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GroUP leSSonS All Lessons Are 30 Minutes

TOT LESSONS (Ages 6 months – 4 years)

Parents introduce their infants and toddlers to the swimming pool as we teach basic water adjustment and swimming movements. Songs and games create an atmosphere for fun, enjoyment and relaxation. Each child must be accompanied into the water by a parent or adult. Swim diapers or tight-fitting plastic pants are required.


  • Age 3

Start your child learning basic swimming skills and water safety in a small group of three-year-old children. We introduce children to: basic water adjustment skills, bubbles, breath-holding, front and back floats, kicking, arm pulls, and water safety skills. Children must have initial water comfort and be able to work in the water with an instructor. To ensure safety and quality, we maintain a 3:1 student-to-instructor ratio.


Participants will start with basic water adjustment and eventually learn these skills: front and back floats, flutter kick, rolling from front to back, side breathing, crawl- stroke with bilateral side breathing, backstroke, whip kick, treading water, and water safety skills. We will group children by ability level on the first day of class.

reGiSter online! READY Please visit our web site at www.seattle.gov/parks and look for SPARC to see what classes and programs are available for registration.


Make sure you have an account barcode and PIN! If you don’t, go to www.seattle. gov/parks, click SPARC, follow the instructions to create or update an account. Please allow at least one week for a new account.


Register online beginning at: Noon, Tuesday, April 1 www.seattle.gov/parks or in person at the pool beginning May 10.

BEGINNING YOUTH LEVELS 1  3 (Ages 6 – 16)

Our lessons emphasize safety, fitness, and fun! Teaching techniques utilize the use of drills and instructor feed- back. We will group children by ability level on the first day of class to provide the best learning environment.

Level 1: Introduction to Water Skills: Getting comfortable with the face in the water and floating and kicking on front, back, and side.

Level 2: Fundamental Aquatic Skills: Crawlstroke, turn- ing over front to back, and introduction to side breathing.

Level 3: Stroke Development: Crawlstroke with bilateral side breathing, backstroke, and whip kick.

ADVANCED YOUTH LEVELS 4  6 (Ages 6 – 16)

Improve your strokes by working on endurance and stroke proficiency. Prerequisite: Swimmers must have passed Level 3, be comfortable in deep water, and swim 25 yards without stopping. We will move participants who do not meet this prerequisite to a Beginning Youth class if there is space available. Pretests are available during Public Swims.

Level 4: Stroke Improvement: Adds breaststroke, butter- fly, and elementary backstroke to the previous skills.

Level 5: Stroke Refinement: Adds sidestroke, longer distances, and more refinement of the previous strokes.

Level 6: Skill Proficiency, Fitness Swimming and Personal Water Safety: Teaches increased mastery of technique and endurance in all the strokes, plus safety and rescue techniques.

ADULT LESSONS (Ages 16 and older)

Have you always wanted to learn to swim? It’s never too late! Older teens, adults, and senior adults, from the beginner to the more advanced swimmer, gain essential skills. Instructors will work with participants to help them accomplish their personal swimming goals. Participants will learn: front and back floats, flutter kick, rolling from front to back, side breathing, crawlstroke with bilateral side breathing, back crawl, whip kick, treading water, breaststroke, sidestroke, butterfly, and water safety skills. We will emphasize increasing strength, endurance and comfort in the water.


Register online at www.seattle.gov/parks or by phone at 206.684.4708 starting May 10

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