The Department offers swim lessons for people ages six months through
adulthood at all skills levels. Lessons are taught by experienced aquatics staff instructors. Lessons are taught at the Pool at Highlands Park (seasonally) and at the Community Center. Our swim lessons are age appropriate, skill appropriate, safe, professional and most importantly, FUN!
Adaptive Swim Lessons (3- to 12- years old)
Adapted Aquatics is designed for special needs children. This program is designed to give individuals an opportunity to experience the benefits of aquatics. With the assistance of aquatic staff, participants will work on enhancing their swimming abilities and comfort level in the water. This is a great opportunity to interact with others and have some fun! Parents must be prepared to swim with their child.
Parent-Child Tiny Tot Swim Lessons
(6- to 24-month olds) The Tiny Tot program is designed to develop the child’s comfort level in water and readiness for learning more advanced swimming skills. Parents work one-on-one with their child in the water to learn front kicks, prone glide, underwater exploration, rolling over and holding position.
Parent-Child Goldfish Swim Lessons
(24- to Kindergarten) The Goldfish program is designed to develop the child’s comfort level in water and readiness for learning more advanced swimming skills. Parents work one-on-one with their child in the water to learn front kicks, prone glide, underwater exploration, rolling over and holding position.
Guppy Swim Lessons
(3-year olds & up) Known as Water Exploration. This class is suitable for children who are beginner swimmers. Children will learn elementary swimming skills for building upon future levels. Objectives include: supported front and back floats, kicking, bubble blowing, alternate arm action and safety skills. Two year olds are not allowed in this class. Parents are not in the water with their children.
Tadpole Swim Lessons
Primary Skills. Suitable for swimmers who have passed Guppy and/or can meet the prerequisites. Children should be able to submerge for 3 seconds, float on their back and front with support and do a supported crawl. Objectives include: independent back and front crawl and finning on back. Most students require two or more sessions before completing all objectives.
Turtle Swim Lessons
Stroke Readiness. Suitable for students who have passed Tadpole and/or can meet the prerequisites. Children should be comfortable in 3.5’ - 4’ of water, float on their back and front independently, swim front crawl with arm strokes and kick for 5 yards. Objectives include: gliding with push off, coordinating components of the front and back crawl, elementary backstroke, treading water, bobbing, basics of diving and more.
Minnow Swim Lessons
Stroke Development. Suitable for swimmers who have passed Turtle and/or can meet the prerequisites. Children at this level should be comfortable in deep water, swim front crawl with rhythmic breathing for 20 yards, swim back crawl for 20 yards, tread water for 30 seconds and complete a dive from the seated position. Objectives include: deep water bobbing, rotary breathing, diving from side of pool, building endurance by swimming distances, the basics of breast stroke, side stroke, turning at the wall and more.
Porpoise Swim Lessons
Stroke Refinement. For swimmers who have passed Minnow and/or can meet the prerequisites. Children at this level should be comfortable in deep water, swim front crawl with rhythmic breathing for 25 yards, swim back crawl for 25 yards, tread water for 1 minute and complete a dive from the standing position. Objectives include: alternate breathing, elementary backstroke, dolphin kick, diving from a diving board and more.
Whale/Shark Swim Lessons
Swimmers should be able to dive into deep water, perform the 4 basic swim strokes for 15 yards each and tread water for 1 minute. Objectives will vary according to the student’s needs and level. Objectives include: approach and hurdle on diving board, enhancing strokes, butterfly stroke, flip turns, breast and side stroke turns, stroke enhancement, endurance training and diving.
Teen/Adult Swim Lessons
This class is suitable for teens and adults at the beginner level. The instructor will develop individual lesson plans for each participant. Participants will gain confidence in their swimming skills and learn safety in and around the water.
This class will help participants gain knowledge of and build upon competitive diving skills. Specific skills taught include front approach, front jump, back dive and more. Participants must be able to swim one length of the lap pool.
Level I - Divers will learn diving safety, shallow and deep dives, and competitive diving entries. Students must be able to swim one complete lap before taking this class.
Level II - Divers will learn forward and back take-offs, straight, tuck and pike positions, dive come-outs and body control. Students must complete Level I before taking this class.
Level III - Divers will learn front, back, reverse and inward dives using tuck, pike and straight positions. Students will also work on basic somersaulting and twisting at this level. Completion of Levels I & II are required to take this class