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Learn to Swim | Youth Programs

Learn to Swim

Class Levels

Our Learn to Swim classes are designed to safely prepare children for a lifetime of swimming, whether their goals include competitive swimming, water sports or recreational swimming. Each group lesson has a maximum of four participants. Tot lessons on weekday mornings are private lessons.

Level 1

30-minute session

Skill level/ages: Beginning swimmers, ages 3-7

Level 1 introduces submersions, safety, front and back floats, basics for the elementary backstroke, beginning freestyle arms, kick, and overall comfort and confidence in the water.

To progress to level 2, participants must demonstrate comfort in the water and the ability to float unassisted on their back for at least five seconds.

Cost

Series 2 and 3: $187.50*

Register online.

Level 2

30-minute session

Skill level/ages: Advanced beginning swimmers, ages 3-7

Level 2 focuses on front/back glides, underwater object retrieval, bobs, independent swimming (freestyle, backstroke and elementary backstroke), flutter/dolphin kicks and unassisted deep-water entry.

To move on to level 3, participants must demonstrate each skill with confidence and independently swim the freestyle, elementary backstroke and backstroke unassisted for at least 15 feet.

Cost

Series 2 and 3: $187.50*

Register online.

Level 3

30-minute session

Skill level/ages: Intermediate swimmers ready to improve body mechanics for a more advanced stroke, ages 4-9

Level 3 focuses on efficient flutter/dolphin kicking, improved arm-form techniques for each stroke, rotary breathing, and an introduction to breaststroke, butterfly and diving.

Before progressing to Level 4, participants must demonstrate each skill with superior confidence and independently swim (with proper technique) the freestyle, backstroke and elementary backstroke 25 yards.

Cost

Series 2 and 3: $187.50*

Register online.

Level 4

45-minute session

Skill level/ages: Advanced swimmers comfortable swimming 25 yards, ages 4-9

Level 4 sessions are designed to encourage participants to become more efficient, knowledgeable and stronger in the water. These classes focus on swimming the four competitive strokes legally.

Level 4 lessons also include a detailed approach to teaching butterfly and breaststroke.

Cost

Series 2 and 3: $195*

Register online.


*Coors Fitness Center members, DU faculty/staff, DU students and DU alumni are eligible for a 10 percent discount. Please call 303-871-7728 to request the appropriate coupon code.

In addition to our Learn to Swim classes for kids, we offer private lessons for adults, as well as a Masters Swim program for those who want to swim competitively or for fitness.