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.
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.
For the toddler who has completed the Parent Tot class and the preschooler who is apprehensive about being in the water alone. This class focuses on helping young swimmers establish independence in the water while beginning to build a basic foundation for swimming and water safety. This class is not intended to teach your child how to swim or survive in the water independently. At least one adult must accompany each child in water. Children under three must wear a swim diaper or tight-fitting swim pants under their bathing suit.
For the preschool swimmer who is comfortable with exploring the surface of the water independently but is not yet comfortable with submerging under the water. This class begins to build the foundation for swimming and water safety.
For the preschool swimmer who has prior experience in the water and can fully submerge independently. Swimmers will learn how to float on their front and back unsupported, coordinate arm and leg strokes, hold their breath for 5 to 10 seconds, enter and exit the water unassisted, and begin to learn rhythmic breathing.
For the preschool swimmer who has had prior experience in the water, can fully submerge and float independently. Your child will begin to learn how to propel through the water with coordinated front and back crawl strokes. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Minnow level and/or demonstrate the required skill level.
For the more advanced preschool swimmer who is able to fully submerge, float independently, and swim with a coordinated front stroke. Your child will continue to improve their fundamental skills by learning how to coordinate breathing with the front crawl, further develop coordination of simultaneous arm/leg actions, and will be introduced to deep water. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Shark level and/or demonstrate the required skill level.
For young swimmers who have very little experience in the water. Your child will be introduced to basic water skills such as submerging their face in the water, retrieving objects from beneath the surface, rhythmic breathing, front and back floats, treading water, simultaneous arm and leg movements, entering and exiting the water, and safety in and around water.
Swimmers will continue to build on skills learned in Level 1 as well as learn to float unsupported and recover to a vertical position, further develop simultaneous and alternating arm and leg actions on the front and back, as well as change direction of travel while swimming. Prerequisite: Completion of Level 1 and/or demonstrate the required skills.
Swimmers will continue to develop skills learned in Level 2 as well as survival floats, elementary backstroke and breaststroke, and how to coordinate the front crawl. Swimmers will also build on the fundamentals of treading water and will be introduced to the scissor and dolphin kicks. They will also learn rules for head first entries and begin to practice entering the water head first from the side of the pool. Prerequisite: Completion of Level 2 or demonstrate required skills.
Swimmers will improve skills learned in previous levels and increase endurance by swimming familiar strokes (front crawl, elementary backstroke and breaststroke) for greater distances. They will also be introduced to basic turns and continue to build on the scissor and dolphin kicks by adding arm movements and learn the sidestroke and butterfly. Prerequisite: Completion of Level 3 or demonstrate required skills.
Swimmers will continue to refine their performance of all the strokes (front crawl, back crawl, butterfly, breaststroke, elementary backstroke, and sidestroke) while learning to increase endurance and swim longer distances. They will also practice flip turns on the front and back, diving, and competitive swimming. Prerequisite: Previous level or demonstrate required level skills.
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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.