Pittsburgh, PA

Our Programs

Need help figuring out which class is right for you or your child? Find detailed information about each of our classes below!

Tadpole

Water Acclimation: 3 Months to 36 Months with Parent (6 Children Max, Parent-assisted class)

Looking for baby swim classes or swimming classes for toddlers? Tadpole is the best place for kids to start learning how to swim! This water acclimation class for infants and toddlers introduces them to the water for the first time, reducing their fear and the potential of tears. We’ll introduce an assisted back float and submersion in this level. You should expect a lot of songs and splashing while your child freely and independently explores the water environment in our parent and baby swim classes.

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5 Goals of Tadpole

  1. Water acclimation
  2. No tears, no fear
  3. Assisted back float with ears in
  4. Full gentle submersion
  5. Working on independence in the swim ring

Swimboree

Beginner Water Survival: 3 Months to 36 Months with Parent (4 Children Max, Parent-assisted class)

Building on our Tadpole skills from our infant and toddler swim classes, your little ones begin their water survival skills through a structured program of songs, games, and fun. Your swimming instructor will work one-on-one with you and your child. Students must meet the goals of our Tadpole swim class in order to enroll in Swimboree.

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5 Goals of Swimboree

  1. Assisted (or independent) back floating
  2. Assisted (or independent) submerged rollover
  3. Full submersion from the wall (sitting or standing)
  4. Able to separate from the parent
  5. Independent in the swim ring

Seahorse

Advanced Water Survival: 18 Months to 36 Months (4 Children Max)

The swim instructor works one-on-one with each child following the same structure and emphasis on water survival as the Swimboree kids and baby swimming class. While the child is in the water, parents sit on the pool deck and actively participate in their child’s swimming lesson. Students must meet Swimboree goals in order to enroll in Seahorse.

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5 Goals of Seahorse

  1. Independent back float
  2. Independent underwater rollover and float
  3. Push from wall and rollover
  4. Jump in, rollover and float for 20 seconds independently
  5. Independence from parent(s)

Starfish

A gentle water acclimation class for ages 3 and up designed to provide a positive environment to experience the water for the first time and build skills that will be used for the duration of the program. The overall goal is to reduce their fear and build confidence. We introduce a back float and full independent submersion at this level.

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5 Goals of Starfish

  1. Water acclimation
  2. No tears, no fear
  3. Independent back float
  4. Independent jump from wall with submersion
  5. Independence in the swim ring

Minnow

Beginner Water Survival: 3+ Years (4 Children Max)

Want a beginner swimming class for your child who loves the water? Kids participate in this small group swim class that concentrates on fun, safety, and independence in the water. Watch as your little ones and their swim instructor have fun while learning beginner water survival techniques.

 

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5 Goals of Minnow

  1. Safe entry/safe exit
  2. Jump in, rollover and float for 20 seconds independently
  3. Independent glide back to the wall
  4. Elementary backstroke for 10 cycles
  5. Swordfish start, push glide from wall into a rollover. Back float for 20 seconds.

Turtle 1

Advanced Water Survival: 3+ Years (4 Children Max)

In this small group kids swimming class, children are introduced to propulsion skills for water survival. Learning beginner strokes on their backs and fronts, they will be prepared for our more advanced stroke levels.

 

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5 Goals of Turtle 1

  1. Streamline with flutter kick independently
  2. Swim-roll-swim to safety
  3. Independently swim 10 yards or 10 cycles of beginner backstroke with arms out
  4. Independently swim 10 yards or 10 cycles of beginner freestyle with arms out
  5. Demonstrate breathing on the side

Turtle 2

Beginner Stroke Skills: 3+ Years (6 Children Max)

Swimmers focus on the correct arm, leg, and breathing coordination for three strokes: freestyle, backstroke, and breaststroke. Students also get an introduction to butterfly. Students are constantly moving in this swimming class for kids, swimming in groups of twos and threes.

 

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5 Goals of Turtle 2

  1. Backstroke 20 yards
  2. Freestyle 20 yards
  3. Recognizable breaststroke 10 yards
  4. Demonstrate butterfly kick 10 yards
  5. Tread water for 1 minute

Shark 1

Advanced Stroke Skills: 3+ Years (6 Children Max)

These advanced swimming lessons for kids allow swimmers to perfect their techniques in four strokes: freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly. Children are constantly moving in this class, swimming in groups of twos and threes.

 

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5 Goals of Shark 1

  1. Backstroke 25 yards
  2. Freestyle 25 yards
  3. Breaststroke 25 yards
  4. Butterfly 25 yards
  5. Freestyle flip turn

Shark 2

Pre-Team Swimmers: 3+ Years (6 Children Max)

Is your child passionate about swimming? In Shark 2 swimming class, students are prepared for future swim team participation with attention on drills, starts and turns, individual medleys, and increasing speed and stamina in the water.

 

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5 Goals of Shark 2

  1. Backstroke 50 yards
  2. Freestyle 50 yards
  3. Breaststroke 50 yards
  4. Butterfly 50 yards
  5. Starts and turns for each stroke

Barracudas

The Barracudas are the superstars of our swimming program!

Coached by experienced instructors, students improve their individual swimming technique. Swimming regularly to further increase distance, stamina and speed, this fun league develops healthy competition and team-building. Available at select locations. Contact the pools in your area to learn more.

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Adult

Beginners to experienced

Personalized attention focused on the areas that each student needs the most. Instructors work with each student to create a program based around safety and skill depending on each individual’s needs. Available at select locations.

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Dolphin 1

Water Acclimation: Special Ability Students

Swimming lessons are modified from our core program on a case-by-case basis to support children with special abilities. Bottom line: we focus on what they can do instead of what they can not. The swim instructor will work one-on-one with each student to acclimate the student to the water with sensory play activities while working on an introduction to skills that will be used in the next level(s). While the student is in the water, parents are encouraged to be on the deck and participating if that is what is best for the swimmer. Ratio is 1:1. Available at select locations.

 

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Dolphin 2

Water Survival: Special Ability Students

Personalized attention focused on assimilating students with special abilities into our core curriculum with a focus on survival based skills; back floating and safe submersions. Parents may still be involved at this point, but we are looking to build independence from the parent, moving to inclusion on a case-by-case basis. The goal when this level is completed is to have the child enter at our Minnow level. Ratio may be increased to 2:1 depending on the abilities of the swimmer(s). Available at select locations.

 

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