Swimming Lessons

Green Ridge Recreation Center follows the guidelines of the American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim, Preschool and Parent-Child swimming lesson programs. Red Cross standards help us maintain the quality, consistency and credibility of our Aquatics Program. Our facility provides a safe and fun learning environment utilizing certified water safety instructors. Each level is a progression through basic swimming skills and water safety.  Students must be able to follow directions and to take turns in order to participate in group lessons. Classes may be offered as combination classes and/or canceled due to lack of enrollment. Scroll down or follow these links:


Preschool Lessons

Baby Drops (6 months to 18 months)

No need to wait! Start the process of introducing your baby to the water sooner rather than later. This parent and child class will start building your baby’s confidence and swimming readiness. What a fun opportunity for you and  your child to explore the water and become adjusted together. Parents will learn basic water skills to keep their children safe and help them to love the water. Safety information and teaching techniques will be provided to parents.  Parental participation is required.

Tiny Bubbles (19 months to 36 months)

Join your child as they discover the world of water. With your help, toddlers will experiment with arm and leg action, floating and going under water. Lots of repetition will help them become very comfortable and confident in the water. This is a fun and engaging class which will keep your child wanting to come back even as they are learning about safety and swimming skills.  Parental participation is required. 

Little Splashes (ages 3-4)

Come enjoy swimming with your child as they acquire basic aquatic skills that will encourage their love of the water. This class is the foundation of swimming skills for years to come. While parental participation is required in this class, there will be some time of independent swimming. This time will help your child separate from you and help to discover if they are ready to go to the next level without you. Parents will still be provided with water safety information to keep your entire family safe around aquatic environments.

Big Waves (ages 4-5)

Celebrate your child’s independence in the water. This is the first class that children participate in the lesson without a caregiver.  They must be comfortable separating from their parents and be able to follow safety rules. Children are encouraged to develop arm strokes, kicking, floating and submerging independently. Safety lessons will be more in depth. The class is geared towards beginner swimmers.

Youth lessons

Level 1 Lessons (ages 5-12)

Let’s have fun learning to swim!  This is a class for the older beginning swimmer to become comfortable and confident in the water. They will gain basic aquatic skills including: beginning swimming strokes, breath control, floating and kicking, all of which will help to keep them safe. Games and activities will help teach them to enjoy and become adjusted to the water. In addition, they will participate in a safety lesson each day that will encourage them to be safe around all aquatic environments.  The goal is a positive attitude towards swimming and water safety.

Level 2 Lessons (ages 7 to 11)

We will continue to build on the basic skills learned in Level one. Participants will become more confident and able to swim short distances by themselves. Students in this class should be very comfortable going under the water. Emphasis in this class is on learning to float without support, alternating arms and leg actions on front and back along with rotary breathing. Safety lessons are ever present in order to ensure our participants’ safety around all water environments. We don’t forget the fun!

Level 3 Lessons (ages 7 to 12)

Now you’re really a swimmer! Swimmers in this class are very confident and comfortable in the water.  Dolphin kick and breast stroke are introduced but there is a lot of emphasis on rotary breathing and being able to swim the distance of our lap lane without stopping.  By the time a participant passes this level they will have achieved basic water competency skills according to the new American Red Cross standards. Safety lessons become more in depth and cover more topics.

Level 4 Lessons (ages 7-12)

Participants in this class will focus on developing all the strokes. Upon completion of this class participants will have been introduced to  butterfly, sidestroke, breaststroke and turns on the wall. There will be a focus on swimming the length of the pool and improving rotary breathing skills in order for efficiency to be improved. This class is appropriate for the young or new swim team member that wants to continue to improve.  

Adult Lessons / Multigenerational

Begin to Swim

It’s never too late to learn how to swim! Our swim instructors will provide an introductory water program designed for anyone ages 13 and up that may be fearful about participation in water activities or need assistance developing their basic swimming skills. This is a comfortable, non-threatening environment with very patient instructors who want to help participants conquer their fear of the water and learn to swim. 

Private Lessons

Groups of One to Three

A certified swim instructor will develop a program that meets the goals and swim lesson needs of each individual. Days and times are flexible to accommodate your schedule. Semi-private lessons are for two to three individuals at once. Please form groups of similar ages or ability levels.
 Ages  Lesson Type
 Number of Sessions  Duration  Fee
 All  Private  1  30 minutes
 All  Private  5  30 minutes
 All  Private  10  30 minutes  $190
 All  Semi-private  5  30 minutes
 $75 per person
 All  Semi-private
 10   30 minutes  $145 per person

Groups of Four or More

Bring your own swimming group! Having a hard time finding a group lesson that works for your family's schedule? If you have four or more people, we are happy to find an instructor and a time during our morning pool hours for your personalized group lesson. Call for pricing (540) 777-6302.