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Swim Lessons

Level Descriptions
Determining the correct level for your child prior to registration is crucial. It's not always possible to transfer incorrectly placed children from one level to another once the class begins. Read the following descriptions carefully or call 654-7511 for assistance to help select what level is right for your child.

Parent and Child (P&C)
*6 moths-3 years

Parents will recieve guided instruction on ways to help their child become comfortable in the water through song and play. Parents learn how to work with their child and how to introduce bubble blowing, assist with arm and leg motion, and holds for front and back float along with safety information. This is not a learn to swim class; rather, it is intended to get children acclimated to the water. *We recommend 1-3 years.

Preschool (Pre)
3-4.5 years

Recommended: At least one session of P&C. This class is an introduction to the water without parents. Blowing bubbles, breath-holding, kickihng, floating, arm strokes, and possibly going under water. Emphasizes water adjustment, safety, and fun.

Level
1 3.5-5 years

For children with little or no experience with swim lessons, this class focuses on water adjustment, blowing bubbles, submersion, assisted floating, gliding, and arm/leg action.

Level 2
4-6 years
For children with no fear of the water, and can swim short distances independently (under water or doggy paddle). Class focuses on floating and gliding on back/front unassisted, breathing, freestyle, backstroke, and elementary backstroke.

Level 3
5-8 years
Child must be able to swim freestyle at least 10 yards unassisted and be comfortable in deep water to enroll. Class focuses on coordinating freestyle and elementary backstroke, proper breathing, swimming distances of up to 15 yards, and beginning diving skills.

Level 4
7+ years

Child must be able to swim freestyle 20 yards without stopping and be comfortable in deep water to enroll. Class introduces breaststroke, backstroke, and butterfly, refines freestyle and elementary backstroke technique, works on diving skills and increases swimming endurance.

Adaptive Swim Lessons
4-13 years
We support inclusion:  Participants are welcome to sign up for any lessons offered. Adaptive lessons adjust student/teacher ratio to work with participants at their specific ability level and age on personal goals. Please advise us of special needs two weeks prior to the start of class at 654-7512.
 

Specialty Classes

Recreational Swim

Active in-water supervision is required at all times for non-swimmers and children under 10. Only Coast Guard-approved flotation devices are allowed in the pools; all swimmers must wear appropriate swim attire. Children not potty-trained must wear swim diapers. All Ages. See pool schedule for holiday hours and fees.

Toddler Time
6 months - 5 years with Adult

Get your little one adjusted to the water in this safe, fun environment. Adults must accompany child in pool.  The first 30 minutes is Parent & Child swim lesson followed by 30 minutes of free play. Children not potty trained must wear swim diapers. See pool schedule for holiday hours and fees.

Lap Swim
16 years - Adult $5/visit or Splash Pass options

Add variety to your workouts and swim your way to a healthier lifestyle! Kick boards, hand paddles and pull buoys available. See pool schedule for holiday hours and Splash Pass fees.

Water Exercise for 13 years-Adult

Work out in waist-to-chest-deep water on the major components of fitness: aerobic training, muscular strength, endurance and flexibility. No swimming skills required for shallow water classes. All fitness and ability levels welcome. Pool temperature 82 to 84 degrees. See pool schedule for days, times, and fees.

DeepWater Exercise for 13 years-Adult

Strengthen and tone your muscles with this zero impact workout. This class is taught in deep water using floatations belts and offers a unique challenge. Participants should be comfortable in deep water and able to swim. See pool schedule for days, times, and fees.

Water Exercise Instructor Bios
Mary Lincoln - I have been in the fitness field for over 30 years, specializing in water exercise and yoga. I am certified in American Red Cross C.P.R. and First Aid and am a Water Safety Instructor. I am also certified in personal training and weights, Resist A Ball module 1 and 11, and water exercise through Aquatic Exercise Association. I do personal training and work with children and adults who have special needs such as Autism, Down syndrome, and arthritis. It is my passion to help others succeed in their weight loss and fitness goals.

 

Debbie Bergevin - Aquatic Exercise Association Instructor certified and American Red Cross CPR and First Aid certified. Kick those legs higher! Give me some WHITE WATER! The benefits of exercising in the water include less stress on the joints, burning more calories from the resistance of working out in the water, and great cross training combined with other types of workouts (running, spinning, etc). In 2006, I became interested in teaching water exercise classes after retiring from a full time job at the County of Ventura. So, I became a certified instructor through the Aquatic Exercise Association and now teach water exercise classes at the Ventura Aquatic Center. Our participants get a great workout and have lots of fun in the water. I look forward to introducing more people to the benefits of exercising in the beautiful pools at the Ventura Aquatic Center. Come join us!

