Small Group Swim Lesson- Learn to Swim in the Fall!
November 2 - December 20
No sessions Thanksgiving week.
Registration is open for all! Community participants are invited to register.
Please call Guest Services to register. 603-742-2163 x741
All classes are 30 minutes unless indicated.
Small Group Lessons Reimagined:
• There will be a maximum of three participants in each class.
• Lesson instructors will remain on the pool deck and maintain social distancing.
• Parents must accompany their children in the pool for Level 2 classes and below.
• One class participant or child/parent team will have their own dock during the lesson and will be 6’ socially distanced from other participants.
• Equipment, such as kick boards, bars, noodles, and rings, will not be shared between participants/ parent groups.
• All parents who are watching their children swim need to ensure that they are sitting six feet apart on deck and wearing masks.
See our Safe Care Commitment for more.
4:00pm: Preschool Level 1*
4:45pm: Preschool Level 2*
5:30pm: Level 1*
6:15pm: Level 2*
4:00pm: Preschool Level 1
4:45pm: Preschool Level 2
6:15pm: Level 2
8:30am: Parent and Child*
9:15am: Water Droplet with Parent*
9:45am: Preschool Level 1*
10:30am: Preschool Level 2*
8:45am: Water Droplet
10:45am: Level 1
11:30am: Level 2
12:15pm: Level 3
9:00am: Preschool Level1*
9:45am: Preschool Level 2*
10:30am: Level 1*
11:15am: Level 2*
*Parents must accompany their children in the pool for Level 2 classes and below.
Private Swim Lessons
We are pleased to offer private swim lessons in the Indoor Family Aquatics Center. During this time, please note the new requirements for participation:
- Our instructors will remain on the deck and will not enter the water. A parent may enter the water with the participant.
- Our Aquatics Manager can assist in determining the appropriate level for the participant during registration.
- Registration must be done by requesting your lessons here. You can download the Private Swim Lesson Registration form and complete it ahead of time and send to Sarah Cloutier, Aquatics Manager. Please allow 3 business days for reply.
30-Minute Private Lesson:
Member: $25 / Community: $35
Package: 6 Private Lessons (30 minutes each)
Member: $138 / Community: $190
Please note, during this time, only one adult may accompany the lesson participant. Siblings or other adults cannot come into the facility during the lesson. Please see the Visitor Policy here.
Get the most out of Red Cross swim lessons with the Swim App. Created as a companion to the newly-updated Learn-to-Swim program (including Preschool Aquatics), this app will help you keep your swimmer motivated, while providing you the latest in water safety guidance to help ensure your family stays safe in, on and around the water. Download the app by texting “SWIM” to 90999 or search “Red Cross Swim” in the Apple App Store, Google Play or on the Amazon Marketplace.
Interested in Private, Semi-Private or Adaptive Swim Options?
Please note, ONLY Private Swim Lessons are Currently Available During Phase 2 Reopening as of July 6, 2020
Private Swim Lessons
A private lesson is a great option for children or adults interested in a tailored experience with 1-on-1 instruction. Lessons draw from the American Red Cross instruction curriculum but progress at a customized pace. We teach swimmers of all ages, abilities and learning styles.
Semi-Private Swim Lessons
Semi-private lessons are often perfect for two students of similar ability level. This could include friends, siblings or classmates.
Adaptive SwimAsk us about our adaptive swim program, Dolphins! Private and Semi-Private options! Our instructors are Swim Angelfish Certified
Aqua SquadAdaptive Swim team for Dolphin participants that are ready for the next level. Not a prior Dolphin participant? Message us to discuss scheduling an intake with Miss Katie to assess readiness for Aqua Squad! Space is limited. Located in the lap pool.
Learn more by emailing Sarah Cloutier
AMERICAN RED CROSS SWIMMING LEVELS MARKED BELOW
Parent/ Child (Red Cross Parent Child Level I )
P/C familiarizes children between the ages of 6 months to 18 months with the water and teaches fundamental swimming skill by incorporating water activities. This level will provide safety information for parents and teach techniques parents can use to orient their children to the water.
Water Drop/Parent (Red Cross PC Level 2)
WD/P is an introduction to Level I. It is for children between the ages of 18 months to 3 years old or for those fearful or not ready to be independent without an instructor. Accompanied by their parent, they continue to learn the skills introduced in the Parent/Child class while learning Preschool Level 1 skills and one on one instruction with the instructor. Water safety knowledge is part of this level.
Little Fish (Ages 2-3)
This course is built for toddlers who are wanting to be independent from their parents but are not old enough to enter a Preschool Level 1 class. This class will work on teaching them water awareness, working with an instructor, being in a class environment and introduce Preschool Level 1 skills. This is a transition class from Water Droplet. If children are ages 3 years of age and have never been in a group aquatic class, this class would prepare them for the Preschool Level 1 course.
This course will have two instructors and be held in the zero-depth entry of the Family Aquatics Center.
Preschool Level 1: Introduction to Water Skills
In Preschool Level 1, children ages 3 to 4 learn to enter and exit the water using ladder, steps or side, to blow bubbles through mouth and nose, bob to open eyes under water and retrieve submerged objects. While learning front and back glides and float, recovery to vertical position and to roll from front to back and back to front, children begin to develop comfort in the water. Other skills include alternative and simultaneous leg actions and arm actions on front and back, treading water using arm and hand actions and combined arm and leg actions on front and back.
