Swim Lessons

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Swim Lesson Level Guides

 pdf icon D-I Dunkers - Inquisitors  pdf icon J-L Journeyers - Leaders  pdf icon Junior Swim School

 

Swimmer to instructor ratio:     

  • Swim School:  6 swimmers to 1 instructor
  • Junior Swim School:  5 swimmers to 1 instructor
  • Water Toddlers:  15 toddlers to 1 instructor
  • Water Babies:  15 babies to 1 instructor

First Day of Lessons:   It is important for parents to attend the first day of the session for swim lessons to find out how the lessons operate and who to speak with if you have questions.  On the first day of class, participants find out who their instructor is, who the Lesson Coordinators are, and general operation of the lesson program for that particular pool. We will evaluate all students to be placed in a level.

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 children to adjust to the water without the aid of goggles.

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.

Graduating from Swim School:  When your child graduates from Lifesaving Leaders, you have two options.  Whichever option you choose, please make sure to clearly communicate it with your Lesson Coordinator.  We will take care of the rest!

  • Option 1:  You may stay in the Graduate class for the duration of the session to continue to develop endurance. 
  • Option 2:  You may receive a prorated refund for the remaining classes.  All refunds will be given at the end of the session.

Inclement Weather for Swim Lessons at Outdoor Pools:

Swim Classes will not get in the water in the event of:

  • Thunder/Lightning, or other severe weather
  • Mechanical Problems 

In the event that a swim lessons cannot run in the water: 

The Park District swim classes are designed to include out of water instruction and safety procedures which are called a "Rain Days." Each session is allotted 1 Rain Day. Participants should still come prepared to get in the water should the weather allow. 

in the case of more than one "Rain Day" per session, the lesson may be cancelled.  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. 

*Please note there is no low temperature that will cancel swim lessons. 


Questions or Comments:  During every swim lesson there is one Lesson Coordinator responsible 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.

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.

 


Offered Lessons

The Park District offers a variety of swim programs to encourage swimming as a lifelong skill. View program options for age 6 months through adult swim lessons.

Age 6 to 24 months - Water Babies with a parent

Helps you and your child relax and enjoy the water through the use of songs, games and activities.

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Age 2 to 4 year old - Water Toddlers with a parent

You and your child learn basic swimming skills to enhance the time you spend together in the pool.

» Registration Info

Ages 3 and over - Semi-Private Swim School

Same as Swim School, but with ratio of 2 students to 1 instructor.

» Registration Info

Ages 3 and over - Individual Private Swim Lessons

An alternative to Swim School offers one-on-one instruction designed to fit your needs.

» Registration Info

Ages 3 to 6 year old - Junior Swim School

Develop your toddler's swimming skills to prepare them for Swim School when they are age appropriate.  The goal is to keep children learning and interested in swimming so they will succeed in Swim School.

» Registration Info

Ages 5 and over - Swim School

There are ten different levels for a young swimmer to progress through. Progressive skill learning challenges your child from level to level.

» Registration Info

Ages 5-12 - Instructional Diving Lessons

Learn the basics of diving from a one-meter diving board.

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Learn advanced diving from a three-meter board 

Registration Info: Available in the Summer Program Guide

Ages 6-14 - Diving Club

Already participated in at least one session of diving?  Expand your diving knowledge and improve your skills.  This club is designed for participants who want to make more of a commitment to diving.

» Registration Info

Ages 6-14 - Swim Academy

This program combines aspects of our Swim School and our Competitive Stroke clinics to advance your swimming skills beyond the Guppies level.  The four competitive strokes, starts, and turns will be the focus of this program. 

» Registration Info

Ages 8-14 - Youth Water Polo

Designed as an instructional program with the goal of sparking an interest in a new sport.  Coaches will challenge and lead participants through drills and scrimmage games.

» Registration Info

Ages 11-17 & 18 - Adult and Teen Swim Lessons

For adult and teen non-experienced swimmers to competitive swimmers wanting to perfect their techniques. Adult and teens are split up and taught separately. Instructors work with participants to develop individual goals based on their needs and ability.

» Registration Info

Ages 8 and over - Scuba & Snorkeling

A variety of classes, clinics, and certifications to explore underwater! 

» Registration Info

Ages 18 and over - Water Exercise Classes

A variety of fun and invigorating water workouts.

» Learn more

Inclement Weather for Swim Lessons at Outdoor Pools

Swim Classes will not get in the water in the event of:

  • Thunder/Lightning, or other severe weather
  • Mechanical Problems 

In the event that a swim lessons cannot run in the water: 

The Park District swim classes are designed to include out of water instruction and safety procedures which are called a "Rain Days." Each session is allotted 1 Rain Day. Participants should still come prepared to get in the water should the weather allow. 

In the case of more than one "Rain Day" per session, the lesson may be cancelled.  Refunds will be handled by the registrar and participants need not fill any additional forms or information. A refund will be issued based on how payment was received. Please note that all refunds will not be processed until the end of your class’s session. 

*Please note there is no low temperature that will cancel swim lessons. 

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