FAQs for Swim School

How do I register?

A. Please fill out an online registration form and we will contact you to find a class that meets your needs.

B. In order to reserve your spot within our programs we require “perpetual payment” meaning that you will be automatically charged each month depending on the number of classes/week you want to commit to.


How much do lessons cost

$25 annual fee/swimmer or $40/family maximum


What do I need to bring?

A. A towel and a swim suit are all that is required for most swimmers. Swimmers who are not toilet trained must wear “swimming diapers.” Regular disposable diapers are not permitted.

B. Goggles and caps are optional and can be purchased on site.


Do you offer make-ups for missed classes?

A. Because we have to maintain a schedule based on registrations we cannot offer make-up classes at this time.


What if I need to cancel?

A. Please notify us by email at least 24 hours prior to your class.


Do I have to start at the beginning of the month?

A. You are welcome to register at your convenience. We will prorate the first month and begin normal billing the second month.


Do you give discounts for multiple children?

A. We offer discounted yearly registrations for multiple swimmers within the same family; however, class fees are not discounted.

B. **We do offer discounts for low income households. Please call for details.


Can I “try it out first?”

A. We are happy to set up a trial class for you depending on availability. Please call to make an appointment.


Can I request a certain teacher?

A. Absolutely! Please let us know if you have a specific instructor your child has connected with and we will do our best to accommodate you!


Which level do I sign my swimmers up for?

A. Classes are broken down into 6 levels plus a “Parent Tot” class.

i. The “Parent Tot” level caters to parents/guardians and children under the age of 3 years old. Through fun games and songs parents will learn how to begin the “learn to swim” process correctly with techniques to ensure their child has a wonderful first experience with this life long activity.

ii. Level 1 Water Exploration – This is the first class children can take without mom or dad in the water with them. They must be at least 3 years old to enter the class. Children will begin to learn how to stay safe in the water on their own (this does not take the place of active guardian supervision!).

iii. Level 2 Introduction to Swimming – This class builds on the knowledge learned in level 1 and requires swimmers to be able to perform each of those skills independently. The skills they learn in this level provide the foundation to learning to swim safely on their own.

Prerequisite Skills: Swimmer must be able to get in and out of the water on their own, wall walk for 5 yards, bob 10 times, jump into the water with assistance, FULLY submerge head, front and back float with assistance, rollover between front and back float with assistance, and front glide.

iv. Level 3 Beginning Swimming – Swimmers will move from the foundations of swimming into learning the individual strokes in the following 3 levels.

Prerequisite Skills: Perform the following skills without assistance; jump into the water and recover to a front float, flip over to a back float, swim elementary backstroke 3 yards. Jump into the water, swim out to instructor (5 yards), bob back to the wall.

v. Level 4 Stroke Achievement – Swimmers are continuing to master each stroke and to create endurance when swimming.

Prerequisite Skills: Perform a sitting dive into the water, rollover and swim or scull out to the instructor and return to wall using backstroke. Demonstrate a sitting dive into the water, recover and tread water for 15 seconds, swim freestyle back to the wall.

vi. Level 5 Swim Team Ready – After passing this course swimmers are ready to take on swim team workouts. They are safe swimmers who are now ready for a challenge!

Prerequisite Skills: Perform a kneeling dive into the water, swim freestyle with rhythmic breathing for 15 yards, tread water for 30 seconds, swim freestyle back to the wall. Swim 15 yards backstroke, retrieve a submerged object from 5’ deep, swim back to the wall.

vii. Level 6 Advanced Stroke Development – Swimmers will refine their skills with all 4 strokes.

Prerequisite Skills: Perform a feet first surface dive, swim 25 yards of freestyle with rhythmic breathing, tread water for 1 minute, swim backstroke 25 yards. Perform a shallow water dive, swim freestyle for 25 yards with rhythmic breathing, survival float for 1 minute, swim breaststroke for 15 yards.

FAQs for Swimming Lessons at Community Pools

How are your classes broken down?

A. Classes are broken down into 6 levels plus a Parent Tot class.

i. The Parent Tot level caters to parents/guardians and children under the age of 3 years old. Through fun games and songs, the parent will learn how to enter and exit the pool safely with their child, proper holding techniques to begin the learn to swim process correctly and other teaching techniques to ensure their child has a wonderful first experience with swimming to instill the love of this lifelong activity. Infants must be at least 6 months old to participate. The class runs for 25 minutes Monday/Wednesday/Friday the first week and Monday/Wednesday the second week. We leave the last Friday of each session open for a full class make-up in case of a full class cancellation due to weather, a swim meet, or other pool closure.

ii. Level 1 Water Exploration – This is the first class children can take without mom or dad in the water with them. They must be at least 3 years old to enter the class. Children will begin to learn how to stay safe in the water on their own (this does not take the place of active guardian supervision!).

iii. Level 2 Introduction to Swimming – This class builds on the knowledge learned in level 1 and requires swimmers to be able to perform each of those skills independently. The skills they learn in this level provide the foundation to learning to swim safely on their own.

