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We use a fun and imaginative approach to help students create a lifelong love of swimming. Students will learn new skills and build on skills previously learned skills through group instruction or private instruction to get a more individualized lesson.

Our instructors participate in ongoing training sessions and are selected based on their desire to teach, enthusiasm, and swimming ability. Parent-instructor communication is vital to the success of each swimmer. Our mission is to provide an inclusive program for all.

Contact the Aquatic Coordinator at 651.490.4766 or kdutchin@shoreviewmn.gov  if there is anything your instructor can provide to maximize your swimmer’s experience. The Community Center pool water temperature is kept between 83 and 84 degrees.

Parent and Child

Star Fish 1 (SF1) - Ages 9 Months to 24 Months

Star Fish 2 (SF2) - Ages 24 Months to 36 Months

This class is a parent/child program to promote water safety and water adjustment in a fun, safe, and secure learning environment. One adult must accompany each child in the water.

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Manta Ray (MR) - Ages 2-1/2 – 4 years old

This class will introduce your child to group learning, gradually throughout the session by having a parent accompany their child in the water for the first few weeks and gradually reduce their participation.The main goal of this class is to gain confidence and familiarity in a pool environment independently from a guardian. Swimmers will learn the following:

  • Comfort with group instruction independent from guardian
  • Enter and exit water independently
  • Blow bubbles
  • Submerge head
  • Arm scoops

Current Manta Ray Classes>>

 

Beginner

The Beginner Lessons begin at age 3 and up, depending upon skills.

Preschool (PS) -Jelly Fish

Ages 3 & 4

Preschool is an introduction level to group learning without a guardian in the water. The main goal is to gain confidence and knowledge in basic swim skills which include floating and front crawl with an introduction to rhythmic breathing. Swimmers will learn the following:

  • Unassisted entry/exit
  • Front/back float with instructor support
  • Flutter kicking on front/back with barbell support
  • Front crawl arms
  • Rhythmic breathing with bubbles

Level 1 (L1) - Angel Fish

Ages 3 1/2 or passed preschool

Swimmers will learn basic exploration that leads to assisted swimming. Students should be comfortable in the water and come prepared to put their face in the water. The main objective of level one is to expand knowledge and confidence in floats, glides , and front crawl with rhythmic breathing. Swimmers will learn the following:

  • Independent front/back floats for 5 seconds
  • Introduction to front/back glides with instructor support
  • Flutter kicking on front/back with barbell support
  • Front crawl arms with rhythmic breathing and support

Youth Beginner (YB)

Ages 6 and older

This class is for ages 6 and older who are new to swim lessons or haven't been in lessons for several years. Students will be in a class with other school-aged children and learn at a faster pace. Students can continue to take youth beginner until they reach a level that includes their peers.


Level 2 (L2) - Sea Monkeys

The objective of Level 2 is to help swimmers successfully manage fundamental skills as they progress toward swimming unassisted. Swimmers must be comfortable on their own, fully submerged in an area they can touch. The main goal is to develop and confidence and competence in floating, gliding, and kicking independently while gaining the knowledge in front crawl with rhythmic breathing without support. Swimmers will learn the following:

  • Front/back float independently for 10 seconds
  • Front/back glides with flutter kick
  • Flutter kicking on front/back with barbell support for 8 yards
  • Front crawl with rhythmic breathing and barbell support for 8 yards
  • Elementary backstroke arms
  • Jump into deep water, submerge, and return to wall independently
Intermediate

Level 2.5 (L2.5) - Otters

Level 2.5 bridges the gap between L2 and L3. The objective of this level is to develop knowledge in the elementary backstroke and gain technique and endurance in the front crawl with rhythmic breathing. Swimmers will learn the following:

  • Front/back glide with flutter kick
  • Flutter kick on front/back with support (25 yards)
  • Front crawl with controlled rhythmic breathing (1/2 length)
  • Elementary Backstroke (1/2 length)
  • Introduction to whip kick

Level 3 (L3) - Seals

Level 3 builds on skills by coordinating strokes and increasing endurance. The main objective is to gain technique and endurance in the front/back crawl and elementary backstroke. Swimmers will learn the following:

  • Flutter kick on front/back with equipment (50 yards)
  • Front glide with flutter kick to front crawl
  • Back glide with flutter kick to back crawl
  • Front crawl with rhythmic breathing (25 yards)
  • Back crawl (1/2 length)
  • Elementary backstroke (25 yards)

Level 4 (L4) Sting Rays

Level 4 develops endurance in previously learned strokes and introduces the breaststroke. The objective is to gain knowledge and technique skills in the breaststroke while gaining endurance in the front and back crawl and elementary backstroke. Swimmers will learn the following:

  • Front crawl with open turn (50 yards)
  • Back crawl with open turn (50 yards)
  • Elementary backstroke (50 yards)
  • Breaststroke (25 yards)
  • Dolphin Kick
Advanced

