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.

Registration

Registration is in-person only, and available at the following pools and aquatic centers:

  • Shillito Pool - 300 W Reynolds Road
  • Southland Aquatic Center - 625 Hill N Dale Road
  • Tates Creek Aquatic Center - 1400 Gainesway Dr.
  • Woodland Aquatic Center - 190 Old Park Ave.

Register at the front desk by paying the $45 fee per student for each class (cash, check, credit/debit).

To register for swim lessons:

  1. Determine the session or sessions that best fit your schedule. Each session is two weeks long. Classes are three times a week for 30 minutes (Monday | Wednesday | Friday) or two times a week for 45 minutes (Tuesday | Thursday).
    • Session 1: June 6 – 17
    • Session 2: June 20 – July 1
    • Session 3: July 4 – July 15
    • Session 4: July 18 – July 29
     
  2. Decide which level best fits the students' skill level. Below are descriptions of each level.
  3. Look at the schedules below for each pool to determine which class best fits students' age and skill level.
  4. Choose either a Monday, Wednesday, Friday class OR a Tuesday, Thursday Class – not both.
  5. Go to the pool and register for swim lessons at the front desk. Pay the $45 fee per student for each class during registration. Pay for swim lessons by cash, check, credit or debit card (Visa, Mastercard, Discover or American Express).

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 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, 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 cry for attention, parents will only be asked to sit in designated areas. 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 descriptions by level

  • Level 1 - This class is for the fearful new student who has not adjusted to class or the water environment. Skills include entering and exiting the water safely, submerging fully with nose and mouth underwater, front and back float, gliding and kicking with support.
     
  • Level 2 - This class is for the student who is adjusted to water/class, can submerge face, may float/glide and move arms. Skills include all Level 1 skills, changing direction and position independently, treading water and swimming underwater for up to 2 body lengths independently.
     
  • Level 3 - This class is for students who can float on the front or back, roll over, use arms and swim five yards. Skills include all Level 1 and 2 skills, swimming on front and back for 3-5 body lengths, pushing off from the wall in a streamline, flutter, breaststroke, and butterfly kicks.
     
  • Level 4 - This class is for students who can swim elementary backstroke and crawl stroke for 10 yards without stopping. Skills include swimming underwater, feet-first surface dives, front crawl with an open turn and backstroke with an open turn.
     
  • Level 5 - This class is for students who can swim at least 10 yards in each of the four basic strokes. This class will include practice in distance swimming, flip turns and stroke techniques.
     
  • Parent and Me - This class is a great way for little ones to adjust to the 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 to 3 years.

Swim lesson schedule by pool

Shillito pool

Monday | Wednesday | Friday – 30 Minutes

Time Lesson (age / level)
10:10 – 10:40 a.m. Parent and Me
10:45 – 11:15 a.m. 3 – 6 Level 1
11:20 – 11:50 a.m. 3 – 6 Level 2
11:55 a.m. – 12:25 p.m. 3 – 6 Level 3
4 – 4:30 p.m. 5 – 9 Level 1
4:35 – 5:05 p.m. 5 – 9 Level 2
5:10 – 5:45 p.m. 5 – 9 Level 3

 

Shillito pool

Tuesday | Thursday – 45 Minutes

Time Lesson (age / level)
10:10 – 10:55 a.m. Parent and Me
11 – 11:45 a.m. 5 – 9 Level 4
11:50 a.m. – 12:35 p.m. 7 – 12 Level 2
12:40 – 1:25 p.m. 7 – 12 Level 3
4 – 4:45 p.m. 7 – 12 Level 4

4:50 – 4:35 p.m.

7 – 12 Level 5

Southland aquatic center 

Monday | Wednesday | Friday – 30 Minutes

Time Lesson (age / level) Lesson (age / level)
10:10 – 10:40 a.m. Parent and Me 5 – 9 Level 3
10:45 – 11:15 a.m. 7 – 12 Level 5 5 – 9 Level 4
11:20 – 11:50 a.m. 7 – 12 Level 4 5 – 9 Level 2
11:55 a.m. – 12:25 p.m. 7 – 12 Level 3 5 – 9 Level 1
4 – 4:30 p.m. 3 – 6 Level 3  3 – 6 Level 2
4:35 – 5:05 p.m. 3 – 6 Level 1 7 – 2 Level 2
5:10 – 5:45 p.m. 5 – 9 Level 3 7 – 12 Level 3

 

Southland aquatic center 

Tuesday | Thursday – 45 Minutes

Time

Lesson (age / level)

Lesson (age / level)

10:10 – 10:55 a.m. Parent and me 5 – 9 Level 3
11 – 11:45 a.m. 7 – 12 Level 5 5 – 9 Level 4
11:50 a.m. – 12:35 p.m. 7 – 12 Level 4 5 – 9 Level 2
12:40 – 1:25 p.m. 7 – 12 Level 3 5 – 9 Level 1
4 – 4:45 p.m. 3 – 6 Level 3 3 – 6 Level 2
4:50 – 4:35 p.m. 3 – 6 Level 1 7 – 12 Level 2

Tates Creek aquatic center

Monday | Wednesday | Friday – 30 Minutes

Time Lesson (age / level) Lesson (age / level)
10:10 – 10:40 a.m. Parent and Me 5 – 9 Level 3
10:45 – 11:15 a.m. 7 – 12 Level 5 5 – 9 Level 4
11:20 – 11:50 a.m. 7 – 12 Level 4 5 – 9 Level 2
11:55 a.m. – 12:25 p.m. 7 – 12 Level 3  5 – 9 Level 1
4 – 4:30 p.m. 3 – 6 Level 3 3 – 6 Level 2
4:35 – 5:05 p.m. 3 – 6 Level 1  7 – 12 Level 2
5:10 – 5:45 p.m. Adult Adult

Tates Creek aquatic center

Tuesday | Thursday – 45 Minutes

Time Lesson (age / level) Lesson (age / level)
10:10 – 10:55 a.m. Parent and Me 5 – 9 Level 3
11 – 11:45 a.m. 7 – 12 Level 5 5 – 9 Level 4
11:50 a.m. – 12:35 p.m. 7 – 12 Level 4 5 – 9 Level 2
12:40 – 1:25 p.m. 7 – 12 Level 3  5 – 9 Level 1
4 – 4:45 p.m. 3 – 6 Level 3 3 – 6 Level 2
4:50 – 4:35 p.m. 3 – 6 Level 1  7 – 12 Level 2

Woodland aquatic center

Monday | Wednesday | Friday – 30 Minutes

Time Lesson (age / level)
10:10 – 10:40 a.m. Parent and Me
10:45 – 11:15 a.m. 3 – 6 Level 1
11:20 – 11:50 a.m. 3 – 6 Level 2
11:55 a.m. – 12:25 p.m. 3 – 6 Level 3
4 – 4:30 p.m. 5 – 9 Level 1
4:35 – 5:05 p.m. 5 – 9 Level 2
5:10 – 5:45 p.m. 5 – 9 Level 3

Woodland aquatic center

Tuesday | Thursday – 45 Minutes

Time Lesson (age / level)
10:10 – 10:55 a.m. Parent and Me
11 – 11:45 a.m. 5 – 9 Level 4
11:50 a.m. – 12:35 p.m. 7 – 12 Level 2
12:40 – 1:25 p.m. 7 – 12 Level 3
4 – 4:45 p.m. 7 – 12 Level 4

4:50 – 4:35 p.m.

7 – 12 Level 5

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