Swim Lessons

Swim Center will be closed Wednesday 1/29/20 starting at 9am
for a staff members memorial service

Masters will practice 6am-7am & 7am-8am
Lap Swim is available 6am-9am
NO 9AM OR 12PM WATER AEROBICS
Gators, evening Lap Swim, and evening Water Aerobics will resume at normal times.

Winter/Spring Schedule Began Saturday January 4

Winter/Spring recguide is now available!

Register Online for all of our Winter/Spring 2020 Programs

Spring Swim Lesson Dates

Monday - Session 1: 3/2-3/30 | Session 2: 4/20-5/18
Tuesday - Session 1: 3/3-3/31 | Session 2: 4/21-5/19
Wednesday - Session 1: 3/4-4/1 | Session 2: 4/22-5/21
Thursday - Session 1: 3/5-4/2 | Session 2: 4/23-5/21
Saturday - Session 1: 3/7-4/4 | Session 2: 4/18-5/16

All Sessions meet 5x

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Spring Swim Lesson Times

Session 1: only classes highlighted in blue offered
Session 2: all classes offered

Weekday Lesson Grid Spring 2020
Saturday Lesson Grid Spring 2020

Youth Group Swim Lessons

Parent & Tot Swim (ages 6 months - 3  years): Teaches parents basic water safety while introducing tots to new skills and fun. Songs, water safety, entering and exiting the water, and holding techniques are some of the topics covered in this lesson. Infant or toddler is accompanied in the water by their parent/guardian(s).

Preschool Swim (ages 2.5 - 4 years): An introduction to swim lessons, this level focuses on building comfort and enjoyment in the water using songs, games and play. Lessons are taught in small groups without the parent. Children ages 3 and under are required to wear swim diapers while in the pool.

Youth Level 1: Introduction to Water (ages 4 - 9 years): This introductory level focuses on basic swimming skills while helping participants adjust to being in the water. A great level for children who have never participated in swim lessons before or are not comfortable in the water.

Youth Level 2: Beginning Aquatic Skills (ages 4 - 10 years): For children who feel comfortable in the water, especially on their back, and with their face fully submerged in the water. This level emphasizes floating by yourself and learning some beginning strokes.

Youth Level 3: Fundamental Aquatic Skills (ages 5 - 11 years): For children who can swim unsupported freestyle and backstroke for at least 10 yards. This level focuses on developing freestyle, backstroke, and elementary backstroke. Breaststroke and treading water are introduced.

Youth Level 4: Stroke Development (ages 6 - 13 years): Children must be able to swim freestyle and backstroke for 15 yards with side breathing. This level emphasizes developing techniques of different strokes with an introduction to turns.

Youth Level 5: Stroke Refinement (ages 6 - 13 years): Children must be able to swim at least 25 yards of freestyle, backstroke, elementary backstroke and breaststroke. This level refines all strokes, including butterfly, while working on endurance and flip turns.



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Photo by Marin Stuart

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Private Swim Lessons

Youth Private Swim Lessons (ages 3.5 - 12.5 years): A 30-minute lesson with one-on-one instructor that meets the needs of the young participant. All skill levels and abilities are welcome.

Interested in Semi-Private Lessons? Semi-Private lessons offer two participants living in the same household a lesson with one instructor. Only in-person registration for semi-private lessons, email recreation@ci.el-cerrito.ca.us for more information.

Teen/Adult Private Swim Lessons (ages 12+): A 30-minute lesson with one-on-one instructor that meets the needs of the participant. All skill levels and abilities are welcome.

Teen/Adult Group Swim lessons

Teen/Adult Beginning (ages 12+): This beginning swimming class is designed for adults with little or no experience in the water. Participants learn water adjustment skills, floating on both the front and back, front crawl with side breathing, and back crawl. Participants also become familiar with deeper water and will learn basic safety skills.

Teen/Adult Intermediate (ages 12+): Designed for participants who can swim a minimum of 15 yards of freestyle and backstroke, this class will work on developing endurance and further refine strokes. Elementary backstroke, breaststroke, sidestroke, and butterfly will be introduced.

Teen/Adult Fitness (ages 12+): This class keeps participants swimming while helping with endurance and stroke refinement. Participants must be able to swim a minimum of 50 yards of freestyle and backstroke.

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Teen/Adult Lessons Additional Classes

Teen/Adult Beginning
Tuesday - Session A: 1/7-1/28 (meets 4x) | Session B: 2/4-2/25 (meets 4x) from 6:30-7:30pm
Saturday - Session A: 1/11-2/1 (meets 4x) | Session B: 2/8-2/29 (meets 4x) from 9-10am

Teen/Adult Intermediate
Tuesday - Session A: 1/7-1/28 (meets 4x) | Session B: 2/4-2/25 (meets 4x) from 6:30-7:30pm
Saturday - Session A: 1/11-2/1 (meets 4x) | Session B: 2/8-2/29 (meets 4x) from 10-11am

Teen/Adult Fitness
Wednesday- Session A: 1/8-1/29 (meets 4x) | Session B: 2/5-2/26 (meets 4x) from 6:30-7:30pm
Saturday - Session A: 1/11-2/1 (meets 4x) | Session B: 2/8-2/29 (meets 4x) from 11am-12pm

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Special Arrangement Group Lessons (June-August)

During late Spring/Summer Season, special arrangement swim lessons can be scheduled in our recreation pool for school groups.  A minimum of 8 students is required per 30-minute lesson. For more information or to schedule special arrangement group lessons, please contact the Aquatics Department by calling (510) 559-7015 or email recreation@ci.el-cerrito.ca.us.

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Example: Preschool class meeting every Tuesday for 4 weeks is $40 for a Resident
  Youth Group
Adult/Teen Group
All Private
Resident $10 / 25 minute class
$11 / 25 minute class
$29 / 30 minute class
Non-Resident $13 / 25 minute class
$14 / 25 minute class
$34 / 30 minute class