Swim Lessons

Winter 2022 Swimming & Diving Lessons.

Click here to register now for Winter Sessions I and II

Session I - January 3 through January 30

Session II - January 31 through February 27

Click here to view the swim lesson pages in our Winter Program Guide. Go to pages 20 and 21 to view our winter levels, days, Jan. and Feb. offerings, times, and fees.  (You cannot register through this link. It's a PDF copy of our program guide)

  • Junior Swim School (3-5 yrs): 1 instructor to 3 swimmers

This abbreviated program follows the first 3 levels of Junior Swim School (Snails, Turtles & Jellyfish). Progressive skill learning will challenge your child from level to level, advancing up to being able to swim front crawl and backstroke for 15 yards.

  • Swim School (5-12 yrs): 1 instructor to 5 swimmers

‚ÄčThis program follows the Swim School levels starting with Dunkers running up through Lifesaving Leaders.

  • Water Babies (6mos-2yrs): 1 instructor to 7 adult/child pairs

 Relax, introduce, and enjoy the water with your child through the use of songs, games and activities. This class takes place in the warm water wellness/instructional pool.

  • Water Toddlers (2-4yrs): 1 instructor to 7 adult/child pairs

Learn basic swimming skills to enhance the time you spend together in the pool. This class takes place in the wellness pool.

  • Private Swim Lessons (3+): 1 instructor to 1 participant

Undivided individual attention and instruction to meet your swimmer's needs in our wellness pool. Class follow the JSS & SS levels through Guppies. This class will take place in the wellness pool ONLY. 

  • Semi-Private Swim Lessons (3+): 1 instructor to 2 participant

Semi-individual attention and instruction to meet your swimmer's needs. Two swimmers per instructor. Siblings will be grouped together when possible. Class follow the JSS & SS levels through Guppies.  This class will take place in the wellness pool ONLY. 

Advancing Levels:  Participants can advance levels in Junior Swim School and Swim School. Participants are evaluated by a lesson coordinator periodically throughout the session.  There is no magic number of how many times a child will be tested. The lesson coordinator discusses the daily lesson activity with the swim instructors prior to class and reviews the class sheets to plan their evaluations for the day.  Every day is different and there is not a set pattern in how evaluations are done. Our goal is for the participant to learn and have fun.

Questions or Comments:  During every swim lesson there is one Lesson Coordinator responsible for the supervision of the day's activities.  In addition, there may be one or two Aquatic Leaders on duty to assist the administration of the swim lesson program.  Please direct any positive or critical comments to these key staff.  We hope your experience is always positive, but if not, please do not hesitate to talk with these staff about your concern.  It is much easier to address an issue and fix it on the spot, compared to the end of the session.

In the event that a swim lessons cannot run in the water due to mechanical issues or a fecal incident: The Park District swim classes are designed to include out of water instruction and safety procedures which are called a "Rain Day." Each session is allotted 1 Rain Day. Participants should still come prepared to get in the water should the issue become resolved during class. 

In the rare case of more than one "Rain Day" per session, the lesson may be canceled.  Refunds will be handled by the Guest Services Coordinator and participants need not fill any additional forms or information. A refund will be placed on your household account for future use. Please note that all refunds will not be processed until the end of your class’s session. 

  • Missed a class? Unfortunately, due to the logistics and size of our program, we are not able to allow makeups if you miss a class. Please plan ahead and be sure you know your class schedule, any other activities in your schedule, and be sure you are able to attend the classes before registering for the program. Refunds for missed classes will only be given for those that provide a doctor's note specifying that the child is not able to attend swim lessons due to an illness.
  • What skills is my child working on? Please see the Level Guides above for a description of the skills learned at each individual level.
  • Can my child wear goggles? Swimmers do have the option of wearing goggles in the program.  However, it is not recommended (especially in the lower levels), because we would like our little swimmers to adjust to the water without the aid of goggles.

    CLICK HERE to register for Windy City Diving Lessons

Level 1 
The beginner diving class is an introduction to the sport of springboard diving and is designated to teach the safe and proper way to use the springboard. Any individual 8-18 years old who has an interest in diving, can swim comfortably in deep water, and dive in head first off the side of the pool deck into deep water can take this class. Students will be taught a forward approach and a back press. They will progress to forward and backward dives as well as other skills based on ability.

Level 2
The intermediate and advanced diving classes are for those divers who already know how to do a proper diving hurdle and back press. The divers will be taught new skills and tricks based on their current skill and ability. *Prerequisite - Must have previously participated in a level 2 lesson or have gymnastics experience. Must also be able to perform a back fall in entry without a spot.

Level 3 Team
Diving club will be offered to those students who have shown the skills necessary to move beyond the intermediate diving lessons, or who have already been on a high school diving team. These divers are looking to learn new tricks to improve their diving list and are willing to compete.


Angela Neill
Aquatic Supervisor | Swimming and Diving Lessons, Water Exercise



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