Swim Lessons

The City of Wheat Ridge’s Swim Lesson Program is an American Red Cross Authorized Provider and all our instructors receive training and certifications from the American Red Cross, which has been the standard for over 100 years. 

We offer group swim lessons for ages 6 months to 12 years old. 

We also offer private swim lessons for ages 3 - 6+. Interested in private swimming lessons? Fill out this form to get started!

Each child has different swim experiences, backgrounds, and learning rates that may influence the rate each child acquires skills. We may ask to move you to a different level and as you work through the levels you may find that some levels need to be repeated a few times for that extra practice.

  1. Parent & Tot (6 -36 months)
  2. Parent & Child
  3. Preschool ( 3-5 years)
  4. Youth (6-12 years)

A parent or trusted adult, along with the instructor, will help your child establish comfort in the water by teaching water adjustment and safety through fun games and songs. At least one adult must accompany your child in the water. Children must wear a swim diaper or tight-fitting swim pants under their bathing suit. Please note, this class is not intended to teach your child how to swim or survive in the water independently. 

  1. Jacob Rightenburg

    Aquatics Coordinator (Swim Lessons)

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Program Information & Policies

  • Swimming can take a lot of energy and we suggest eating before lessons, but leaving about 30 minutes for food to settle before the lesson starts to avoid any upset stomachs.
  • All swimmers should use the bathroom prior to the start of the lesson to avoid any accidents. Children under 3 and any swimmers not potty trained must were Swim Diapers or tight-fitting Plastic Pants.
  • Parents are to remain in the pool area in case we need to clear the pool or participants need to use the bathroom.
  • Dive goggles, other goggles that cover the nose, and nose pieces are not permitted during lessons as they prevent participants for learning and practicing blowing air through the nose to prevent water from going into there. We recommend reducing use of goggles for early levels so participants can fully get used to the water.
  • There is no open swim during or between swim lesson.

Missed classes:

  • We do not offer refunds or make-ups for missed lessons. However, if you or another member of the household is ill with COVID like symptoms, test positive for COVID, or has been potentially exposed to COVID we ask that you do not attend swim lessons until the quarantine period expires.
  • If the pool closes unexpectedly, we will contact everyone with the information provided when you signed up, first via email, and then via phone. You can check with the front desk to make sure this information is up to date. We will credit your account for the missed lesson(s)
  • If the pool closes last minute or mid lesson, we will switch to an on-land safety day or move lessons to a different pool if possible.

Parent Swim Orientation

The Orientation to Swim Lessons for Parents and Caregivers course familiarizes course takers to the Red Cross Learn-to-Swim program, including Parent and Child Aquatics, Preschool Aquatics and Learn-to-Swim levels. This online course provides basic water safety information and offers guidance for how to get the most out of Red Cross swim lessons. It also helps inform course takers about actions patrons and facility management and staff may take to maintain a safe and healthy environment for swim lessons during COVID-19. Access the course here.

If you have any questions about swim lessons, contact Jacob Rightenburg at jrightenburg@ci.wheatrdige.co.us.