The Red Cross has established swimming lessons for kids and adults that allow everyone the opportunity to learn in a safe environment, at their own pace. The Learn-to-Swim Program focuses on building skills one step at a time. By giving participants the opportunity to master one element before advancing on to the next, our swim classes make it easy to build confidence in the water. There are five levels in this program that offer a wide variety of activities. Skills taught include: personal safety, rescue skills, diving skills, and stroke skills. To be able to accommodate everyone’s needs, we offer half hour, 45 minutes and one hour classes. Each level is designed to stimulate interest and motivate students to advance to the next section.
Infant & Toddler Group Classes
Ages 7-24 months, with parent
Introduce your child to the water through fun activities. Skills covered include kicking, bobbing and blowing bubbles. Doctor’s note required at registration if child is less than 7 months. Children in diapers must wear rubber pants or bathing suit.
Swim Time with Mommy
Ages 7-36 months, with parent or adult female
With songs and water toys, your child will learn such skills as the arm pull, kicking, blowing bubbles and water safety. Children in diapers must wear rubber pants or bathing suit. Class is given during female only swim time.
Ages 2-3 years, with parent
Teach your youngster to become more independent in the water with the use of games and small equipment. Children in diapers must wear rubber pants or bathing suit.
Early Childhood Group Classes
Ages 3-4 years, non-swimmers with parent
Familiarize your youngster with the water in this fun class. Swimming skills such as the arm pull, kicking, blowing bubbles and water safety are taught.
Ages 3-5 years, without parent
For graduates of Fantastic Fishes and those who are comfortable in the water, this class will work on safety skills through kicking, blowing bubbles, back and front floating. Introduction to basic front and back crawl.
Free to registrants of Pamper Paddlers, Swim Time with Mommy, Little Fishes, and Fantastic Fishes only.
Swim Levels (for ages 5 and up)
Water Exploration (Level 1)
For first-time swimmers or children fearful of the water. Skills include safety, floating, bubbles, kicking and arm action.
Primary Skills (Level II)
For children ready to learn to swim independently. Skills include floating, front & back glide & crawl stroke. Children must be comfortable putting their faces in the water.
Stroke Readiness (Level III)
Children learn rotary breathing, backstroke, water safety and improve upon skills learned in Level II.
Stroke Development (Level IV)
Learn rhythmic breathing, crawl stroke, backstroke; survival floating and safety skills are improved. Breaststroke and sidestroke are introduced.
Stroke Refinement (Level V)
Children learn breaststroke, turns and rescue skills, improve their front crawl, back crawl, and endurance. The purpose of this class is to facilitate lap swimming skills.
Adaptive Swim Programs
Adaptive Swim Lessons for children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) ages 6-12 years old offers:
– private 1:1 instruction
– nurturing skilled instructors
– an encouraging and supportive environment
– focus on water safety and swimming skills
Create your own class! Any time…whatever you want…however you want it! Swimming for all ages! Find 3 or more interested individuals and we will find you an instructor. Create-A-Class is contingent upon pool availability. Class runs for a minimum of 1⁄2 hour and requires at least 3 sessions. $20 members/$25 non-member per swimmer (per 1/2 hour lesson)
Come to an open swim session with parent. Toys and equipment will be available at the pool. Free to registrants of the courses in swimming classes for ages 7-36 months (Pamper Paddlers, Swim Time with Mommy, Little Fishes, and Fantastic Fishes).
Private Swim Lessons
One-on-one learning with a water safety instructor. Lessons are 30 minutes long and are designed to meet individual needs. To make an appointment for a lesson, stop by the Health & Fitness Desk or call ext. 500. Please do not register for private lessons online before first speaking with someone at the Health and Fitness desk.
Water Exercise Aquadynamics
Both adults and senior adults with any type of arthritis can benefit from this enjoyable recreational water exercise program. Participants are led by trained personnel through a series of specially designed exercises that can provide some relief and improve joint flexibility. Beneficial for people who are overweight or suffering with back problems.