Red Cross Swimming Lessons are offered through the Marion Parks & Recreation Department. Lessons cost $33 per child, per session. All swimming lesson registrations are now handled at the pool.
Swim Lesson Session Limits
To allow more children the opportunity to take swim lessons, each child may be registered for no more than two sessions prior to May 12. After May 12, you may register for additional sessions.
No Waiting Lists
The number of students per class is limited in order to provide quality instruction and lessons for everyone. Once a class is filled, no one else can register for that class.
Lesson Changes and Refunds
There is a $10 charge per lesson for changes to the date(s) or time(s) you have registered for. Refunds are available prior to the start of the session, less a $10 administrative fee. No refunds will be allowed after the session has begun.
Swim Lesson Levels
The following guidelines will help determine which level best fits your child’s swimming ability. All children are assessed at moved to a different level as necessary. If your child is between levels, please their first lesson and may beregister for the lower one. Students learn many different skills at each level. They usually need more than one session at each level to pass to the next level. Check out the 2017 Swim Lesson Schedule to find a session and time that work for you!
Level 1— Students learn to fully submerge face and body, breathe rhythmically, experience buoyancy, float on front and back, and swim on front and back using arm and leg actions.
Level 2— Students learn to float on front and back with glide, swim a combined stroke front and back, demonstrate rhythmic breathing, tread water, and swim on side.
Level 3— (Participants must be able to stand unassisted, in three feet of water.) Students learn front crawl with rotary breathing, back crawl, butterfly arm and leg motions, a kneeling or standing dive, survival float, and retrieve a submerged object.
Level 4— Students work on strokes including front and back crawl, swim on side with scissor kick, elementary back, breaststroke and butterfly. They also learn diving, underwater swimming, surface dives and open turns on front and back.
Level 5— Students refine the front and back crawl, elementary back, breaststroke, butterfly and sidestroke. They also learn standing and shallow dives, pike and tuck surface dives, and front and backstroke flip turns.
Level 6— Students refine strokes to swim with ease, efficiency, power and smoothness over greater distances. This level is offers these personal emphasis options: personal water safety, fitness swimming, fundamentals of diving, and lifeguard readiness.
Please review the times and dates for each session to ensure you are signing your child up for the correct level, time, and session. If you are registering your child or someone else for swimming lessons ONLY and no other programs at this time, we ask that you please use the registration form at the bottom of the page. To ensure more children have access to swim lessons in the summer, you may not register your child for more than two lessons prior to May 15, 2016
Splash! (Parent/Toddler Class)
Parent and Child Ages 18 months –2 years
Parent and child will work together in the water on games and activities designed to prepare the child for lessons. This class will be held during Session 3 ONLY from 11-11:30 a.m. Limit 20 participants.
Intro To Swim
Children Age 3
Students learn to fully submerge face and body, breathe rhythmically, experience buoyancy, float on front and back, and swim on front and back using arm and leg motions. This class will be held during Session 3 ONLY from 11-11:30 a.m. Limit 20 participants.
NEW! Intro To Swim IIChildren Ages 10–14
Do you have an older child that has never learned how to swim? This class allows kids the option to learn the basics of swimming with kids their own age. This class will be held during session 2 ONLY from 11–11:45 a.m. Limit 20 participants.
Marion Sharks Swim Team
Children Ages 6–18
Open to all swimmers who are able to swim 25 yards. Participants have the opportunity to compete against other area teams. Coached by the Marion pool staff.
Fee: $80.00 per child
Time(s): Practices Monday–Friday, 6:45–8 a.m.
Location: Marion Municipal Swimming Pool (Willowood Park)
Registration Deadline: May 26, 2017