Swim Lessons

Group, Private and Semi-Private Options

Our learn-to-swim program is designed to help patrons of all ages and ability levels become safe and proficient in the water. Swim lessons are available in group, private, and semiprivate formats. Classes are available for adults and guests with special needs.

Group Swim Lessons

Overview: Our American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim program is designed to help guests of all ages and ability levels become safe and proficient in the water. Swim lessons at the Mount Rainier Pool:

  • Are FUN!
  • Follow the American Red Cross curriculum.
  • Are tailored to teach essential water safety skills and logical swim skill progression.
  • Include opportunities to practice skills learned outside of class time with practice cards.
  • Work around busy schedules. We offer evening and weekend lessons at a variety of times throughout the week.
  • Swim lessons are available in group, private, and semi-private formats.

 

Preschool and Learn-to-Swim Levels:

Preschool and Learn-to-Swim levels are perfect for any younger swimmer at any level – from those just getting familiar with the water to beginner swimmers to others with competitive aspirations. Scroll down page for more information.

 

Winter 2020 Schedule:

Swim lessons for the 2020 Winter (January – March) will be:

  • Monday/Wednesday, 4:30-7pm
  • Saturday, 7-11am

* Tuesday and Thursday lessons will be moved to Mondays and Wednesdays, effective the week of September 16th due to Mount Rainier High School Swim Meets closing Mount Rainier Pool on occasional Tuesdays between September 17-February 14 from 1 to 5:30pm.

 

Downloadable PDF Schedule

Click here for the Winter 2020 Swim Lesson Flyer.

 

Group Lesson Payment:

Group Lessons average about 8 lessons per month for weekday sessions and 8 lessons per two months for Saturday sessions. Each participant will also receive a Practice Card of 5 drop-in swims to master their skills (up to a $18.75 value).

  • Preschool Swim, Learn-to-Swim & Adult: $8/class Resident Discount Rate* / $9.75/class Non-residents
  • Parent and Child: $6.25/class Resident Discount Rate* / $7.50/class Non-residents
  • Rates subject to change in 2020.

*Residents – All residents of Des Moines and Normandy Park. 

 

Group Lesson Rates:

Group Lesson rates (average 8 classes/month) per session:

Per Session Pricing (Average) Resident* Non-Resident
Pre-Swim/Learn-to-Swim/Adult $64 $78
Parent and Child $47 $60

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

**Registration Dates

Registration starts at 4:00pm on weekdays and 8:00am on Saturdays for registration dates listed below. There will be no online registration as all participants must take a placement test before registering.  All registrations will be over the phone or in person. See below for more information on registration dates:

 MONDAY/WEDNESDAY EVENINGS, 4:30-7:00pm:

Class Dates

Current Student Registration

New Student Registration

January 6 – 29                                      (8 Classes)

Monday, December 9

Wednesday, December 11

February 3 – 26                                (No Class 2/17**, 7 Classes)

Monday, January 27

Wednesday, January 29

March 2 – 25                                       (8 Classes)

Monday, February 24

Wednesday, February 26

SATURDAY MORNINGS, 7:00-11:00am:

Class Dates

Current Student Registration

New Student Registration

January 11 – March 14 (No Class 1/25*, 2/15**, 8 Classes)

Saturday, December 14

Monday, December 16

* HIghline School District Jamboree Swim Meet on January 25 from 8:00am-Noon. Entire Pool Closed.

**No Classes February 15-17 for President’s Day Weekend.

Scholarships:

The Mount Rainier Pool now offers scholarships of up to 90%. Non-residents are now eligible. There are three options to apply. The District board has allocated $18,000 in scholarships for 2020. All scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. Get pre-approved today.

Click here to view more information on scholarship opportunities.

More Information:

Do you have more questions or would like to speak to someone in person? Our Aquatics Coordinator, Lauryne Bartlett, is here to help. You can call her directly at (206) 824-4722 or email her at lauryne.bartlett@desmoinespool.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Placement Tests:

DURING FAMILY SWIMS

Placement swim tests are required to participate in swim lessons and are held during Family Swims. There are no appointments as tests will be done drop-in on a first-come, first-serve basis. We will stay until all tests are completed.  Parent or Guardian must be present during test.

