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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

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AMERICAN RED CROSS Swimming Lessons

 

Parent and Child Lessons (Ages 6 months-3 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.  Minimum 5; Maximum 10.  Registration Deadline: One week before the start of the class

 

LEVEL 1                                              LEVEL 2

Children 6 months – 18 months     Children 18 months – 3 years

Cost: $45                                             Cost: $45

 

Preschool Lessons (Ages 3-5)

Levels 1, 2 and 3. Minimum 2; Maximum 4. Cost: $45

Registration Deadline: 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 and up)

Participants must be 5 yrs. of age and minimum of 45” tall. 

Registration Deadline: One week before the start of the class
 

Class sizes: (Levels 1 & 2) minimum 4; maximum 6 • (Level 3) minimum 4; maximum 8 • (Level 4 & 5) minimum 5; maximum 10 • Cost: $40

Learn to Swim Level 1 –
Introduction to Aquatic Skills

Helps participants feel comfortable in the water. Note: All skills to be completed independently.

 

• Enter and exit water using ladder, steps or side

• Blow bubbles through mouth and nose for 3 seconds

• Bobbing 5 times

• Open eyes under water and retrieve submerged objects in shallow water 2 times

• Front and back floats for 5 seconds

• Front and back glides 2 body lengths

• Recover from front and back floats to vertical position

• Roll from front to back and back to front

• Tread water using arm and hand actions in chest deep water

• Alternating and simultaneous leg actions on front and back for 2 body lengths

• Alternating and simultaneous arm actions on front and back for 2 body lengths

• Combined arm and leg actions on front and back for 2 body lengths

• Complete the series of skills.  Enter water, travel 5 yard (can walk or hold onto the side), bob
5 times, and then exit.

• Glide on front a 2 body lengths, roll to a back float for 5 seconds, and then recover to a vertical position

 

Learn to Swim Level 2 –Fundamental Aquatic Skills

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

 

• Everything listed in learn to swim level 1 plus:

• Enter from side to shoulder deep water

•  Exit from chest deep water

•  Fully submerge and hold breath for 10 seconds

•  Bob 10 times

•  Open eyes and retrieve submerged objects in chest deep water 3 times

•  Rotary breathing 5 times

•  Front glide (3body lengths, back glide (2 body lengths)

•  Front float (10 seconds), back float (15 seconds)

•  Recover from front and back floats/glides to a vertical position

• Roll from front to back and back to front

• Change direction of travel while swimming on front or back

• Tread water using arm and leg actions in shoulder deep water for 15 seconds

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

• Finning arm action 5 body lengths

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

• Move into a back float for 15 seconds, roll to front and then recover to a vertical position.

• 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 the front, then continue swimming for at least 5 body lengths.

 

Learn to Swim Level 3 –Stroke Development

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

Note: All skills to be completed independently.

 

• Everything listed in learn to swim levels 1 and 2 plus:

• Enter the water by jumping from the side, fully submerge and then recover to the surface and return to the side

• Headfirst entries from the side in sitting and kneeling positions

• Bobbing while moving to safety 15 times:

• Rotary breathing 15 times

• Survival float 30 seconds

• Back float 1 minute

• Change from vertical to horizontal position on front and back

• Tread water for minimum of 1 minute

• Push off in a streamlined position and flutter kick 3 to 5 body lengths

• Push off in a streamlined position and dolphin kick 3 to 5 body lengths

• Front crawl (25 yards), elementary backstroke (15 yards),breaststroke kick (15 yards), scissors
kick (15 yards)

• Complete the series of skills.  Jump into deep water from the side, recover to the surface, maintain treading or floating for 1 minutes, rotate one full turn, then turn as necessary, swim front crawl or elementary backstroke for 25 yards, and then exit.

• Push off in a streamline position, then swim front crawl 15 yards, change position and direction
if necessary, swim elementary backstroke for 15 yards, and then exit.

 

Learn to Swim Level 4 – Stroke Improvement

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

Note: All skills to be completed independently.

 

• Everything in learn to swim levels 1,2 and 3, plus:

• Headfirst entries from the side in compact and stride positions

• Swim under water 3 to 5 body lengths

• Feetfirst surface dive

• Survival swimming 1 minute

• Front crawl and backstroke open turns

• Tread water using 2 different kicks minimum of 2 minutes

• Front and elementary backstroke 25 yards

• Back crawl, breaststroke, butterfly and sidestroke 15 yards

• Complete the series of skills. Perform a feetfirst entry into deep water, swim front crawl 25 yards, change direction and position if necessary and swim elementary backstroke 15 yards.

• Swim breaststroke 15 yards, change direction and position if necessary and swim back crawl
15 yards.

• Submerge and swim a distance of 3 to 5 body lengths underwater, return to surface and exit.

 

Learn to Swim Level 5 – Stroke Refinement

Provides further coordination and refinement of strokes.

Note: All skills to be completed independently.

 

• Everything in learn to swim levels 1,2,3 and 4, plus:

• Shallow-angle dive from the side

• Shallow-angle dive, glide 2 to 3 body lengths and begin any front stroke

• Tuck and pike surface dives

• Front and back flip turns while swimming

• Tread water for 5 minutes

• Tread water, using only legs for 2 minutes

• Front and elementary backstroke 50 yards

• Back crawl, breaststroke, sidestroke and butterfly 25 yards

• Sculling for 30 seconds

• Complete the series of skills.  Perform a shallow water dive into deep water, swim front crawl
for 50 yards, the swim elementary backstroke for 50 yards, using appropriate turns.

