Stamford Recreation offers lessons and camps for children of all skill levels, ages six months and up! Regardless of their level, your child will improve their skill, comfort, and safety in the water.
AQUATIC HIRING INFO:
As a reminder when coming to City of Stamford swimming locations, all patrons (if using a flotation device) must use a United States Coast Guard (USCG) approved flotation device. Additionally, if your camper is going to a beach location for swimming, water shoes are required while walking on the sand, in the water, and while swimming. If at any point you are unsure whether a flotation device is allowed, please ask a lifeguard. Also, proper bathing suit attire is required to swim in the Dorothy Heroy Pool. No street clothes.
Please check out the Summer/Spring Brochure for the full list of swim lessons!
Parent Child: This class is developed for children 6 months to 3 years. Parents and children participate in several guided practice sessions that help kids learn elementary swimming skills, such as, bubble blowing, front kicking, back floating, class song singing, underwater exploration and more. The water is introduced as a fun and safe environment to start off your child’s swimming experience the correct way. The child must enter the water with assistance & be able to hold their head up to participate in the class.
Level One: Introduction to water skills helps children become comfortable in the water while learning basic water safety/swimming skills. The class uses floatation backpacks to help children learn to swim on their stomachs with their face in the water. We introduce combined arm and leg swimming action and encourage confidence in independent swimming the child must be able to voluntarily get in the water, put face in & blow bubbles to participate in the class.
Level Two: Building off of the Level One class, we introduce fundamental skills such as arm finning on back and floating without assistance. Kids are encouraged to swim on their own with minimal use of floatation devices. During the course of the class we cover, flutter kicking with pointed toes, streamline positioning, independent swimming on front and back and much more. The child must be able to swim with floatation devices without needing help, put face in water while exhaling out bubbles & must be able to voluntarily swim on front & back with minimal assistance.
Level Three: This class is a bigger jump from a level two. The children focus on coordinating arm and leg movements and improving skills covered in level 2, such as independent swimming on front and back. We introduce side breathing, also known as rotary breathing, backstroke, front crawl and much more.The child must be able to swim three body lengths, on front and back, without assistance. Must be able to exhale while face is in water and breathe in while face is out. If your child is not a confident swimmer this class is not for them.
Level Four: Stroke improvement is held in the 12 foot diving well. Kids are in the water without assistance, so they must be strong swimmers for this class. Swimmers are trained to improve their swimming stamina by conditioning kicks and arm pulls. This course introduces parts of all six strokes. The child must be able to swim in deep end of pool for entire class, must be able to swim on front, back and side. Swim-mers must have knowledge of side breathing, front crawl, back crawl, and elementary backstroke. Swimmers must be able to do kneeling dive with minimal assistance.
Level Five & Six: The highest level offered works on swimming laps, perfecting stroke technique and introduction to a swim team inspired class. Introduces circle swimming and swim team terms. Must have knowledge of all 6 stroke and be able to swim continuous laps. Swimmers shoul have knowledge of diving as well.