Parks and Recreation
McDivitt Grove Cemetery
Parks
Park Shelters and Rental Facilities
Registration for Classes, Events, and also Swim Classes
Senior Citizens
Swimming Pool
Classes
General Info / Hours
Pool Rentals
Swimming Lessons
Special Events
What's Happening Now?

TO REGISTER FOR LESSONS:

Click here to register online

OR call (515) 278-3959 or (515) 278-3963 to register over the phone with VISA/MasterCard/or Discover Card.

OR drop off a completed registration form with payment at the Urbandale Pool or the Urbandale Parks and Recreation office.

Swim Lessons Photo

AMERICAN RED CROSS SWIMMING LESSONS

Parent and Child Lessons (Ages 6 months - 4 years)

This class will focus on ways for you to enjoy water with your child.  This class emphasizes parental teaching methods for water adjustment and basic skills.  An adult must be in the water with the child throughout the class time.  This class is designed to make your child more comfortable in and enjoy being around the water.  The registration deadline is one week before the start of the class.

Class size: Min 5, Max 10.

LEVEL 1: Children 6 months – 18 months

Cost: $45

LEVEL 1: Children 18 months – 4 years

Cost: $45

 

Preschool Lessons (Ages 3-6)

Levels 1, 2 and 3.

Class size: Min 2, Max 4.

Cost: $45

The registration deadline is one week before the start of the class.

 

LEVEL 1:

Orients children to the aquatic environment and helps them gain basic aquatic skills.  Note: All skills may be performed with support.

• Enter and exit water using ladder, steps or side.

• Blow bubbles through mouth and nose for 3 seconds.

• Submerge mouth, nose and eyes.

• Open eyes under water and retrieve submerged objects in shallow water.

• Front and back glides 2 body lengths and recover to a vertical position.

• Front and back float for 3 seconds and recover to a vertical position.

• Roll from front to back and back to front.

• Tread with arm and hand actions.

• Alternating and simultaneous leg actions on front and back.

• Alternating and simultaneous arm actions on front and back.

• Combined arm and leg actions on front and back.

• Complete the series of skills with support. Enter the water independently, using steps or side, travel at least 5 yards, submerge to mouth and blow bubbles, then safely exit the water.

 

LEVEL 2:

Helps children gain greater independence in their skills and develop more comfort in and around water. Note: All skills to be completed with minimal support.

• Enter water by stepping into shoulder deep water.

• Exit water using ladder, steps or side.

• Bobbing 5 times.

• Open eyes under water and retrieve submerged objects in chest deep water.

• Front and back floats(3 seconds on front 5 seconds on back) and glides (2 body lengths).

• Recover from a front or back float or glide to a vertical position.

• Roll from front to back and back to front.

• Tread water using arm and leg actions.

• Combined arm and leg actions on front and back (3 body lengths).

• Finning arm action on back (3 body lengths).

• Complete the series of skills with minimal assistance.  Glide on front for at least 2 body lengths, roll to back, float on back for 15 seconds, then recover to a vertical position.

• Complete the series of skills with minimal assistance.  Glide on back for at least 2 body lengths, roll to front, and then recover to a vertical position.

• Complete the series of skills with minimal assistance.  Swim using combined arm and leg actions on front for at least 3 body lengths, roll to back, float for 15 seconds, roll to front, then continue swimming on front for at least 3 body lengths.

 

LEVEL 3:

Helps children start to gain basic swimming propulsive skills to be comfortable in and around water. Note: All skills to be completed independently.

• Enter water by jumping into shoulder deep water.

• Fully submerge and hold breath for 10 seconds.

• Bobbing 10 times in chest deep water.

• Front, jellyfish and tuck floats for 10 seconds.

• Recover from a front or back float or glide to a vertical position.

• Back float (15 seconds)and glide (3 body lengths).

• Change direction of travel while swimming on front or back.

• Tread water for 30 seconds in shoulder deep water.

• Combined arm and leg actions on front and back for 5 body lengths.

• Finning arm action on back for 5 body lengths.

• Complete the series of skills independently.  Step from the side into chest deep water, push off the bottom, move into a treading or floating position for 15 seconds, swim on front and/or back for 5 body lengths, then exit the water.

• Complete the series of skills independently.  Move into a back float for 15 seconds, roll to front, and then recover to a vertical position.

• Complete the series of skills independently.  Push off and swim using combined arm and leg actions on front for 5 body lengths, roll to back, float for 15 seconds, roll to front, continue swimming for 5 body lengths.

