Swim Lesson Descriptions

Registration for Spring and Summer Programs Begins January 15
Registration for Fall and Winter Programs Begins July 15

Check Spring and Summer Links for details

Our swim lessons are designed by our staff to help promote water safety for our participants at a young age. It is our hope that participants meet with success early and often in our swim lesson programs and develop a love and respect for the water. Competitive orientated skills have been moved to the more advanced groups. Should lessons at the Falls need to be cancelled for the day due to weather, staff will make every attempt to make them up on weekdays at the end of the third week. The Recreation Division will do everything possible to see that at least 10 lessons are held, but we cannot control the weather. 

Group 1: Infant

Must be 6 months to 2 years.
Must have parent or adult in the water.

Skills taught: 

  • Getting wet
  • Lifting in
  • Front kick
  • Passing
  • Scooping
  • Back float
  • Water entry
  • Exploring
  • Prone glide
  • Bubble blowing
  • Drafting
  • Safety information
  • Arm movement, prone position
  • Rolling over from back to front and front to back
  • Introduction to lifejackets
  • Safe water exit

Group 2: Toddler

Must be 2 to 4 years.
Must have parent or adult in the water. 

Skills taught: 

  • Water entry
  • Walk in water holding parent's hand
  • Walk in water without aid
  • Run in water without aid
  • Make swimmer hands
  • Wash arms, neck, and face
  • Blow bubbles
  • Blow Bubbles with nose in water
  • Blow bubbles with ears in water
  • Blow bubbles with eyes open in water
  • Bobbing opening eyes underwater
  • Lean back on hands and kick
  • Front kick
  • Alligator with head up reach and pull and kick
  • Alligator with head in water reach and pull and kick
  • Back float with aid
  • Back float with hands on bottom and head up
  • Back float with hands on bottom, ears in water
  • Back float
  • Back glide

Group 3: Preschool 

Must be 3 to 5 years.
No parent or adult required. 

Skills taught: 

  • Walk in water
  • Run in water
  • Face in water to ears and blow bubbles
  • Face in water to ears and hold breath 10 seconds
  • Face in water eyes open
  • Face in water, eyes open, and pick up object
  • Bracket off gutter and kick with pointed toes
  • Prone glide or face float 3 seconds
  • Face float and kick
  • Face float, kick, reach and pull
  • Face float, kick, reach and pull with high elbows
  • Back float with aid
  • Back float
  • Back float with kick and pointed toes
  • Back float with kick and finning
  • Go to shallow end of lap pool
  • Jump to teacher to adjust to deeper water
  • Pass to Group 4 when 6 years old or 39" / 46" tall (Depending on pool)

Group 4: Swabbies 

Must be 39” tall at The Falls or
46” tall for Holmes and Peet Pools. 

Skills taught: 

  • 10 bobs counting out loud when coming out of the water
  • Blow bubbles 7 seconds
  • Submerge 2 seconds holding breath
  • Open eyes underwater
  • Back float without assistance 7 seconds
  • Front float without assistance 7 seconds
  • Face the wall, hold onto wall and kick with pointed toes, face in water
  • Hold on to wall and kick on back with pointed toes
  • Kick 1/2 width of pool with board on front
  • Kick 1/2 width of pool with board on back
  • Swim 1/2 width of pool w/out assistance (doggy paddle)
  • Jump into shallow water with assistance if needed
  • Lifejacket safety

Group 5: Deck Hands 

Must be 46” tall.
Skills taught: 

  • 15 bobs counting out loud when coming out of the water
  • Submerge and swim underwater 5 yards
  • Retrieve object from bottom of the pool
  • Front float 7 seconds
  • Back float 12 seconds
  • Kick w/board on front the width of the pool
  • Kick w/board on back the width of the pool
  • Introduction to rotary breathing on the wall
  • Kick w/board the width of pool with face in water doing rotary breathing
  • Introduction to coordination of freestyle arms and kick
  • Introduction of backstroke arms
  • Coordinate backstroke arms wtih kick
  • Jump in deep water without assistance, swim on back to wall
  • Finning on front and back 1/2 width of pool
  • Scull on front and back 1/2 width of pool
  • Diving safety

Group 6: 1st Mates

Skills taught: 

  • Submerge and swim underwater 5 yards
  • Rotary breathing on wall with arms
  • Streamline introduction
  • Front glide 1/2 width of pool with flutter kick (streamline)
  • Back glide 1/2 width of pool with flutter kick (streamline)
  • Rotary breathing with board and arms 1/2 width of pool
  • Streamline, rotary breathing 1/2 width of pool (freestyle)
  • Backstroke 1/2 width of pool
  • Introduction to breaststroke kick
  • Breaststroke kick w/ board 1/2 width of pool
  • Introduction to elementary backstroke kick
  • Introduction to elementary backstroke arms
  • Elementary backstroke kick 1/2 width of pool with board
  • Swimming with lifejacket
  • Survival float one minute
  • Sitting and kneeling dives
  • Jump off diving board
  • Tread water 30 seconds

Group 7: Skippers 

Skills taught: 

  • Freestyle 1 width of pool
  • Backstroke 1 width of pool
  • Swim elementary backstroke 1 width of the pool
  • Introduction to breaststroke arms
  • Coordinate breaststroke arms and legs
  • Swim breaststroke the width of pool
  • Introduction to sidestroke kick
  • Sidestroke kick the width of pool
  • Introduction to sidestroke arms
  • Coordinate sidestroke arms and legs the width of pool
  • Forward somersault in the water
  • Backward somersault in the water
  • Survival float 3 minutes
  • Caring for breathing emergencies
  • Standing dive
  • Tread water 1 minute
  • Jump or dive off diving board
  • Lifejacket safety

Group 8: Captains

Skills taught: 

  • Freestyle 2 widths of pool
  • Backstroke 2 widths of pool
  • Breaststroke 2 widths of pool
  • Sidestroke 2 widths of pool
  • Elementary backstroke 2 widths of pool
  • Open turn for breaststroke
  • Open turn for backstroke
  • Freestyle flip turns
  • Backstroke flip turns
  • Feet first surface dive
  • Pike surface dive
  • Tuck surface dive
  • Tread water 7 minutes with combination of kicks and hands and no hands
  • Touch bottom of pool in deep water, recover an object
  • Dive off diving board
  • Caring for cardiac emergencies
  • Reaching assists
  • Throwing assists

Group 9: Admirals 

Skills taught: 

  • Introduction to butterfly kick
  • Butterfly kick width of pool
  • Introduction to butterfly arms
  • 4 widths of pool freestyle with flip turns
  • 4 widths of pool backstroke with flip turns
  • 4 widths of pool elementary backstroke
  • 4 widths of pool sidestroke
  • 4 widths of pool breaststroke
  • Coordinate butterfly
  • Swim butterfly width of pool
  • Individual medley
  • Relays
  • Recover 5 pound weight from bottom of pool in deep end
  • Introduction to the use of mask, fin and snorkel
  • Water polo
  • Underwater hockey
  • Boating safety

Adapted Aquatics

  • Children between 5-10 years
  • For children with special needs

Older Beginners

  • Children between 9-14 years
  • For children who have never had lessons

Beginning Diving

  • Children between 9-16 years who have Group 7 skills
  • Will be taught Proper Approach, Takeoff, Forward Dive, Backward Dive, Reverse Dive, Forward Dive 1/2 Twist

Intermediate Diving

  • Children who have completed Beginning Diving

Adult Swim Lessons

  • It's never too late to learn to swim! Call CF Recreation (319) 273-8636 for more information