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Swim Lessons at Otter Cove & Swanson Pool

General Information for All Swim Lessons

Swim lessons set a positive foundation towards a lifetime of participation and enjoyment
in a variety of water sports and aquatic venues on, in, and around the water. The park
district swim lessons program is endorsed by the World Aquatic Babies & Children
Network, a nationally-acclaimed, award-winning swim school. Swim lesson instructors
are certified in CPR and First Aid.

For FAQs, click here.

For information on lifeguard camps and courses, click here.

For additional swim programs at Swanson Pool, click here.

St Charles Park District Aquatic Swimmer and Parent Handbook, click here.

Bubble Club
Ages 6 to 48 Months

Using a variety of activities, games and songs, instructors will encourage
participants to develop a lifelong enjoyment of the water. Learn to perform flutter kicks, entering and exiting the water and basic water safety skills. Children who are not toilet trained must wear a swim diaper.
Instructor/ student ratio is 1:12.

Tadpoles- Ages 6-36 months
This program requires active, in-water participation of the adult and child. Class
includes group and free-time activities.

Frogs - Ages 3-4
Children will build confidence in the water and as they learn swim skills
through structured instruction.

Click here to register for the Bubble Club in Leisure Link online registration.


Academy Prep
Ages 4-5

Swim Academy Prep - Ages 4-5
Develop swim strokes and water safety skills. Learn to float with and without a lifejacket, eventually fully submerge yourself under the water, and various progressions of kicking. Swimmers will be grouped by skill level. Lessons will be conducted in an average water depth of three feet. If your child is not comfortable in this depth, staff recommends enrolling in Bubble Club. Children who are not toilet-trained must wear a swim diaper. Swimmers must perform all skills to advance to the next level. Instructor/student ratio is 1:4.
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Beginner 1: Learn to enter and exit the water without assistance. Begin to get face, nose and eyes wet. Introduction of front kicks, back kicks, front float and back float. Review pool rules and water safety. Must perform all skills to advance.

Beginner 2: Learn to jump into water, comfortably submerse yourself, perform unsupported front/back glide and float. Float with lifejacket. Review pool rules and water safety. Must perform all skills to advance.

Beginner 3: Learn to jump into chest deep water, comfortably submerse yourself five times, and perform unsupported front and back kicks. Introduction to pop-up or roll-over breathing and backstroke. Review pool
rules and water safety. Must perform all skills to advance. Instructor/student ratio is 1:4.

Click here to register for Academy Prep in Leisure Link online registration.


Swim Academy
Ages 5+

Learn stroke development and water safety skills throughout four program levels. Swimmer assessments
will be performed by instructors the first day of each session for proper skill level prerequisites. Level adjustment is not automatic and may take several sessions/seasons to progress. Instructor/student ratio is 1:4. Swimmers must perform all skills to advance to the next level..

Level 100: Learn to enter and exit the water with confidence, breath control through comfortable submersions, front and back kicks, and freestyle without side breathing.

Level 200: Learn freestyle with side breathing, flutter kicking on back, streamline flutter kicking, backstroke, freestyle, and breath control.

Level 300: Learn backstroke, freestyle with side breathing, breast, and butterfly kick.

Level 400: Learn scissor kick, sidestroke, elementary backstroke, sculling tread kicks, and treading water.

Click here to register for Swim Academy in Leisure Link online registration.


Private Swim Lessons
Ages 3+

With one-on-one instruction, individual attention is given to a swimmer who may be shy around the water or for someone looking to improve stroke work and technique. You must give 24 hours’ notice to reschedule or cancel a private lesson. If no notice is given, you will be charged for the lesson. Requests for
specific instructors are accepted, but not guaranteed .Instructor/student ratio is 1:1.

Click here to register for Private Swim Lessons in Leisure Link online registration.


Customized Private Swim Lesson
Ages 3+

Want to register for a swim lesson, but none of the available times work for your schedule? Instructors will work directly with you to find a time that is mutually convenient. Swimmers will receive a total of two hours of instruction. Participants will be contacted by the Swim Lesson Coordinator within five business days of registration, but not prior to June 1. Instructor/student ratio is 1:1.

Click here to register for Customized Private Swim Lessons in Leisure Link online registration.


Teen & Adult Swim Lessons
Ages 16+

Learn basic skills for ways to improve your swim stroke. Gain confidence in the water while you perfect your stroke technique. Swimmers will be divided by skill level.

Click here to register for Teem & Adult Swim Lessons in Leisure Link online registration.



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FAQs

Q: May I stay during my child’s swim lesson?
A: Absolutely, in fact staff encourages it. Chairs are available for your leisure.

• At Otter Cove Aquatic Park, parents must remain on the pool deck under the shade structures or in the
grass areas.

• At Swanson Pool, parents must remain on the upper concession deck or in the sand/play area.

Q: Can I, or other children not registered in the swim lesson program, go into the water during lessons?
A: Sorry, only registrants in the swim lesson program are allowed in the water during scheduled swim lessons. For their safety, children not participating in swim lessons must be supervised by a parent/guardian.

Q: What if there is inclement weather the day of my child’s lesson?

A: Staff’s goal is to make up every missed lesson; make-ups will be held on Fridays for rainout or holiday make-ups. If extremely uncooperative weather causes multiple cancellations, staff cannot guarantee make-up lessons. There are no make-ups for personal scheduling conflicts resulting in a swimmer’s absence.

Q: How will I know if swim lessons are cancelled?

A: It’s as easy as calling the Swim Lesson Hotline, which is updated at least 15-30 minutes prior to your scheduled lesson. Swim program cancellations will also be posted on the District’s aquatic facility Facebook pages: search Otter Cove Aquatic Park or Swanson Pool.

Q: Can I register for the swim lesson program after the session has started?
A: Staff will do their best to make accommodations for participants, however registration is not guaranteed once a session has started. It is strongly encouraged that you register for swim lessons a minimum of seven days prior to the first day of the session to assist with ensuring proper staff to swimmer ratios.

Q: May I transfer my swim lesson time?

A: Staff will do their best to make accommodations for participants.If space permits, transfers to a different swim time or session may be accommodated up to one week prior to the start the session.

Q: What if I need to withdraw from the swim lesson program?
A: We wish you did not have to leave, but are able to assist.

• 14 days or less notice: There are no refunds for the swim lesson program unless a medical slip from a
physician is presented.

• 15 to 30 days’ notice: Receive a 50% refund of the registered swim lesson fee.

• 31 or more days from the beginning date of your original scheduled swim lesson: Receive a 80% refund of the registered swim lesson fee.


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