Swim Lessons

Swim LessonsCommunity Services offers swimming lessons throughout the summer.    Our swimming lessons meet for eight-30 minute sessions, Monday through Thursday for two weeks throughout the summer at Charles Brooks Community Swim Center.

Registration is accepted at the Community Services Office (not at the pool.)  Advanced registration is required and space is limited, so sign-up early. Registration for each session will be closed the Wednesday before the session starts. For more information about Swimming Lessons, contact Community Services at (530) 661-2000.

Register children within the following levels. When registering for lessons, don’t over-estimate your child’s swimming abilities. It is easier to move your child into a higher level if necessary.

Tadpole- Ages 6 months to 3 years

The Tadpole class leads parents and children in basic swimming skills, emphasizing water orientation and safety.  Additionally, parents are taught to feel more comfortable in the water with their infant. Infants must be able to hold their head up and a parent must accompany the child in the water for every class.

Goldfish – Level One: Introduction to Water Skills

 The Goldfish class is an orientation to an aquatic environment. This class helps swimmers further develop a foundation in both swimming and safety skills. To move to Sea Horse, swimmers must demonstrate the ability to float unassisted. 

Sea Horse – Level Two: Fundamental Aquatics Skills

 The Seahorse class builds upon the foundation set in Goldfish and introduces front and back glides and a combined swimming action with arms and legs. Swimmers must demonstrate the ability to glide and move unassisted through the water to move to Swordfish.

Swordfish – Level Three: Stroke Development

The Swordfish class emphasizes stroke development of the front and back crawl. Additionally, swimmers are introduced to different kicks used in swimming. To move to Dolphin swimmers must be able to swim a minimum of 15 yards using both the front and back-crawl strokes.

Dolphin – Level Four: Stroke Improvement

The Dolphin Class emphasizes rotary breathing and stroke improvement, an introduction to breaststroke, elementary backstroke and the butterfly. Swimmers must be able to swim 25 yards using both front and back-crawl strokes, elementary back stroke, and 1-minute of treading water to move to Orca.

Orca – Level Five: Stroke Refinement

The Orca class emphasizes the refinement and development of the strokes continued during the Dolphin level.  Swimmers are expected to begin to develop swimming endurance. To move to Shark, swimmers must swim a minimum of 50 yards with the front and back-crawl strokes; and 25 yards with the breaststroke, elementary backstroke, and butterfly.

Shark – Level Six Fitness Swimmer

The Shark class is the final level for stroke refinement and perfection and further development of swimming endurance. Swimmers reaching this level can easily make a transition to a swim team or lifeguard training.

Private Lessons: Ages 3 and up

For a personal touch, take a two-week private lesson. This is a one-on-one class for any level of swimmer. The aquatic staff will help improve the “basics” and refine swimming techniques throughout session of lessons.


Adult Lessons

Contact Community Services staff to arrange adult lessons.

To Register

Complete the Registration form and return to the Community Services office. For more information about Swimming Lessons, contact Community Services at (530) 661-2000.