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Learn To Swim Program


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Levels 1 & 2 Basic Aquatic Skills: Age 6-14
These levels are combined as all students are developing confidence and the basic skills to feel comfortable and safe in, on, and around the water. These skills include bobs, floating, sculling, and blowing bubble.

Levels 3 & 4 Stroke Development: Age 6-14
These levels are where students begin to develop the specific skills needed for each of the strokes. Each level is taught separately to best allow each student to develop their strokes as each level adds another stoke or two to the curriculum.

Level 5 & 6 Stroke Refinement: Age 6-14
Once the student knows the basics of all six strokes, she or he can work on refining the stroke and building endurance.

Other Learn to Swim Programs

Parent-Child: Age 6 months –6 years
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There are 2 Parent-Child levels. Our classes combine the levels so the more advanced youth may model for the other youth and so parents can learn from one another as well as the instructor.

Preschool: Age 3 – 5 years
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There are 3 of preschool levels. Once the last level of the preschool levels is complete, the student will move to level 3 in the school age levels.

Adult Swim Lessons: Age 15+
For adults who want to learn to swim. This is for beginners and intermediate level swimmers.

Private Swim Lessons:
Private lessons are set up at each individual pool site based upon availability of pool space and instructors. Lessons are tailored to the individual’s needs. Semi-private lessons are available for students of similar skill for up to 3 students. $80 for the first student. $40 for the second and third student. Must sign up as a group for a single instructor and time to receive semi-private price.


We do have partial scholarships available. To apply for a need based scholarship, interested persons must come to the Aquatics Office at 1225 F Street at the F Street Community Center. The office is located on the second floor and is open Monday-Friday 8am-4.30pm. Proof of income (most recent paycheck stubs for household, or income tax return), scholarship form, and a signed photo waiver must be presented to be considered for scholarship. Scholarship form and photo waiver are available at the office.

Skill Development and Certification Courses

Water Sport Camp: Ages 9-14 *Coming in 2015*
Participants will be able to learn a variety of skills which will vary slightly every session. Activities may include snorkeling, tandem canoeing, kayaking, synchronized swimming, water polo, basic scuba, open water swimming, kayak polo, water hockey, and more!

Junior Lifeguard

Last year’s pilot of Junior Lifeguarding was so popular we added more levels!

Intro to Junior Lifeguard: Ages 10-14
Swim front crawl 25 yards with breathing, Swim 25 yards breast stroke, tread water for 30 seconds, float on back for 30 seconds.
This program creates a base of skills and knowledge and includes the American Red Cross Personal Water Safety curriculum. Participants will also shadow lifeguards for 1 hour for 2 days.

Junior Lifeguard: Ages 11-15
Prerequisites: Intro to Junior Lifeguard
This level follows the American Red Cross Junior Lifeguard curriculum. Participants will shadow lifeguards for 1 hour a day.

Advanced Junior Lifeguard: Ages 12-15 *Coming in 2015*
Prerequisites: Junior Lifeguard
This level adds waterfront and water park lifeguarding skills, develops resume and job interview skills. Participants will shadow lifeguards for at least 1 hour per day and attend an in-service.


Lifeguarding: Ages 15+
Successful completion of this course results in a 2-year certification as an American Red Cross Lifeguard.
Prerequisites: Must be 15 before the last day of the course. Must be able to swim 300 yards (6 laps) of front crawl and/or breaststroke. Must be able to tread water for 2 minutes without the use of the hands. Must be able to swim 20 yards, submerge and retrieve a 10 pound weight, and return the object to the beginning by kicking on the back, both hands on the weight.


Water Safety Instructor: Ages 16+
Successful completion of this course results in a 2-year certification as an American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor.
Prerequisites: Must be 16 before the last day of the course. Must be able to tread water for 1 minute, then float or scull on the back for 1 minute. Must be able to swim 25 yards for each of the following strokes in good form: front crawl, backstroke, breaststroke, elementary backstroke, and sidestroke. Must be able to swim 15 yards of butterfly.

Junior Swim Instructor $30: Ages 12-16
Lincoln Parks and Recreation is proud to introduce our new Junior Swim Instructor Program.
Level 1: Participants will work on their swimming and teaching skills. They will also assist a Swim Instructor for four (4) days of swim lessons. Upon successful completion of Level 1, participants may apply to be volunteers (age 12-19) or assistant swim instructors (14-19) for the Learn-to-Swim Program. Level 2: Coming in 2015, successful completion of this level will certify participants as a Water Safety Instructor Aide and will further prepare students to teach and develop skills needed to become a Water Safety Instructor.

Other Programs

Bring-a-Buddy: Ages 5-12
This is a swim class designed for children of all abilities. It is structured to allow each individual the level of support they need, whether it is full hands on or occasional redirection, or developing comfort in the water. Each participant attends class with a parent, caregiver, sibling or friend who will provide the individual with the support they need while participating in instructor led activities. This is a 40 minute class, but individuals are welcome to leave earlier if necessary. At the end of each session, the instructor(s) will provide an individualized skill assessment. If the student would like to try another swim program, speak with the instructor at the end of the session and see what they suggest. The ratio of instructor to students-buddy pairs is 1:8.

Special Olympics Bridge Program: Ages 8-14
This class is not meant to develop swimming skills, but rather to learn about the events available to a participant of the Lincoln Shooting Stars Special Olympics Swim Team, and sample what a practice and competition could be like, which includes building endurance. Hands on support, and support via floatation aides are permitted. Participants in the Bridge program will get to meet the swim team coaches and be pre-evaluated for what events might be best to start with. The ratio of instructor to students is 1:5.
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