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Swim Lessons

Adaptive Swim opportunities listed in Youth Programs

Parent-Child: Ages 1-6 years

There are two Parent-Child levels. Our classes combine the levels so the more advanced youth may model for the other youth and so parents may learn from one another, as well as the instructor. Parent-Child Information

Preschool: Ages 3-5 years

There are three Preschool levels. Once a child has completed Preschool Level 3, they move to Level 3 with the school age children. Preschool Information

School Age: Ages 6-14 years

Download Learn to Swim Levels
Levels 1 &2 Basic Aquatics Skills
These levels are typically 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 bubbles.
Levels 3 & 4 Stroke Development
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.
Levels 5 & 6 Stroke Refinement
Once the student knows the basics of all six strokes, she or he can work on refining the stroke and building endurance. We also encourage someone at a Level 5 or 6 to join swim team (link text to swim team page), or try one of our training programs such as our Stroke Workshop, Junior Lifeguard (link to section), and Swim Instructor Training (link to section).

Adult: Age 15+

For Adults who want to learn to swim. This is for beginners and intermediate level swimmers.

Private 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.

Scholarships

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.

Youth Programs

Stroke Workshop: Ages 6-19

This is an opportunity for youth to improve their strokes. Each session lasts just under an hour and is overseen by a swim team coach and/or certified swim instructor.

Try It!: Ages 9-15

There is more to swimming than laps. Try It! events allow participants to try activities such as: log-rolling, snorkel, water polo, water volley ball, attempt synchronized swimming poses, underwater hockey, diving and scuba. Prices and schedule vary.

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 30 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 student-buddy pairs is 1:8.

Introduction to Adaptive Swim Team: Ages 8-14

This class is not meant to develop swimming skills, but rather to learn about the events available to a participant of a inclusive or adaptive 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 will get to be pre-evaluated for what events might be best to start with. The ratio of instructor to students is 1:5.

Training & Certification

LIFEGUARD TRAINING

Intro to Junior Lifeguard*: Ages 9-14

Prerequisites: 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 may also shadow lifeguards for 1 hour for 2 days.

Junior Lifeguard*: Ages 10-15

Prerequisites: Intro to Junior Lifeguard or participation on swim team
This level follows the American Red Cross Junior Lifeguard curriculum. Participants will shadow lifeguards for 1 hour a day.
* Both levels are listed as “Junior Guard” in the registration system. Participants will be separated on site.

Lifeguard Certification: Ages 15+

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.
Successful completion of this course results in a 2-year certification as an American Red Cross Lifeguard.
Download the Lifeguard Manual.
Notes: Some facilities do not hire lifeguards until age 16. The State of Nebraska requires the CPR certification to be renewed yearly. Lifeguard certification must be current to take the Review course.

Lifeguard Instructor: Ages 19+

Prerequisites: Must be 19 before the last day of the course. Must have at least 2 summers/years experience as a lifeguard. Must be able to meet the prerequisites for Lifeguard certification. Must be comfortable performing ALL skills in the American Red Cross Lifeguard Manual without coaching.
This course involves lessons planning, and practice teaching for five assigned topics, demonstrating skills to the standard of the American Red Cross, demonstrating the ability to evaluate skills and provide appropriate feedback, and demonstrating professional behavior.
Successful completion of this course results in certification as an American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor.

SWIM INSTRUCTOR TRAINING

Swim Instructor Training: Ages 12-16

Prerequisites: Swim front crawl 25 yards with breathing, Swim 25 yards breast stroke, tread water for 30 seconds, float on back for 30 seconds.
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, participants may apply to be volunteers (age 12-19), assistant swim instructors or instructors (Age 16 +) for the Learn-to-Swim Program.

Water Safety Instructor: Ages 16+

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.
This course involves lessons planning, and practice teaching for five assigned topics, demonstrating skills to the standard of the American Red Cross, demonstrating the ability to evaluate skills and provide appropriate feedback, and demonstrating professional behavior. Successful completion of this course results in a 2-year easy-to-maintain certification as an American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor. You may preview materials here.

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