 • Swim breaststroke for 25 yards, change direction using appropriate turn and swim 25 yards back crawl.

 

See Red Cross Swim Lesson Schedule on page 23

 

RED CROSS SWIM LESSON SCHEDULE

Daytime Swim Lessons:

Classes meet twice a week, for a total of 8 classes per session

 

September 3 – September 29

Level                                     Day                            Time                     Fee

Preschool Level 1                M,W                          9:00-9:30 a.m.     $45

Preschool Level 2                M,W                         9:35-10:05 a.m.    $45

Preschool Level 3                M,W                        10:10-10:40 a.m.   $45

 

September 2 – September 25

Level                                    Day                            Time                       Fee

Preschool Level 1               T,TH                          9:00-9:30 a.m.     $45

Preschool Level 2               T,TH                         9:35-10:05 a.m.    $45

Preschool Level 3               T,TH                        10:10-10:40 a.m.   $45

 

December 1 – December 29 * NOTE NO CLASS: December 24

Level                                    Day                            Time                      Fee

Preschool Level 3                M,W                          9:00-9:30 a.m.     $45

Preschool Level 2                M,W                         9:35-10:05 a.m.    $45

Preschool Level 1                M,W                        10:10-10:40 a.m.   $45

 

December 2 – December 30 * NOTE NO CLASS: December 25

Level                                    Day                            Time                      Fee

Preschool Level 3               T,TH                          9:00-9:30 a.m.     $45

Preschool Level 2               T,TH                         9:35-10:05 a.m.    $45

Preschool Level 1               T,TH                        10:10-10:40 a.m.   $45

 

Weekend Swim Lessons:

Classes meet once a week, for a total of 8 classes per session

September 6 – November 1 * NOTE NO CLASS: October 4

Level                                                        Day                             Time                        Fee

Parent and Child Level 2                     Saturdays                   10:00-10:30 a.m.   $45

Preschool Level 1                                Saturdays                   10:00-10:30 a.m.   $45

Learn to Swim Level 2                        Saturdays                   10:00-10:30 a.m.   $40

 

Preschool Level 2                                Saturdays                   10:35-11:05 a.m.   $45

Learn to Swim Level 1                        Saturdays                   10:35-11:05 a.m.   $40

Learn to Swim Level 3                        Saturdays                   10:35-11:05 a.m.   $40

 

Preschool Level 3                                Saturdays                   11:10-11:40 a.m.   $45

Learn to Swim Level 2                        Saturdays                   11:10-11:40 a.m.   $40

Learn to Swim Level 4                        Saturdays                   11:10-11:40 a.m.   $40

 

November 8 – January 10 * NOTE NO CLASS: Nov. 29 and Dec. 27

Level                                    Day                             Time                         Fee

Preschool Level 3            Saturdays                    10:00-10:30 a.m.   $45

Learn to Swim Level 1    Saturdays                    10:00-10:30 a.m.   $40

Learn to Swim Level 3    Saturdays                    10:00-10:30 a.m.   $40

 

Preschool Level 2            Saturdays                    10:35-11:05 a.m.   $45

Learn to Swim Level 2    Saturdays                    10:35-11:05 a.m.   $40

Learn to Swim Level 5    Saturdays                    10:35-11:05 a.m.   $40

 

Parent and Child Level 2 Saturdays                    11:10-11:40 a.m.   $45

Preschool Level 1            Saturdays                    11:10-11:40 a.m.   $45

Learn to Swim Level 2    Saturdays                    11:10-11:40 a.m.   $40

 

Evening Swim Lessons:
Classes meet 4 times each week, for a total of 8 classes per session

October 6 – October 16

Level                                    Day                            Time                     Fee

Preschool Level 1               M-TH                        6:00-6:35 p.m.     $45

Learn to Swim Level 1       M-TH                        6:00-6:35 p.m.     $40

Learn to Swim Level 3       M-TH                        6:00-6:35 p.m.     $40

 

Preschool Level 2               M-TH                        6:35-7:05 p.m.     $45

Learn to Swim Level 2       M-TH                        6:35-7:05 p.m.     $40

Learn to Swim Level 4       M-TH                        6:35-7:05 p.m.     $40

 

October 27 – November 6

Level                                    Day                           Time                      Fee

Preschool Level 2               M-TH                        6:00-6:35 p.m.     $45

Learn to Swim Level 2       M-TH                        6:00-6:35 p.m.     $40

Learn to Swim Level 3       M-TH                        6:00-6:35 p.m.     $40

 

Preschool Level 1               M-TH                        6:35-7:05 p.m.     $45

Learn to Swim Level 1       M-TH                        6:35-7:05 p.m.     $40

Learn to Swim Level 2       M-TH                         6:35-7:05 p.m.     $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
These swim lessons are set up on an individual basis during public swim times only. They are private, one-on-one swim lessons arranged with a certified safety instructor. The cost of these lessons is $20 per half hour, with a minimum of eight sessions. To arrange for private lessons, please call (515) 278-3959. 

FAQs

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.

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