Zena Recreation Park


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.  

Sign up for Remind text alert for weather cancelations by following these instructions:


Registration and Pricing

Registration for the 2024 Season is now open to members and non-members

Session 1 July 1st - July 11h 

Session 2 July 15th - July 25th 

Session 3 July 29th - August 8th 

Classes are Monday - Thursday with rain make ups of Friday

Open Registration

Click on the blue box above to be directed to our lesson registration form.

For Info please Email: swim@zenarec.com

Private/ Individual Swim Lessons

Private Lessons will begin on Monday, July 1, and are now available for registration!

1. Please first check the calendar for availability: (Available Time Slots will say "Private Lessons...")

Private Lessons Calendar

2. Lessons are available on a first come, first served basis; please email Bill at swimlessons@zenarec.com for instructions to register and with your preferred dates and times. Available time slots will say "Private Lessons..."

3. Lessons can be made up due to inclement weather; we do not offer refunds for cancelled lessons.

Register here: 


Private Lessons are Full for the 2023 Season. If you had a Private Swim Lesson scheduled that was canceled due to thunder or pool closing please view the Calendar and select a possible "Open" date to reschedule.  More make updates will be added in the next few days.  Once a date is selected contact Jason at swim@zenarec.com  
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You do not have to be a current member of Zena Recreation Park to take swim lessons!  Although, our Zena Rec members get priority lesson sign up and a reduced rate on lesson fees, all are welcome to participate!

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.

What to Expect

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.

What They'll Learn

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 devicesEmphasizing 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. 

Zena Recreation Park  .  845-679-8098  .  714 Zena Highwoods Road,  Woodstock, NY 12498

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