Youth & Adult Programs

Ongoing Programs & Classes - see PDF schedule for hours and fees

Open Swim
All ages

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.

Lap Swim
16+ years

Add variety to your workouts and swim your way to a healthier lifestyle! Kick boards, hand paddles and pull buoys available.

Water Polo Open Scrimmage
16+ years

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.

Water Exercise
13+ years

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.

Deep Water Exercise
13+ years

Strengthen and tone your muscles with this zero impact workout. This class is taught in deep water using floatation belts and offers a unique challenge. Participants should be comfortable in deep water and able to swim. Pool temperature 78-79 degrees. See pool schedule for days, times, and fees.

Water Exercise Instructors

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!

Shelly Barnard - Aquatic Exercise Association Instructor (AEA), Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program Instructor (AFAP), Water Safety Instructor (WSI), First Aide, and CPR certified. I have been a lifelong fitness buff, interested in helping and keeping people of all ages moving well into their golden years! My love of water started in my teens as a swim instructor and lifeguard for the City of Ventura summer programs and Ventura College. After raising my two boys, I decided to go back to the water. I earned my certifications for both comp and therapy pools. While I love the workout deep water can provide, the calories burned in both deep and shallow water will keep those interested in losing weight or just maintaining strong, healthy muscle mass at the top of their game. I look forward to meeting old friends and new while doing a fabulous and fun total body workout... all in the water! Join us anytime!

Kayann Stables - Aquatic Exercise Association Instructor (AEA) certified and American Red Cross CPR/AED certified. New to the fitness field as an instructor, I loved water exercise from the first time I participated in a class. I have loved being in the water for as long as I can remember, and now being able to have fun AND exercise at the same time is a dream come true. My previous careers have included being a teacher as well as spending 30 years working in the animal health industry. My goal is for participants to leave class feeling like they received and enjoyed a good workout. The Ventura Aquatic Center is a beautiful setting where people of all ages and abilities can exercise. I hope you’ll give it a try - I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised!



Toddler Time
6 months-5 years w/Adult

Get your little one adjusted to the water in this safe, fun environment. One adult per child is required. 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 hours and fees.

Competitive Stroke Instruction
8-15 years

Learn 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 Prep
8-17 years

Receive stroke refinement, learn how to swim sets and read a pace clock while receiving a coached workout. Must be able to swim 50 yards comfortably. Class is equivalent to Level 4 skills and higher.

Youth Swim Conditioning
8-17 years
This advanced swim workout focuses on swim sets, interval training, and stroke refinement. Must be able to swim 100 uards comfortably and be able to demonstrate the four competitive strokes. It is recommended to take Swim Team Prep prior. Sign up for Swim Team Prep in conjuction and receive 50% off same session sign-up.

Splash Ball (Junior Water Polo)
6-11 years

Designed to introduce the sport of water polo to kids in a fun non-competitive environment, this class provides basic skills and understanding of the sport in a recreational format. Although water polo is known for its toughness and endurance, this class will focus on all the fun and dynamic aspects of the game in a safe, easy to learn aquatic experience that will motivate kids to swim and stay fit. Participants must have basic swimming abilities. Class is taught in shallow water.

Synchronized Swim
8 years-Adult

This creative sport uses sculling, breaststroke, front & back crawl, elementary backstroke and sidestroke to perform synchronized choreography to music. Must
be able to swim 25 yards, float on back, and tread water for 3 minutes.

8 years-Adult
Learn fundamentals of diving. Must be able to swim for 25 yards comfortably and treat water for 3 minutes.

Diving 101
6-11 years

The joy of diving often comes after hours of frustration and trial and error for kids. This class breaks down the steps of learning how to perform a shallow entry dive from the pool dick. This is not a springboard diving class. Learn how to properly dive off a dive block depending on skill level. Participants must be comfortable in deep water, able to swim 15 yards safely, and have completed Level 2 skills or higher.

Tri-It! Swim, Bike, Run

9 years-Adult
A basic introduction to the triathlon- no experience needed! Must bring bike, helmet, running shoes, and swim gear to every class and be able to swim 100 yards comfortably. Great class for parents and kids to do together! A mock mini triathlon will be held on the final class.

Trio Sampler: Diving, Synchro, & Water Polo
8-15 years
These 2-hour clinics will introduce your child to springboard diving, water polo, and synchronized swimming in a safe, fun, and noncompetitive environment. Kids will learn the basics of each sport while having the opportunity to see which sport they like best. We offer a summer novice team program, so if your child chooses to participate in summer, they will come to the first day of practice with confidence and security- knowing that they have the skills to succeed and have FUN! Participates must be comfortable in deep water and able to swim 50 yards comfortably.

Adult Swim
13 years-Adult

Beginner to advanced swimmers will work on personal goals and get pointers on all aspects of stroke technique. Receive individualized instruction on your specific area of interest while working at your own rate and ability level.

One-Day Adult Stroke Clinics
16 years-Adult
A swim instructor will evaluate your current strokes and provide instruction on how to improve your technique through drills, demonstrations, and practice. Class will be tailored to individual needs.

American Red Cross 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, successfully complete all assignments, and instruct 4 additional teach back hours to obtain certification. Prerequisite: 16 years of age by first class day, 200-yard continuous swim and demonstration of 4 competitive strokes, sidestroke

Lifeguard Training
15 years-Adult

Certifications include: First Aid, CPR for the Professional Rescuer, and Lifeguard Training. Prerequisites: 15 years of age by first class day; 400-yard continuous swim; 20 yard swim with 10-lb brick retrieval from bottom of pool. Certification is valid for 2 years and is included upon successful completion of course. Must attend all class dates to be certified.

Lifeguard Training Review
17 years-Adult

Must show proof of current Lifeguard Training certification. Same certifications and prerequisites as for Lifeguard Training (see above). Certification is valid for
2 years and is included upon successful completion. Must attend all class dates. This course can also be arranged by appointment for small groups by calling (805) 654-7514.

Standard First Aid
13 years-Adult

Recognize and address heat and cold emergencies, sudden illnesses and poisonings, along with first aid for everything from cuts and scrapes to muscle, bone and joint injuries.

CPR- Adult & Pediatrics with AED
13 years-Adult

Learn to recognize and respond to emergencies including shock, cardiac and breathing emergencies for adults, children and infants. Learn how to use Automated External Defibrillation (AED).

CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer
13 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.