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Swim Lessons
Want to take a swimming lesson?

The Chandler Aquatics Program offers swim lessons throughout the year at its pools and aquatic centers.

The lesson
program offered by the City of Chandler follows the American Red Cross
Learn-To-Swim and Parent & Child Aquatic program.
link to descriptions of various swimming lessons and class levels
semi-private swim lessons
financial assistance is available for swim lessons
link to tips on how to successfully register for swimming lessons and classes
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Class Registration Dates
Online registration BEGINS at 10 a.m. on the first day of Resident (Resid Reg) or Non resident (Non res Reg) registration.

Online registration ENDS at midnight on the Last day to register online.

New...Click the "Register online" link to add classes to your Wish List on your ActiveNet account.

Location (Loc):
AMP = Arrowhead Pool
DOAC = Desert Oasis Aquatic Center
FOL = Folley Pool
HAC = Hamilton Aquatic Center
MGAC = Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center
NAC = Nozomi Aquatic Center
Session Loc
Descp
Sess
Dates
Resid
Reg
Non res
Reg
Last day to reg online
Winter Session 1
Sat-Afternoon
4-day session
MGAC & HAC
FREE
Group Lessons
1/16 - 2/6 Register
Online

thru 1/
15
Register
Online

thru 1/
15
1/15
Winter Session 1
Tue / Thu - P.M.
6-day session
HAC
Semi Private Lessons
1/19 - 2/4 Register
Online

thru
1/18
Register
Online

thru 
1/18
1/18
Winter Session 2
Tue / Thu - P.M.
6-day session
HAC
Semi Private Lessons
2/9 - 25 Register
Online

thru 
2/8
Register
Online

thru 
2/8
2/8
Winter Session 2
Saturday - A.M.
4-day session
MGAC & HAC
Semi Private &
Group Lessons
2/20 - 3/12 Register
Online

thru 2/19
Register
Online

thru 2/19
2/19
Spring Session 1
Tue / Thu - P.M.
6-day session
MGAC
Semi Private Lessons
3/8 - 24 2/6 - 3/7 2/12 - 3/7 3/7
Spring Session 3
Mon/Wed/Fri - P.M.
6-day session
AMP
FREE
Group Lessons
3/21 - 4/1 2/6 - 3/20 2/12 - 3/20 3/20
Spring Session 2
Saturday - A.M.
4-day session
MGAC, HAC, & NAC
Semi Private &
Group Lessons
3/26 - 4/16 2/6 - 3/25 2/12 - 3/25 3/25
Spring Session 3
Tue / Thu - P.M.
6-day session
MGAC & HAC
Semi Private Lessons
3/29 - 4/14 2/6 - 3/28 2/12 - 3/28 3/28
Spring Session 4
Mon/Wed/Fri - P.M.
6-day session
AMP
Group Lessons
4/18 - 29 2/6 - 4/17 2/12 - 4/17 4/17
Spring Session 4
Tue / Thu - P.M.
6-day session
MGAC & HAC
Semi Private &
Group Lessons
4/19 - 5/5 2/6 - 4/18 2/12 - 4/18 4/18
Spring Session 5
Saturday - A.M.
4-day session
AMP
Group Lessons
4/30 - 5/21 2/6 - 4/29 2/12 - 4/29 4/29
Spring Session 6
Tue / Thu - P.M.
6-day session
NAC
Semi Private Lessons
5/3 - 19 2/6 - 5/2 2/12 - 5/2 5/2


Course Descriptions & Ages
Lesson ages below are guidelines, except for the Seahorse and Otter class ages which will be strictly adhered to.

Your child may be more or less advanced than the suggested ages. Generally, children will remain in the same level for at least two sessions.

Need to know what level to register for next? Place your child by skills and abilities.

Detailed information will be provided by your child's current instructor.

The descriptions below demonstrate the variety of classes the Aquatics Program has the capability of offering. However, some classes may not be offered during our fall, winter and spring lesson programs.

