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Swimming Classes

Swim LessonsInterested in swim lessons for your child or yourself? Pima County offers a variety of American Red Cross swim lessons during the summer swim season. Read through the class descriptions and call the pool nearest you if you have any questions!

Lessons cost $20 for a two-week session (8 classes.)

Please do not mail in registration forms. Registration is taken at the pools. Late registration may be made through the Principal Lifeguard, if openings are available. Registration dates and times are given below. For specific class offerings and times please call your local pool.

The Northwest YMCA – Thad Terry Pool swim lessons will be taught through the YMCA. Please call (520) 229-9006 for information on swim lesson classes at this facility.

Sessions:

Session I:  June 2 - June 12, 2014
Session II:  June 16 - June 26, 2014

Registration for Sessions I and II begins Friday, May 30, 2014 at 7:30 a.m. (Ajo pool swim lesson registration will be on June 1 at 7:30 a.m.), and continues thereafter during open hours. You may register for both Session I and II at this time. If your child progresses to the next skill level between sessions, every effort will be made to accommodate him/her in the next level class.

Sessions:

Swim LessonsSession III:  July 7 - July 17, 2014
Session IV:  July 21 - July 31, 2014 

Registration for Sessions III and IV begins Friday, June 27, 2014, at 7:30 a.m., and continues thereafter during open hours. You may register for both Session III and IV at this time. If your child progresses to the next skill level between sessions, every effort will be made to accommodate him/her in the next level class.

If three or more lessons are cancelled in any given session due to lightning, or mechanical malfunction, lessons will continue past July 31, 2014.

Class Descriptions

Parent and Child Aquatics
Class for children 6 months to 3 years of age. A parent or guardian accompanies the child into the water. Emphasis is on orienting the child and parent to simple water skills. Water adjustment, development of aquatic motor skills, and safety are the primary focus.

Level 1: Introduction to Water Skills
The objective is to help the students feel comfortable in the water and enjoy the water safely. Elementary aquatics skills and safe practices around the water are taught.

Level 2: Fundamental Aquatic Skills
Prerequisite: Level 1 certificate or equivalent skills. Emphasis is on success with fundamental skills.

Level 3: Stroke Development
Prerequisite: Level 2 certificate or equivalent skills. Focus on additional guided practice of Level II skills as well as the introduction to more advance skills of butterfly and treading water.

Level 4: Stroke Improvement
Prerequisite: Level 3 certificate or equivalent skills. The objective is to build confidence and endurance with familiar strokes. New strokes include breaststroke, sidestroke, and rotary breathing.

Level 5: Stroke Refinement
Prerequisite: Level 4 certificate or equivalent skills. The objective is coordination and refinement of strokes with an increase in distances and an introduction to flip turns.

Level 6: Swimming and Skill Proficiency
Prerequisite: Level 5 certificate or equivalent skills. The objective is to refine the strokes so students swim with more ease, efficiency, power, and smoothness over greater distances.

Guard Start
Lifeguard Readiness is the focus of this course (replaces the Jr. Lifeguard Program.)

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