Learn to Swim

Our goal is to teach children how to swim safely in any aquatic environment. Children will be taught the various swim strokes and have lots of fun. The Learn-to-Swim Program teaches aquatic and safety skills in a logical progression.

Which class is right for my child?

To ensure your child’s success in the Learn to Swim Program, it’s important to register youngsters for the appropriate level. Children who have participated in the swimming program should register according to the last class successfully completed. Each child must pass a particular level before proceeding to the next.

As of September 1, 2016, you will need a User Account to register for programs online. The PIN/barcode system is no longer utilized. Use your email address to sign up for a new account. Please call 636-474-2REC (2732) during business hours for assistance.


Types of Classes

Private Lessons

Need more individual instruction than our group lessons allow? Private one-on-one swimming lessons are available on a limited basis for swimmers of all ages. Class meets for three 30-minute sessions. To register for scheduled private/semi private lessons, please call 636-474-2732.

Semi-Private Lessons (Maximum of two participants)

If you want to learn to swim with a friend or family member, our semi-private lessons are just the thing. Participants must be at approximately the same skill level. Class meets for three 30-minute sessions. To register for scheduled private/semi private lessons, please call 636-474-2732.

Youth "Group" Swim Classes

The following classes meet meet twice weekly for four weeks and last 35 minutes. Saturday morning sessions at the Renaud Spirit Center last 40 minutes and meet for seven weeks.

Shrimp I

This class develops swimming readiness by leading parents and children in water exploration with the objective of having fun and becoming comfortable in and around the water. Couple/teacher ratio is approx. 8:1. Child must be at least 6 months old. Parent-child or guardian participation in the water is required.

Shrimp II

This class develops swimming readiness by leading parents and children in water exploration with the objective of having fun and becoming comfortable in and around the water. Couple/teacher ratio is approx. 8:1. Child must be at least 18 months old. Parent-child or guardian participation in the water is required.

Pollywog (ages 2 - 3)

This transitional class is for children who have passed Shrimp 2 but who are not quite ready for the Turtle class. The Pollywog class is designed to help swimmers gain confidence and independence as they master introductory skills and learn safe practices. Parents or guardians should be prepared to assist their child during the first four classes. The 40-minute Saturday class meets once a week for seven weeks. The 35-minute Thursday-Tuesday class meets twice a week.

Turtle (ages 3 - 5)

This class will focus on introductory swim skills and on having fun in the water. The skills taught include: water adjustment, back and front floats with support, blowing bubbles and full body submerging. Student/teacher ratio is approx. 6:1. Children must be at least 3 years of age (some exceptions may apply).

Seahorse (ages 4 - 6)

This introductory course focuses on water basics including: breath control, front and back floats with minimal support, kicking on front and back, forward arm motion, and water safety. Student/teacher ratio is approx. 6:1. Prerequisites: Successful completion of the Turtle class.

Explorer, Level 1 (ages 4 - 7)

Beginning swimmers will explore the fundamentals of aquatic activities. This course focuses on swim skills such as: unsupported floats, front crawl, and an introduction to back crawl. Student/teacher ratio is approx. 6:1. Prerequisites: Successful completion of the Seahorse class.

Submarine, Level 2 (ages 5+)

This course focuses on swim skills such as: swimming front and back crawls with no support and how to retrieve objects with eyes open. Student/teacher ratio is approx. 6:1. Prerequisites: Successful completion of Level 1 Explorer or children should be able to float independently and swim front crawl a minimum of 5 yards.

Clipper, Level 3 (ages 6+)

This course focuses on swim skills like: treading water, swimming front and back crawl with no support, retrieving objects in deeper water, and will be introduced to rotary breathing. Student/teacher ratio is approx. 6:1. Prerequisites: Successful completion of Level 2 Submarine or children should be able to fully submerge themselves for a minimum of 10 seconds and be able to swim front crawl for at least 10 yards and back crawl for at least 5 yards.

Sailor, Level 4 (ages 6+)

Children will learn to tread water as well as swim front and back crawls with proper breathing techniques. This course will also introduce the breaststroke and butterfly. Student/teacher ratio is approx. 8:1. Prerequisites: Successful completion of Level 3 Clipper or children should be able to swim front crawl, back crawl, and elementary backstroke for a minimum of 10 yards. Children are also expected to tread water and swim with proper breathing techniques.

Adventurer, Level 5 (ages 7+)

Children will work on the techniques of all swim strokes (front, back, breast, fly, and elementary back) and will learn to tread water for a minimum of 30 seconds. Student/teacher ratio is approx. 8:1. Prerequisites: Successful completion of Level 4 Sailor or children should be able to swim with all strokes (front, back, breast, fly, and elementary back) for at least 5 yards.

Barracuda, Level 6 (ages 7+)

This level is for kids who wish to continue working on techniques for all strokes. In this class, children will get a taste of what a competitive swim team is like. Children will work on stroke refinement while increasing their stroke power and endurance. Student/teacher ratio is approx. 8:1. Prerequisites: Successful completion of Level 5 Adventurer.

Adult Swim Classes

Don't put it off any longer. If you are an adult who wants to learn to swim, here's your chance. Our instructors will have you enjoying the water in no time! Class meets for 35 minutes twice a week for four weeks. To provide a safe environment, student teacher ratios are approximately 8:1. Register here.

Swim Stroke Analysis (ages 6 - 12)

Swimmers, get the most out of your performance on the swim team with these two-week swim-stroke clinics that will help you analyze and practice the mechanics of a particular stroke during each session. Each clinic will meet twice a week for 45 minutes each session.

  • Two weeks of freestyle
  • Two weeks of backstroke
  • Two weeks of breaststroke
  • Two weeks of butterfly
  • Two weeks of flip turns.

Prerequisite: You must be able to swim 25 yards using the stroke you sign-up for (with the exception of flip turns).