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Swim Lessons: Learn-to-Swim (Child)

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beginner youth swimming lesson
Our swim lessons (American Red Cross) are 30 or 40 minutes, depending on the level. Proof of residency is required at the time of registration.

Participating in swimming lessons builds self-confidence, giving kids the opportunity to have fun discovering what they can achieve, and incorporates water safety that one day could save a life. 

Fall Session:  Saturday mornings between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. (Winter)


Spring Session:  Saturday Mornings 9:00am-12:10pm
Dates: March 7th - May 9th 2020
WH Resident Registration: February 4th, 2020
Non-Resident Registration: February 11th, 2020
NO CLASS April 11th & 18th 2020
*Registration Closes on March 1st, 2020

Summer Session: Tuesday & Thursday Evenings between 5:00pm - 8:00pm  
Dates: June 25th - July 23rd 2019
WH Resident Registration:  May 14th, 2019
Non-Resident Registration: May 21st, 2019
*Registration Closes on:
No Class on July 4th 2019 

FEE: $50 for Parent Tot-Level 3 and $60 for Level 4 - 6.

***ON-LINE Registration for Levels: Parent Tot, Preschool & Level 1....!!!***
There is NO online registration for Levels 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, Please call to register or come in person to the Recreation Department.

If your child has passed a level and the on-line registration is not allowing you to register because of the age you Must Call 203-937-3651. The safety of your children is our 1st priority and it is our goal to provide them with an optimal environment to learn the swimming skills.

Research shows that children can be distracted by their parents' presence during swim lessons. For this reason, we ask that parents please try to distance themselves from the class. As a general rule, please stay off the pool deck and you can take a seat in the bleacher area.

General Information:
  • Registration can be done at the Parks and Recreation Office, Online or over the phone by credit card.
  • Parent/Tot children MUST be accompanied into the water by an adult.
  • All participants must wear a swim suit and should bring a towel.
  • Classes through Level 3 are 30 minutes, Level 4 and up are 40 minutes.
  • Please be ready to get in the water at the assigned time.

Things to Know
* Arrive to the Pool 15 Minutes before your scheduled class time
* Make sure that your child is dressed and ready to go
* Make sure that they use the Lavatory before their class time
* Roll Call will be done 5 minutes before class to organize the swim groups
* If you are more than 10 minutes late your child will not be able to swim
* If you can't make the swim lessons at all you MUST Call WH Park Rec and notify the office before the session has

Parent and Child Aquatics:
Builds basic water safety for both parents and children, helping infants and young children ages 6 months to about 3 years become comfortable in the water so they are willing and ready to learn to swim. These basic skills include adjusting to the water environment, showing comfort while maintaining a front or back position in the water and demonstrating breath control, including blowing bubbles or voluntarily submerging under water. Parent must accompany child in the water with swim attire.

Preschool Aquatics:
Gives young children ages 3-4 a positive, developmentally appropriate aquatic learning experience that emphasizes water safety, survival and foundational swimming concepts. Skills are age appropriate, helping participants achieve success on a regular basis while in a class environment with their peers.

Based on a logical, six-level progression that helps swimmers 5+ years old and adults develop their water safety, survival and swimming skills. It is designed to give participants a positive learning experience.

Class Description
  • Parent and Child Aquatics: Our lessons emphasize body positioning, water adjustment and fun. Lessons are designed for youngsters 6-18 months, 18-36 months to 3 years. Parent must accompany child in the water.
  • Preschool Aquatics: Our lessons are designed for youngsters who have previously enrolled in our Parent/Child class. Lessons further emphasize the development of body positioning, water adjustment skills, functioning independently in the water and fun. Prerequisite: At least 1 Parent and Child class.
  • Level 1/Introduction to Water Skills: Our lessons are designed for youngsters 5 and older. Lessons emphasize building self-confidence, breathing control skills and floating with support.
  • Level 2/Fundamental Aquatic Skills: These lessons are designed for youngsters who feel comfortable in the water. Lessons emphasize floating independently, rhythmic breathing and underwater exploration. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Level 1.
  • Level 3/Stroke Development: Our lessons emphasize coordinating components of the front and back crawl, demonstrating the fundamentals of elementary backstroke, introduction of the breaststroke, treading water and diving from kneeling and compact positions.
  • Prerequisite: Successful completion of level 2.
  • Level 4/Stroke Improvement: Our lessons emphasize further development of front and back crawl, elementary backstroke, introduction of the breaststroke, sidestroke, starts, turns and diving.
  • Levels 5/Stroke Refinement: Provides further refinement of fundamental skills and add advanced skills, such as competitive starts, turns, butterfly stroke and springboard diving.
  • Levels 6/Swimming & Skill Proficiency: Refines the strokes so participants swim them with ease, efficiency, power and smoothness over greater didtances. Level 6 is designed with "menu" options that focus on preparing students with a variety of actitities. Options include: Personal Water Safety, Lifeguard Rediness, Fumdamentals of Diving and Fitness Swimmer.

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