 

Learn to Swim Lessons (Ages 5+)

WE LISTENED TO YOUR FEEDBACK!  This summer we received overwhelming feedback that the new Learn To Swim Level 3 criteria was too much for one level. As a result, we have split the Learn To Swim Level 3 into two sections: Level 3A and Level 3B. Please read the criteria below and enroll your child in the appropriate level based on his or her current skills.

Participants must be 5 years of age and a minimum of 45” tall.  The registration deadline is one week before the start of the class.

Levels 1-2 class size: Min 4, Max 6.

Levels 3A-3B class size: Min 4, Max 8.

Levels 4-5 class size: Min 5, Max 10.

Cost: $40

 

Learn to Swim Level 1: Introduction to Aquatic Skills

Helps participants feel comfortable in the water.

• Enter and exit water using ladder, steps or side independently

• Blow bubbles through mouth and nose independently

• Bobbing independently

• Open eyes under water and retrieve submerged objects independently

• Front and back glides and floats independently

• Recover to vertical position independently

• Roll from front to back and back to front independently

• Tread water using arm and hand actions with minimal support

• Alternating and simultaneous leg actions on front and back

• Alternating and simultaneous arm actions on front and back

• Combined arm and leg actions on front and back

 

Learn to Swim Level 2: Fundamental Aquatic Skills

Gives participants success with fundamental skills. All skills to be completed independently.

Everything listed in Level 1, plus:

• Front, jellyfish and tuck floats independently

• Change direction of travel while swimming on front and back independently

• Tread water using arm and leg actions independently

• Combined arm and leg actions on front and back independently

• Finning arm action independently

 

Learn to Swim Level 3A: Stroke Development

Builds on the skills in Level 2 through additional guided practice in deeper water.

Everything listed in Levels 1 and 2, plus:

• Bobbing while moving toward safety successfully and independently

• Jump from side in deep water, fully submerge, then recover to the surface and return to the side.

• Rotary breathing 15 times.

• Survival float successfully and independently for 30 seconds.

• Back float successfully and independently for minimum of 30 seconds

• Change from vertical to horizontal position on front and back successfully and independently

• Tread water for minimum of 30 seconds successfully and independently

• Push off in streamlined position on front and back and flutter kick 3-5 body lengths.

• Front crawl and elementary backstroke minimum of 15 yards successfully and independently

• Jump into deep water from the side, recover, tread water for 30 seconds and swim to side of the pool.

• Push off in a streamlined position, swim front crawl for 15 yards, change direction and swim 15 yards elementary backstroke.

 

Learn to Swim Level 3B: Stroke Development

Builds on the skills in Level 3A through additional guided practice in deeper water.

Everything in Levels 1, 2 and 3A, plus:

• Headfirst entries from the side in sitting and kneeling positions successfully and independently

• Survival float for 1 minute successfully and independently.

• While in a vertical position, rotate 1 full turn in deep water.

• Tread water for minimum of  1 minute successfully and independently

• Flutter, scissor, dolphin and breaststroke kicks on front / side minimum 15 yards successfully and independently

• Front crawl with rotary breathing and elementary backstroke minimum of 15 yards successfully and independently.

• Jump into the deep water from the side, recover, tread water for 1 minute, and rotate one full turn, swim front crawl and/or elementary backstroke for 25 yards.

• Push off in a streamlined position then swim front crawl for 15 yards, change position and/or direction as necessary, swim elementary backstroke for 15 yards.

 

Learn to Swim Level 4

Develops confidence in the skills learned and improves other aquatic skills.

Everything in Levels 1, 2, 3A and 3B, plus:

• Headfirst entries from the side in compact and stride positions successfully and independently

• Swim under water minimum 5 body lengths successfully and independently

• Feet-first surface dive successfully and independently

• Survival swimming minimum 30 seconds successfully and independently

• Front crawl and backstroke open turns successfully and independently

• Tread water using 2 different kicks minimum of 2 minutes successfully and independently

• Front and elementary backstroke minimum 25 yards successfully and independently

• Back crawl, breaststroke, sidestroke and butterfly minimum of 15 yards successfully and independently

• Streamlined flutter and dolphin kicks on back minimum 3-5 body lengths successfully and independently.

 

Learn to Swim Level 5

Provides further coordination and refinement of strokes.

