Learn to Swim with Confidence
Wheat Ridge Aquatics is proud to offer the American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim Program. We offer group, private and adapted swim lessons for infants, children, teens and adults. With classes for those age six months and older, you and your entire family can learn to master the skills needed to help you swim safely. Lessons take place year-round at the Recreation Center and at Anderson Pool during the summer.
To help you determine the appropriate level to register for, please read the descriptions below. Please note: It is common for a child to repeat a level, therefore, we recommend you register for the same level for two consecutive sessions.
Parent/Tot Lessons Ages 6 - 35 months
A parent or trusted adult, along with the instructor help your child get ready to swim by first learning water adjustment and safety through fun games and songs. This class is not meant to teach your child how to swim or survive in the water independently. Children must wear a swim diaper and bathing suit.
Preschool Lessons Ages 3 - 5
For children who have never participated in swim lessons and are apprehensive in the water, this class focuses on helping your child establish independence in the water while beginning to build a basic foundation for swimming skills.
For the preschool swimmer who has had prior experience in the water, and can fully submerge independently. In this class, we focus on teaching your child independent front and back floats, coordinating kicking and arm actions, holding breath for 5 – 10 seconds, rhythmic breathing and unassisted water entries and exits.
For the preschool swimmer who has had prior experience in the water, and can fully submerge and float independently. In this class, we’ll continue to teach your child to propel through the water with coordinated front and back crawl strokes.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Minnow level and/or can independently float.
For the more advanced preschool swimmer, this class builds on the previous level to improve fundamental skills. Your child will learn how to coordinate breathing with the front crawl, further develop coordination of simultaneous arm and leg actions, and will be introduced to deep water.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Shark level.
Youth Lessons Ages 6 - 12
Level 1 – Introduction to Water Skills
Your child will be taught basic water skills such as fully submerging their face in the water and retrieving objects, breathing, front and back floats, treading water, simultaneous and alternating arm and leg movements, entering and exiting the water independently, and water safety.
evel 2 – Fundamental Aquatic Skills
The objective of Level 2 is to give your child success with fundamental skills. Your child will learn to float unsupported and recover to a vertical position, and further develop simultaneous and alternating arm and leg actions on the front and back, as well as change direction of travel while swimming.
Successful completion of Level 1 or must be able to demonstrate required Level 1 skills.
Level 3 – Stroke Development
The objective of Level 3 is for your child to learn the survival float, the elementary backstroke and to coordinate the front crawl. Your child will be introduced to the scissor kick and dolphin kick, and will build on the fundamentals of treading water. They will also learn rules for headfirst entries and begin to practice entering the water headfirst from the side of the pool.
Successful completion of Level 2 or must be able to demonstrate required Level 2 skills.
Level 4 – Stroke Improvement
The objective of Level 4 is to develop confidence in the strokes learned thus far and to improve skills. Your child will increase endurance by swimming familiar strokes (front crawl, elementary backstroke) for greater distances. They will also continue to build on the scissor kick and dolphin kick by adding arm movements for sidestroke and butterfly. The back crawl and breaststroke are introduced along with the basics of open turns at the wall.
Successful completion of Level 3 or must be able to demonstrate required Level 3 skills.
Level 5 – Stroke Refinement
The objective of Level 5 is to further coordinate and refine strokes. Your child will refine his/her performance of all the strokes (front crawl, back crawl, butterfly, breaststroke, elementary backstroke, and sidestroke) and increase their distances. Flip turns on the front and back are also introduced.
Successful completion of Level 4 or must be able to demonstrate required Level 4 skills.
Level 6 – Fitness Swimmer
The objective of Level 6 is to refine strokes so your child can swim them with more ease, efficiency, power and smoothness over greater distances. Offered with options to focus on fundamentals of diving, personal water safety, or competitive swimming.
Successful completion of Level 5 or must be able to demonstrate required Level 5 skills.