Swim Lessons

Newsletter Training SwimTeams

Once you’ve decided on the appropriate level for your child, take a look at our offered classes in the Interactive eBrochure or PDF eBrochure.

American Red Cross Youth Swim Lessons

Choosing Your Child’s Level

The Red Cross Learn to Swim program progresses from complete beginner to swim team or lifeguard / swim instructor ability. Most levels require more than one session to complete. Choose a class level from the descriptions below or click here to view a handy chart that helps you decide the right level for your child. On the first day of lessons, instructors assess the skill level of each student and may move students within class levels.

Parent – Child Aquatic Program

(6 mos.–2 yrs) Guardian is required to be in the water with child. Parents will receive information/techniques to help them orient their child to the water in a safe and comfortable manner and supervise water activities. Water adjustment is the goal. Elementary swim skills covered include: holding positions, water entry, bubble blowing, supported front & back movement, underwater exploration and rolling over.

Preschool Aquatics Program

(3-5 yrs old) Guardian is required to remain at the facility. Instructors guide preschoolers through the basics of water adjustment and into water exploration in a safe and fun manner. Elementary skills covered include: water safety and practices, water entry, bubble blowing, supported front and back movement, underwater exploration, rolling over and swimming readiness skills. Instructional plan is based on Levels 1 and 2 of the American Red Cross Learn to Swim Program. Classes are divided on the first day into those who are willing to put their face in the water and those who are not.

Level 1: Introduction to Water Skills

Instructors focus on encouraging students to be comfortable in the water and teach skills which are fundamental to the swimming process such as supported floating and kick on front and back, alternate arm action and water safety rules and skills. Student must have some water adjustment and be able to stand up in 3 ½ feet of water by him/her self.

Level 2: Fundamental Aquatic Skills

Students will learn to float without support and to propel themselves through the water on the front and back using alternating arm and leg actions on the front and back, rhythmic breathing, and additional water safety skills. Choose this class if your child is comfortable putting their face in the water and can float for a second or two (front or back).

Level 3: Stroke Development

Students will learn to coordinate breathing within the stroke for increased comfort and the ability to swim for greater distances. Skills covered include fundamentals of elementary backstroke, treading water, butterfly kick and body motion, front and back crawl and water safety skills. Choose this class if your child can glide through the water on their front or back and use some sort of arm and leg action to propel themselves through the water.

Level 4: Stroke Improvement

Students will improve the technical aspects of their strokes for increased efficiency when swimming. Instructors will focus on increasing endurance and introducing new strokes. Skills covered include breaststroke and sidestroke, turns at wall and water safety skills. Choose this class if your child is able to swim crawl stroke with breathing to the side for 10 to 15 yards.

Level 5: Stroke Refinement

Students will refine their strokes and increase distances. Skills covered include alternate breathing, underwater swimming, butterfly, open turns on front and back, diving safety, front flip turn and backstroke flip turn.

Level 6: Endurance / Fitness

A great way for older youth to enhance their skills and get some exercise! Students will work towards the goal of being able to swim distances and swim faster while maintaining their form and technique. Distance and time goals will be set through a cooperative decision made by the swimmer and the instructor. Students will also work on flip and open turns and competitive swimming terminology.

Once you’ve decided on the appropriate level for your child, take a look at our offered classes in the eBrochure.

Dallas Family Waterpark

Helping Dallas youth learn to swim: The Teach a Child to Swim scholarship program

Drowning is the second leading cause of injury death of infants and children younger than 15 years old in the U.S. For every child who drowns, four children are hospitalized for near-drowning. Unfortunately, many families cannot afford the cost of swim lessons. You Can Help.

Donate to the Scholarship Fund

The Dallas Park and Recreation Department offers low cost swim lessons at locations throughout the city. For only $40, you can help us teach a child to swim. Your $40 donation will fund a two week session of swim lessons for one child. Swimming is a skill every child should learn. Swimming adds fun and fitness to a child’s life, and most importantly, may one day save their life.

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