Swim Lessons


Learn to Swim Lessons

Registration for our Summer Swim Lesson sessions will open May 1st!

COVID-19 Swim Lesson Update: We will provide a mandatory parent informational and orientation video on the Thursday before the start date of the next session. 

Based on the guidelines issued by the CDC to exercise at least 6’ distance between people. In order to allow addition space in the water for our swim lesson students we have made some adjustments to our Group Swim Lesson Program which include small class sizes, parents in the water to assist and support their child and instructors to teach from the pool deck when possible. The health and safety of our patrons and our staff are at the forefront of our operations, and we ask that if you are sick, you do not attend class. We appreciate your patience as we put the health of our community first!

The City of Laramie offers swim lessons taught by American Red Cross Certified instructors.  Group lessons are available for children ages 6 months to 12 years old.  Lessons for the current season are posted in our Program Guide and available for registration On-line.

Our Learn to Swim programs begins at the very basic of water safety, water exploration and swimming readiness and progresses through levels as skills are gained and mastered. Water safety is interwoven and focused on with each level. 

Aqua Tots: A parent and child class designed to help prepare young children to be comfortable in the water, teach swimming readiness skills, water exploration and water safety. 

Preschool: A parent and child class that engages children to explore the water in a safe manner while learning basic swimming skills, develop independent movement through the aquatic environment.

Level 1: A beginner level that introduces basic aquatic skills that the participant will build on as they progress through the Learn to Swim Program. Participants will develop a positive and safe attitude towards the aquatic environment. Level 1 skills overlap with Preschool and may be repeated for skill mastery. ***Current COVID-19 operations require a parent in the water with their child.

Level 2: Building on the foundational skills gained in Level 1, participants learn to glide and float without support. Proper body position, breath control , and alternating arm and leg action are taught. This level may be repeated for skill mastery. ***Current COVID-19 operations require a parent in the water with their child. 

Level 3: Expands on building proficient swimming skills with new stroke development and a strong focus on water safety survival. This level may be repeated for skill mastery. ***Current COVID-19 operations may require a parent in the water with their child. 

Level 4: Participants increase their endurance and skill proficiency with new stroke development such as side stroke and butterfly, along with head first entries. This level is held mostly in the 8 Lane Pool or deeper water, and participants are expected to be able to tread water and swim longer distances. 

Level 5: Participants continue to increase endurance and refinement of all six strokes (front crawl, back crawl, elementary back stroke, breast stroke, butterfly and side stroke.)

Level 6: Offers participants options to meet specific goals and interests. Through stroke refinement, participants are prepared for more advanced course, or other aquatics activities such as competitive swimming and diving, swimming for fitness and exercise, or personal water safety.

Private Swim Lessons

**Due to popular demand, our Private Swim Lessons requests are being waitlisted. Once we are able to accommodate your request, we'll assign an instructor and request payment. Waitlist holds your spot in line for an instructor to become available.** 

Current COVID-19 operations may require a parent in the water with their child. 

Private Swim Lessons are taught by American Red Cross Certified Instructors and are scheduled directly with the instructor at a mutually agreed upon time.  Registration for Private Lessons can be done on-line or by completing the Swim Lesson Request form and returning it to the Rec Center with payment.  Please complete a separate form for each person registering for a private lesson.  An instructor will then be assigned to your lesson request and contact you to arrange lesson meeting dates and times.  Please allow at least one week for contact from the Aquatics Department.

Private lessons are available for both youth and adults and are a great way to refine or catch up on water skills.  Participants experience a customized lesson plan to efficiently and effectively meet the participants aquatic goals. The instructor considers their abilities and water comfort level and develops a lesson plan that focuses on specific skills from a multitude of levels. Water safety is interwoven into all lessons as a point of discussion and practice. 

Semi-Private Lessons are available for both youth and adults. Semi-Private Lessons include two participants at one lesson of a similar age and aquatic skill ability, as well as have similar goals to focus the lessons around.