We partner with local communities to promote aquatic safety and teach essential swimming skills! Here is an overview of the skill levels. Visit our Swim Lessons Program page to learn how to register. Please note that you must be a resident in the community where you register for classes.
This beginning level teaches students to be comfortable and safe in the water. Instructors will focus on introducing students to the water and improving their safety and comfort in the swimming pool. The class features activities such as: putting the face in the water, wetting the hair, submerging, opening eyes, front glide, back glide, breath control, moving around comfortably, blowing bubbles, and having fun with aquatic recreation. The main goals are to gain confidence and interest in swimming. We highly recommend this level for children who have never taken lessons, usually children between 3 and 5 years old.
This level teaches the basics of independent aquatic locomotion skills. Students continue to explore the water using simultaneous and alternating arm and leg actions on the front and back to gain more proficiency for strokes. This class will introduce exercises in the water, such as arm movement, body position, leg movement, floating, and blowing bubbles, all connected with freestyle and backstroke. This level is recommended for children that are confident in the water but have never had lessons, or children that have passed the “Nemos” level of lessons.
Students who successfully complete this level will be comfortable swimming in deep water and be proficient (able to swim 50 yards) in front crawl, back crawl, and breaststroke. At this level arm position, leg exercises, breathing, turns, treading the water, and diving will be practiced and butterfly will be introduced. This group is for children that are confident in the water and know basic swimming skills of freestyle and backstroke, or children that have taken and passed the “Sea Turtles” level.
The goal for the “Sharks” level is to make students comfortable swimming and practicing in deep water and to make major improvements to rotary breathing with front crawl, demonstrate some proficiency in the other strokes being introduced, and begin to develop endurance by increasing the distances they can swim. In this class, the swimmers will improve the quality of their movement in the backstroke, freestyle, breaststroke and butterfly. The correct diving position will also be a skill learned in the class. This class is recommended for children that have taken and passed the “Dolphins” level or children with previous swimming experience.