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Swim Lessons

Private Swim Lessons

Fall Quarter
Youth private swim lessons are full for fall quarter.
Fall lessons dates: September 15-November 5
Adult private swim lesson request form
Fall lessons begin the week of September 11
  • Private lessons: Member $148; Non-member $256 (eight lessons)
  • Semi-private lessons: Member $112; Non-member $220 (eight lessons)

Group Lessons


Fall Quarter Registration
  • Member online and in person registration opens Wednesday, August 23 at noon.
  • Non-member online and in person registration opens Wednesday, August 30 at noon.

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Adult Swim Lessons

Advanced Swim Workout

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.

Fall Quarter
Eight workouts; members $109, non-members $197
Tuesdays 6:30-7:30 pm
September 18-November 7


Adult Beginning Swim

Swimmers will work with the instructor to build their confidence in the water. They will learn fundamental swimming skills that will eventually be the building blocks of the four main strokes: freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly. Instructors will also help to improve swimming strength and endurance. No experience necessary!

Fall Quarter
Eight lessons; members $88, non-members $160
Thursday 6:15 - 7 pm
September 14-November 2


Adult Intermediate Swim

Swimmers will build on skills learned in beginning lessons to improve technique, speed, and confidence in the water. All four strokes will be broken down and refined. Must be able to swim one length of the pool without stopping.

Fall Quarter
Eight lessons; members $88; non-members $160​
Tuesday 7:30-8:15 pm cancelled
September 19-November 7 or
Thursday 7-7:45 pm cancelled
September 14-November 2

Parent-Child Swim Lessons

Parent-Tot Babies (6-18 mo.)

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.

Fall Quarter
Eight lessons; members $88, non-members $160
Saturday, 8:30- 9 am
September 16-November 4 or
Sunday, 8:30-9 am
September 17-November 5

Parent-Tot Toddlers (19+ mo.)

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.

Fall Quarter
Eight lessons; members $88; non-members $160
Saturday, 9-9:30 am
September 16-November 4 or
Sunday, 9-9:30 am
September 17-November 5

Children's Swim

Preschool Youth Classes (approx. age 3 - 4)

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

Fall Quarter
Eight lessons; members $88, non-members $160
Saturday, 9:35-10:05 am
September 16-November 4
Sunday, 9-9:30 am
September 17-November 5

Level 1 Youth Classes (approx. age 4-6)

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

Fall Quartrer
Eight lessons; Members $88, non-members $160
Saturday, 9:30-10:15 am
Saturday, 11:10 am-11:55 am
September 16-November 4
Sunday, 9-9:45 am
Sunday, 10:35-11:20 am

September 17-November 5

Level 2 Youth Classes (approx. age 5-6)

​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

Fall Quarter
Eight lessons
Members $88, non-members $160
Saturday, 10:20-11:05 am
Saturday, 11:10-11:55 cancelled

September 16-November 4
Sunday, 9:45-10:30 am
September 17-November 5

Level 3 Youth Classes (approx. age 5-8)

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

Fall Quarter

Eight lessons; members $86, non-members $160
Saturdays, 10:20 - 11:05 am
September 16-November 4
Sundays, 10:35-11:20 am
September 17-November 5

Level 4 Youth Classes (approx. age 6-9)

Fall Quarter
Eight lessons; members $88, non-members $160
Sundays, 9:45-10:30 am
September 17-November 5

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
•    Front Crawl and elementary backstroke for 25 yards
•    Backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, and sidestroke for 15 yards
•    Introduce dolphin, scissor, and rotary kicks
•    Water Safety Topics: think twice before going near cold water or ice; safety at the beach

Level 5 Youth Classes (approx. age 7-10)

Fall Quarter
Eight lessons; members $88, non-members $160
Saturdays; 9:35-10:20 am

September 16-November 4

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.
Skills needed for entry into Level 5:
•    Able to swim front crawl and elementary backstroke 25 yards
•    Able to swim breaststroke and back crawl 15 yards
•    Able to submerge and swim 3-5 body lengths underwater

Skills learned in Level 5 (including but not limited to):
•    Front crawl with rhythmic breathing 50 yards
•    Increase technique and ability to swim butterfly, back crawl, and breaststroke 25 yards
•    Flip and open turns
•    Water Safety Topics: How to treat a leg cramp; boat safety

Level 6/Kids Swim Workout Classes (approx. age 8+)

Note: The curriculum for Level VI and Kids Swim Workout have been combined to better incorporate technique work with endurance/workout training.
Summer Quarter
Eight lessons; members $109, non-members $197
Saturdays, 8:30-9:30 am cancelled
September 16-November 4
Sundays, 11:20 am - 12:20 pm
September 17-November 5​

This class is intended for swimmers who can swim each stroke proficiently, have a strong understanding of technique, want to improve speed and endurance, and achieve optimal performance level by improving stroke technique and aerobic endurance. There will be a strong focus on the “workout” aspect of this class.

Skills needed for entry into Level 6/Kids Swim Workout:
•    Able to swim front crawl for 50 yards then swim elementary backstroke 50 yards using appropriate and efficient turns
•    Ability to swim 200 yards continuously using any 3 strokes, swimming at least 50 yards of each stroke
•    Swim breaststroke for 25 yards, change direction of travel then swim back crawl for 25 yards using appropriate and efficient turns
•    Swim 25 yards butterfly
•    Solid understanding of all four strokes (Butterfly, Backstroke, Breaststroke, Freestyle)

Skills learned in Level 6/Kids Swim Workout (including but not limited to):
•    Increase stroke speed and endurance
•    Increase butterfly and breaststroke abilities
•    Structured workouts
•    Train to achieve an optimal performance level by improving stroke technique and aerobic endurance.
•    Water Safety Topics: Importance of knowing first aid and CPR