Prerequisite Skills: Swimmer must be able to get in and out of the water on their own, wall walk for 5 yards, bob 10 times, jump into the water with assistance, FULLY submerge head, front and back float with assistance, rollover between front and back float with assistance, and front glide.

iv. Level 3 Beginning Swimming – Swimmers will move from the foundations of swimming into learning the individual strokes in the following 3 levels.

Prerequisite Skills: Perform the following skills without assistance; jump into the water and recover to a front float, flip over to a back float, swim elementary backstroke 3 yards. Jump into the water, swim out to instructor (5 yards), bob back to the wall.

v. Level 4 Stroke Achievement – Swimmers are continuing to master each stroke and to create endurance when swimming.

Prerequisite Skills: Perform a sitting dive into the water, rollover and swim or scull out to the instructor and return to wall using backstroke. Demonstrate a sitting dive into the water, recover and tread water for 15 seconds, swim freestyle back to the wall.

vi. Level 5 Swim Team Ready – After passing this course swimmers are ready to take on swim team workouts. They are safe swimmers who are now ready for a challenge!

Prerequisite Skills: Perform a kneeling dive into the water, swim freestyle with rhythmic breathing for 15 yards, tread water for 30 seconds, swim freestyle back to the wall. Swim 15 yards backstroke, retrieve a submerged object from 5’ deep, swim back to the wall.

vii. Level 6 Advanced Stroke Development – Swimmers will refine their skills with all 4 strokes.

Prerequisite Skills: Perform a feet first surface dive, swim 25 yards of freestyle with rhythmic breathing, tread water for 1 minute, swim backstroke 25 yards. Perform a shallow water dive, swim freestyle for 25 yards with rhythmic breathing, survival float for 1 minute, swim breaststroke for 15 yards.


How old does my child have to be to start lessons?

A. 6 months is the minimum age for the Parent Tot course

B. 3 years is the minimum age for Level 1

C. There is no minimum or maximum age for the other levels.


What time are classes?

A. Group swimming lesson classes are provided at each facility in accordance with their pool hours. Generally classes are held 1-2 hours prior to your pool’s general swim hours.

i. You will receive an email by 5pm the Saturday prior to the beginning of your session notifying you of the exact time of your class(es).
B. Private lessons and semi-private lessons are also available at your request and convenience. Please speak with the pool manager to make arrangements.


How do I register for group lessons?

A. You may register in person at your neighborhood pool or visit the Community Pools page, select your pool and register online. Payment is due at the time of registration. We accept credit cards, cash or checks.


Which level do I sign my swimmers up for?

Classes are broken down into 6 levels plus a “Parent Tot” class.
The “Parent Tot” level caters to parents/guardians and children under the age of 3 years old. Through fun games and songs, parents will learn how to begin the “learn to swim” process correctly with techniques to ensure their child has a wonderful first experience with this lifelong activity. Infants must be at least 6 months old to participate.

Level 1 Water Exploration
This is the first class children can take without mom or dad in the water with them. They must be at least 3 years old to enter the class. Children will begin to learn how to stay safe in the water on their own (this does not take the place of active guardian supervision!).

Level 2 Introduction to Swimming
This class builds on the knowledge learned in level 1 and requires swimmers to be able to perform each of those skills independently. The skills they learn in this level provide the foundation to learning to swim safely on their own.

Prerequisite Skills:
Swimmer must be able to get in and out of the water on their own, wall walk for 5 yards, bob 10 times, jump into the water with assistance, FULLY submerge head, front and back float with assistance, rollover between front and back float with assistance, and front glide.

Level 3 Beginning Swimming
Swimmers will move from the foundations of swimming into learning the individual strokes in the following 3 levels.

Prerequisite Skills:
Perform the following skills without assistance; jump into the water and recover to a front float, flip over to a back float, swim elementary backstroke 3 yards. Jump into the water, swim out to instructor (5 yards), bob back to the wall.

Level 4 Stroke Achievement
Swimmers are continuing to master each stroke and to create endurance when swimming.

Prerequisite Skills:
Perform a sitting dive into the water, rollover and swim or scull out to the instructor and return to wall using backstroke. Demonstrate a sitting dive into the water, recover and tread water for 15 seconds, swim freestyle back to the wall.

Level 5 Swim Team Ready
After passing this course, swimmers are ready to take on swim team workouts – they are now safe swimmers who are ready for a challenge!

Prerequisite Skills:
Perform a kneeling dive into the water, swim freestyle with rhythmic breathing for 15 yards, tread water for 30 seconds, swim freestyle back to the wall. Swim backstroke for 15 yards to retrieve a submerged object from 5’ deep, swim back to the wall.

Level 6 Advanced Stroke Development
Swimmers will refine their skills with all 4 strokes.

Prerequisite Skills:
Perform a feet-first surface dive, swim 25 yards of freestyle with rhythmic breathing, tread water for 1 minute, swim backstroke 25 yards. Perform a shallow water dive, swim freestyle for 25 yards with rhythmic breathing, survival float for 1 minute, swim breaststroke for 15 yards.

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