2022 LESSONS - UPDATED
Swim Lesson Cancelations will be posted here.
Please remember we do swim in the rain, just not heavy rain. If Swim Lessons are canceled please refer to the make up dates on the swim registration form . Dates vary per session.
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Swim lesson registration for the Summer 2022 season is currently open to everyone.
To register your child for swim lessons this summer, please fill out the above form and email to Jason at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that spaces are limited to maintain a safe and productive lesson format. Swim lessons are Monday- Thursday for two weeks. Please see the registration form for complete time and day information. Form is updated regularly during the season to show which classes are already filled. Please check for the latest version.
If an age group in any session is full we will notify you and start a wait-list in case there are any cancellations. If you would like to join Zena Rec as a member and get priority signups next summer or better rates on programs this summer, please see our Join Us page: Join us
The Red Cross has developed swimming lessons for kids and adults that allow everyone the opportunity to learn in a safe environment, at their own pace. Available at Zena Recreation Park, Red Cross Learn-to-Swim classes are taught by certified, knowledgeable and caring instructors who can help swimmers at every level feel comfortable in the water and progress to the next level.
At Zena Rec, our swimming classes for kids are tailored to the needs of each child, so that he or she can progress at a comfortable pace. Although some children may advance more quickly or slowly, our instructors ensure that everyone receives the instruction they need.
The Learn-to-Swim program focuses on building skills one step at a time. By giving them the opportunity to master one element before moving on to the next, our kids' swim classes make it easy to build confidence in the water.
Learn to Swim Levels Quick Reference:
Level Parent and Toddler- Intro to Water Skills – Age: 12 months - 3 years Parent are required to accompany swimmers into the pool
In this group, parents work with their children to explore body positions, floating, blowing bubbles, and fundamental safety and aquatic skills. The goals of this stage include the following: Encouraging children to move purposefully in the water in response to visual and verbal cues and using toys and flotation devices. Emphasizing basic aquatic safety to parents. Building relationships among and between parents and children by providing opportunities for fun and interaction in the water.Level Preschool – Introduction to Water Skills – Age: 3-4+
Students develop comfort with underwater exploration and learn to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water. This stage lays the foundation that allows for a student’s future progress in swimming..
Level 1 – Introduction to Water Skills – Age: 3-4+
For the beginner who is comfortable in the water. Swimmers learn basics of swimming: bobbing, going under water, supported front and back floating, supported rolling over from front to back and back to front, supported gliding , supported flutter kick, supported front crawl arms and jumping in.
Level 2 – Fundamental Aquatic Skills – Age: 4-5+
Swimmers should already be able to float on front and back and put head under water. Swimmers will work on: independent front and back floating , independent rolling over from front to back and back to front, independent front and back glides, front crawl arms and kicks, back crawl arms and kicks, retrieving underwater objects, and jumping into water over their head.
Level 3 – Stroke Development – Age: 5-6+
Swimmers should already be comfortable swimming front stroke and swimming on their back. Swimmers will work on: gliding, freestyle with side breathing, backstroke, breast stroke and dolphin kicks, retrieving objects in deeper water, treading water, jumping into deep water and compact dives.
Level 4 – Stroke Improvement – Age: 7+
Swimmers should already be able to: swim front and back crawl 25 yards. Swimmers will work on: rotary breathing, freestyle, backstroke, elementary backstroke, scissors kick and sidestroke, whip kick and breaststroke, intro to turning at wall, treading water with modified scissors, and diving in kneeling position.
Level 5 – Stroke Refinement – Age: 8+
Swimmers should already be able to: swim freestyle, breaststroke and backstroke 25 yards, scissors kick, whip kick, treading water, and dive.
Level 6 – Swimming & Skill Proficiency – Ages: 9-11+
Swimmers should already be able to: swim front and back crawl 50 yds, elementary backstroke 25 yards, breaststroke 25 yards, butterfly 25 yards, sidestroke 10 yards, tread water for 3 minutes, and dive.