Swim lessons

Parks & Recreation’s goal is for swimming to become a lifetime recreational activity for everyone. Lessons will teach the development of proper skills for water safety. They are also designed for fun and fitness.


Online registration

Online registration for 2022 swim lessons begins at noon on April 19 and continues until May 22, 2022.

Purchase through your online parks account or by phone: (859) 288-2973 (Credit Card Only: Visa, Mastercard or Discover)


In-person registration

After May 22, registration is in-person once the pools open and only at the following pools: Shillito, Southland, Tates Creek & Woodland. Pay by cash, check or credit/debit card (Visa, Mastercard or Discover).

General information

  • Swim lessons are $45 per child (two-week session).
  • Payment is due at the time of registration (no exceptions).
  • Payments are non-refundable.
  • All programs are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • A minimum of three participants must be registered in order for the class to be held. Classes will be capped at six participants.
  • Classes will happen even in the rain. If there is thunder or lighting, safe indoor instruction will occur.
  • To stay at the pool after the lesson is finished, both the parent and child must pay regular admission prices.

Parents of swimmers

We believe the parents’ attitude will help their child have a fun, positive experience at swimming lessons. Children may cry during lessons due to being away from their parents, fear of water, or difficulty with the instructor. Because children can 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 the fear of new situations and ask that the instructor and the parent work together to help the child overcome these anxieties.

Classes for 2022

Classes are offered in two-week sessions throughout the summer.

  • Session 1: June 6 – 17
  • Session 2: June 20 – July 1
  • Session 3: July 4 – 15
  • Session 4: July 18 – 29

During each session, classes for each level are available at various times, in one of two schedules:

  • Monday – Wednesday – Friday: 30-minute classes or
  • Tuesday – Thursday: 45-minute classes

Level 1 – Beginners

This class is for the new student who is fearful and not adjusted to class or the 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 the 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 class is a great way for little ones to get adjusted to water. The class consists of water safety, accident prevention, songs and games. Please note that a parent or guardian must enter the water with the child.

Recommended age: 6 months – 3 years