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Swim Lesson Information
Teton County/Jackson Parks and Recreation Department offers a variety of programs for persons six months of age and older. The aqua-tot and preschool programs were designed by professional staff to provide the best opportunity for individuals to reach their potential. The American Red Cross program is utilized for Level 1 thru Level 5 classes. All instructors must complete a training program designed by American Red Cross professionals. Our instructors are sensitive to the apprehensions and fears of the beginner swimmer yet seek to challenge and stimulate the more advanced swimmer. There is a class designed for everyone with a desire to improve their swimming ability.
For questions please contact our Front Desk Staff at 307-739-9025, or
Group Lessons meet twice a week for half an hour, and usually run for 6 weeks. Class schedules and registration can be found through our online portal
Aqua Tots: (3 to 5-Years-Old):
Aqua Tots is an introductory program providing six-month-old to three-year-old children and their parents an opportunity to learn and experience the fun of swimming together. The program involves several water familiarity experiences, entry and exit, cue words, floating and other fun activities. Parents must be in the pool alongside their child.
Preschool Skill Development Program: (3 to 5-Years-Old):
The following classes are a great experience in learning early progressive swimming skill development. These six class levels operate on a small student/teacher ratio. Children must pass each level to progress to the next level.
Guppies: (shallow water) Non-swimmer. Not water adjusted and is the first time in a group lesson without a parent. This class emphasizes water adjustment and comfortability in an aquatic setting.
Polliwog: Non-swimmer has is comfortable in water. This class will work on introductory swimming skills like floating, kicking, and underwater skills.
Tadpole: Develop specific front and back skills. They work on fundamentals of the front crawl stroke, breath control, back float for 15 seconds, exposure to deeper water, and knee dive for object.
Frog: Can now swim at least 5-10 yards and can demonstrate the basics of rhythmic breathing, diving board jumps/swim back to pool edge, standing dive. Practice and improve and expand on endurance and quality of learned skills.
Otter: Can swim at least 15 yards and intro to the elementary backstroke, under water swim and deep-water swim, timed floating, tread water for 30 seconds, and back float for 30 seconds.
Seal: Can swim 25 yards crawl, 15 yards backstroke, intro to breaststroke, expand on quality and endurance of learned skills.
Level 1 - Level 5: Group Swim Lessons for Ages 5 and Above
Level 1 - Introduction to Water Skills: Must have passed Preschool Seal Level. Students will learn how to feel comfortable in the water and safely enjoy it. Submerge entire body under water, roll front to back and back to front, demonstrate arm and leg stroke movement for five feet on front and back including safety skills.
Level 2 - Fundamental Aquatic Skills: Must have completed Level 1. Kids will learn basic swimming skills. Class will focus on complete submerging, floating, gliding without support, swim using alternating leg and arm action for five yards, water safety rules, and how to help others. In this level kids should be comfortable trying things on their own.
Level 3 - Stroke Development: Must have completed Level 2. Students will focus on deep water entry and safety, side breathing, treading water, introduction to freestyle, backstroke, butterfly kick and body motion and additional guided instruction to learn and improve stroke skills. In this level, kids should be able and comfortable to swim short distances on their own.
Level 4 - Stroke Improvement: Must have completed Level 3. Kids will gain confidence in their improvement of strokes and gain additional aquatic skills. The class will focus on surface dives, and underwater swimming, treading water using all kicks, freestyle stroke, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly and safety in diving. Kids in this level should be able to swim 25 yards without stopping.
Level 5 - Stroke Refinement: Must have completed Level 4. Skills refinement includes shallow dives, glide 2 body lengths, begin any stroke, back float, survival float for 2 minutes, front and backcrawl, 50 yards. Butterfly, elementary backstroke, sidestroke and breaststroke 25 yards, safety skills, race starts, and flip turns. Kids in this level should be able to swim 50 yards without stopping.
Teton County Jackson Parks and Recreation offers private swimming lessons for youth or adults. Private Sessions are tailored to fit the needs of each student individually.
If interested in private lessons, you will need to complete a Private Swim Lesson Interest Form (PDF). Once complete, it can be dropped off at the Rec Center front desk or emailed to the Aquatics Supervisor Emmet Shaul
All lesson fees must be paid two days in advance. No refunds if cancellation is made less than 24 hours in advance. The fee for private lessons is $40 per half hour for 1 on 1 lessons or $32.50 per student for half hour group lessons.