Preschool Level 2 / Ages 3 and 4
Children learn to enter and exit water by stepping or jumping from the side, fully submerge and hold breath, bob, open eyes under water and retrieve submerged objects. Children learn front jellyfish and tuck floats, front and back glides and floats, how to recover to a vertical position, change direction of travel while swimming on front or back, and how to roll from front to back and back to front.
Level 1: Introduction to Water Skills
In Level 1 children ages 5 and up learn to enter and exit the water using ladder, steps or side, to blow bubbles through mouth and nose, bob to open eyes under water and retrieve submerged objects. While learning front and back glides and floats, recovery to vertical position and to roll from front to back and back to front, children begin to develop comfort in the water. Other skills include alternative and simultaneous leg actions and arm actions on front and back, treading water using arm and hand actions and combined arm and leg actions on front and back.
Level 2: Fundamental Aquatic Skills
Success with fundamental aquatic skills begins in Level 2 as children learn to enter and exit water by stepping or jumping from the side, fully submerge and hold breath, bob, open eyes under water and retrieve submerged objects. Children learn front jellyfish and tuck floats, front and back glides and floats, how to recover to a vertical position, change direction of travel while swimming on front or back, and how to roll from front to back and back to front.
Beginning Level 3 (Ages 4-7)
This course is the American Red Cross’s Preschool Aquatics level 3. We use the term Beginning Level 3 to prevent confusion from the Learn to Swim Level 3. This course is designed to take those that have successfully passed Preschool Level 2 and have them work on their endurance and level 3 skills so that upon completion, they are ready for the Learn to Swim Level 3.
Level 3: Stroke Development
Building on the skills introduced in Level 2 through additional guided practice in deeper water, children learn to enter water by jumping from side, back float, survival float, and rotary breathing. Skills that will be introduced include; flutter scissor, dolphin and breaststroke kicks on front, front crawl, elementary backstroke and treading water.
Level 4: Stroke Improvement
This is an advanced level with many skills to perfect. Most students may complete Level 4 several times before passing all the necessary skills. In this level participants develop confidence in the skills learned and improve other aquatic skills including; swimming under water, feet-first surface dives, survival swimming, front crawl and backstroke open turns, front and back crawl, elementary backstroke, breaststroke, sidestroke and butterfly, plus flutter and dolphin kicks on back. To advance, participants must also be able to tread water using 2 different kicks.
Level 5: Stroke Refinement
Children learn further coordination and refinement of strokes in Level 5. We’ll cover tuck and pike surface dives while submerging completely, front flip turn and backstroke flip turn while swimming, front and back crawl, elementary backstroke, breaststroke, sidestroke and butterfly and sculling.
Level 6: Swimming and Skill Proficiency
In this level, students refine the strokes to swim with ease, efficiency, power and smoothness over greater distances. Students learn to swim 500 yards continuously using any 3 strokes of choice, swimming at least 50 yards of each stroke. The class includes more complex safety skills, jumping into deep water and performing a survival float for 5 minutes, rolling onto back and performing a back float for 5 minutes, performing a surface dive retrieving an object from the bottom of the pool at a depth of 7-10 feet, returning to the surface and the starting point.
Adult Learn to Swim
This program is for adults who would like to learn to swim and/or are ready to be introduced to stroke development in a safe, comfortable environment amongst peers.
Other Swim Options:
This is part of our adaptive swim program. Participants in this course are ready for a swim team type setting. Instructors help create workouts that will work on stroke and skill development while being able to give them the attention that they have been receiving through private lessons.
This program is for adults ages (14+) who are seeking to improve their endurance as well as refine and improve their strokes. The instructor is a certified USA Master’s Swim Coach who prepares workouts appropriate to meet the goals of the program in partnership with Great Bay Masters.
Parent/Child (PC), Water Drop w/Parent (WD w/P)
Level 4, Adult Beginner
Little Fish (ages 2-3)
Level 1, Level 2,
Preschool Level 1 & Level 2, Level 3 & Beginning Level 3
Level 5: 45 Minutes
Level 6: 60 Minutes
Masters Swim (Coached Training ages 14+)
Community pricing available. See Guest Services.
- There are no refunds once the session has started. Due to the high demand and limited spaces for swim lessons, refunds are not available except in cases where we have to cancel a class due to low enrollment.
- Classes with less than 2 participants will be canceled.
- $10.00 Fee for changes.
- Please review class descriptions prior to registering.
- Lessons must be paid in full at time of booking.
- No make-ups or credits due to missed classes by participants or for classes cancelled due to inclement weather.
- If the Somersworth School District has a 2-hour delay, we will not hold morning swim lessons. We will assess by 3pm if evening classes will be held depending on the current weather.
- If the Somersworth School District cancels school, then we will not hold swim lessons that day or evening.
- Weekend Snow Day Cancellations: please call The Works to confirm that we are open and lessons are being held.
- Class Levels & Times are subject to change based on demand.
Please NOTE, the Family Aquatics Center is CLOSED during Swim Lessons
from 4:15-6:30pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Call For Most Current Information: 603-742-2163 x741