Click here to view schedule for Family Swims to complete your placement tests.

Private Swim Lessons

Private Lessons are one-on-one classes for anyone! – Each class is one session with no set curriculum, but conducted according to the goals and current abilities of the student. Semi-private lessons are also available for two or more students of similar ability who wish to participate together in a private class.

Private Lessons are scheduled in one-class sessions at various times throughout each week.

Semi-Private Lessons are also available for groups with two or more students who wish to participate in the same privately instructed class. Semi-private Lessons are priced per student for each class session.

Private Lesson (one student)

$ 26 Residents*/$36 Non-Residents

Semi-Private Lesson (two or more students; price per student:)

$ 14 Residents*/$20 Non-Residents (Per Participant)

For more information,  please call Lauryne Bartlett, Aquatics Coordinator at: 206.824.4722, stop by the pool!

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Parent and Child Swim Lessons

6 Months to 3 years, 11 months old

Parent & Child Aquatics

For each of our Parent & Child classes, our instructors follow a plan to introduce new swimming and water safety skills that are developmentally appropriate for infants and young children. It is important to understand that Parent and Child Aquatics is not designed to teach children to become good swimmers or even to survive in the water on their own. In Parent and Child Aquatics, great experiences and fun activities are provided to teach infants and young children to:

  • Enter and exit the water safety
  • Feel comfortable in the water
  • Submerge and explore breath control
  • Explore floating on the back and front
  • Change body position in the water
  • Play safely in the water
  • Experience wearing a life jacket

Parents, you also learn!:

  • How to hold and support your child in the water
  • How to select and fit a life jacket for your child
  • Valuable water safety information to make your family safe in and around the water

Once infants or young children are able to comfortably perform the skills in Level 1, they should progress to Parent & Child Aquatics Level 2. It is common for infants or young children to participate in several sessions of Level 1 before moving on to Level 2. That is okay! It is not important how quickly they move through a level, but that they acquire each skill.

Preschool Swim Lessons

4 – 6 years, 11 months old

Preschool Aquatics Level 1

What happens in Preschool Aquatics Level 1? For each level of Preschool Aquatics, our instructors follow a plan to introduce new swimming and water safety skills that are developmentally appropriate for young children. Preschool Aquatics puts the “fun” in fundamentals. Each class is loaded with enjoyable, engaging and challenging activities that motivate children to want to perform and learn to swim. In Preschool Aquatics Level 1, your child is introduced to basic skills. These skills lay the foundation for future skill development of swimming strokes. Certain milestones are necessary for successful completion of Level 1, including: 

  •  Entering the water independently using the ladder, steps, or side and travel at least 5 yards.
  • Submerging mouth and blowing bubbles for at least 3 seconds.
  • Exiting the water safely.
  • Gliding on front for at least 2 body lengths.
  • Rolling to back and floating for 3 seconds.
  • Recovering to a vertical position.

It is quite common for children to participate in several sessions of Level 1 before they are able to successfully demonstrate all the skills. That’s okay! It is not important how quickly they move through a level, but that they acquire each skill.

Preschool Aquatics Level 2

In Preschool Aquatics Level 2, our instructors follow a plan to introduce new swimming and water safety skills that are developmentally appropriate for young children. Preschool Aquatics puts the “fun” in fundamentals. Each class is loaded with enjoyable, engaging and challenging activities that motivate children to want to perform and learn to swim. Some of the milestones in Level 2 include:

  • Gliding on front at least 2 body lengths.
  • Rolling to back, floating on back for 15 seconds then recovering to a vertical position.
  • Gliding on back for at least 2 body lengths.
  • Rolling to front, floating for 5 seconds then recovering to a vertical position.
  • Swimming using combined arm and leg actions on front for 3 body lengths.
  • Rolling to back, floating for 15 seconds, rolling to front then continuing to swim on front for 3 body lengths.

It is quite common for children to participate in several sessions of Preschool Aquatics Level 2 before they are able to successfully demonstrate all the skills. That’s okay! It is not important how quickly they move through a level, but that they acquire each skill.

