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.
Photo by Marin Stuart
Photo by Marin Stuart
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 off two participants living in the same household a lesson with one instructor. Only in-person registration for semi-private lessons, email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Adult/Teen 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.
Adult/Teen Group Swim lessons
Adult/Teen Beginning Fundamentals (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.
Adult/Teen Intermediate Stroke Development & Refinement (ages 12+): Designed for participants who can swim a minimum of 25 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.
Photo by Marin Stuart
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 email@example.com.
|Resident||$10 / 25 minute class
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|Non-Resident||$13 / 25 minute class
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||$34 / 30 minute class
Question: How do I know what level to register my child?
Answer: Choose the level you think best suits your child based on the descriptions above. If still unsure, the Aquatics staff is able to help answer questions about your child's level, please call the Swim Center at (510) 559-7011 to speak to someone.
Question: I guessed the level I think is appropriate for my child but what happens if I was wrong? Or… I signed my child up for multiple sessions throughout the summer, what if my child progresses more quickly or slowly that I anticipated?
Answer: Please contact the Swim Center by calling (510) 559-7011 and we will make every effort to move your child up or down as needed. There is no fee associated with this type of transfer.
Question: Should I sign my child up for private swim lessons?
Answer: This depends on your child. Private swim lessons are great for children overcoming fear of the water who may not be ready for a group lesson; more advanced swimmers who would like to work on technique; swimmers who are older or younger than the recommended age range of the group lesson; or anyone who thrives in a one-on-one learning environment.
Question: What do I need to bring to swim lessons?
Answer: Please ensure your child is wearing a well fitting, comfortable swimsuit. Goggles are recommended for Levels 2-5 or if your child does not feel comfortable opening his or her eyes under the water. Don’t forget a towel and some flip-flops for before and after the lesson. Swimmers with long hair should tie hair back or wear a swim cap. And please remember sunscreen, even on cloudy days!
Question: What if my child cries or is afraid?
Answer: Overcoming fear is part of swim lessons. Our swim instructor staff are knowledgeable and enthusiastic with these situations. If you need help encouraging your child into the pool let our staff know. Instructors will encourage your child to join the class in a manor that is responsive to his/her needs. Sometimes tears can have their root not in fear but in separation anxiety. This is part of the learning process as well. If you feel your child may be experience separation anxiety rather than fear of the water it is best to keep your distance during the lesson. Removing yourself from the child’s sight during the lesson may be required in certain situations. In such cases, the child will usually calm down when the parent is out of view and be able to focus and rely on the teacher for instruction and help.
Question: What if my child is sick?
Answer: If your child has a fever or stomach or digestion problems please keep them home from their lesson. If they have a runny nose or cough swimming does not usually worsen these symptoms. You do not have to alert the pool if your child will miss a lesson due to sickness.
Question: Do you offer make-ups or credits for missed classes?
Answer: We do not offer refunds, credits, or make-ups for missed classes. If your child is unable to attend, we look forward to seeing your child at his/her next scheduled lesson. Consistency is important. Please do your best to regularly bring your child to swim lessons. If the Swim Center cancels a class for reasons within our control, we will offer credits as appropriate.
- Swimming is complex and levels cover a wide range of skills. It is typical for children to take the same level multiple times before starting the next level.
- Please do not leave children unattended during swim lessons. Parents may observe lessons from the bleacher area or red bricks. Please leave the concrete perimeter free for instructor and emergency use.
- Lessons may be held in either pool.
- Swimming is for participants during their lesson only. Participants must exit the facility when their lesson ends.
- Make sure your child has a swim suit, towel, and plenty of sunscreen.
- Goggles are optional but recommended for more advanced swim lessons. Goggles are sold at the Swim Center Window.
- Arrive to the Swim Center early to allow time to check in before class starts.
- Children should use the restroom prior to lessons starting.
- Allow plenty of time between meals or snacks before swimming. Waiting until after class to eat is recommended.
- Every effort will be made to have the same instructor for the duration of your class, however due to extenuating circumstances the same instructor is not guaranteed.
- Lessons can be cancelled when severe weather (lightening, hail, etc.) is in the area or if there are maintenance issues with the pool. All efforts will be made to provide a credit for the missed class.