Department of Recreation and Wellness
Learn to Swim - Class Descriptions
See the Learn to Swim page to learn about the different types of groups that participate in the following classes. Group Learn to Swim classes are not offered during the 2013-14 season due to the SRC Renovation. Private and semi-private lessons are available in Cooper Pool only. Download a Registration Form (PDF) for more details.
Parent and Child
Designed for children 6 months to 36 months of age, the program builds swimming readiness by emphasizing fun in water. Parents and children participate in several guided practice sessions that help children learn elementary skills, including water entry, bubble blowing, front kicking, back floating, underwater exploration, and more. Once children can perform basic skills without parental assistance and are 3 or 4 years of age, they may begin Preschool Aquatics.
Designed for children 3 to 4 years of age, the program builds on readiness in the water rehearsed in Parent and Child Aquatics. This level is a transition between Parent and Child Aquatics and Level 1, which will focus on exploration of the water through floating, submerging, kicking skills control, and elementary skills and strokes without the assistance of the parent. Once children are able to perform the appropriate skills on their own they may begin Learn to Swim Level 1.
Level I - Introduction to Water Skills
Purpose: Help students feel comfortable in the water.
Level II - Fundamental Aquatic Skills
Purpose: Gives students success with fundamental skills.
Level III - Stroke Development
Purpose: Build on the skills in Level II by providing additional guided practice.
Level IV - Stroke Improvement
Purpose: Develop confidence in the strokes learned and improve other aquatic skills.
Level V - Stroke Refinement
Purpose: Provide further coordination and refinement of strokes.
- Standing dive
- Open turns on front and back/Front and back crawl
- Tuck surface dive and pike surface dive
- Front flip turn and backstroke flip turn
- Elementary backstroke, butterfly, breaststroke, sidestroke