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Aquatic Lessons (Levels 1-5)

All swim lesson sessions consist of 10 classes (35 minutes each) that meet Monday - Friday for two consecutive weeks. Lessons follow the American Red Cross Learn to Swim Program. To help select the appropriate level for your child please reference the American Red Cross class descriptions or read the discriptions below. Only one session of lessons may be registered for at a time.  To sign up for additional lessons you must complete your current session, allowing you to register for the appropriate level.

Aquatic Registration Dates:  Aquatic Lessons have their own registration dates outside of regular program registration.  Registration dates for the fall/winter sessions of aquatic lessons are as follows:

Level 1 | 6 yrs. - 8.99 yrs.
Level 2 | 6 yrs. - 13.99 yrs.
Level 3 | 7 yrs. - 13.99 yrs.
Level 4 | 8 yrs. - 13.99 yrs.
Level 5 | 8 yrs. - 13.99 yrs.

Session 1 | May 30 - June 12 - Registration Opens - May 8 @ 12:00 pm
Session 2 | June 19 - June 30 - Registration Opens - May 30 @ 12:00 pm
Session 3 | July 10 - July 21 - Registration Opens - June 19 @ 12:00 pm
Session 4 | July 31 - Aug 11 - Registration Opens - July 10 @ 12:00 pm.


Leisure Pool | Pre-A - Level 2
Lap Pool | Level 3 - 5

FEE: $40.00

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Click on the "Register Now" link to view available dates and times.

Level 1 - Introduction to Water Skills (MUST BE AGE 6+) (Leisure Pool)
Participant will be able to enter water unassisted, move for 5 yards, bob 5 times to chin level and safely exit the water. Participant must also float on front with support for 3 seconds, roll to back (w/ assistance) and float on back with support for 3 seconds. Instructor is in water with participants at all times.

Level 2 - Fundamental Aquatic Skills (Leisure Pool)
Participant will learn to step into chest-deep water, move into a front float for 5 seconds, roll over to back float, return to standing position, then move back to a back float for 5 seconds and return to a standing position. Participant will also learn to push off and swim using a combination of arm and leg actions for 15 feet on the back. Instructor is in water with participants at all times.

Level 3 - Stroke Development (Lap Pool)
Participant must be able to jump into chest-deep water from the side, swim front crawl for 15 yards with face in the water and rhythmic breathing pattern (to front or side), maintain position by treading or floating for 30 seconds and swim back crawl for 15 yards. Instructor is in water as needed.

Level 4 - Stroke Improvement (Lap Pool)
Participant must be able to perform a feet-first entry into chest-deep water, swim front crawl for 25 yards, maintain position on back for 1 minute in deep water (float or sculling) and swim elementary backstroke for 15 yards. Participant must also swim breaststroke for 15 yards, tread water for 1 minute and swim back crawl for 25 yards. Instructor is in water as needed.

Level 5 - Stroke Refinement (Lap Pool)
Participant must perform a shallow dive into deep water, swim front crawl for 50 yards, maintain position on back for 2 minutes in deep water (float or scull) and swim elementary backstroke for 25 yards. Must also swim breaststroke for 25 yards, tread water for 2 minutes and swim back crawl for 50 yards. Instructor is in water as needed.

Level 6 - (Lap Pool)
Consists of three sections including:  Fitness Swimmer, Personal Water Safety, and Fundamentals of Diving
Fitness Swimmer - The objective of this level is to refine strokes so participants swim with greater efficiency and effectiveness over longer distances.
Personal Water Safety - The objective of this level is to help participants learn how to recognize and respond to an aquatic emergency.
Fundamentals of Diving - Participants will learn how to dive safely off of the diving board.  Various dives and skills will be taught to the level of each diver.


General Registration Information:

Classes which require a minimum enrollment to be self-supporting will only be offered if the minimum number is enrolled by registration deadline (if not filled, refund will be given, SEE REFUND POLICY BELOW).

We accept cash, checks, and credit cards (MC, VI & DI).

Make checks payable to DPR.

When registering for a class, you must pay for the registration at that time.

No registration will be accepted at a program site.

We do not want to deny any child participation due to the inability to pay (contact the Parks and Recreation Office for details).

Dickinson Parks and Recreation is committed to providing equal access for all participants. All programs are open to individuals with disabilities. If special requirements are needed due to a disability, please include a written request with the registration form. Thank you.


NO REFUND POLICY for those classes which have limited enrollment and are on a first come, first serve basis will be enforced (such as aquatics). 

All programs with an unlimited enrollment - refunds will be allowed prior to the program beginning. No refunds will be given once the program has begun.