Youth Aquatics

Swimming Lessons | Ages 6 months - 15 years

Introduce your child to water as early as six months old with Wet Wigglers or build on the skills they already have with Swim Levels 1-4. Questions about which level of swimming lessons to enroll your child should be directed to Donita Grinde-Houtman. Call or email

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WET WIGGLERS - Ages 6 mo - 4 yrs The American Red Cross Parent and Infant/Preschool swimming program promotes water safety knowledge and water adjustment. Swimming readiness skills, fun, enjoyment and parental involvement are all important components of this program. Please meet on the bleachers in the pool area before each class. Bring two towels for the little ones, as we ask everyone to take a shower before class.

American Red Cross Preschool Aquatics consists of three levels.  Preschool-age children are taught basic aquatic safety, survival and swimming skills, all the while increasing their comfort level in and around the water. Skills are age-appropriate, help children achieve success on a regular basis and enjoy social interactions with other children.

SWIMMING BUDDIES - Ages 3-12 The American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim Program Levels 1 - 3 will be used to instruct children in groups of two or three. Children benefit from the individual attention of these lessons taught by certified instructors.  Space is limited so please sign up early! 

Learning to move through the water with comfort and efficiency is essential in water safety and enjoyment. The DRC offers American Red Cross Progressive Learn to Swim program Level 1 through Level 4. Lessons are offered all year round and students are encouraged to continue in lessons until they become proficient at each level. Swimming is not just a competitive sport, but also an excellent form of life long exercise. There is a parent/student orientation prior to swimming at the first class.

THE UNSINKABLES - The Unsinkables program is FREE and offered to all -second grade USD 260 students. In an attempt to reduce the instance of accidental drowning, the Unsinkables program teaches students basic swimming and water safety skills.

WSI AIDE - Anyone between the ages of 10 and 18 wanting to become an aide in an American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim program should take this class. Participants must have Level 4 swimming skills. In addition to class time, 20 hours of volunteer time assisting our swim lesson program is required for aide certification. Adults as well as kids can obtain the experience necessary to become a water safety instructor aide. A swimming skill check will be done before class instruction. Come prepared to swim. 

The registration deadline is September 27, 2018.

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