Water Polo Open Scrimmage
Adults $5/visit or Splash Pass options

Get your friends together and drop in for an open-scrimmage game. This is not a refereed game or a class. Participants should know the rules and how to play. Game ball and caps provided.

Competitive Stroke Instruction
8-15 years

Improve stroke technique in freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke and butterfly while learning competitive starts, turns and finishes. This class goes beyond the basics of swimming and is a good way to prepare for more advanced swim classes and teams. Participants should be comfortable in deep water and able to swim 50 yards comfortably.

Swim Team Preparation
8-17 years

Improve stroke technique in freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke and butterfly and learn competitive starts, turns and finishes while receiving a structured swim workout. Participating in this class gives swimmers a well rounded foundation for more advanced swim teams. Participants are grouped by age and ability, and must be able to swim 100 yards comfortably.

Water Polo
8-17 years

Work on conditioning, passing, catching, shooting and goal keeping. Participants are grouped by age and ability, and must be able to swim 100 yards comfortably.

Synchronized Swim
8 years-Adult

Use rhythmical activities of sculling, breaststroke, front & back crawl, elementary backstroke and sidestroke to perform synchronized choreography to music. Must be able to swim 50 yards comfortably and tread water for 1 minute.

Junior Lifeguard Academy
10-14 years

Keep your child active over fall & winter breaks with this academy that covers water safety, CPR and basic first aid skills while teaching the roles and responsibilities of a Lifeguard. Child must be able to swim 100 yards comfortably. Fee includes t-shirt and free admission to Recreational Swim during class dates. Bring swimsuit, clothes to play in, sunscreen, water and snacks. Participants may be dropped off at 8 am, stay through recreational swim, and must be picked up by 4 pm.

Adult Learn to Swim
13 years-Adult

Learn or improve your swimming ability under the guidance of a qualified instructor. Work on personal goals & at your own rate.

Aquatic Adventure Week
10-14 years

Spend a week exploring a variety of aquatic sports & activities from water polo, diving, competitive swimming, synchronized swim, water games & more! Must be able to swim 100 yards freestyle without stopping.

Youth Triathlon Introduction
10-15 years

Explore all triathlon aspects including swimming, biking, running, transisitons and the art of racing with a practice triathlon at last class. Must be able to swim 100 yards freestyle without stopping, have a bike, helmet, and ability to ride. Bring running shoes, swimsuit, cap, goggles and towel to every meeting.

Adult Stroke Refinement
16 years-Adult

For those who know how to swim but are looking to refine their stroke technique for freestyle, butterfly, backstroke and breaststroke and would like some pointers on competitive starts, turns and finishes while receiving a coached workout. Held in the competition pool; participants should be comfortable in deep water and able to swim 100 yards continuously.

American Red Cross Water Safety Classes

Water Safety Instructor
16 years-Adult

Successful completion of this course will certify you to teach all levels of American Red Cross progressive swimming lessons. Included in the course is Fundamentals of Instructor Training (FIT). You must attend all class sessions and successfully complete all assignments and tests to obtain certifi- cation. Prerequisite: 16 years of age by first class day, 200-yard continuous swim and demonstration of 4 competitive strokes, sidestroke and elementary backstroke.

Basic Water Safety Class
12 years-Adult

This four-hour class will cover basic water safety topics. Class will be designed based on group needs such as Boy or Girl Scout merit badges or MOMS groups looking for safety tips. Classes are available to groups by request only; call 654-7512.

Water Safety Presentations
All ages

This one-hour presentation will cover water safety topics. Class will be designed based on school and group needs such as K-9, Boy or Girl Scout or MOMS groups. Classes are available to school or groups by request only; call 654-7512.

CPR/AED/First Aid for the School, Workplace and Community
15 years-Adult

Learn to recognize and respond to emergencies including shock, cardiac and breathing emergencies for adults, children and infants. Heat and cold emergencies, sudden illnesses and poisonings, along with first aid for everything from cuts and scrapes to muscle, bone and joint injuries. A $16 material fee is due at the first class meeting

CPR/AED/for the Professional Rescuer with First Aid
15 years-Adult

For duty-to-respond rescuers or those desiring advanced CPR knowledge. Class includes: recognizing and caring for shock, cardiac and breathing emergencies in adult, child and infant, two-rescuer CPR, airway obstruction, use of an AED and resuscitation mask and bag mask along with first aid for everything from cuts, scrapes to muscle, bone and joint injuries. A $30 material fee is due at first class meeting.

Lifeguard Training
15 years-Adult

This American Red Cross course teaches first aid, water rescue skills, and CPR for the Professional Rescuer for lifeguards. Successful participation in all class sessions is required. Prerequisites: 15 years of age by first class day; 500-yard continuous swim; 20 yd swim with 10-lb object.