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Swim Lessons

Private Swim Lessons

Winter break lessons end the week of December 11
Winter Quarter
Youth private swim lessons request form
Winter quarter lessons dates: Friday, January 12-Sunday, March 4
Adult private swim lesson request form
Winter quarter lesson dates: Tuesday, January 9-Sunday, March 4
  • Private lessons: Member $148; Non-member $256 (eight lessons)
  • Semi-private lessons: Member $112; Non-member $220 (eight lessons)

Group Lessons

Winter Quarter Registration

  • Member online and in person registration opens Wednesday, December 6 at noon.
  • Non-member online and in person registration opens Wednesday, December 13 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.
 
Winter Break class end December 12 

Winter Quarter
Tuesdays 6:30-7:30 pm
January 9-February 27 (eight lessons)
Members: $109; Non-members: $197

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!

Winter Break lessons end December 14

Winter Quarter
Thursday; 6:15- 7 pm
January 11-March 1 (eight lessons)
Members: $88; non-members $160


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.

Winter Quarter
Tuesday 7:30-8:15 pm
January 9-February 27 (eight lessons)
Members: $88; non-members $160
Thursday 7-7:45 pm
January 11-March 7 (eight lessons)
Members: $88; non-members $160

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.

Winter Break lessons end December 16

Winter Quarater
Saturday, 8:30- 9 am

January 13-March 3 (eight lessons)
Members: $88; non-members $160
Sunday, 8:30- 9 am
January 14-March 4 (eight lessons)
Members: $88; non-members $160

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.

Winter Break class ends December 16

Winter Quarter
Saturday, 9-9:30 am

January 13-March 3 (eight lessons)
Members: $88 non-members $160
Sunday, 9-9:30 am
January 14-March 4 (eight lessons)
Members: $88 non-members $160

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

Winter Break lessons end December 16

Winter Quarter
Saturday, 9:35- 10:05 am
January 13-March 3 (eight lessons)
Sunday, 9-9:30 am
January 14-March 4 (eight lessons)
Members $88; non-members $160

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


Winter Break lessons end December 16/17

Winter Quarter
Saturday, 9:30-10:15 am
Saturay, 11:10-11:55 am

January 13-March 3 (eight lessons)
Sunday, 9-9:45 am
Sunday, 10:35-11:20 am

January 14-March 4 (eight lessons)
Members: $88 non-members $160

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

Winter Break lessons end December 16/17

Winter Quarter

Membes: $88; non-members $160; eight lessons
Saturday, 10:20-11:05 am
Saturday, 11:10-11:55 am
January 13-March 3
Sunday, 9:45-10:30 am
January 14-March 4

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

Winter Break lessons end December 16

Winter Quarter
Saturdays, 10:20-11:05am

January 13-March 3 (eight lessons)
Sunday, 9-9:45 am
Sunday, 10:35-11:20 am

January 14-March 4 (eight lessons)
Members $88; non-members $160

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

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

Winter Break lessoons end December 17

Winter Quarter
Sundays, 9:45-10:30 am
January 14-March 4 (eight lessons)
Members $88; non-members $160

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


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

Winter Break lessons end December 16

Winter Quarter
Saturdays; 9:35-10:20 am
January 13-March 3 (eight lessons)
Members: $88; non-members $160

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.

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

Winter Break lessons end December 17

Winter Quarter
Saturday, 8:30-9:30 am
January 13-March 3 (eight lessons)
Sunday, 11:20 - 12:20 am
January 14-March 4 (eight lessons)
Members: $109; non-members $197