Swim Lesson Class Descriptions

The City of Dublin’s Swim Lesson Program is designed to promote learning in a safe and comfortable swimming environment. Our instructors are fully trained with the latest swimming and water safety instructional techniques. Classes are available for all ages and abilities. Please read the course descriptions carefully before you select a class to ensure that the student is placed in the appropriate level. Each level of the swim lesson program includes training in basic water safety, in addition to the skills outlined below. Swim classes are held rain or shine.

Tiny Tots & Toddler Lessons
  • Pollywogs (Parent/Tiny Tots) - Ages 6 months to 2 years
  • Guppies (Parent/Toddler) - Ages 3 years to 4 years
Are you looking to start your young child’s relationship with the water? This water exploration class is designed to give young students exposure to water safety and swimming techniques. The adult is the primary instructor for the student and will be required to be in the water. All classes will be directed by an instructor who will lead the class through age appropriate water games and beginning swimming techniques to enhance the child’s comfort in the water.

Preschool Lessons (Ages 3-5 years)
For the following levels, the participant must be willing to work without a parent in the water.

Minnows PS1: Water Exploration
Are you looking to start your child in swimming lessons? This class focuses on beginning swimming techniques that will help guide the student towards independence in the water. Each student will learn skills through supported teaching techniques that will enhance water safety and comfort in and around the water.

Starfish PS2: Primary Skills
Each student should be comfortable in the water and be able to perform some swimming skills without support. Students will be introduced to swimming on their front and back while learning to be more independent in the water.
Prerequisite: Completion of Minnows or equivalent course.

Seahorse PS3: Stroke Readiness
This class is designed for children that can swim on their front and back for a minimum of 15 feet and are comfortable submerging themselves underwater. Along with swimming on their front and back, students will work on breaststroke, sidestroke, elementary backstroke and butterfly.
Prerequisite: Completion of Starfish or equivalent course.

Youth Lessons (Ages 6-14 years)

Otters Y1 - Introduction to Water Skills
Are you looking to start your child in swimming lessons? This class focuses on beginning swimming techniques that will help guide the student towards independence in the water. Each student will learn skills through supported teaching techniques that will enhance water safety and comfort in and around the water.

Sunfish Y2 - Fundamental Aquatic Skills

Each student should be comfortable in the water and be able to perform some swimming skills without support. Students will be introduced to swimming on their front and back while learning to be more independent in the water.
Prerequisite: Completion of Otters or Minnows.

Whales Y3 - Stroke Development
This class is designed for youths that can swim on their front and back for a minimum of 15 feet and are comfortable submerging themselves underwater. Along with swimming on their front and back, students will work on breaststroke, sidestroke, elementary backstroke, and butterfly.
Prerequisite: Completion of Sunfish or Starfish.

Marlins Y4 - Stroke Improvement
This class, designed for youths that can tread water and swim on their front and back for a minimum of 15 yards, will focus on improving stroke technique and endurance. Students should also have knowledge of the elementary backstroke, sidestroke, breaststroke, and butterfly. 
Prerequisite: Completion of Whales or Seahorse

Dolphins Y5 - Stroke Refinement
The purpose of this class is to increase endurance and refine your child’s swimming strokes. The class is designed for youths that can swim at least 15 yards in each swimming stroke. Along with stroke techniques and endurance, participants will start to learn advanced swimming skills.
Prerequisite: Completion of Marlins or equivalent course

Sharks Y6 - Swimming and Skill Proficiency
Do you think your child has learned all they can about swimming? Guess again! This Sharks class is designed for youths that can swim at least 25 yards in each swimming stroke. Students will continue to work on advanced stroke technique and endurance while learning advanced swimming and water safety techniques.
Prerequisite: Completion of Dolphins or equivalent course

Private Swimming Lessons
Instruction is available on a one-to-one basis for both children and adults. Private lessons are for those who want more individualized attention. Private lessons are 25 minutes in length and held rain or shine. Children must be at least three years old to participate in private lessons.