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Swim Lessons


The City of Roseville offers swim lessons for children ages 6 months to 14 years old that focus on fun, safety and basic swimming skills. Adult lessons are also available at select pools. Every year, more than 7,000 kids and adults take swim lessons with the City of Roseville. All swim instructors are certified in lifeguard training, CPR, AED, and First Aid. City of Roseville swim lessons are inclusive, however we have adaptive swim lessons for children with disabilities that provide specialized instruction. Swim lessons are available at three different locations including Mike Shellito Indoor Pool, Roseville Aquatics Complex, and Johnson Pool. Registration information for swimming lessons is available in our Activity Guides.

Swim Lesson Classes - Minimum Requirements and Course Descriptions

Starfish (Parent Participation)

Minimum requirements:
6 – 36 months 
Child must be able to hold head up
Parent must attend each class and be in water with their child
 
Course description:
This class is a water adjustment course. Participants will be exposed to swimming skills through songs and games. Children will not be taught to be accomplished swimmers or how to survive in the water. This is an instructional course.

Next level:
Duck (3 yrs. old)
Other Options
Alligator (3 yrs. old and meets minimum requirements for Alligator)

Duck (Beginner)
 
Minimum requirements:
3 – 5 years old 
Under no exceptions are children under 3 allowed to register for this class
 
Course description:
This class is designed for preschoolers. The focus of this class is orienting participants to the aquatic environment, teaching elementary skills, fundamental aquatic locomotion and safety skills. These skills will be built upon as they progress through our swim lesson program. This class is designed for students who are not comfortable in the water and who cannot float with their faces in the water.
 
Next level:
Alligator
Other Options
Seal (5 yrs. old and has not passed Duck)

Alligator (Intermediate)
 
Minimum requirements:
3– 5 years old
Enter and go underwater comfortably
Must be able to swim 2 yards unassisted
Under no exceptions are children under 3 allowed to register for this class

Course description: 
This class is designed to be an intermediate preschool class. This level marks the beginning of true locomotion skills. Children at this level are comfortable in the water and have acquired basic swimming skills. Participants are introduced to the fundamentals of freestyle and backstroke. Child MUST be comfortable submerging underwater and swimming for 2 yards unassisted.
 
Next level:
Otter
Other Options
Seal (5 yrs. old and has not passed Alligator)
Marlin (6 yrs. old and has passed Alligator)

Otter (Advanced)

Minimum requirements:
4 – 6 years old
Must be able to swim 5 yards of freestyle unassisted
Must be comfortable swimming on back unassisted
Knowledge of backstroke

Course description:    
This class is designed for advanced preschoolers. This course will focus on more advanced swimming techniques. Participants revisit the fundamentals of freestyle and backstroke. Introduction to freestyle side breathing, elementary backstroke, breaststroke, and diving. Child MUST be able to swim freestyle and backstroke independently.
 
Next level:
Sea Turtle
Other Options
Marlin (6 yrs. old and has not passed Otter)
Dolphin (6 yrs. old and has passed Otter)

Sea Turtle (Pre-competitive)
 
Minimum requirements:
4 – 6 years old
Must be able to swim 10 yards of freestyle w/side breathing
Must be able to swim 10 yards of backstroke
Knowledge of breaststroke

Course description: 
This class is designed for preschoolers who may be interested in joining a swim team. The focus of this course will be the four competitive swim strokes and diving.  Participants revisit the fundamentals and are introduced to butterfly and treading water. Child MUST be able to swim freestyle w/side breathing and backstroke a minimum of 10 yards.
 
Next level:
Roseville Sea Lions (Pre-competitive Program) or Woodcreek SeaWolves (Competitive Swim Team)
Other Options
Dolphin (6 yrs. old and has not passed Sea Turtle)
Stingray (6 yrs. old and has passed Sea Turtle)

Seal (Beginner)

Minimum requirements:
5 – 14 years old
Designed for the older beginner with limited water experience
This class is not a continuation from Sea Turtle

Course description:
This class is designed for the older beginner with limited water experience. We will focus on orienting participants to the aquatic environment, teaching elementary skills, fundamental aquatic locomotion and safety skills. These skills will be built on as they progress through our swim lesson program. This class is designed for students who are not comfortable in the water and who cannot float with their faces in the water. This class is not a continuation from Preschool classes.