Swim Lessons for Parents and Infants/Toddlers
25-minute classes

Fall/Winter/Spring Session Fees:
Resident Fee:
$23.55 (6-day session)
$17.55 (4-day session)

Non-resident Fee:
$32.55 (6-day session)
$23.55 (4-day session)

Lesson Schedules - Winter
Lesson Schedules - Spring



These courses help develop swimming readiness by leading parents and their children in water exploration activities. They don't teach children to be accomplished swimmers nor to survive in water. Children MUST wear swim diapers under swimsuit. NO REGULAR DIAPERS PLEASE.
PARENT-INFANT (6-18 mos.)

This class requires:
* Mom/Dad to accompany the child in water.
* Parent learns techniques to help teach their;child simple water acquaintance safety skills. Water Safety Instructor guides parent.
* Water adjustment by getting wet and water entry.
* Blowing bubbles, prone float and back float.
* Child learns to interact with the water thru playing games,singing songs, and having fun.
* One day of class reviews CPR. Instructor will demo and class will watch a video.

Parent/Child Handout:
Please read prior to attending the first
day of class.
PARENT-TODDLER (18-36 mos.)

This class requires:
* Mom/Dad to accompany the child in water.
* Parent learns techniques to help teach their
child water acquaintance safety skills grabbing the wall, holding breath and back floats). Water Safety Instructor guides parent.
* Underwater exploration (opening eyes) bobbing and jumping in.
* Prone float, back float and kicking.
* Child learns to interact with the water thru playing games, singing songs, and having fun.
* One day of class reviews CPR. Instructor will demo & class will watch a video.

Parent/Child Handout:
Please read prior to attending the first day of class.

Swim Lessons for Pre-School Age children
25-minute classes

Fall/Winter/Spring Session Fees:
Resident Fee:
$23.55 (6-day session)
$17.55 (4-day session)

Non-resident Fee:
$32.55 (6-day session)
$23.55 (4-day session)

Lesson Schedules - Winter
Lesson Schedules - Spring
TADPOLE (Level 1) (3-5 yrs)

* Child is potty trained, and can be separated from Mom/Dad.
* Children with "little or no" water experience.
* Class will focus on “water adjustment” skills.
* Will learn to submerge face, blow bubbles, enter and exit water safely, front and back float with support.

SHRIMP (Level 2a) (3-6 yrs)

Pass Tadpole OR who can perform:
* Enter and exit water safely using ladder, steps or side.
* Completely submerge head under water and blow bubbles for three seconds.
* Front and back float with support.
* Recover from front and back float to standing position with support.
* Change directions (roll over from front to back) with support.
* Will work on combined arm and leg actions on front and back float, glide and recover with support.

DUCK (Level 2b) (3-6 yrs)

Pass Shrimp OR who can perform:
* Enter and exit water safely using ladder, steps or side.
* Submerge entire head and retrieve submerged object held at arms length.
* Front and back float without support for 3 seconds.
* Recover from front and back float to standing position without support.
* Change directions (roll over from front to back) without support.
* Swim short distance on front & back to the instructor using arm & leg action.
* Will learn to enter the water by jumping from side, glides (front, back), push off and swim with a combination of arm and leg actions 10 ft.; and swim underwater and independent of physical assistance from instructor.
50-minute class

Fall/Winter/Spring Session Fees:
Resident Fee:
$23.55 (6-day session)
$17.55 (4-day session)

Non-resident Fee:
$32.55 (6-day session)
$23.55 (4-day session)

Lesson Schedule - Fall

Seahorse is a 50-minute class. Instructor to student ratio for Seahorse class is six (6) swimmers per instructor.

SEAHORSE (Level 3a) (4-6 yrs)
(Age for Seahorse class is strictly adhered too)

Pass Duck OR who can perform:
* Enter water by jumping in from the side.
* Open eyes underwater and retrieve submerged objects from pool bottom.
* Front and back float without support for 5-10 seconds.
* Front and back glides with kick two body lengths and recovery to standing position.
* Tread water using arm and leg action for 5-10 seconds.
* Combined rhythmic breathing with leg and arm action on front for 15 feet.
* Combined arm and leg action on front and back for 15 feet.
* Will learn to jump into deep water, rotary breathing, front and back glides with kick, and change from vertical to horizontal position.
* Lots of repetition on front crawl stroke. Practice makes perfect!
* Will introduce butterfly kick.
* Once all the skills at the Seahorse level are mastered, participants will advance to the Turtle class (not Otter).

