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Swim Lessons

Swim Lessons

Join us in an exciting swim program designed to fit any age group and ability. Our program provides participants with a positive learning experience and teaches lifelong swimming skills as well as sun and water safety information. Lessons utilize components of the American Red Cross and other Learn-to-Swim programs.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION

Register online or at selected community centers for all aquatics programs. Online registration is free and all classes are on a first come-first served basis. Classes that do not meet the required minimum number of participants will be cancelled.

See our online registration page for this season's swim lesson schedule.

HELPFUL HINTS & TIPS FOR PARENTS

  • At the beginning of the season, we suggest you repeat the last level that was completed the summer before.

  • Most children remain in the same level for two or more sessions. It is easier to move a child up a level than to move them down.

  • Swim Lesson staff shall make the final decision in placement of child into the most appropriate class level based on their skill.

  • Do not over-schedule your child. One lesson per day is enough.

Regardless of your child’s swimming ability, you can play a critical role in guiding, caring for, supervising, motivating, and working with your child during this experience. Prepare your child for this experience by visiting the pool where you will take the class. The following are some suggestions to help you provide the best experience for your child.

  • Be on time

  • Follow the pool rules

  • Attend every lesson

  • Provide encouragement

  • Encourage safety around any body of water

  • Have patience

  • Be positive

  • Give praise

  • Be prepared to supervise your child(ren) during recreational swim

  • Practice, practice, practice.

Lesson Levels

Blowfish (ages 6 months to 3 years with adult)Puffer

Parents or guardians work in tandem with the instructor to introduce infants and young children up to 3 years old to the joys and risks of the water environment. This class is not designed to teach your infant/tot to swim independently, but it will increase his/her comfort level in and around the water. Blowfish classes not only provide information and techniques for parents to orient their children to the water, but also offer a fun, safe environment in which to play together. Learn how to be safe in and around the water by using positive water adjustment techniques, games, and songs. The class includes water safety instruction for parents & guardians. Classes are taught over three days in a one-week session for 30 minutes per class. Lessons are held in water that is NOT heated. Parent/guardian must be at least 16 years old at the start of class and be able to be in the water. Infants must be able to hold heads up. Swim diapers are required.

Starfish (ages 3-5 years)

StarfishThis class is designed for children ages who are non-swimmers or first time group lesson participants to explore basic water readiness skills. These skills include water adjustment activities, introduction to floating on front & back, elementary propulsion, and basic water safety skills. Classes are held in a wading pool and are one week in duration for three 30-minute class sessions. Note that many children may stay in this level for several sessions/seasons depending upon ability. This is NOT a parent participation class.

Sea Shrimp—Beginner Level 1Sea Shrimp (ages 4-6 years)

This class will cover water adjustment, safe water entry and exit, blowing bubbles, underwater bobbing, as well as supported and unsupported front and back floats. If you have a swimmer who has never participated in swim lessons or is too advanced for Starfish but not quite ready for Sea Horses, then enroll him/her in the Sea Shrimp class. Note that many children may stay in this level for several sessions/seasons depending upon comfort level and ability. Classes are held in water depth of 1½ to 4 ½ feet.

Sea Horses—Beginner Level 2 (ages 5-8 years)

SeahorseSea Horses is designed for swimmers who are comfortable in the water and enjoy getting wet but need to learn the basics of swimming. They should be able to float on their front without assistance and will focus on learning to swim the front crawl and back crawl by themselves. Note that many children may stay in this level for several sessions/seasons depending upon comfort level and ability.  Classes are held in water depth of 3 to 4 ½ feet.

Sea Lions—Youth  Beginner (ages 9-13 years) 

Sea Lions is designed for youth 9 - 13 who are comfortable in the water and enjoy getting wet but need to learn the basics of swimming. They should be able to float on their front without assistance and will focus on learning to swim the front crawl and back crawl by themselves. Note that many children may stay in this level for several sessions/seasons depending upon comfort level and ability. Classes are held in water depth of 3 to 4 ½ feet. Offered exclusively at Cabrillo Pool!

Sea Turtles—Intermediate Sea Turtle(ages 6-10 years)

Sea Turtles is an intermediate level for participants who have successfully completed the Sea Horse level or have met the necessary skill level. Participants will build upon swimming skills focusing on front crawl, back crawl, and side-to-side breathing. This level will also introduce elementary backstroke, breaststroke, and treading water. This level will also increase swimming endurance and coordination. Water safety is also re-enforced. Note that many children may stay in this level for several sessions/seasons, depending upon ability. Classes may be held in water depth of 3 to 6 feet.

Sea Crabs—Intermediate/Advanced (ages 6+ years)

Sea CrabSea Crabs is an intermediate/advanced level designed for participants who have successfully completed the Sea Turtles level or meet the necessary skill level. Breaststroke and sidestroke are refined, while butterfly and diving skills are introduced, along with more self-help and rescue skills. Note that many children may stay in this level for several sessions/seasons, depending upon ability. Classes may be held in water depth of 3 to 6 feet.

Sea Eels—Advanced Sea Eel(ages 7+ years)

Sea Eels is an advanced level designed for participants who have successfully completed the Sea Crabs level or meet the necessary skill level. Swimmers must be able to swim at least 25 yards of front crawl, back crawl, elementary backstroke, breaststroke and sidestroke in deep water. Endurance, various turns and stroke technique are emphasized and butterfly is refined. .

ADULT Swim Lessons (ages14+ years)

Adult lessons are offered to accommodate new adult swimmers and those who want more advanced instruction. Swimming is a life-long fitness and leisure activity where one can enjoy lap swim, water aerobics, and other outdoor water activities. Adult lessons are offered at various pools. See directory for details.

Private Swim Lessons (all ages)

Private Swim Lessons are taught with a ratio of one instructor to one student. Private lessons are not just for beginner levels but for experienced students as well. Available for ages 6 and up and all skill levels, the lessons will be tailored to student's individual needs. Lessons will run two weeks, three days per week, 40 minutes each session. Taught at Glenn Hall Pool.