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Swim Lessons
Broomfield Recreation Learn-To-Swim Program
Broomfield Recreation Services American Red Cross Learn-To-Swim program provides a safe, fun environment for your child to learn the fundamentals of swimming as well as learn self-confidence. We promote personal development, water safety, and the learning of a lifetime skill that can enhance your child’s life. For additional information contact Stephanie, Dawn, or Andy at the above contacts.

How many classes should I sign up for?
When registering for consecutive sessions of the American Red Cross Learn-To-Swim program, we recommend that you sign up for the same class level at least two times. Due to the high demand for swim lessons, we are sorry but cannot guarantee that space will be available for your child to move up or down after your initial registration. We encourage you to talk to the instructor about your child’s progress and utilize the waitlist process whenever possible if classes are full. We will increase classes due to demand and instructor/space availability.

Lesson Testing

Don’t know which level to sign your child up for? A swim instructor can test your child to determine his/her skill level. Lesson testing can be performed during open swim or limited open swim times at either facility. Please stop in and ask for a pool manager. For more information and pool schedules, please contact Stephanie at 303.464.5540.

Format for Swim Lesson Schedules!
Location Key:
BCC:  Broomfield Community Center  280 Spader Way
PDRC:  Paul Derda Recreation Center  13201 Lowell Blvd
Bay:  Bay Outdoor Aquatic Park  250 Spader Way
(Please note before registering for classes at the Bay: Refunds are not given due to inclement weather or closure at the Bay, if we have to close the Bay classes will be cancelled. There will be no make-up classes.)

Parent-Tot Classes


Parent-Tot One Day Classes link
6months to 3 years old
This class is designed to go over the basics with parents in a short, one-time, 30-minute class. Parent participation in the water is required. Learn how to help your child be comfortable in the water, basic floats and strokes, safety in and around the water, floatation devices information, and ask questions that you May have! Perfect for parent groups! Please call Dawn Rachjaibun at 303.460.6918 to set up a time for your group or to join a group!

Parent-Tot - Little Squirts link
6 months to 3 years old
Parent participation required in the water. Only one child per adult; however, both parents May attend class with one or two children. This class is designed to teach children water adjustment skills in a fun and safe environment. Benefits of this class include: consistency with exposure to water, parent-child interaction, fun and safe, socialization with other children, instruction, and the cost per class is cheaper than the drop-in fee! Swim diapers are REQUIRED. Onesie or Tuesday-shirt recommended.

Puddle Jumpers link
Designed for 2-3 Year Olds
Designed with small ratios; a maximum of 3 children per class. Parents do not get in the water for this class, but May sit close by for encouragement and support if needed. Recommended for children with little to no experience in the water. Class includes games and activities to facilitate class objectives.
Skills learned, but not limited to: enter and exit the water independently, comfort in the water, bubble blowing, basic breath control, safety skills, and introduction to front and back floats, arm-strokes and backstrokes with assistance.

Classes for 3 - 4 Year Olds
Designed with lower class ratios! All classes are 25 minutes in length and have a maximum of four students per class.

Guppies link
Recommended age: 3 to 4 years 
Prerequisites: None. Recommended for children with little to no experience in the water.
Skills learned: Games and activities to facilitate class objectives, comfort in the water, bubble blowing, breath control, introduction to front and back floats, arm strokes and backstroke with assistance.
Successful completion of all skills: Pass to Tadpoles or Preschool I

Tadpoles link
Recommended age: 3 to 4 years 
Prerequisites: Pass guppies or turtles class or perform the following skills: blow bubbles, go under water, front and back float with help, jump in with help, and be comfortable in water.
Skills learned: Front and back float without help, beginning arm stroke and backstroke, chicken-airplane-soldier, jumping in water, safety skills.
Successful completion of all skills: Pass to Preschool II

Classes for 4 - 6 Year Olds
All classes are 25 minutes long and have a maximum of 6 students per class.

Preschool I (Starfish)  link
Recommended age: 4 to 6 years 
Pre-requisites: Pass Puddle Jumpers or Guppies or perform the following skills: blow bubbles, go under water, front and back float with help, jump in with help, and be comfortable in water.
Skills learned: Front and back float without help, beginning arm-strokes and backstroke, chicken-airplane-soldier, jumping in water, safety skills.
Successful completion of all skills: Pass to Preschool II

Preschool II (Jellyfish) link
Recommended age: 4 to 6 years
Recommended age: 4–6 years
Pre-requisites: Pass Preschool I or perform the following skills: front and back float without help, arm-strokes and backstroke five feet, jumping in shallow water without help.
Skills learned: Rhythmic breathing, arm strokes with breathing, backstroke, chicken-airplane-soldier without help, and adjustment to deep-water.
Successful completion of all skills: Pass to Preschool III

Preschool III (Pufferfish)  link
Recommended age: 4 to 6 years
Pre-requisites: Pass Preschool II class or perform the following skills: arm-strokes with breathing five feet, backstroke ten feet, and comfortable in the deep end.
Skills learned: Introduction to elementary backstroke, coordination of front and back stroke skills, endurance, and confidence.
Successful completion of all skills: Pass to Level III (Crab)

3 - 5 Year-Old Tumble & Splash link
This is a combination class including 25 minutes of gymnastics and 25 minutes of swimming. There will be ten minutes in between classes for the parent to walk the child down to the pool and get them ready for swim class. Class listing is located on page 32.