Swim Lessons for Elementary and Pre-Teen age children
50-minute classes

Fall/Winter/Spring Session Fees:
Resident Fee:
$23.55 (6-day session)
$17.55 (4-day session)

Non-resident Fee:
$32.55 (6-day session)
$23.55 (4-day session)

Lesson Schedules - Winter
Lesson Schedules - Spring


Instructor to student ratio for Otter level
and above is eight (8) swimmers
per instructor.

OTTER (Level 3b) (6-8 yrs)
(Age for Otter class is strictly adhered too)

Pass Duck OR who can perform:
* Enter water by jumping from the side.
* Open eyes underwater and retrieve submerged objects from pool bottom.
* Front and back float without support for 5-10 seconds.
* Front and back glides with kick two body lengths, and recovery to standing position.
* Tread water using arm and leg action for 5-10 seconds.
* Combine rhythmic breathing with leg and arm action on front 15 feet.
* Combine arm and leg action on front and back 15 feet.
* Will learn to jump into deep water, rotary breathing, front and back glides with kick, and change from vertical to horizontal position.
* Lots of repetition on front crawl stroke. Practice makes perfect!
* Once all the skills at the Otter level are mastered, participants will advance to the Turtle class (not Surfer).
TURTLE (Level 3c)

Pass Seahorse OR Otter OR Surfer OR who can perform:
* Feet first entry from the deck.
* Front and back glides with flutter kick two body lengths.
* Swim front crawl with rotary breathing 10 yards and back crawl 10 yards.
* Will learn survival float, butterfly kick and continue to build endurance.


FROG (Level 4a)

Pass Turtle OR who can perform:
* Near perfect freestyle for 15 yards and back crawl for 15 yards.
* Demonstrate butterfly kick 15 yards.
* Perform sitting or kneeling dive.
* Tread water for 30 sec. in deep water.
* Will work on diving from side in compact position and swimming distances of 25 yards or more using the front & back stroke. Will learn sidestroke and elementary backstroke.


FISH (Level 4b)

Pass Frog OR who can perform:
* Front crawl with rotary breathing and back crawl 25 yards.
* Swim sidestroke and elementary backstroke 15 yards.
* Will begin diving from side in stride position and swimming longer distances.
* Will learn breaststroke, butterfly stroke.
PORPOISE (Level 5)

Pass Fish OR can perform:
* 25-50 yards of front and back crawl.
* 15 yards of breaststroke and elementary backstroke.
* 15 yards of butterfly.
* Will be swimming distances of 50 yards or more.
* Will learn flip turns and long shallow dive.
* Will learn surface dives and rescue breathing.

MARLIN (Level 6)

Pass Porpoise OR can perform:
* Swim 50 yards of front and back crawl.
* Swim 25 yards of breaststroke, butterfly and elementary backstroke.
* Tread water and float in deep water for at least two minutes.
* Perform long shallow dive.
* Will work up to swimming 500 yards continuously and perfecting all strokes.
* Will also learn Springboard Diving Fundamentals - forward dive fall from board approach and hurdle, forward jump,forward dive in tuck and pike positions.

SURFER (7-13 yrs)
This is a beginning swimming class for students who have little or no swimming lesson experience.

This class will combine skills of Tadpole, Shrimp, Duck, and Otter classes. Students don’t have to pass Tadpole or Otter to enroll in this class.
* Students will learn to submerge and float.
* After basic skills are mastered, this class will move at its own pace through the various swimming strokes and safety skills.

Swim Lessons for Teens and Adults
50-minute class

Fall/Winter/Spring Session Fees:
Resident Fee:
$23.55 (6-day session)
$17.55 (4-day session)

Non-resident Fee:
$32.55 (6-day session)
$23.55 (4-day session)

Lesson Schedules - Winter
Lesson Schedules - Spring
TEEN/ADULT BEGINNER (Ages 14+)

This class is designed for teens and adults who have not had swimming lessons.
* Will learn submerging face, floating, flutter kicks, dive into deep water and gain confidence in the water.


