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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.

Class lists by Area

Central - Clunie, Southside & Hall

North - Natomas, Doyle & Johnston

Southeast - Tahoe, Oki, McClatchy & Sim

South - Meadowview, Mangan & Cabrillo

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.

HELPFUL HINTS & TIPS FOR PARENTS

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

Parent & Child for 6 months to 3 years

This class for children and their parents focuses on water adjustment, pool safe skills and fun!    Join us for a class that teaches parents proper holds, the fundamental of water skills, and builds a base for enjoying the pool.

Preschool Level 1 for ages 3, 4 & 5

This is an introductory swim lesson level that focuses on water adaptability skills. Swimmers will be taught to submerge their face in water, float on both their front and back with a flotation aid, and work on breath control.

Perquisites:

Must be able to follow direction of swim instructor and sit independently on the edge of the pool. No other swim skills are required to take this class.

Preschool Level 2 for ages 3, 4 & 5

Level 2 is geared toward new swimmers who are comfortable in the water. This level focuses on rudimentary swimming skills such as floating independently and working on gaining the ability to swim on their front and back.

Prerequisites: 

Must be able to demonstrate breath control by taking a breath, submerging face under water, coming up for air, taking another breath and repeating 10 times. This skill is called ‘bobbing’.

Must be able to float on front with the aid of a flotation device for 10 seconds. Their face must be submerged in the water.

Must be able to float on back with the aid of a floatation device for 10 seconds. Their ears must be submerged in water.

Preschool Level 3 for ages 3, 4 & 5

Level 3 focuses on teaching children the mechanics of front crawl, backstroke, and elementary backstroke arms. Swimmers must already know how to swim on their front and back before enrolling in this level.

Prerequisites:

Must be able to swim independently on their front using any kind of arm and kicking action to propel themselves 5 yards.

Must be able to swim independently on their back using any kind of arm and kicking action to propel themselves 5 yards.

Must be able to float on their front independently for 10 seconds. Their face must be submerged in the water.

Must be able to float on their back independently for 10 seconds. Their ears must be submerged in water.

Must be able to tread water independently for 10 seconds.

Level 1 for ages 6-12

This is an introductory swim lesson level that focuses on water adaptability skills. Swimmers will be taught to submerge their face in water, float on both their front and back with a floatation aid, and work on breath control.

Prerequisites: 

Must be able to follow direction of swim instructor and sit independently on the edge of the pool. No other swim skills are required to take this class.

Level 2 for ages 6-12

Level 2 is geared toward new swimmers who are comfortable in the water. This level focuses on rudimentary swimming skills such as floating independently and working on gaining the ability to swim on their front and back.

Prerequisites: 

Must be able to demonstrate breath control by taking a breath, submerging face under water, coming up for air, taking another breath and repeating 10 times. This skill is called ‘bobbing’.

Must be able to float on front with the aid of a flotation device for 10 seconds. Their face must be submerged in the water.

Must be able to float on back with the aid of a floatation device for 10 seconds. Their ears must be submerged in water.

Level 3 for ages 6-12

Level 3 focuses on teaching children the mechanics of front crawl, backstroke, and elementary backstroke arms. Swimmers must already know how to swim on their front and back before enrolling in this level.

Prerequisites:

Must be able to swim independently on their front using any kind of arm and kicking action to propel themselves 5 yards.

Must be able to swim independently on their back using any kind of arm and kicking action to propel themselves 5 yards.

Must be able to float on their front independently for 10 seconds. Their face must be submerged in the water.

Must be able to float on their back independently for 10 seconds. Their ears must be submerged in water.

Must be able to tread water independently for 10 seconds.

Level 4 for ages 6-12

Level 4 focuses on increasing endurance and refining the technique of children who can already swim front crawl, backstroke, and the arm action for elementary backstroke. Additionally, breaststroke kick and elementary backstroke with whip kick are taught in this level.

Prerequisites:

Swim 10 yards front crawl with their face in the water.  Any breathing pattern acceptable.

Swim 10 yards backstroke. Any single arm action acceptable.

Swim 10 yards on back using elementary backstroke arms.

Tread water for 20 seconds.

Level 5 for ages 6-12

Level 5 focuses on refining techniques for the front crawl, backstroke, and elementary backstroke. Breaststroke and dolphin kick will also be taught.  

Prerequisites:

Swim 15 yards of front crawl while breathing to the side.

Swim 15 yards of backstroke with arms in opposition of each other.

Swim 15 yards of elementary backstroke with whip kick.

Swim 15 yards of breaststroke kick on front with a kickboard.

Tread water 30 seconds.

Intro to Competitive Swimming for ages 6-17

This level is for the aspiring competitive swimmer. With a focus on endurance and swimming longer distances for the competitive strokes, this level is designed to get swimmers ready to participate on swim team. Additionally, students will learn about practice sets, racing, starts and turns.

Prerequisites:

Swim 15 yards of front crawl.

Swim 15 yards of backstroke.

Teen Beginner ages 12-15

This level teaches basic swimming skills for teens and is appropriate for students that have little to no swimming experience.  This class will work on being comfortable in the water, breath control, floating and swimming independently.

Prerequisites:

No swimming skills are required.

Teen Intermediate / Advanced ages 12-15

This level is for teens who are comfortable swimming and teaches and refines front crawl, backstroke and other swimming skills.

Prerequisites:

Swim 10 yards front crawl with their face in the water. Any breathing pattern acceptable.

Swim 10 yards backstroke. Any single arm action acceptable.

Adult Beginner ages 16+

This level teaches basic swimming skills and is appropriate for students that have little to no swimming experience.  This class will work on being comfortable in the water, breath control, floating and swimming independently.

Prerequisites:

No swimming skills are required.

Adult Intermediate / Advanced ages 16+

This level is for adults who are comfortable swimming and teaches and refines front crawl, backstroke and other swimming skills.

Prerequisites:

Swim 10 yards front crawl with their face in the water.  Any breathing pattern acceptable.

Swim 10 yards backstroke. Any single arm action acceptable.