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Swimming Lessons

Our swimming lessons are taught by American Red Cross certified instructors and follow the American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim curriculum, which sets high standards for both students and instructors.

Register for Swimming Lessons

Swimming lessons fill quickly!  Please sign your child up for a class, even if it is full. Your child will be put on a wait list. If other classes are cancelled, we will make every effort to make an additional class to fit wait listed swimmers into the program.

Swimming Lesson Descriptions

Parent and Child Levels

6 months – 3 years

Class runs 30 minutes with up to fifteen parent/child pairs per instructor.

Enjoy swimming with your child while building swimming readiness by emphasizing fun and safety in the water. Parent/Adult must accompany child in the water. Children not potty trained should wear swim diapers or plastic diaper covers.

Preschool Levels

Ages 3 – 5, 35 minute classes

Pre School Level 1:

No Prerequisites. This level is for the swimmer with little to no water and swimming experience, does not like going under water, or for the fearful or scared preschool aged swimmer

Pre School Level 2:

For the swimmer who is comfortable in the water, this level will work towards greater independence floating and swimming in the water

Pre School Level 3:

For the swimmer who is floating and submerging independently. This level works on coordinating strokes on front and back swimming and practicing water skills independently

Levels 1 – 6   

Ages 5+, 35 minute classes

Sign up for Level 1 if:

No Prerequisites. New swimmer

  • Tentative in and around   water
  • Does not like to submerge head
  • Not yet floating independently

Sign up for Level 2 if:

  • Comfortable in the water
  • Submerges head
  • Floats independently

Sign up for Level 3 if:

  • Comfortable in water above head
  • Swims at least 5 yards on front with a coordinated stroke independently
  • Swims at least 5 yards on back with a coordinated stroke independently

Sign up for Level 4 if:

  • Comfortable in deep water
  • Swims at least 15 yards coordinated: front crawl, back crawl and knows dolphin kick

Sign up for Level 5 if:

  • Comfortable in deep water
  • Swims at least 25 yards of the following strokes: front crawl, back crawl and elementary backstroke
  • Swims 15 yards coordinated of the following strokes: breaststroke, sidestroke and butterfly

Sign up for Level 6 if:

  • Comfortable in deep water, swims at least 25 yards of the following strokes: 
    front crawl, back crawl, elementary backstroke, breaststroke, sidestroke and butterfly.

3 focus options for level 6 include:

  • Personal Water Safety (PWS)
  • Fundamentals of Diving (FOD)
  • Fitness Swimmer (FS)

Private Swimming Lessons

  • Private Lessons: $25/half hour
  • Semi-Private Lessons: $20/half hour

Contact Kristal at kscott@orono.k12.mn.us for more information.