Interested 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.
Session I: June 1 - June 11, 2015
Session II: June 15 - June 25, 2015
Registration for Sessions I and II is Friday, May 29, 2015, at 7:30 a.m (Ajo pool swim lessons registration will be on May 30, 2015 at 7:30a.m.). If spots are available in any class after May 29, registration will continue during open pool hours until classes are full. 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.
Session III: July 6 - July 16, 2015
Session IV: July 20 - July 30, 2015
Registration for Sessions III and IV is Friday, June 26, 2015, at 7:30 a.m. If spots are available in any class after June 26, registration will continue during open pool hours until classes are full. 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 30, 2015.
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.
Lifeguard Readiness is the focus of this course (replaces the Jr. Lifeguard Program.)