Classes for 6 - 10 Year Olds
All classes are 25–50 minutes in length and have a maximum of 6–8 students per class.

Level I (A is for Alligator) link
Recommended age: 6 to 10 years
Pre-requisites: None. Recommended for children with little to no experience in the water.
Skills learned: Water adjustment, front and back floats, flutter kick, bubble blowing, and beginning front and back strokes.
Successful completion of all skills: Pass to Level II (Blue Whale)

Level II (B is for Blue Whale) link
Recommended age: 6 to 10 years
Pre-requisites: Pass Alligator or Preschool II or perform the following skills: going under water comfortably, front and back floats, bubble blowing, beginning arm-strokes and backstroke.
Skills learned: Front and back glides, front and back stroke, breathing to the side, jumping into shallow water, survival skills.
Successful completion of all skills: Pass to Level III (Crab)

Level III (C is for Crab) link
Recommended age: 6 to 10 years
Prerequisites: Pass Blue Whale or Preschool III class or perform the following skills: front and back float without help, semi-coordinated front and back crawl five yards, and comfortable in deep water.
Skills learned: Rhythmic breathing, front crawl stroke with breathing, backstroke, treading water, introduction to elementary backstroke, and jumping in deep water.
Successful completion of all skills: Pass to Level IV (Dolphin)

Level IV (D is for Dolphin) link
Recommended age: 6 to 10 years
Prerequisites: Pass Crab class or perform the following skills: coordinated front and back stroke 15 yards; and jump in and swim to side.
Skills learned: Continued development of front and back strokes, standing front dive, elementary backstroke, introduction to breaststroke, sidestroke, and open turns.
Successful completion of all skills: Pass to Level V (Electric Eel)

Level V (E is for Electric Eel) link
Recommended age: 6 to 10 years
Prerequisites: Pass Dolphin class or perform the following skills: elementary backstroke 25 yards, arm strokes and backstroke 25 yards.
Skills learned: Continued development of front and back stroke, breaststroke, sidestroke, butterfly, alternate breathing, under-water swimming, introduction to flip turns, diving, basic safety, and lifeguard skills.

Classes for 9 - 14 year olds

Swim Lessons - Kids Can Swim! link
These classes are designed specifically for kids ages 9-14 years. Learn to swim, work on making your strokes more efficient, improve your endurance, and improve your overall health and physical fitness! Swimming is one of the best exercises out there!
  
Homeschool/Afternoon Lessons link
A great opportunity to come during the non-busy time of the day for swimming lessons! Enroll your children in lessons and then stay and play afterwards! Open swim is included for registered participants. Anyone not registered for the class but still wants to swim, may pay the daily drop-in fee. Non-swimmers and children under, 6 years and younger, must be accompanied in the water by a paying adult. For ages 3 - 17 years

Classes for Teens & Adults (13 Years and older)

Aquatic Conditioning Class
link
Looking for something new to try, some cross-training to help you keep in shape or looking to learn another stroke? This class works with all ability swimming levels to help improve strokes for efficiency as well as building endurance. This is a perfect class for fitness swimmers or for swimmers looking to get into masters swimming. We recommend that you take the adult/teen swim lessons prior to joining the class if you do not know how to swim yet. Price includes admission to the facility.
            
Adult Swim Lessons link
This class helps you succeed in a skill that provides enormous health benefits. Feel confident in the water so you can enjoy a day at the pool or go on that vacation that you have always dreamed about. This class will meet your specific needs whether you want to conquer your fear of the water, develop your strokes or start training for a triathlon. The instructor works at your level to help you meet your goals. For ages 15 years and older.

Masters Swimming!
Designed for swimmers 18 years and older, this program provides organized workouts and skill improvement for all abilities. Participants should have an understanding of the basic strokes and be able to swim for approximately 30 minutes. Receive group and individualized feedback by a qualified swim coach. Improve your strokes, increase your fitness level, or prepare for competition. Fee includes all practice times and use of the facility before and after workout times.
Fees: Daily Drop-In Fee, Recreation Pass, or Punch Card
Location: BCC
Day                 Time
 
MW                 8–9:30 p.m.
Tue                 1–2 p.m.
Thu                 12–1 p.m. 
Saturday         6:30–8 a.m.

Private Swim Lesson Program link
All lessons will be 30 minutes in length. All sessions include a total of 4 - 5 classes. Register for one or more of the time periods listed. We encourage you to utilize the waitlist process whenever possible. Make-up classes/credits will not be available for classes missed.
Private Lessons give individuals an opportunity to work in a one-on-one setting with an instructor. Participants get a chance to work on technique and receive individual feedback and attention at their pace.
Semi-Private Lessons are available to families, friends, or individuals who want more individual attention, but still want the benefits that a group environment can provide. Semi-private lessons can be for groups of 2 - 3 participants who should be close in age and ability.
Location: PDRC

Boy/Girl/Cub Scout Merit Badge Testing link
Fee includes up to ten participants. Additional participants are $4 for residents, $5 non-resident. No charge for adult leaders. Price includes admission to the pool for fun before and after your badge testing! We will provide a certified instructor to help take the kids through the requirements and testing. Additional dates May be accommodated. Please e-mail Dawn at for additional information.