim them with ease, efficiency, power and smoothness over greater distances.
• Fitness swimmer
must be able to:
• Front crawl 50 yards
• Back crawl 50 yards
• Breast stroke 50 yards



Students will work one-on-one with an instructor to develop their skills. 

Scheduled Private Lesson Options


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