Aquatics Information

  • American Red Cross Swim Lesson & Water Safety Programs

    The American Red Cross Swimming and Water Safety program teaches people how to be safe in, on or around water and teaches individuals of different ages and abilities how to swim. In a logical progression, the program covers the knowledge and skills needed for aquatic skill development. As participants develop these skills, they will become safer and better swimmers.

    • Parent/Child 1 Swim Lessons | age 6-24 months w/parent
      Parent/Child Level 1 familiarizes children with the water and teaches swimming readiness skills while providing safety information and teaching techniques parents can use to orient their children to the water. No skills prerequisites. Child must be 6 months old and a parent must accompany child in water. 
    • Parent/Child 2 Swim Lessons | age 2-3 w/parent
      Parent/Child Level 2 improves skills learned in Level 1 and teaches more advanced skills while continuing to build on water safety knowledge. Must feel comfortable with skills learned in Level 1 and a parent must accompany child in water.
    • Preschool A Swim Lessons | age 3-5
      Preschool A orients participants to the aquatic environment to help them gain rudimentary basic aquatic skills and develop positive attitudes and safe practices in and around water. No skills prerequisites.
    • Preschool B Swim Lessons | age 3-5
      Preschool B builds and improves skills learned in Preschool A while increasing water knowledge and safety topics. Must successfully pass Preschool A to participate.
    • Preschool C Swim Lessons | age 3-5
      Preschool C increases proficiency and builds on the basic aquatic skills learned in Preschool A and B while reinforcing water safety skills learned earlier and introducing additional water safety topics. Must successfully pass Preschool A and B to participate.
    • Level 1: Intro to Water Skills | age 6+
      Level 1 orients participants to the aquatic environment to help them gain basic aquatic skills and develop positive attitudes and safe practices in and around water. No skills prerequisites.
    • Level 2: Fundamental | age 6+
      Level 2 builds on the basic aquatic skills and water safety skills and concepts learned in Level 1. Must successfully pass Level 1 to participate. 
    • Level 3: Stroke Development | age 6+
      Level 3 builds on the skills learned in Levels 1 and 2 to help participants achieve basic water competency in a pool environment. Must successfully pass Level 2 to participate.
    • Level 4: Stroke Improvement | age 6+
      Level 4 improves participants' proficiency in performing swimming strokes that were introduced in Level 3. Must successfully pass Level 3 to participate.
    • Level 5: Stroke Refinement | age 6+
      Level 5 helps participants refine their performance of all six swimming strokes. Must successfully pass Level 4 to participate.
    • Private and Semi-Private Swim Lessons | all ages
      These lessons are for students who need more individual attention in order to learn to swim and/or improve their skills to pass to the next level of swim lessons. Focus will be on individual goals.

     

    Pool Location

    All Lessons & Pool Activities are held at VandenBerge MS

    • VandenBerge Middle School is located at 948 Proctor Road in Elk River.

    Pool Rules

    • Only swim wear may be worn in the pool.
    • Spectator seating is open during lessons and open swim.
    • Showers are required by all participants before entering the pool.
    • Use of water wings, floating toys, rafts, inner tubes, life jackets, etc. is not allowed.
    • Shoes MAY NOT be worn on pool deck by participants or spectators.
    • No food or beverages are allowed.

    Please Note: Signing up for a level above or below ability will only cause frustration for the student and class. Students who are in the incorrect level will not be allowed to participate unless space is available in an appropriate class.