Level 5 (L5) - Dolphins

Level 5 refines coordination and technique while increasing endurance in the front and back crawl and elementary backstroke while learning the butterfly. Swimmers will learn the following:

  • Front crawl with 1 flip turn (100 yards)
  • Back crawl with open turns (100 yards)
  • Elementary backstroke (100 yards)
  • Breaststroke (50 yards)
  • Butterfly (1/2 length)
  • Dolphin kick (50 yards)


Level 6 (L6) - Orcas

Level 6 polishes strokes and develops a strong technique to allow swimming with more ease, efficiency and power over greater distances. Swimmers will learn the following:

  • Front Crawl with flip turns (200 yards)
  • Back crawl with open turns (200 yards)
  • Breaststroke with underwater pull outs (11 yards)
  • Butterfly (25 yards)
  • Individual Medley (100 yards)
  • Sidestroke (25 yards)

Introduction to Lifeguarding (IL)

During this class you will join a professional lifeguard to learn about water safety, first aid techniques, and basic water rescues. Participants will get the chance to shadow a lifeguard in rotation to gain a better understanding of the daily responsibilities of a lifeguard.


Introduction to Swim Team (IS)

This is a great place to begin your journey into competitive swimming. Students will work on stroke technique and build endurance in the butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, and freestyle, along with competitive turns. This class is one hour.

Adult

ADULT LESSONS

It's never too late to learn how to swim and enjoy the water! With the guidance of our swim instructors, you will learn basic swimming skills in a safe environment while gaining confidence in the water. The following skills will be covered:
- Front/back floats
- Front/back kicking with support
- Breathing
- Recovery position
- Comfort in water independently

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Private and Semi Private

PRIVATE LESSONS

Private or semi-private lessons are available! One-on-one attention may be just what is needed to advance levels or gain additional confidence in the water. Private lessons are available for all levels, ages 3 to adult. Adults should contact the Aquatic Coordinator at 651-490-4766 or kdutchin@shoreviewmn.gov to request an adult swim lesson instructor.

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CUSTOM PRIVATE LESSONS

Custom Private Lesson Rate: $226; $206 Shoreview Resident
Custom Semi-Private Lesson Rate*: $155; $140 Shoreview Resident
(*Cost for each participant, must be of equivalent ability)

Custom private or semi-private lessons are designed to fit each individual based on their skill level and scheduling availability. These custom lessons allow the individual to progress at their own pace and have a customized lessons plan that fits their goals. Our custom private instructors have a passion for teaching swimming and have many years of experience. Contact the Aquatic Coordinator at 651.490.4766 for more information or to set up your custom private lessons.

Custom Private Instruction Provides:
- Flexible scheduling with 3 months to complete after the first lesson starts
- Option to reschedule with advance notification
- You can choose between 4, 60-minute lessons or 8, 30-minute lessons
- After your session is complete you can continue without taking a session break

Teen Aquatics/Leadership

Swim Instructor Aid Training 1.0

Do you want to get ready for a fun and exciting career as a swim instructor aid? this class will focus on teaching participants key principles of teaching and mastering basic skill progressions with a focus on: kicking, parent & toddler communication, water adjustment, class organization, holds & supports, and water safety.

No current classes

 

Jr. Lifeguard 1.0

Do you want to get ready for an exciting career as a lifeguard? This course provides a foundation of lifeguarding and life skills that will allow for a smooth transition to any lifeguard certification program. This course focuses on the following key areas: recognition of people in possible trouble, conscious & unconscious rescues, rule enforcement & public relations, first aid certification, and fitness.

 Course prerequisites:

  • 50 yard swim of front crawl or breaststroke
  • Retrieve a 10lb brick & bring it to a wall from a depth of 4ft
  • Swim underwater 10ft

Current jr. lifeguard classes>>

Lifeguard Academy

The lifeguard academy is a learning program that helps step you right up the ranks to lifeguard. Participants have the opportunity to complete an Ellis & Associates Lifeguarding course and earn their shallow water course completion certificate in:

  • Conscious, unconscious and suspected neck and back rescue skills
  • Healthcare Provider CPR, AED, Oxygen Administration
  • Standard First Aid Training

Certification will be issued after successful completion of a written test and skill check off. In the afternoons participants will earn practical experience assisting lifeguards and shadow guarding. Participants need to bring a lunch. Participants will receive a shirt, whistle, and lanyard.

Course prerequisites: 

  • 100 yard swim of front crawl or breaststroke
  • Retrieve a 10lb brick & bring it to a wall from a depth of 4ft
  • Swim underwater 10ft

No current classes

 

How to Get Your First Job

 This two-day workshop will give teens looking for their first job an edge in the competitive job market. Participants will learn how to make that first impression that will make them a desirable asset to any organization along with how to interview. Participants will complete an application and go through a mock interview.

No current classes