Swim Lesson Information

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Conversion Chart

In 2015, the North Liberty Aquatics Center reorganized its lesson levels. Please refer the the chart below to convert from our previous levels to our current levels.

Previous Levels 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
New Levels 1 2 2 3 4 5 5 6 6

Lesson Progression

It is possible for children not to pass each level after one attempt. Instructors will evaluate skills on the first day of lessons and students may be moved as spots become available. It is common for Level 1-3 to take one to two summers to pass and Levels 4-6 needing two to four summers to pass. Please remind your children that it is normal to repeat levels.

Parent & Tot (ages 6 months – 2 years)

This 30-minute class gives an adult caregiver a chance to interact in the water while learning fun pool activities and proper methods of instructing the child. The goal of the program is to acquaint the child to the water with the assistance of a parent. At least one adult must accompany each child.
Tadpoles (Age 3) For the young swimmer wanting to learn aquatic skills independent of caretaker. Pre-requisite: must be able to be in a class setting in the pool and following direction given by the instructor.

Level 1 (Age 4 or passed Tadpoles)

This class teaches children to be comfortable with bobs to nose, front/back float with assistance, roll front to back and back to front with support and alternating arm actions.

Level 2 (Passed Level 1)

This class provides practice of performing skills independently. Pre-requisite: glide on front/ back at least two body lengths, alternating arm action with assistance; from front to back float, float five seconds; from back to front float, five seconds with support.

Level 3 (Passed Level 2)

Float/glide without support, recover to a vertical position and introduce front/back crawl. Pre-requisite: Glide on front/ back at least two body lengths, combined arm, leg action on front/back two body lengths.

Level 4 (Passed level 3)

Improve skills and further develop alternating arm and leg actions for front crawl, back crawl and elementary backstroke. The scissor, dolphin, and breaststroke kick are introduced to build on the fundamentals of treading water. Pre-requisites: Push off from wall, glide on front/back with combined arm/leg action and recover to vertical position.

Level 5 (Passed level 4)

Increase endurance and improve technique for front crawl, back crawl and elementary backstroke. Arm actions added for sidestroke, breaststroke and butterfly. Pre-requisites: Jump in chest deep water, swim front crawl 15 yards, tread water for 15 seconds, swim elementary back stroke 15 yards continuously.

Level 6 (Passed level 5)

Refine strokes (front crawl, back crawl, elementary backstroke, side stroke, breast stroke and butterfly) while increasing distance. Pre-requisite: Perform a stride dive into deep water; swim front crawl 25 yards; swim breaststroke 15 yards; swim elementary backstroke 25 yards.

Make Up/Refund Policy

Monday through Friday morning Lessons will refund a lesson only if three or more classes per session are missed or if the facility is unable to offer lessons.
Evening lessons will refund a missed lesson only if the facility is unable to offer the lesson.
Private lessons will receive a refund for the missed class only if the facility is unable to offer the lesson.
Refunds or make-ups will not be given if the participant is unable to attend a scheduled class.
Participants are unable to attend a different day/time or session if they are unable to attend their scheduled class times
Request for program/class refunds must be made at least 3 weekdays prior to the first class meeting between the hours of 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Refunds for health reasons may be considered. Copy of doctor’s note is required.
Requests must be made in writing to the Aquatic Supervisor.
Any credits may be applied to your NLRC account.
Refunds are processed through City Hall and will be mailed to you. Please allow 3-4 weeks
Bodily fluid incidents are beyond our control and do not qualify for refunds or make-ups.