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Swim Lessons

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Private and Semi-Private Swim Lessons

Our Winter 2022 session will begin on Wednesday, January 19, and run through Sunday, March 13
​You must complete this registration form if you are interested in registering for private and semi-private swim lessons. 
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  • Please note, completion of the form does not guarantee a lesson slot.
  • Registration for Swim Lessons is on a first come first serve bas​​is.
  • You must resubmit a registration form for every new session. 

The schedule will be released on Wednesday, January 5. If there are any issues with your request, you will be contacted in advance.

Payment for lessons will be taken after the schedule is released. It will be due by Friday, January 14 to keep your lesson time.

  • Winter Private and Semi-Private (8-week session, 8 lessons)

    • Private lessons - $172 for members (active); $296 for non-members (cancelled/guests)

    • Semi-Private lessons - $140 for members (active); $260 for non-members (cancelled/guests)

Gr​​​oup Swim Lessons

See below for information on group lessons. This includes days, times, and skills for each level that will help determine the best fit for your child.

  • Winter Quarter Group Lessons 
    • $112 for members; $196 for non-members
Registration will begin on December 15. Register at The Ray Membership Services desk, online or through The Ray at DePaul app. For details on how to get a user name and password or download the app, go to the Registration page.

Have questions about swim lessons?

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Danielle Arens.

Visit our policies to learn more about membership restrictions, class cancellations, and refund requests.

Adult Swim Lessons

Swimmers will complete a structured workout. They will train to achieve an optimal performance level by improving stroke technique and aerobic endurance. It is recommended to be able to swim at least 1,200 yards in an hour, typically the class paces at a little over 1,800 yards (1 mile) in the hour class.

Wednesdays, January 19 - March 9

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

$135 for members; $238 for non-members

Swimmers will work with the instructor to build their confidence in the water. They will learn fundamental swimming skills such as floating, kicking, arm strokes and breathing that will be building blocks of the main strokes of freestyle and backstroke. Instructors will also help to improve swimming strength and endurance. No experience necessary!

Thursdays, January 20 - March 10

6:30 pm - 7:15 pm

$112 for members; $196 for non-members

Children's Swim

Instructors will use activities and songs to help children with skills and water adjustment.  Children not fully toilet-trained must wear a swim diaper. The pool temperature is between 81-84° F.

Parent-Tot Baby (6 mt - 18 mt):

Saturdays, January 22 - March 12

9:00 am - 9:30 am 

$112 for members; $196 for non-members

Sundays, January 23 - March 13

8:05 am - 8:35 am 

$112 for members; $196 for non-members

Parent-Tot Toddler (19+ mts):

Saturdays, January 22 - March 12

9:40 am - 10:10 am

$112 for members; $196 for non-members

Sundays, January 23 - March 13

8:40 am - 9:10 am

$112 for members; $196 for non-members

A transitional class from parent-child to group lessons. Independent and energetic kids who swim alone with flotation devices and are comfortable with parent/guardian separation will do great in this class.

Skills used in preschool class (including but not limited to):
•    Entering and exiting pool safely
•    Becoming more comfortable in the water
•    Blowing bubbles
•    Bobbing /submerging face in water
•    Front and back float (with support)
•    Water safety topics: recognize the lifeguard, how to call for help, reach or throw

Saturdays, January 22 - March 12
10:15 am - 10:45 am

$112 for members; $196 for non-members

Sundays, January 23 - March 13
9:15 am - 9:45 am

$112 for members; $196 for non-members

This is the first class of conventional swim lessons and provides the foundation of two of the four main strokes, freestyle and backstroke. Instructors will work with swimmers to be more comfortable in the water without the use of a floatation device.

Skills learned in Level 1 (including but not limited to):
•    Entering and exiting pool safely
•    Becoming more comfortable in the water
•    Front glide and recover
•    Back glide and recover
•    Rolling from front to back; back to front
•    Paddle and kick 15 yards
•    Combined front leg and arm action with barbell (on front and back)
•    Water safety topics: recognize the Lifeguard, how to call for help, reach or throw

Saturdays, January 22 - March 12
9:30 am - 10:15 am

$112 for members; $196 for non-members

Sundays, January 23 - March 13
8:05 am - 8:50 am

$112 for members; $196 for non-members

This is a beginner group lesson for kids who have an increased level of comfort in the pool. Swimmers will begin to move independently in the water over the course of the session.

