Parks and Recreation

To preserve, protect, maintain and enhance the city's parklands and recreational facilities and engage people in leisure activities that contribute to their quality of life.

Learn to Swim Program

Let Us Teach You to Swim

Swim Clas

Registration

Registration for swim lessons will start with Session 1 on May 14, 2018 and continue till classes are filled at all recreation centers and North Shore Aquatic Complex.


Parent and Child Aquatics

Ages 6 months to 3 years

The purpose of Parent and Child Aquatics is to teach safe behaviors around the water for infants and toddlers ages 6 months to 3 years old and develop swimming readiness by leading parents and their children in water exploration activities with the objective of having fun and becoming comfortable in, on and around water.


Preschool Aquatics Level 1

Ages 4 - 5 years

Your child is introduced to basic swimming skills. These skills lay the foundation for developing water competency and the future skill development of swimming strokes. In addition, your child starts to develop positive attitudes and safe practices around the water.
• Blowing bubbles for 3 seconds and submerging mouth, nose, and eyes.
• Front glide and recover to a vertical position.
• Back glide and recover to a vertical position.
• Back float for 3 seconds.


Preschool Aquatics Level 2

Ages 4 - 5 years

Marks the beginning of independent aquatic locomotion skills. Continues laying the foundation for developing water competency and further skill development. Children continue to explore using simultaneous and alternating arm and leg actions on the front and back to gain greater proficiency in preparation for performing strokes.
• Glide on front for 2 body lengths then roll to back and float for 15 seconds and recover to a vertical position.
• Glide on back for 2 body lengths then roll on front and recover to a vertical position.
• Swim using combined arm and leg actions for 3 body lengths.


Preschool Aquatics Level 3

Ages 4 - 5 years

Our instructors follow a plan to introduce new swimming and water safety skills that are developmentally appropriate for young children and help further your child’s development of water competency. Preschool Aquatics puts the fun in fundamentals. Each class is loaded with enjoyable, engaging and challenging activities that motivate children to want to perform and learn to swim.
• Fully submerge and hold breath for 10 seconds.
• Step from the side into chest deep water, push off the bottom, move into a treading or floating position for 15 seconds.
• Swim using combined arm and leg actions on front for 5 body lengths.


Learn To Swim Level 1

Ages 6 and up

Your child is introduced to basic skills as the foundation for future skills and the development of water competency (the basic minimum skills needed for water safety).
• Blowing bubbles for 3 seconds and submerging mouth, nose, and eyes.
• Front glide and recover to a vertical position.
• Back glide and recover to a vertical position.
• Back float for 5 seconds.


Learn To Swim Level 2

Ages 6 and up

Your child begins to perform skills at a slightly more advanced level and begins gaining rudimentary propulsive skills on both the front and the back. This level marks the beginning of independent aquatic locomotion skills. Our instructors follow a plan to introduce new swimming and water safety skills and build on previously learned skills, including the development of water competency (the basic minimum skills needed for water safety). Each class is loaded with fun, engaging and challenging activities that motivate children to want to perform and learn to swim.
• Step or jump from the side into shoulder deep water.
• Open eyes under water and retrieve submerged objects.
• Back float for 15 seconds.
• Combined arm and leg actions on front.


Learn To Swim Level 3

Ages 6 and up

Your child learns to swim the front crawl and elementary backstroke at rudimentary levels, is introduced to the scissors and dolphin kicks, learns the survival float and increases the time duration for treading water. Your child also learns the rules for headfirst entries and begins to learn to enter the water headfirst from a seated position at poolside (Only if the water is at least 9 feet deep). Each class is loaded with fun, engaging and challenging activities that motivate children to want to perform and learn to swim and help your child develop water competency.
• Jump into deep water from the side, submerge, return to the surface then to the side.
• Tread water for 1 minute.
• Swim front crawl for 15 yards.
• Swim elementary backstroke for 15 yards.


Learn To Swim Level 4

Ages 6 and up

Your child will improve their swimming stroke proficiency and swimming for longer distances. Some of the milestones include:
• Swimming the front crawl for 25 yards.
• Swimming the elementary backstroke for 25 yards.
• Swimming the breaststroke for 15 yards.
• Swimming the butterfly for 15 yards.
• Swimming the back crawl for 15 yards.
• Swimming the sidestroke for 15 yards.
• Headfirst entry* from a stride position (*only if the water is at least 9 feet deep).
• Open turns on the front and back.

Learn to Swim Program

Classes

Eight 40 minutes classes meeting Monday through Thursday for two weeks.

Price

$39/session.

Dates

  • Session 1
    Registration May 14
    Lessons June 4-14
  • Session 2
    Registration June 14
    Lessons June 18-28
  • Session 3
    Registration June 28
    Lessons July 2-12
  • Session 4
    Registration July 12
    Lessons July 16-26
  • Session 5
    Registration July 26
    Lessons July 30-August 9

Instructors

Lessons are taught by Water Safety Instructors certified by the American Red Cross.

Forms

The following information is required for registration:

  • Valid Driver License or
    State ID

  • Completed Hold Harmless Agreement
Hold Harmless - Minor

Hold Harmless - Adult

Fee Assistance

The City of St. Peterburg offers a variety of fee assistance programs. To find out more information contact (727) 893-7732 or
North Shore Aquatic Complex (727) 893-7727