Swim Lessons

Swim Lessons - Winter 2021

***Only Private Swim Lessons are being offered at this time. 

Group lessons remain on a pause. We hope to resume in February.*** 


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Swim Lesson Levels

 Swim Lessons  Junior Swim Lessons  Water Babies & Toddlers 



Lessons are offered in 4 week sessions, 1 lesson per week. 

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January Session: Jan 4th-Jan 31st

  • Private Swim Lessons are the only type of swim lesson available at this time due to Tier 3 Mitigation Guidelines.
  • Classes are available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Sundays at this time. 


February Session: TBD

  • We hope to be able to offer small group lessons, similar to how we offered them in Fall 2020. 


Lessons offered:

  • Junior Swim Lessons (3-6yrs): 1 instructor to 3 swimmers

Learn to float, kick, jump and be comfortable in the water. Progress through 3 different levels.

  • Swim Lessons (5-12 yrs): 1 instructor to 3 swimmers

​​This abbreviated program is the first 4 levels of swim school (Dunkers, Underwater Explorers, Friendly Floaters & Golden Guppies) to learn the basic mechanics of strokes and general water safety. Levels High Seas & above are not available at this time. 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.

  • 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. 

COVID-19 Safety Procedures: 

  • Smaller Class Sizes: all class size levels have been adjusted to ensure social distancing guidelines are being met. 
  • Instructors: instructors will be in the water providing hands on instruction with a face covering & face shield.
  • Spectators: Please limit spectators to 1 adult family member, when able. Spectators will be limited in each area and must wear face coverings at all times.
  • Face Coverings: Participants must wear face coverings at all times when in the facility EXCEPT when they are in the water during their lesson.
  • Temperature Screenings: In accordance with Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) swimming facility guidelines, swimmers and spectators will have to have a temperature check each and every day they come to the pool.  If you don’t feel well, please stay home.  Anyone with a temperature of 100.4 or greater will not be allowed to swim.

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 will operate this fall 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 the appropriate level.

Advancing Levels:  Participants can advance levels in Junior Swim Lessons and Swim Lessons. 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 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 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. 

  • 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.

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