Skills needed for entry into Level 2:
•    Able to enter water independently, using either the ramp, steps, or side, travel at least 5 yards, submerge mouth for at least 3 seconds, then safely exit the water. Children can walk, move along the gutter or “swim.”
•    Able to glide on front at least two body lengths, then roll to back and float for 3 seconds, then recover to a vertical position.

Skills learned in Level 2 (including but not limited to):
•    Completely submerge face; demonstrate five bobs
•    Back float (without support)
•    Paddle on front and back 25 yards with PFD
•    Paddle on front and back 15-25 feet without PFD
•    Introduce rotary breathing
•    Introduce elementary backstroke
•    Water Safety Topics: danger of drains, look before you leap, learn reaching assist

Saturdays, January 22 - March 12
10:15 am - 11:00 am

$112 for members; $196 for non-members

Sundays, January 23 - March 13
9:40 am - 10:25 am

$112 for members; $196 for non-members

Kids in level 3 are able to swim independently with their face in the water. In these lessons, swimmers will begin developing stroke techniques and learn the fundamentals of front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke.

Skills needed for entry into Level 3:
•    Able to step from side into chest deep water and move into a floating position for at least 15 seconds, then swim on front and/or back for five body lengths.
•    Able to back float for 15 seconds, roll to font, then recover into a vertical position

Skills learned in Level 3 (including but not limited to):
•    Demonstrate 10 bobs
•    Front crawl 25 yards with PFD
•    Rotary breathing, 15 times
•    Push off in a streamline on front and back
•    Paddle on front 15 feet without PFD
•    Combined arm and leg actions on front and back
•    Introduction to breaststroke and breaststroke kick, dolphin kick, and backstroke
•    Water Safety Topics: think so you don’t sink, don’t just pack it, wear your jacket

Saturdays, January 22 - March 12
10:15 am - 11:00 am

$112 for members; $196 for non-members

Sundays, January 23 - March 13
9:00 am - 9:45 am

$112 for members; $196 for non-members

Swimmers understand the basics of backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle. In these lessons, kids continue to advance their stroke techniques, begin to learn butterfly and increase the distance they are able to swim.

Skills needed for entry into Level 4:
•    Able to jump into pool and front crawl and/or elementary backstroke 25 yards
•    Able to push off in a streamlined position, then swim front crawl 15 yards, change position, then swim elementary backstroke 15 yards

Skills learned in Level 4 (including but not limited to):
•    HUDDLE and HELP positions and survival float
•    Freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly for 25 yards
•    Introduce dolphin, scissor, and rotary kicks
•    Water Safety Topics: think twice before going near cold water or ice; safety at the beach

Saturdays, January 22 - March 12
9:30 am - 10:15 am

$112 for members; $196 for non-members

Swimmers have a solid understanding of all four strokes. In level 5, they will learn flip turns, continue to fine-tune technique and increase distance. This class is intended to improve technique and endurance and prepare participants for competitive swimming.

 
Skills needed for entry into Level 5/6:
•    Able to swim freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly 25 yards
•    Swim a continuous 100 yards (any stroke)
•    Able to submerge and swim 3-5 body lengths underwater in streamline

Skills learned in Level 5/6 (including but not limited to):
•    Front crawl with rhythmic breathing 50 yards
•    Improve technique and endurance in all four strokes
•    Flip and open turns
•    Water Safety Topics: How to treat a leg cramp

Sundays, January 23 - March 13

8:05 am - 8:50 am

$112 for members; $196 for non-members

This class will feature structured workouts for advanced swimmers. Participants will train to achieve an optimal performance level by improving stroke technique and aerobic endurance. Participants must be at least 16 years old and able to swim at least 200 yards without stopping.

No classes available for Winter Session. 

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