Everything in Levels 1, 2, 3A, 3B and 4, plus:

• Shallow-angle dive from the side then glide and begin a front stroke successfully and independently

• Tuck and pike surface dives, submerge completely successfully and independently

• Front flip turn and backstroke flip turn while swimming successfully and independently

• Front and elementary backstroke minimum of 50 yards successfully and independently

• Back crawl, breaststroke, sidestroke and butterfly minimum of 25 yards successfully and independently

• Sculling successfully and independently

 

RED CROSS SWIM LESSON SCHEDULE

 

DAYTIME SWIM LESSONS

 

Feb 2 – Mar 30  (no class Mar 16)

Level                                   Day                     Time                        Fee

Parent & Child Level 2         M                        9:00 - 9:30 AM         $45

Preschool Level 2                M                         9:35 - 10:05 AM      $45

Preschool Level 3                M                        10:10 - 10:40 AM     $45

 

February 3 – March 31  (no class March 17)

Level                                  Day                     Time                         Fee

Parent & Child Level 1        T                         9:00 - 9:30 AM          $45

Preschool Level 1               T                         9:35 - 10:05 AM        $45

Preschool Level 2               T                        10:10 - 10:40 AM       $45

 

April 6 – April 29

Level                                   Day                      Time                        Fee

Parent & Child Level 2         M,W                     9:00 - 9:30 AM         $45

Preschool Level 2                M,W                     9:35 - 10:05 AM       $45

Preschool Level 3                M,W                    10:10 - 10:40 AM      $45

 

April 7 – April 30

Level                                  Day                       Time                         Fee

Parent & Child Level 1        T,TH                     9:00 - 9:30 AM          $45

Preschool Level 2               T,TH                     9:35 - 10:05 AM        $45

Preschool Level 1               T,TH                    10:10 - 10:40 AM       $45

 

 

WEEKEND SWIM LESSONS

 

January 17 – March 14  (no class Feb 28)

Level                                      Day                   Time                          Fee

Parent & Child Level 2           Sat                    10:00 - 10:30 AM        $45

Learn to Swim Level 1           Sat                    10:00 - 10:30 AM        $40

Learn to Swim Level 5           Sat                    10:00 - 10:30 AM        $40

 

Preschool Level 3                  Sat                    10:35 - 11:05 AM        $45

Preschool Level 1                  Sat                    10:35 - 11:05 AM        $45

Learn to Swim Level 3A         Sat                    10:35 - 11:05 AM        $40

 

Preschool Level 2                  Sat                   11:10 - 11:40 AM         $45

Learn to Swim Level 2           Sat                   11:10 - 11:40 AM         $40

Learn to Swim Level 3B         Sat                   11:10 - 11:40 AM         $40

 

 

March 21 – May 9

Level                                     Day                   Time                            Fee

Preschool Level 1                  Sat                    10:00 - 10:30 AM         $45

Learn to Swim Level 1           Sat                    10:00 - 10:30 AM         $40

Learn to Swim Level 3B         Sat                    10:00 - 10:30 AM         $40

 

Preschool Level 2                  Sat                   10:35  -11:05 AM          $45

Parent & Child Level 2           Sat                   10:35 - 11:05 AM          $45

Learn to Swim Level 3A         Sat                   10:35 - 11:05 AM          $40

 

Preschool Level 3                  Sat                    11:10 - 11:40 AM         $45

Learn to Swim Level 2           Sat                    11:10 - 11:40 AM         $40

Learn to Swim Level 1           Sat                    11:10 - 11:40 AM         $40

 

 

EVENING SWIM LESSONS
 

Jan 5 – Jan 15

Level                                     Day                    Time                          Fee

Preschool Level 1                  M-TH                  6:00 - 6:30 PM          $45

Learn to Swim Level 1           M-TH                  6:00 - 6:30 PM          $40

Learn to Swim Level 3B         M-TH                  6:00 - 6:30 PM          $40

 

Preschool Level 2                  M-TH                  6:35 - 7:05 PM          $45

Learn to Swim Level 2           M-TH                  6:35 - 7:05 PM          $40

Learn to Swim Level 3A         M-TH                  6:35 - 7:05 PM          $40

 

Feb 2 – Feb 12

Level                                     Day                      Time                         Fee

Parent & Child Level 2          M-TH                    6:00 - 6:30 PM          $45

Learn to Swim Level 2          M-TH                    6:00 - 6:30 PM          $40

Learn to Swim Level 3A        M-TH                    6:00 - 6:30 PM          $40

 

Preschool Level 1                 M-TH                    6:35 - 7:05 PM          $45

Learn to Swim Level 1          M-TH                    6:35 - 7:05 PM          $40

Learn to Swim Level 3B        M-TH                    6:35 - 7:05 PM          $40

 

Feb 16 – Feb 26

Level                                     Day                      Time                         Fee

Learn to Swim Level 1          M-TH                    6:00 - 6:30 PM          $40

Learn to Swim Level 2          M-TH                    6:00 - 6:30 PM          $40

Learn to Swim Level 3A        M-TH                    6:00 - 6:30 PM          $40

