Altoona Campus Swimming Lessons

Learning to swim can help you and your children stay safe around water. Our program Instructors are trained and certified by us to teach water safety, swimming skills, and aquatic fitness.

Before registering for ANY lessons, please read through the FAQ:

The Learn to Swim Program is broken into 5 different levels and subgroups therein. (Descriptions can be found below)

  1. Water Babies
  2. Aquatots
  3. Beginner 1 / Beginner 2
  4. Intermediate 1 / Intermediate 2
  5. Swimmers

Water Babies & Aqua Tots classes must have one parent/guardian/adult in the water with their student during class time.

All of our instructors are Swim School Qualified Instructors.

MAXIMUM of 6 participants per Instructor and Aid.

We will allow more participants in parent/child programs, such as Water-babies and Aqua Tots.

Each of our instructors conduct entry level skills on the first day of class, and we will ensure that each student is in the level that best fits with their skillset. If they are not, we will move them to the level that best fits their skillset.

We recommend showing up 5-10 minutes early on the first day!

For swimming lessons, you will need a swimsuit and towel for your student. We recommend swim goggles for your student if they are in Aqua Tots or the levels above Aqua Tots, but it is not required!

If the session is completely full, you will find a waitlist form on the registration page. Please fill out the form. If a spot comes open, you will be contacted via phone or email.

You will pay when you register for swim lessons!

Unfortunately, they cannot. However, we have our block plan set up so that if a student misses one class, there will be some time where they can catch up on what they missed!

Safety is our top priority. We have Emergency Action Plans at our facility, which covers what our plans are in different situations. If there is thunder, we clear the pool for 15 minutes per every boom of thunder heard. If a boom is heard within 15 minutes, time starts over. For lightning, for every strike, we postpone 30 minutes. For every strike seen within those 30 minutes, time starts over. During postponements, we often play games like ‘simon says’ and we have read books about swim lessons and water safety.

If the weather is going to be very bad in the morning and/or evening, you will receive an email from me. We try our best to make things work, but sometimes Iowa weather just does its thing. Safety comes first.

We have a 3-class refund policy. If you need to cancel swim lessons, you will need to let me know before the end of lesson #3. After the third lesson, we do not provide refunds.

Summer Registration Opens May 6th

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Infants and Toddlers 6 months–3 years Familiarizes children to the water – Provides parents with safety information and teaching techniques. This is a true bonding experience for parents and children.

Basic skills for parents and children. Holding and support techniques, cueing, entry and exit, breath control, submersion, buoyancy, changing direction, basic arm and leg actions, passing between parents, rolling over, retrieving objects and basic safety skills

*At least 1 responsible adult is required to be in the water with each baby at all times.
**Waterbabies and Aquatots are held at the Altoona Campus indoor pool.

Dates

Summer

Session 1: May 29th – July 1st
Session 2: July 15th – August 14th

Days/Times:

Monday and Wednesday Evenings
4:00pm | 5:00pm

Cost

$45 for Members | $50 for Non-Members

Toddlers:  Parent participation in the water required.  

General guideline … 2-4yrs of age, or have participated in Water-babies.

This parent/child program is the perfect transition for those hesitant or nervous children, or parents. Skills from Waterbabies and Beginner 1 are combined to give children a strong foundation before going to group lessons without parents in the water. Advances the basic arm and leg actions from Water-babies and covers ALL Beginner 1 skills

Completion Skills:  While wearing a Float Belt, jump in, submerge, and swim 5 body lengths (5yds.) on front and back, using simultaneous or alternating arm and leg actions.

Successful completion allows the child to move on B1, where they repeat the same skills, but without parent assistance in the water, OR, they can go directly to Beginner 2. This is the parent’s choice.

*At least 1 responsible adult is required to be in the water with each baby at all times.
**Waterbabies and Aquatots are held at the Altoona Campus indoor pool.

Dates

Summer

Session 1: May 29th – July 1st
Session 2: July 15th – August 14th

Days/Times:

Monday and Wednesday Evenings
4:30pm | 5:30pm

Cost

$45 for Members | $50 for Non-Members

Elementary skills (As a general guideline 3-6yrs of age, or having completed W2)

  • B1: Develop positive attitudes, good swimming habits and safe practices around the water. Blowing bubbles – glides and recoveries – basic actions for treading water – stroke skills – safety skills – ‘bobs’ – travelling short distances – changing body positions. Specific stroke criteria must also be met. 5 water safety topics and skills will also be covered.
  • B2: Independent floats and recovery. Learn simultaneous and alternating arm and leg actions, laying the foundation for future strokes, and the beginning of true locomotion. Exit skills include specific stroke criteria; floats and glides, body rolls, changing directions, and recovering to a vertical position. Water safety topics and skills will also be covered.

