Youth Swimming Lessons

Youth Swimming Lessons

Classes are offered year round for children age 6 - 14, starting with our Beginner 1 class. We nurture a child's willingness to do each skill and adjust to direction.  With each lesson we build on the confidence your child gains.  A child may be in a course for several session or just one before they have the skills needed for the next level.  From day one your child's safety is our number one concern.  With this in mind we welcome parents to observe classes.

Beginner 1:  (Age 6-12) This starting class is instructor held.  Water comfort is built on through basic floats and strokes. 

Beginner 2 - (Ages 6.5-12) Children are independently able to float and swim basic strokes for short periods. Prerequisite - staff approved completion of Beginner 1.

Level 3: Beginner 3 - Stroke development: Children will learn stroke development and build on swimming skills and technique by practicing in deeper water. Prerequisite - completion of level 3 of successful demonstration of level 3 certification requirements (able to swim five yards back on front and back without assistance). 

Level 4: Intermediate 1 - Stroke improvement: Children will improve swimming skills and develop confidence in strokes learned previously in deeper water. Prerequisite - completion of level 3 of successful demonstration of level 3 certification requirements (able to swim 15 yards back crawl and elementary backstroke). 

Level 5: Intermediate 2 - Stroke refinement: Children will develop further swimming coordination. Prerequisite - completion of level 4 successful demonstration of level 4 certification requirements (able to swim 25 yards front crawl with coordinated breathing, back crawl, elementary backstroke, side stroke, breast stroke).

Level 6: Advanced - Swimming and skill proficiency: Refines strokes so participants swim with ease for 500 yards and prepares participants for advanced water activities in the future. Prerequisite (able to swim all strokes 50 yards with good endurance and technique). 

Semi-Private: Ages 6-14  Limited to three students, this class is for children graduating from our preschool program, or are not swimming independently on the surface of the water. Students work on front and back floats, front crawl and back crawls, elementary backstroke arms, breath control, rolling over, treading water, and water safety rules. 

Private: Ages 13+ This individual time enables you to work one-on-one with the instructor to enhance skills of your choosing. 

Youth Special Needs

Available at multiple locations and times, we offer class time specially set aside that offers a quieter time in the pool and a 2:1 ratio for students ages 3-14 who are not able to function in a group lesson format.  

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Diane Thielen
Aquatics Coordinator

Amanda Johnson
Aquatics Specialist

Pool Locations

ISD 833 Community Pool
1020 Third Street
St. Paul Park, MN 55017

Cottage Grove Middle School 
9775 Indian Boulevard
Cottage Grove, MN 55016

Lake Middle School 
3133 Pioneer Drive
Woodbury, MN 55125

Oltman Middle School 
6325 Goodview Avenue S.
Cottage Grove, MN 55016

Woodbury Middle School 
1425 School Drive
Woodbury, MN 55125

Woodbury High School 
2665 Woodlane Dr.
Woodbury, MN 55125