 

Preschool Level 2                 M-TH                    6:35 - 7:05 PM          $45

Preschool Level 3                 M-TH                    6:35 - 7:05 PM          $45

Learn to Swim Level 3B        M-TH                    6:35 - 7:05 PM          $40

 

Apr 6 – Apr 16

Level                                     Day                      Time                         Fee

Preschool Level 1                 M-TH                    6:00 - 6:30 PM          $45

Learn to Swim Level 1          M-TH                    6:00 - 6:30 PM          $40

Learn to Swim Level 3B        M-TH                    6:00 - 6:30 PM          $40

 

Preschool Level 2                 M-TH                    6:35 - 7:05 PM          $45

Learn to Swim  Level 2         M-TH                    6:35 - 7:05 PM          $45

Learn to Swim Level 3A        M-TH                    6:35 - 7:05 PM          $40

 

 

Class Transfer Policy

If you need to transfer your child out of one class/session/level into another class/session/level prior to the first day of class, you will be charged a $5 processing fee. Please take time to read the course descriptions to help you accurately place your child in the proper level for swimming lessons. There will also be a $5 processing/transfer fee for swimmers who were signed up for the wrong level and need to be transferred by staff on the first day of class.

 

Private Swim Lessons

Private lessons are available with a referral from a water safety instructor on staff at the Urbandale Pool only.  All children will need to be at least 5 years of age for private lessons. These lessons are one-to-one swim lessons arranged with a certified water safety instructor on staff. The costs of these lessons are $20 per half hour, with a minimum of 8 classes and a maximum of 12 classes per session. These lessons are set up on an individual basis. To arrange for private lessons, please call (515) 278-3959.

 

FAQ's

Are there separate registration dates for residents and non-residents? 

No.

 

How do I know what class my child should be in?

Please ask your child what he/she can do from the list of skills. If your child participated in the Urbandale lessons in the past, you should have received a certification card, indicating your child passed the current class or an achievement letter which informed you of what your child must work on to pass that class.  

 

If my child is in the wrong class, will he/she be moved to the correct class?

Your child will be moved only if there is an opening in that class. For optimum learning we restrict the number of students in each class based on the class requirements: Parent and Child (10 students), Preschool classes (4 students) Levels 1 & 2 (6 students), Levels 3 & 4 (8 students) and Level 5 (10 students).

  

What if I need to pick up my child early from lessons and the locker room doors are locked?

Please inform your child’s instructor that he/she must leave early and take your child out of the class at the time they need to leave.

 

My child will need to miss some classes. Are there any make-ups?

There are no make-up classes. Sessions are scheduled back to back.

 

Will lessons be canceled because of thunderstorms?

No, lessons will take place because our pool is indoor.

 

Can I watch my child’s lesson?

Parents are welcome to observe their child's swimming lessons whenever they would like.

 

Can siblings swim in the Aquatic Playground during lessons?

No, we do not have a staff member available at the Aquatic Playground during our lessons and the State of Iowa will not allow us to have anyone on the outside pool decks.

 

I’m not sure if my child should be in Level 2 or Level 3. Can I register him in each class, and then get a refund for the class he does not participate in?

Because the lessons fill so quickly, we request that you register for only one class per session. Please ask pool staff for assistance in determining your child’s course.  Please do not sign up for multiple lessons unless you know for sure.   
 

REMEMBER:  Please refrain from registering your child for multiple sessions assuming they will advance to the next swim level for the following session.  Changes to registrations once processed are charged a $5 processing fee, and if the class you need is full, your child will not be able to join that class.  In that instance, the remaining fee, minus the processing fee, will be refunded.

 

We will be on vacation one week during the session. Can we enroll in another session for one week to make up for the week missed?

No, lessons fill quickly and we are unable to break up the session, or add more students than the designated number for each class. If you are unable to attend the entire session, please register in a different session.

 

My grandchild will be here for one week. Can I pay for just one week? 

No, participants must sign up and pay for the entire session. An important component of the lesson is the trust and confidence each student feels with the instructor and the other students that develops in the eight days of class.

Facilities & Rooms For Rent
Class or Program Registration
Bike Trail Map
Senior Recreation Center Activities
Find a Park
Litter or Debris
Vandalism or Graffiti
Park or Trail Comments
Senior Recreation Center E-Newsletter
Walnut Creek Regional Park Master Plan
View All
City of Urbandale! | 3600 86th Street, Urbandale, Iowa 50322 | 515.278.3900 | Site Map
©2014 City of Urbandale. All Rights Reserved. Privacy Policy and Disclaimer | Website developed by DWebware