Keep Afloat or Perfect Your Stroke

The Recreation Department offers private, one-on-one lessons for any ability level. Anyone who needs stroke improvement or prefers a lower key atmosphere then this program is for you.

  • Private Lessons
    • This is a great chance for you to improve on your swimming techniques, learn the basics or create a beneficial exercise program. These one-on-one sessions can be tailored specifically to your needs. You will be amazed at how invigorating the water can be!! Please call the Aquatics Office to schedule your lesson or training.

      Lessons are $25.00 per half hour. Please call the Aquatics Office for the time you'd like to schedule your lesson.

  • Semi-Private Lessons
    • This program is set up for the family that has multiple kids taking lessons or for the people who are a little shy taking a one-on-one lesson. These lessons will be available for groups of 2-4 people per lesson time. All levels will be taught. The first person will be charged the normal $25.00 fee but the remaining persons in the lesson will be charged only $15.00 per person for the 1/2-hour lesson. These lessons are offered at various times depending on the instructor's availability. Please call the Aquatics Office at (802) 299-2120 for the time you'd like to schedule your lesson.

  • Group Lessons
    • Build-your-own Group Lesson:  3-6 Swimmers, $10 per swimmer per half hour class
  • Custom Group Lessons
    • American Red Cross Learn to Swim Weeks
      During the months of June & July
      $90 per child for 5 (30min) swim Lesson

      You can also create your own group lesson! Find up to four more children of similar age and ability we will teach your group. This type of lesson serves to both develop swimming skills and provide a wonderful social learning experience for friends. Children quickly gain skills when encouraged by friends and parents enjoy the benefit of a flexible program. Call the aquatics office for more details and to reserve a swimming time.

      Level 1: Introduction to Water Skills
      Purpose- Help students feel comfortable in the water.

      Basic water safety rules, using a life jacket, submerging mouth, nose and eyes, opening eyes underwater and picking up submerged object, swimming on front and back using arm and leg actions, recognizing a swimmer in distress and getting help, exhaling underwater, floating on front and back.

      Level 2: Fundamental Aquatic Skills
      Purpose- Give students success with fundamental skills.

      Moving in the water while wearing a life jacket, submerging entire head, front and back glide, treading water using arm and leg motions, bobbing in water, jellyfish float, swimming using combined stroke on front and back.

      Level 3: Stroke Development
      Purpose- Build on the skills in Level 2 by providing additional guided practice.

      Reaching assist, submerging and retrieving an object, front and back glide, front and back crawl, kneeling or standing dive (shallow dive progression), rotary breathing in horizontal position, survival float, back float, butterfly-kick and body motion.

      Level 4: Stroke Improvement
      Purpose- Develop confidence in the strokes learned and improve other aquatic skills.

      Safe diving rules, dive from stride position or shallow dive, survival float, back float, elementary backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, throwing assist, feet-first surface dive, front and back crawl.

      Level 5: Stroke Refinement
      Purpose- Provide further coordination and refinement of strokes.

      Survival swimming, standing dive (diving progression), open turns on front and back, front and back crawl, performing rescue breathing, tuck surface dive and pike surface dive, front flip turn and backstroke flip turn, elementary backstroke, butterfly, breaststroke, sidestroke.

      Level 6: Swimming and Skill Proficiency
      Refines the strokes so students swim them with ease, efficiency, power and smoothness over greater distances. Level 6 is designed with “menu” options. Each of these options focus on preparing students to participate in more advanced courses, such as Water Safety Instructor and Lifeguard Training. These options include:

      Personal Water Safety, Fundamentals of Diving, Lifeguard Readiness, and Fitness Swimmer.
  • World's Largest Swim Lesson
    • The World Waterpark Association started this event in 2010 with the support of dozens of the country's leading water safety organizations, industry media and US Olympic athletes as a means to spread the word about the importance of swimming lessons. Over the last four years, it has become a main rallying event in the drowning prevention movement. The sobering news is drowning is still the leading cause of accidental death for children ages 1-5.

      Let’s keep our kids safe! Mark your calendars and keep your eye for registration details! This event is open to everyone and we look forward to a great day!

      For more information on the event, click here:

  • Swim Lesson Cancellation Policy
    • All private and semi-private swim lesson cancellations must occur at least 24 hours in advance of the scheduled appointment. Cancellations not received 24 hours in advance will be billed the full price of the class or the training. Please plan accordingly.

      Group Swim Lessons will be paid in full at the time of registration. There will be no refund or credit given to any classes that are missed by the participant. Refunds/Credits/Make-up Dates will only be issued if the class is cancelled due to inclement weather, indoor pool closures or instructor absence.

      Per Insurance Regulations
      Only U.S. Coast Guard Approved flotation devices will be allowed in our swimming facilities. Absolutely NO floats, Noodles, Float Suits, Water Wings, etc will be allowed in the Pools or Lake Pinneo at any time. We do provide U.S. Coast Guard Approved lifejackets at all of our aquatics facilities for your convenience. Thank you for your cooperation.