Next level:
Marlin
Other Options
Duck (5 yrs. old and has not passed Seal)

Marlin (Intermediate)

Minimum requirements:
6 – 14 years old
Enter and go underwater easily
Must be able to swim 5 yards unassisted
Must be comfortable swimming on back unassisted

Course description:
This class is designed to continue building on basic skills already learned. Participants should already have the basics of floating and kicking on front and back as well as a basic knowledge of freestyle. Participants will fine-tune their current skills, learn freestyle side-breathing and backstroke. Instructors will also introduce participants to diving from the side of the pool. Child must be able to swim 5 yards and be comfortable swimming on their back unassisted.

Next level:
Dolphin
Other Options
Otter (6 yrs. old and has passed Marlin)

Dolphin (Advanced – Level 1)

Minimum requirements:
6 – 14 years old
Must be able to swim 10 yards of freestyle unassisted
Knowledge of backstroke

Course description:
This class is designed for those who have passed all requirements of a Marlin class. Children should already know how to swim freestyle with side-breathing and have learned backstroke and kneeling/compact dive. Building freestyle and backstroke foundation will be strongly emphasized. Participants will also be introduced to breaststroke, elementary backstroke, treading water, standing dives and turning at the wall. Must have passed or have above Marlin level skills.

Next level:
Stingray

Stingray (Advanced – Level 2)

Minimum requirements:
6 – 14 years old
Must be able to swim 25 yards of freestyle w/side breathing
Must be able to swim 10 yards of backstroke
Knowledge of breaststroke

Course description:
This class is designed for those who have passed all requirements for the Dolphin Class. This class will begin to build on swimming freestyle and backstroke at longer distances. Participants will also continue to refine their breaststroke, elementary backstroke, dives and turns. Must be able to swim 25 yards of freestyle and 10 yards of backstroke without assistance.

Next level:
Sawfish

Sawfish (Advanced – Level 3)

Minimum requirements:
6 – 14 years old
Must be able to swim 50 yards of freestyle w/side breathing
Must be able to swim 25 yards of backstroke
Must be able to swim 15 yards of breaststroke

Course description:
This class is designed to refine and build endurance in freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and elementary backstroke. There will be further emphasis on butterfly, diving, turns and treading water. Participants will be introduced to sidestroke.

Next level:
Shark

Shark (Pre-competitive – Level 1)

Minimum requirements:
6 – 14 years old
Must be able to swim 100 yards freestyle w/side breathing
Must be able to swim 10 yards of backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly with proper technique

Course description:
This class is designed for children who may be interested in joining a swim team. This class will focus on development and improvement of all four competitive strokes, increased endurance, knowledge of swim practice etiquette, and proper starts and turns.

Next level:
Orca

Orca (Pre-competitive – Level 2)

Minimum requirements:
6 – 14 years old
Must be able to swim 200 yards of freestyle w/side breathing
Must be able to swim 25 yards of breaststroke, backstroke, and butterfly

Course description:
This class is designed for children who may be interested in joining a swim team. This class will continue to focus on development and improvement of all four competitive strokes, increased endurance, knowledge of swim practice etiquette, and proper starts and turns. Participants will also be introduced to use of the pace clock, knowledge of swimming as a sport, and events swam at meets.

Next level:
Roseville Sea Lions (Pre-competitive Program) or Woodcreek SeaWolves (Competitive Swim Team)

Private Swim Lessons

Course description:
Private Lessons are for participants 4 years old and up. These lessons are not only for beginners, but are great for experienced swimmers as well. All the private swim lessons are taught by certified Roseville swim instructors.

Penguin - Adaptive Swim Lessons

Course description:
Specially designed for children with mental, physical, or developmental disabilities. Skills are learned step-by-step so that each student can move from level to another, comfortably. Safety and confidence in the water are the primary goals. Stroke techniques and more difficult skills follow.

Adult Swimming Lessons

Course description:
These lessons are semi-private lessons, (1:4 ratio) geared to any level of swimmer.


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