Swim Lessons

Swim LessonsThe American Red Cross Swimming and Water Safety program is offered through Durham Parks and Recreation. The different courses seek to help participants of all ages and varying abilities develop familiarity with being in the water and learning basic skills for aquatic safety, survival, and recreational swimming while developing an awareness of how to stay safe in, on or around the water. Each progressive level builds on and reinforces acquired skills and knowledge. As participants develop aquatic skills, they become safer and better swimmers. 

For a list of the current swim lesson offerings pick up a copy of the Play More Guide at any facility, the administration office or view online.

Listed below is basic information on the types of swim lessons offered at various times throughout the year. More information on skills assessed in each type of lesson can be found in the Learn-to-Swim Program Swim Lesson Handbook.

Aqua Babies (6-18 months)
The purpose of this American Red Cross program is to teach safe behaviors around the water and develop swimming readiness by leading parents and their children in water exploration activities with the objective of having fun and becoming comfortable in, on and around water.

Aqua Tots (19 months-3 years old) 
The purpose of this American Red Cross program is to teach safe behaviors around the water and develop swimming readiness by leading parents and their children in water exploration activities with the objective of having fun and becoming comfortable in, on and around water. 

Preschool (3-5 years old)
This American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim program aims to promote the developmentally appropriate learning of fundamental water safety and aquatic skills by young children. It teaches aquatic and safety skills in a logical progression through three levels. Children are grouped according to comfort level and skill proficiency. The program offers a fun, challenging, and supportive learning environment for preschoolers. 

Youth (6-12 years old)
The American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim program consists of six comprehensive levels that teach children of varying abilities how to swim skillfully and safely. Each level includes training in basic water safety. All aquatic and safety skills are taught in a logical progression. 

Teen (13-17 years old)
This American Red Cross program is designed for beginners and intermediate level swimmers. Students will be grouped according to skill level on the first day of class. Topics of instruction include basic aquatic skills, swimming strokes, personal water safety skills, and basic water rescue. If you want to become a better swimmer, or have dreamed of becoming a lifeguard, this program will help you reach those goals. There are no pre-requisites for this course. 

Adult (18+ years old)
This American Red Cross program is designed for beginners and intermediate-level swimmers. Students will be grouped according to skill level on the first day of class. Topics of instruction include basic aquatic skills, swimming strokes, personal water safety skills, and basic water rescue. The adult lessons focus on achieving swim competency and water safety skills. Whether you are interested in learning new strokes or wishing to overcome your fear of the water, we can accommodate your needs.