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Swim Lessons

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SHARC LogoIs your family new to swim lessons or transferring from another program? Be sure to check out SHARC’s Swim Lesson Handbook. This includes the rules and expectations we have for swimmers and parents, hierarchy of levels, FAQ’s, and more!   

Check out our Swim Lesson Schedule and Fees on page 65 in the current Activities Guide.

Image of a Swim InstructorSwim Lesson Assessment

Swim Lesson Assessments are free and highly encouraged to determine the appropriate youth swim level. Each person must be registered in order to receive an assessment. Once they are registered, check in with the SHARC front desk staff, take a rinsing shower, and then wait at the sign located next to the Spa for the instructor to assist you.

Parent/Child Swim Lessons

  • 6 Months - 36 Months
  • Instructor Ratio is 1:12
  • Participants learn about the aquatic environment through skill developing games and safe play. Adult must accompany their child in the water.   
Angelfish:   6 - 18 Months
Blowfish: 18 - 36 Months

Preschool Introductory Swim Lessons

  • 3 - 5 Years
  • Instructor to participant ratio is 1:5
  • Learn fundamental skills to prepare them for School Age Swim Lessons.
  • Classes may be combined to avoid cancellation.
Catfish 1: Learn basic aquatic skills. Start developing positive attitudes and safe practices around the water. 
Catfish 2: Front and back skills with assistance. Prerequisites: comfortable submerging their head and opening their eyes under water.
Catfish 3: Learn to independently perform front and back floating and gliding skills. Prerequisites: comfortable floating on their front and back for at least three seconds with assistance.
Catfish 4: Learn the front crawl with side breathing. Prerequisites: able to independently perform front and back floats and glides.
Catfish 5: Refine front crawl and learn the back crawl. Prerequisites: familiar with the principles of front crawl with side breathing.

School Age Introductory Swim Lessons

  • 6 - 15 Years
  • Electric Eel Instructor Ratio is 1:6
  • Frog - Neon Instructor Ratio is 1:7
  • Classes may be combined to avoid class cancellation.
Electric Eel: Introductory course. Basic water safety and swimming. skills. No prerequisites required. 
Frog: Learn front crawl with side breathing. Prerequisites: display comfort in submerging and opening eyes underwater, front and back floats and glides.
Goldfish: Refine front crawl, learn the principles of back crawl. Prerequisites: familiar with front crawl with side breathing.
Hammerhead: Learn dolphin, breaststroke, and scissor kicks, and elementary backstroke. Prerequisites: front crawl with side breathing and back crawl.
Jellyfish: Extend front crawl endurance to a full length of the pool (25 meters) and further develop diving skills. Prerequisites: able to swim 15 meters of front crawl with side breathing and comfortable in deep water.
Lobster: Learn breaststroke, further develop front and back crawl, sidestroke, and elementary backstroke. Prerequisites: able to swim front crawl with side breathing for 25 meters.
Manatee: Learn butterfly, refine breaststroke. Prerequisites: breaststroke and able to swim front and back crawl for at least 25 meters.
Neon: Refine all six strokes, introduction to competitive swimming concepts. Prerequisites: comfortable swimming continuously for five minutes.

Adaptive Aquatics Swim Program

  • 3 years - Adult 
  • Instructor Ratio is 1:1

Adaptive swim lessons are available to patrons with special needs. The program's focus is water safety and basic swimming skills. Our goal is to provide every person with the opportunity to enjoy the water while learning to swim. Please be prepared to speak with the instructor regarding your expectations for the lessons. An Adaptive Aquatics intake form must be filled out prior to the first lesson and are available at the SHARC.

Homeschool Swim Lessons

  • 6 - 18 years
  • Instructor Ratio is 1:6 or 1:7

Homeschool swim lessons are a great idea for your children to fulfill their homeschool physical education requirements. Participants have a 30 minute swim lesson followed by a 30 minute recreation swim. Parents/siblings of lesson participants are welcome to join in the 30 minute recreation swim with paid admission.

Private and Semi-Private Swim Lessons

  • All Ages
  • Private Instructor Ratio is 1:1
  • Semi-Private Instructor Ration is 1:2  

Please be prepared to speak with the instructor regarding the expectations you may have for the lessons. Sorry, there are no make-ups for missed lessons.   

Swim Fundamentals

  • 11 years - Adult 
  • Instructor Ratio is 1:7    

This is a beginner to intermediate class. Learn basic water skills, stroke development, improvement and refinement during these 40-minute classes.    

Family Swim Lessons

  • 3 years - Adult
  • Instructor Ratio is 1:6
Learn fundamental swimming and lifelong water safety skills in this family-oriented program. Each family spends the first 15 - 20 minutes of the 45-minute lesson developing water safety skills through discussion and demonstration and then spends the duration of the lesson working on swimming skills. No swimming prerequisites required. A Family Swim Lesson intake form must be completed before the first lesson. An adult is required to participate in the water for each lesson.


Important Points for Parents and participants to keep in mind about SHARC's Swim Lesson Program:

  • Parents/spectators are required to remain in the designated spectator areas throughout the duration of each lesson.
  • All Swim Lesson participants are required to take a rinsing shower before entering the water.
  • All Swim Lesson participants are asked to wait to enter the pool until their lesson begins or their instructor comes to get them.
  • Swim Lesson participants wishing to participate in Open Swim before and/or after their swim lesson must either have a current SHARC membership or pay the single visit admission. Participants age seven years and under must be accompanied by an adult in the water, except during swim lessons.
  • Sorry but we are unable to accommodate any make-up lessons for missed days.
  • Please do your best to get your child to use the restroom prior to their lesson.
  • You are encouraged to talk openly with your child's instructor, before or after class, about their progress in lessons. 
  • There are no refunds, credits or returns once lessons begin.

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