Swim school offers group lessons for children 6 months to 12 years old at the BCRD Aquatic Center during June, July, and August. Skill-based, leveled group lessons are offered in two-week sessions with 30-minute classes on Monday - Friday the first week and Monday - Thursday the second week. The instructor to student ratio for group lessons is 1:4.

When: Week 1: Monday-Friday, Week 2: Monday-Thursday at 10:45 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 11:45 a.m. or 12:15 p.m.

 Session 1  June 8 - 18 
 Session 2  June 22 - July 2
 Session 3  July 6 - 16
 Session 4  July 20 - 30
 Session 5  August 3 - 13


Cost: $42 per session
Thanks to Atkinson's Market, scholarships are available. Please inquire when you register.

Registration:  You may register in person at the BCRD Aquatic Center during our pre-season hours which are yet to be determined due to COVID-19 health crisis. Registration will also be open during regular business hours when the Aquatic Center opens for the season. Please contact the pool during regular hours for private lessons.

Age Requirements:
All swim school participants must be 3 years old or older.
Children 2 and under are welcome to join us for our Parent & Me Classes (see details below)

Ability-based groups:

STARFISH/Parent and Me (Level 1)

Ages: ages 6 months to 3 years. Parent(s) must be in the water with the child.

When: Week 1: Monday - Friday and Week 2: Monday - Thursday from 11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. in the Leisure Pool

Details: The objective of our Starfish/Parent and Me class is to help students feel comfortable in the water while mom or dad is at their side. This is not a learn to swim class, this course is aimed solely at teaching water safety and the love of the water!

MINNOWS (Level 2)

Pre-requisites:
  • 3 years or older
  • willing to sit on top step
  • comfortable being held in water
Objectives: Safety skills, comfortable in the water, blow bubbles from nose, bobbing, kicking with proper form, back and front float with assistance, 'superman' arms (streamline) with assistance, willing to jump into the water while holding instructor's hand

JELLYFISH (Level 3)  

Pre-requisites:
  • willing to put head underwater
  • comfortable being horizontal in water
Objectives: Safety skills, front and back float without assistance, bubble blowing from nose, bobbing, underwater swim (3-5 meters), kick board without assistance, intro to front crawl

GOLDFISH (Level 4)

Pre-requisites:
  • swim 5 yards unassisted
  • comfortable in the deep end of pool
Objectives: Safety skills, child can jump in and swim 5 meters to instructor, turn onto a back float and swim out of it, underwater swim (5-10 meters), kick board width of pool, kick on back without assistance, bobbing in the deep end, knee dive into a swim, grab a ring in deep end with assistance, knowledge of "froggy kick" (breaststroke kick) 

BETA (Level 5)

Pre-requisites:
  • swim 10 - 15 yards
  • comfortable swimming completely underwater
Objectives: Safety skills, child can swim the width of the pool with assistance, knowledge of standing diving, kick board the length of the pool, underwater swim 10 meters, bobbing in the deep end without assistance, 'froggy kick' on kick board without assistance, backstroke without assistance, front crawl (freestyle)mastered

STING RAYS (Level 6)

Pre-requisites:
  • swim width of pool
  • comfortable with basics of freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke
Objectives: Safety skills, mastery of backstroke, mastery of breaststroke, can swim the width of the pool in backstroke and breaststroke,  can swim the length of the pool in front crawl (freestyle), knowledge of 'dolphin' (butterfly) kick, standing dive, treading water 1 minute

SHARKS (Level 7)

Pre-requisites:
  • swim length of pool
  • comfortable building technique on all strokes  
Objectives: Safety skills, dive from block, swim 100 yards freestyle, underwater breaststroke pull, basic butterfly knowledge, swim 25 yards in backstroke and breaststroke, treading water 2 minutes, understanding of open water turns, sculling


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