SWIMMING LESSONS

All lessons are $52 Member / $75 Non-Member.

STAGES  
Each category of the curriculum is broken down further into stages. The stages form the core of the curriculum and, when sequenced, provide a clear path to mastery for students. The use of stages in the curriculum underscores the importance of progression and movement toward a goal as part of the process.
 
SWIM STARTERS 

(Parent/Child Lessons)

Swim Starters stages are designed to follow the Aquatic Program Guidelines for Children Under Age Three and be taught in eight, 30-minute lessons.

Stage A:

Water Discovery
Parents accompany children in this stage, which introduces infants and toddlers to the aquatic environment through exploration and encourages them to enjoy themselves while learning about the water. The goals of this stage include the following:

• Encouraging parents to set developmentally appropriate expectations for infants and toddlers enrolled in swim lessons.

• Introducing and emphasizing basic water safety to parents and providing a positive family aquatic experience.

• Building relationships among and between parents and children by providing opportunities for fun and interaction in the water.
 
Stage B:

Water Exploration

In this stage, parents work with their children to explore body positions, floating, blowing bubbles, and fundamental safety and aquatic skills. The goals of this stage include the following:

• Encouraging children to move purposefully in the water in response to visual and verbal cues and using toys and flotation devices.

• Emphasizing basic aquatic safety to parents.

• Building relationships among and between parents and children by providing opportunities for fun and interaction in the water.

SWIM BASICS STAGES

Swim Basics stages are taught in eight 30-minute lessons for preschoolers.


Stage 1:

Water Acclimation

Students develop comfort with underwater exploration and learn to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water in Stage 1. This stage lays the foundation that allows for a student’s future progress in swimming. Students in this stage focus on the following:

  
• Exploring the aquatic environment and personal skills with instructor help.

• Developing basic skills to propel and glide through the water with instructor help.

• Learning basic aquatic safety and accepting some of the responsibility for safe practices.
 
Stage 2:

Water Movement

In this stage, students focus on body position and control, directional change, and forward movement in the water while also continuing to practice how to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water. Students in this stage focus on  the following:

• Exploring the aquatic environment and personal skills without instructor help.

• Developing basic skills to propel and glide through the water without instructor help.

• Learning basic aquatic and boating safety and accepting some of the responsibility for safe practices.

Stage 3:

Water Stamina

In this stage, students learn how to swim to safety from a longer distance than in previous stages in the event of falling into a body of water. This stage also introduces rhythmic breathing and integrated arm and leg action. Students in this stage focus on the following:   
 
• Integrating arm action, leg action, and rhythmic breathing in back and front glides.

• Developing forward movement on the front and back.

• Practicing skills and safety techniques in deep water.

SWIM STROKES STAGES

Swim Strokes stages are taught in eight 40-minute lessons. This category also offers teens and adults of all abilities—those just learning to swim or those wanting to build on existing skills—the opportunity to receive instruction tailored to their specific needs.


Stage 4:

Stroke Introduction

Students in this stage develop stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl and learn the breaststroke kick and butterfly kick. Water safety is reinforced through treading water and elementary backstroke. Students in this stage focus on the following:

• Developing the front crawl and back crawl.

• Introducing components of the breaststroke and butterfly.

• Practicing safety techniques in deep water.
 
Stage 5:

Stroke Development

Students in this stage work on stroke technique and learn all major competitive strokes. The emphasis on water safety continues through treading water and sidestroke. Students in this stage focus on the following:
 

• Developing stamina in the front crawl and back crawl.

• Developing the breaststroke and butterfly.

• Building endurance techniques for deep-water safety.
 
Stage 6:

Stroke Mechanics

In this stage, students refine stroke technique on all major competitive strokes, learn about competitive swimming, and discover how to incorporate swimming into a healthy lifestyle. Students in this stage focus on the following:

• Developing endurance in the competitive strokes.

• Developing skills related to competitive swimming like flip turns.

• Enhancing skills and building endurance in deep water.

Private Lessons

Private lessons are available for swimmers age 4 and up.  Lessons may take place in either the small pool or the lap pool, depending on experience level.  30 minute lesson packages may be scheduled during any open swim time listed on our pool schedule, based on instructor availability.  Adult lessons may also be scheduled during lap swim times in the large pool. Private lesson packages are at the bottom of this page.

Swim Starters A
(Parent-Child; 6 months - 2 years)

Classes Mon, Tues, Wed and Thurs, 4:00–4:30PM

Session 1:  September 16th  -  September 26th

Session 2:  October 14th -  October 24th

Session 3:  November 11th - November 21st

Swim Starters B
(Parent-Child; 2 years - 3 years)

Classes Mon, Tues, Wed and Thurs, 4:00–4:30PM

Session 1:  September 30th - October 10th

Session 2:  October 28th - November 7th

2 Week Sessions
Classes Mon, Tues, Wed and Thurs 
  • Stages 1-3, 4:45-5:15 PM

  • Stages 4-6, 5:30-6:00 PM

 

Session 1:  September 16th  -  September 26th

Session 2:  September 30th - October 10th

Session 3:  October 14th -  October 24th

Session 4:  October 28th - November 7th

Session 5:  November 11th - November 21st

 

 

Saturday Lessons
  • Swim Starters A, 8:30-9:00 AM

  • Swim Starters B, 9:15-9:45 AM

  • Stages 1-3, 10:00-10:30 AM

  • Stages 4-6, 10:45-11:15 AM

 

September 21st  -  November 9th

 

 

Private Lesson Packages

1 Lesson Package:

$20 Member

$25 Non-Member

1 Lesson Package (2 kids):

$28 Member

$38 Non-Member

1 Lesson Package (3 kids):

$33 Member

$48 Non-Member

3 Lesson Package:

$55 Member

$70 Non-Member

3 Lesson Package (2 kids):

$78 Member

$108 Non-Member

3 Lesson Package (3 kids):

$90 Member

$135 Non-Member

6 Lesson Package:

$100 Member

$130 Non-Member

6 Lesson Package (2 kids):

$144 Member

$204 Non-Member

6 Lesson Package (3 kids):

$162 Member

$252 Non-Member

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