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Swim Lessons

Private Swim Lessons

Summer Quarter
Friday, June 16-Sunday, July 30 (no lessons Friday, June 30- Tuesday, July 4); six lessons.
  • Private lessons: Member $111; Non-member $192
  • Semi-private lessons: Member $84; Non-member $165

Group Lessons

Summer Quarter Registration
  • Member online and in person registration opens Wednesday, May 24 at noon.
  • Non-member online and in person registration opens Wednesday, May 31 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.

Summer Quarter
Six workouts; members $82, non-members $148
Tuesdays 6:30-7:30 pm
June 20-August 1 (no class July 4)​


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!

Summer Quarter
Six lessons; members $66, non-members $120
Thursday 6:30 - 7:15 pm
June 22-July 27


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.

Summer Quarter
Six lessons; members $66; non-members $120​
Tuesday 7:30-8:15 pm
June 20-August 1 (no class July 4) or
Thursday 7-7:45 pm
June 22-July 27

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.

Summer Quarter
Six lessons; members $66, non-members $12​0
Saturday, 8:30- 9 am
June 17-July 29 (no class July 1)

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.

Summer Quarter
Six lessons; members $66; non-members $120
Saturday, 9-9:30 am
June 17-July 29 (no​ class July 1)

Children's Swim

NEW: 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

Summer Quarter
Six lessons; members $66, non-members $120
Saturday, 10:20-​10:50 am
June 17-July 29 (no class July 1)
Sunday, 10:50-11:20 am
June 18-July 30 (no class July 2)

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

Summer Quartrer
Six lessons; Members $66, non-members $120
Saturday, 9:35-10:20 am
Saturday, 11:20 am-12:05 pm
June 17-July 29 (no class July 1)
Sunday, 9-9:45 am
June 18-July 30 (no class July 2)​

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

Summer Quarter
Six lessons
Members $66, non-members $120
Saturday, 9:35-10:20 am
June 17-July 29 (no class July 1
Sunday, 9-9:45 am
June 18-Jlu 30 (no class July 2)​

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

Summer Quarter

Six lessons; members $66, non-members $120
Saturdays, 10:20 - 11:05 am (cancelled)
June 17-July 29 (no class July 1)
Sundays, 9:45 - 10:30 am
June 18-July 30 (no class July 2)​

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

Summer Quarter
Six lessons; members $66, non-members $120
Saturdays, 11:15 am-Noon
June 17-July 29 (no class July 1)

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)

Summer Quarter
Six lessons; members $66, non-members $120
Saturdays; 9:35-10:20 am

June 17-July 29 (no class July 1)

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
Six lessons; members $82, non-members $148
Saturdays, 8:30-9:30 am
June 17-July 29 (no class July 1)​

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