Swim Lesson Information

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

6 months – 2 years: This class gives adult caretakers a chance to interact with children in the water while leading them through fun water activities. This class focuses on water acclimation and basic skills. The goal is to acquaint kids to the water with parental assistance. An adult must accompany each child.


Age 3: This class is designed for the young swimmer wanting to learn aquatic skills independent of caretaker. This class teaches beginner skills while increasing swimmers’ comfort in the water. Pre-requisites: Children must be able to be in a class setting in the pool and follow an instructor’s directions.

Level 1

Age 4 or Passed Tadpoles: This class teaches children to be comfortable submerging their heads in the water. This level also includes practicing: front float with face in the water and with support, back float with support, roll from front float to back float and back float to front float with support, front and back glides with support, paddling on front with face in the water with support and paddling on back with support.

Level 2

Passed Level 1: This level has similar skills as Level 1 but will provide practice of completing skills independently and with increased distance. Freestyle and backstroke will be completed independently. All glides and floats on front and back will be completed independently as well. Pre-requisites: Front float with face in water with support, back float with support, roll from front float to back float and back float to front float with support, paddling arms and legs on front and back with support, paddling on front with face in water.

Level 3

Passed Level 2: This level includes increased distance of freestyle and backstroke as well as front glide and back glide. Elementary backstroke arms and legs and breaststroke arms are introduced in this level and completed independently. Also, rolling from front to back while gliding will be taught. Pre-requisites: Font and back float independently, front and back glide 10 feet independently, roll from front float to back float and back float to front float independently, swim freestyle and backstroke 10 feet independently.

Level 4

Passed Level 3: This level continues increasing distance for for freestyle and backstroke to 10 yards. Rotary breathing for freestyle is introduced in this level along with dolphin kick, and breaststroke. Elementary backstroke arms and legs are put together for the first time in this level. Pre-requisites: Freestyle and backstroke 15 feet, elementary backstroke arms independently, elementary backstroke legs independently, breaststroke arms, and rolling from front to back while gliding.

Level 5

Passed Level 4: This level continues increasing endurance for freestyle, backstroke, and elementary backstroke to 15 yards. Diving, sidestroke, butterfly arms, breaststroke arms and legs together and treading water are all introduced in this level. Pre-requisites: Freestyle with rotary breathing 10 yards, backstroke 10 yards, elementary backstroke with arms and legs together, dolphin kick and breaststroke kick.

Level 6

Passed Level 5: This level is the final level in our program. This class will continue building endurance for freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, elementary backstroke and sidestroke. Butterfly arms and legs will be put together. Other introduced skills will be flip turns, surface dive (fully submerged), long dive with a glide of 2 body lengths and then swim, compact dive. Pre-requisites: Freestyle 15 yards, tread 30 seconds, backstroke for 15 yards, breaststroke 15 yards, open turn, elementary backstroke 15 yards and butterfly arms.

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.
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