*In the summer, B1, B2, I1, I2, and S1 classes are held at the Altoona Aquatics Park.
**
Fall, Winter and Spring, B1, B2, I1, and I2 classes are held at the Altoona Campus Indoor pool.

Dates

Summer

Session 1: June 3rd – June 14th
Session 2: June 17th – June 28th
Session 3: July 8th – July 19th
Session 4: July 22nd – August 2nd

Days/Times: Monday – Friday (2 weeks each session)

Morning:

8:45am-9:15am
9:15am-9:45am
9:45am-10:15am
10:15am-10:45am
10:45am-11:15am

Evening:

6:15pm-6:45pm
6:45pm-7:15pm
7:15pm-7:45pm

Cost

$70/session (1 session = 10 lessons)

Fine-tuning of Basic Strokes & Techniques. (As a general guideline 6-9yrs of age, or having completed B2)

  • I1: Additional guided practice time and an introduction to deeper water. Survival float, Crawl Stroke, Elementary Back Stroke, Backstroke, breathing and timing, treading water, and introduction to diving. Specific stroke criteria are required. Water safety topics and skills will also be covered.
  • I2: Fine-tuning of the Freestyle, Elementary Backstroke, and Backstroke. The Instructor will be looking at the details and specifics of the strokes, reinforcing the good habits and eliminating the bad habits before moving on. Examples: Rotary breathing and coordination of the strokes. The foundation must be strong before you continue to build upon the skills.

*In the summer, B1, B2, I1, I2, and S1 classes are held at the Altoona Aquatics Park.
**
Fall, Winter and Spring, B1, B2, and I1 classes are held at the Altoona Campus Indoor pool.

Dates

Summer

Session 1: June 3rd – June 14th
Session 2: June 17th – June 28th
Session 3: July 8th – July 19th
Session 4: July 22nd – August 2nd

Days/Times:Monday – Friday (2 weeks each session)

Morning:

8:45am-9:15am
9:15am-9:45am
9:45am-10:15am
10:15am-10:45am
10:45am-11:15am

Evening:

6:15pm-6:45pm
6:45pm-7:15pm
7:15pm-7:45pm

Cost

$70/session (1 session = 10 lessons)

Advanced Strokes and Refinement (As a general guideline 9-11yrs of age, or having completed I2)

Build confidence and improve skills. Increase endurance by swimming familiar strokes over greater distances. Sidestroke and the beginnings of Breaststroke and Butterfly. Basic turns from the wall. Specific kicks for treading water, surface dives, reaching assists, throwing assists, survival swimming. Specific stroke criteria is required. Water safety topics and skills will also be covered.

*In the summer, B1, B2, I1, I2, and S1 classes are held at the Altoona Aquatics Park.

Dates:

Summer

Session 1: June 3rd – June 14th
Session 2: June 17th – June 28th
Session 3: July 8th – July 19th
Session 4: July 22nd – August 2nd

Days/Times:Monday – Friday (2 weeks each session)

Morning:

8:45am-9:15am
9:15am-9:45am
9:45am-10:15am
10:15am-10:45am
10:45am-11:15am

Evening:

6:15pm-6:45pm
6:45pm-7:15pm
7:15pm-7:45pm

Cost

$70/session (1 session = 10 lessons)

Afraid of the water?  Never learned to swim? Want a new challenge?

We can help you, but you have to give yourself a chance! Don’t be scared, Be prepared!

AdultSwim – Beginner: Our Beginner level course is designed for those who have little to no
experience in the water. We cover water safety in and around the water, submersion, floats,
treading, glides, freestyle, backstroke, and elementary backstroke.

Dates:

TBD

Days/Times:

TBD

Cost

TBD

For further information on upcoming sessions, watch our Altoona Campus Facebook and Instagram pages. 

Contact Kylie at: knaeve@altoonacampus.com or call 515.967.0788 Ext. 227.

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Each level builds upon the others in a logical progression. The groups within each level include their own sets of completion skills, pulling together the individual skills that are taught. Students will learn basic skills and stroke specifics and will build strength, flexibility, and stamina. Successful completion of each level is preferred, but not required, before moving on to the next. Remember, all children (and adults!) will learn and progress at different rates. Talk to the Program Managers for initial placement advice.

If, for health reasons, you are unsure of whether you or your child is ready for lessons, we would advise that you consult with your physician or pediatrician prior to registering for these programs.

For kids’ classes, please use waterproof diapers or plastic pants in order to assist us in maintaining the highest standards of water quality.

The Aquatics Team

Kylie NaeveAquatics Director