Aquatics | Private Swimming Lessons


Private Swimming Lessons

Private swim lessons are a great way for adults & kids to achieve specific goals, catch up to their age group or receive individualized attention on a flexible schedule.  

For NEW private lesson participants register online or with Members Services & your assigned instructor will contact you to arrange lesson times based on your schedule needs. This may take up to two weeks depending on instructor availability. *Limited space available* New participant private lessons/dual lessons will open on the 1st of each month & remain open until all spots are full.    

Due to high demand for our private swim lessons we are experiencing longer than average wait times. If you are registered for private lessons & have any questions or concerns please contact Andrea at andrea.schmitz@bismarckymca.org for more information.

For RENEWING private lesson participants who are currently with an instructor, please renew your lessons at Member Services or contact Andrea at andrea.schmitz@bismarckymca.org for more information.

Dual lessons are also available. These are similar to private lessons but allow for two swimmers of equal skill level to learn together. Both participants must purchase a separate dual session.

Private Lesson Fees: Members - $100 for a session of 4, or $175 for a session of 8. Non-Members - $200 for a session of 4, or $375 for a session of 8

Dual Private Lesson Fees: Both participants must purchase a separate dual session. Members - $60 per participant for a session of 4, or $105 for a session of 8. Non-Members - $120 per participant for a session of 4, or $210 for a session of 8.

Lesson Stages

All swim lessons are 25 minutes in length until stages 4, 5, & 6 which are 40 minutes in length. 
 

Parent/Child

Swim Starters: Accompanied by a parent, infants & toddlers learn to be comfortable in the water & develop swim readiness skills through fun & confidence-building experiences, while parents learn about water safety, drowning prevention & the importance of supervision.

  • Level A Water Discovery: Parents accompany children in stage A, which introduces infants & toddlers to the aquatic environment through exploration & encourages them to enjoy themselves while learning about the water.
  • Level B Water Exploration: Parents work with their children to explore body positions, floating, blowing bubbles & fundamental safety & aquatic skills.

Preschool Swimmers (Ages 3 to 5 years old)

Swim Basics: Students learn personal water safety & achieve basic swimming competency by learning two benchmark skills.

  1. Swim, float, swim-sequencing front glide, roll, back float, roll, front glide & exit
  2. Jump, push, turn & grab
  • Level 1 Water Acclimation: (3-5 years old) – Students develop comfort with underwater exploration & learn to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water in stage 1. This stage lays the foundation that allows for a student's future progress in swimming.
  • Level 2 Water Movement: (4-5 years old) – Students focus on body position & control, directional change & forward movement in the water while also continuing to practice how to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water.
  • Level 3 Water Stamina: (4-5 years old) – Students learn how to swim to safety from a longer distance than in previous stages in the event of falling into a body of water. This stage also introduces rhythmic breathing & integrated arm & leg action.

School Age Swimmers (Ages 6 to 12 years old)

Ages 6 & up *In order for children to advance to the next level & sign up for that level they must pass all requirements for the previous level. Goggles are recommended for all levels! 

Swim Basics: Students learn personal water safety & achieve basic swimming competency by learning two benchmark skills.

  1. Swim, float, swim-sequencing front glide, roll, back float, roll, front glide & exit
  2. Jump, push, turn & grab
  • Level 1 Water Acclimation: (Ages 6 & up) – Students develop comfort with underwater exploration & learn to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water. This stage lays the foundation that allows for a student's future progress in swimming.
  • Level 2 Water Movement: (Ages 6 & up) – Students focus on body position & control, directional change & forward movement in the water while also continuing to practice how to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water.
  • Level 3 Water Stamina: (Ages 6 & up) – Students learn how to swim to safety from a longer distance than in previous stages in the event of falling into a body of water. This stage also introduces rhythmic breathing & integrated arm & leg action.

Swim StrokesHaving mastered the fundamentals, students learn additional water safety skills & build stroke technique, developing skills that prevent chronic disease, increase social-emotional & cognitive well-being & foster a lifetime of physical activity.

  • Level 4 Stroke Introduction: (Ages 6 & up) – Students in stage 4 develop stroke technique in front crawl & back crawl & learn the breastroke kick & butterfly kick. Water safety is reinforced through treading water & elementary backstroke.
  • Level 5 Stroke Development: (Ages 6 & up) – Students in stage 5 work on stroke technique & learn all major competitive strokes. The emphasis on water safety continues through treading water & sidestroke.
  • Level 6 Stroke Mechanics: (Ages 6 & up) – Students in stage 6 refine stroke technique on all major competitive strokes, learn about competitive swimming & discover how to incorporate swimming into a healthy lifestyle.  

Adult Swimmers

Our adult swim lesson offerings are for ages 14+. This class is for those who have not had swimming lessons before or who are not comfortable in the water. Basic swimming & water safety skills are taught in a relaxed, fun way! Evening & weekend sessions available. Please check our complete listings. 

*Please note our lessons consider Preschool (PS) as 3-5 years old & School age (SA) as 6-12 years old*

For more help in deciding the appropriate swim level for your child please consult this guide or contact Andrea at andrea.schmitz@bismarckymca.org for more information. 



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