General Information for All Swim Lessons
The age requirements for swim lesson programs are: Infants 6-24 months old, Toddlers 2-3 years old, and Beginners 3-5 years old. The teacher-to-student ratio for Beginners is 1:4 and for Swimming Lesson University is 1:6.
During lessons, all parents are asked to sit either in the concession area or outside the fence. Only participants are allowed on the deck during lessons.
Lessons are scheduled Monday-Thursday. If the weather produces thunder or lightning, lessons will be cancelled and made up on Friday. Staff will NOT hold an out-of-water safety day on inclement weather days. For information on cancellations, call the pool at 630-584-3314 or Pottawatomie Community Center at 630-513-6200.
Registration for swim lessons must be made 7 days prior to the first day. For the swim lesson refund/transer policy and additional Park District policies, click here.
For information on lifeguard camps and courses, click here.
Parent and Child Swim Lessons
Ages 6-24M w/Adult
Early swim lessons set a positive foundation towards a lifetime of participation and
enjoyment in a variety of water sports and aquatic venues on, in and under the
water. This program requires active, in-water participation of the adult and child.
Using songs and activiites, instructors will encourage participants to develop a lifelong
enjoyment of water. Skill development is determined by the ability of each
child. Class includes group and free-time activities. Children who are not
must wear a swim diaper.
Beginner Swim Lessons
Designed for the independent child with good communication skills. Participants
are assessed on their basic skill levels and placed accordingly into groups. Skill
development ranges from water orientation to stroke readiness. Use of personal
flotation devices and water safety are discussed. Instructor/student ratio is 1:4.
Teach the Teacher: Pre-Season Swim Lessons
Ages 6 months - 5 years
Start swimming lessons early this year by being apart
of this swim instructor development program. Your
participation will assist staff in creating basic teaching
strategies and while teaching your child swim techniques. Lessons require active in-water participation of both adults and children. All experience levels welcome.
Swimming Lesson University
Participants will develop swim strokes and water
safety skills. Instructors use practical teaching techniques
and developmentally-appropriate learning
Program Levels and Prerequisites
Swim 100: No Prerequisite
Swim Strokes 200: Swim 15 feet without a flotation device, face in the water and breathing as needed.
Advanced Swim Strokes 300: Swim 25 feet of Backstroke and Freestyle with side breathing.
Lifesaving Strokes 400: Swim 30 feet of Backstroke and Freestyle with side breathing.
Participants will be assessed on the first class for proper skill level perquisites. Level advancement is not automatic and may take several seasons/sessions to progress. Participants will be assigned accordingly to the big or small pool. Instructor/student ratio is 1:6. Program is endorsed by the World Aquatic Babies & Children Network, a nationally-acclaimed, award-winning swim school.
Private Swim Lessons
Need some one-on-one lessons to improve your
swimming skills? On a first-come, first-serve basis,
registration begins June 1. Only the participant and
instructor are allowed in the water during the lesson.
After each lesson, participants must exit the water.
You must give 24 hours notice if you need to
reschedule or cancel a private swim lesson. If no notice
is given, you will be charged for the lesson. Requests
for specific instructors are accepted, but not guaranteed.
Each session includes 4 half-hour lessons.
Longfellow`s WHALE Tales Water Safety
Learn safe behavior in, on and around the water. Taught in a classroom setting, WHALE Tales makes water safety fun and easy to learn. Each lesson is reinforced with color posters, worksheets, activities and a video that features Longfellow, the animated whale
Intro to Springboard Diving
Learn the fundamentals of springboard diving on a 1-meter diving board. Practice forward and backward approaches, proper body alignment, form and entry. Discuss diving safety techniques. New dives will be introduced according to ability and comfort level of the participant. You must be able to tread water and swim unassisted. Little or no diving experience necessary. No class July 4. Make-up July 5.