The goal of Parks & Recreation is for swimming to become a lifetime recreational activity for everyone of all ages. Developing the proper skills for water safety, as well as the ability to swim for fun and fitness is very important to us.
Registration for swim lessons and swim team will be offered online beginning at noon on April 29, and will remain open through May 16. Beginning May 24, registration for swim lessons and swim team is available at the pools during normal operating hours until the day before each session.
In-person registration will be held at the Parks & Recreation Administration Office (469 Parkway Drive) from noon–7 pm on April 29. The cost for swim lessons is $25 per child and all fees must be paid at the time of registration–no exceptions. All programs are filled on a first-come, first-served basis and are non-refundable. When registering for swim lessons/teams remember to have the following with you: child’s proof of age, child’s skill level and preferred session/time of lesson. A minimum of three (3) participants must be registered in order for the class to be held.
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We believe the parents’ attitude will help their child have a fun, positive experience at swimming lessons. Parents can be particularly helpful with ensuring a positive swimming experience for their child. Children sometimes cry before or during lessons for such reasons as being away from their parents, being in a new environment, fear of water, recollection of a bad water experience or difficulty with taking the instructor’s authority. It is sometimes a problem if parents are in a clear view of the child during swim lesson and swim team. Because children can easily locate a parent and will cry for attention, PARENTS WILL BE ASKED TO SIT IN DESIGNATED AREAS ONLY. A child will sometimes test ways to avoid lessons, such as crying, playing sick or hanging on to the parent. We understand these apprehensions with new situations and the instructor, along with the parent, can work together to help the child overcome these anxieties.
If you feel your child is not performing to their capability, please notify the instructor before or after class. As we only see them for a maximum of five hours, we need your assistance with personality traits that may be inhibiting the child’s performance. The same holds true for discipline. If there is a method that works effectively for you, and the instructor is not having success with the child, the instructor welcomes your input. Teaching swim lessons is mainly repetition of skills, meaning we often do the same things every day; this is the best way for your child to learn. To a parent sitting in the background, this may seem boring but to a child, it is security and familiarity with the basic learning process.
In swim lessons, we do not emphasize passing or failing a class. No child fails a swim class as all students do make improvements. We distribute cards to those individuals who are ready for the next skill level. Those who are not yet ready for the next level are given progress reports showing where improvement is needed. At the end of every session, each parent will be given an evaluation form so they can offer feedback on their child’s instructor. If during the lessons you have a question or any concerns you don’t feel comfortable in discussing with the instructor, please feel free to speak to the pool manager or swim lesson coordinator.
2014 Swim Lesson Schedule
Youth & Adult Swim Lessons & Class Descriptions
Session I: June 16- June 27
Session II: June 30- July 11
Session III: July 14- July 25
Level 1 - Water Exploration – This class is for the new student who is fearful and not adjusted to class or water environment.
Level 2 - Primary Skills – This class is for the student who is adjusted to water/class, can submerge face, may float/glide and move arms.
Level 3 - Stroke Readiness – This class is for the student who can float on front or back, roll over, use arms and swim five yards.
Level 4 - Stroke Development – This class is for the student who can swim elementary backstroke and crawl stroke for 10 yards without stopping.
Level 5 - Stroke Refinement – This class is for students who can swim at least 10 yards in each of the four basic strokes.
Parent and Me - This special class is for parents and their little diaper dolphin. This class is a great way for out little ones to explore a liquid playground. The benefits of "baby-friendly", infant/toddler swimming are unique, uplifting and contribute to the positive development of the whole child. The class will consist of water safety, accident prevention, songs, games and FUN! The cost for a Parent & Me class $25 per child.
Youth Swim Teams – Swim teams are designed for youth, ages 5 – 15, who enjoy swimming. Anyone who can pass the Red Cross Level 3 class and meets the age requirement is eligible for this program. Swim teams encourage good sportsmanship and team spirit. Swim team practice begins in June and will conclude with the championship meet in August. Swim meets will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evening, with warm ups at 5:30 pm and the meets beginning at 6 pm. Each swimmer must participate in at least three meets to qualify for the championship meet at the end of the summer. The cost to enroll on a swim team is $35. Swim Meet Schedule
Basic Diving Instruction – Any youth that can pass the Red Cross Level 3 class may participate in the basic diving course. Individuals will be taught basic dives and proper diving techniques. The cost is $25 per diver.
Adult Swim Lessons – You are never too old to learn to swim or to improve your stroke. Let our experienced instructors help you discover the wonders of water in our adult swim lessons. For your safety, as well as your child’s safety, don’t delay taking swim lessons for another year. In addition to safety, swimming is a great form of exercise. The cost for adult swim lessons is $25 per session.
Water Aerobics – Move and grove through the water to your favorite tunes! Water aerobics is a total body, non-impact form of exercise that combines movement and music to help you get in shape. Water aerobics helps you shape up and trim down while providing cardiovascular and toning benefits. The cost is $25 per person.