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Parks and Recreation

Swimming Lessons

Lifeguard and children during swim lessons

Make a Splash With the American Red Cross Swimming and Water Safety Program
For session information, please visit online registration or check the latest issue of Henderson Happenings.

Build Skills and Confidence With Learn-to-Swim Levels
Our unique multi-level instructional approach is unlike anything offered by other aquatic training programs. Only the American Red Cross offers comprehensive course levels that teach participants how to swim skillfully and safely. Plus, instructors are thoroughly trained Red Cross water safety instructors, so swimmers of all ages and abilities are in good hands. Participants learn a variety of strokes, including the front crawl, back crawl, elementary backstroke, breaststroke, sidestroke and butterfly. They are also introduced to a wide range of personal safety skills and diving techniques. Courses are fun and interactive with hands-on training. More advanced-level students refine their skills, learn the basics of springboard diving and discover how to incorporate swimming into a life fitness plan.

The prerequisite for each level is successful demonstration of the skills taught in the preceding level. Beginners start at Level 1, which has no prerequisite. In addition to the six levels, a Parent N Me program teaches children ages 6 months to 3 years to explore the water accompanied by their parent or caregiver. Preschool Aquatics (ages 3-5 years) promotes the developmentally appropriate learning of fundamental water safety and aquatic skills.

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All Learn-To-Swim participants in Levels 1-6 will be placed in the appropriate level (based on the participant's skills) on the first day of class.


Learn-to-Swim Levels

Parent N Me

Designed for children 6 months to 3 years of age, the program builds swimming readiness by emphasizing fun in the water. Parents and children participate in several guided practice sessions that help children learn elementary skills, including water entry, bubble blowing, front kicking, back floating, and underwater exploration. Once children can perform basic skills without parental assistance, they may begin Preschool Aquatics.

Preschool Aquatics
Purpose: To orient preschool-age children to the aquatic environment and to help them acquire rudimentary levels of basic aquatic skills. 3-5 years

Level 1: Introduction to Water Skills
Purpose: Help students feel comfortable in the water
Children learn basic water safety rules; swimming on front and back; using arm and leg actions; using a lifejacket; recognizing a swimmer in distress and getting help; submerging mouth, nose and eyes; exhaling underwater; opening eyes underwater and picking up submerged object; floating on front and back. 5-12 years

Level 2: Fundamental Aquatic Skills
Purpose: Give students success with fundamental skills
Children learn to move in the water while wearing a lifejacket, recognizing a swimmer in distress and getting help, submerging entire head, bobbing in water, front and back glide, jellyfish float, treading water using arm and leg motions, swimming using combined stroke on front and back. 5-12 years

Level 3: Stroke Development
Purpose: Build on fundamental skills by providing additional guided practice
Children learn reaching assist, kneeling or standing dive (shallow dive progression), submerging and retrieving an object, rotary breathing in horizontal position, front and back glide, survival float, back float, front and back crawl, butterfly-kick and body motion. 5-12 years

Level 4: Stroke Improvement
Purpose: Develop confidence in the strokes learned and improve other aquatic skills
Children learn safe diving rules, throwing assist, dive from stride position or shallow dive, feet-first surface dive, survival float, back float, front and back crawl, elementary backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly. 5-14 years.

Level 5: Stroke Refinement
Purpose: Provide further coordination and refinement of strokes
Kids learn survival swimming, performing rescue breathing, standing dive (diving progression), tuck surface dive and pike surface dive, open turns on front and back, front flip turn and backstroke flip turn, front and back crawl, elementary backstroke, butterfly, breaststroke and sidestroke. 5-14 years

Level 6: Swimming & Skill Proficiency
Purpose: Refines the strokes so students swim with ease, efficiency, power and smoothness over greater distances
This level is designed with menu options. Each of these options focuses on preparing students to participate in more advanced courses, such as Water Safety Instructor and Lifeguard Training. 5 years and up. These options include Personal Water Safety, Lifeguard Readiness, Fundamentals of Diving, and Fitness Swimmer. 5-14 years

Adult Swimming Lessons
These lessons are designed especially for beginning adults wishing to overcome their fear of the water or those who want to improve swimming technique and ability. The focus is on meeting each participant's needs. Adult lessons are offered at Henderson Multigenerational Indoor Pool, Heritage Park Aquatic Complex and Whitney Ranch Indoor Pool. Call the pool for more information. 14 years & up.

Private Swimming Lessons
Your one-on-one private lesson includes four 30-minute classes with a trained instructor. Lessons are customized to meet the needs of infants, children, adults, and seniors. There can be up to two participants from the same family enrolled in one lesson for the same price and time, provided their needs are similar. When signing up for private lessons, you will be placed on a wait list. We will contact you to schedule lessons if space is available. Minimum age is 6 months. Children 3 years and under must be accompanied by a parent/guardian in the water. At the first lesson, $80 is due prior to instruction. Private lessons fill quickly, so early registration is strongly recommended. Missed lessons will not be rescheduled and all refund policies apply. For additional information, call Whitney Ranch Indoor Pool at (702) 267-5870 or Heritage Park Aquatic Complex at (702) 267-2980.