Semi-Private Swim Lessons
This program provides a more intimate
swimming lesson experience. 

Instructor to student ratio for semi-private lessons is three (3) swimmers per instructor.

45-minute class

Fall/Winter/Spring Session Fees:
Resident Fee:
$51.55 (6-day session)
$29.55 (4-day session)

Non-resident Fee:
$69.55 (6-day session)
$40.55 (4-day session)

Lesson Schedules - Winter
 

The 45-minute classes have a teacher-to-
student ratio of 1-to-3.

Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center
Winter Session 2
Saturday (4-day session)
Feb 20 - Mar 12
10 a.m., 11 a.m.

Hamilton Aquatic Center
Winter Session 1
Tue / Thu (6-day session)
Jan 19 - Feb 4
5 p.m., 6 p.m.
Winter Session 2
Tue / Thu (6-day session)
Feb 9 - 25
5 p.m., 6 p.m.

Level A
These children generally fall into the Tadpole, Shrimp and Duck classes.

Level B
These children generally fall into the Seahorse, Otter and Turtle classes.

Level C
These children generally fall into the Frog, Fish and Porpoise classes.


Swim Lesson Financial Assistance
The City of Chandler Aquatics Program offers two programs to assist economically disadvantaged families in their efforts to learn to swim with city swim opportunities. For more information, please call (480) 782-2756 or send an email to Angela for assistance with our aquatics classes.

Application and Registration Form must
be submitted in person at the Aquatics Office (open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)located at 650 E. Ryan Road, Chandler. Please allow at least 7-10 business days prior to the upcoming session registration period or class start date for application processing.

GOODWILL SCHOLARSHIP
FEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM


This program is only available to residents of Chandler.

You may print and submit the application below with appropriate documentation:

15-16 Goodwill Fee Assistance Program Application - English (PDF)

15-16 Goodwill Fee Assistance Program Application - Spanish (PDF)


AMERICAN RED CROSS CENTENNIAL FUND PROGRAM

This program is only available to residents and non residents of Chandler.

You may print and submit the application below:

15-16 Application for
ARC Centennial - English
(PDF)

15-16 Application for
ARC Centennial -Spanish
(PDF)


Swim Lesson & Swim Team Registration Tips
1.
We recommend that customers register using our new online registration system.
Online registrations is easy to use and in most cases is faster than mail-in or drop-off registration methods.

2.
If you choose to use a paper registration form from the Break Time Aquatics Section, we recommend that you use the one titled Aquatics Class Registration Application Form. If you use the same registration form for swim lessons and other special interest recreation classes, such as Apples to Zebras, it may delay the processing of your registration request.

3.
Phone-in or faxed registration forms will NOT be accepted. Instructions for mailing or hand delivering your application forms are here:

Mail-In or Drop-Off Registration.
4.
On your form, please list FIRST, SECOND, and THIRD CLASS CHOICE, TIME, SESSION, and POOL PREFERRED! If only one class choice is listed and class is full, participant will be placed on a wait list.

5.
Please fill out the registration form completely. Enter full name of student, address, home phone and emergency phone numbers and age. Please sign form. ONE registration form per family. If you need additional forms, you may make copies or access the form on our website and print it out on your home printer.

6.

Fees for each class must be paid at the time of registration. If paying by check, please write separate checks for each class. If one check is submitted and your child is placed on a waiting list, a credit will be placed on your account.
7.
Your registration form is an APPLICATION. IT DOES NOT ENSURE PLACEMENT IN A CLASS! You will receive a confirmation receipt in the mail or email to verify enrollment in a class. If your class choices are full, you will be placed on a waiting list.

8.
If you are placed on a wait list, the Aquatics Office will notify you should an opening come available. Notification may come as late the start of the class.

9.

A student may register for a maximum of ONE (1) class per session. A student may register for more than one class per session ONLY after the session has started and space is available. The full class fee will still be charged even if they missed the first day of the class. We do not prorate any of our class fees.