Preschool Aquatics Level 3

In Preschool Aquatics Level 3, our instructors follow a plan to introduce new swimming and water safety skills that are developmentally appropriate for young children. Preschool Aquatics puts the “fun” in fundamentals. Each class is loaded with enjoyable, engaging and challenging activities that motivate children to want to perform and learn to swim. Some of the milestones in Level 3 include:

  • Stepping from the side into chest-deep water.
  • Moving into a front float for 15 seconds, swimming on front and/or back for 5 body lengths.
  • Moving into a back float for 15 seconds, rolling to front then recovering to a vertical position.
  • Pushing off and swimming using combined arm and leg actions on front and/or back for 5 body lengths.
  • Rolling to back, floating for 15 seconds, rolling to front then continuing to swim for 5 body lengths.

It is quite common for children to participate in several sessions of Level 3 before they are able to successfully demonstrate all the skills. That’s okay! It is not important how quickly they move through a level, but that they acquire each skill.

Learn To Swim

7 to 14 years, 11 months old

Learn-to-Swim Level 1

For every level of Learn-to-Swim, our instructors follow a plan to introduce new swimming and water safety skills and build on previously learned skills. Each class is loaded with fun, engaging and challenging activities that motivate children to want to perform and learn to swim.

In Learn to Swim Level 1 – Introduction to Water Skills, your child is introduced to basic skills as the foundation for future skills. Certain milestones are necessary for successful completion of Learn to Swim Level 1, including:

  • Entering the water independently using ladder, steps, or side
  • Traveling at least 5 yards, bobbing 5 times, then safely exiting the water
  • Gliding on front supported at least 2 body lengths
  • Rolling to a back float for 5 seconds with support
  • Recovering to a vertical position with support

It is common for children to participate in several sessions of Learn to Swim Level 1 before they successfully demonstrate each skill. That is okay! It is not important how quickly they move through a level, but that they acquire each skill.

Learn-to-Swim Level 2

In Learn-to-Swim Level 2 – Aquatic Skills builds on skills learned in Level 1. Our instructors follow a plan to introduce new swimming and water safety skills and build on previously learned skills. Each class is loaded with fun, engaging and challenging activities that motivate children to want to perform and learn to swim. Some of the milestones that are necessary for successful completion of Level 2 include:

  • Stepping from the side into chest-deep water.
  • Moving into a front float for 15 seconds, swimming on front and/or back for 5 body lengths, then safely exiting the water.
  • Moving into a back float for 15 seconds, rolling to front then recovering to a vertical position.
  • Pushing off and swimming using combined arm and leg actions on front for 5 body lengths, rolling to back and float for 15 seconds, then roll to the front then continue swimming for 5 body lengths.

It is common for children to participate in several sessions of Learn to Swim Level 2 before they successfully demonstrate each skill. That is okay! It is not important how quickly they move through a level, but that they acquire each skill.

Learn-to-Swim Level 3

In Learn-to-Swim Level 3 – Stroke Development, our instructors follow a plan to introduce new swimming and water safety skills and build on previously learned skills. Each class is loaded with fun, engaging and challenging activities that motivate children to want to perform and learn to swim. Some of the milestones in Learn to Swim Level 3 include:

  • Jumping into deep water from the side.
  • Swimming the front crawl and/or elementary backstroke for 25 yards.
  • Maintaining position by treading or floating for 1 minute.
  • Swimming front crawl for 15 yards and swimming elementary backstroke for 15 yards.

It is common for children to participate in several sessions of Learn to Swim Level 3 before they successfully demonstrate each skill. That is okay! It is not important how quickly they move through a level, but that they acquire each skill.

Learn-to-Swim Level 4

In Learn-to-Swim Level 4 – Stroke Improvement, our instructors follow a plan to introduce new swimming and water safety skills and build on previously learned skills. Each class is loaded with fun, engaging and challenging activities that motivate children to want to perform and learn to swim. Some of the milestones in Level 4 include:

  • Swimming the front crawl for 25 yards.
  • Swimming the elementary backstroke for 25 yards.
  • Swimming the breaststroke for 15 yards.
  • Swimming the back crawl for 15 yards.
  • Swimming 3-5 body lengths underwater without hyperventilating.
  • Open turns on the front and back.

It is common for children to participate in several sessions of Learn to Swim Level 4 before they successfully demonstrate each skill. That is okay! It is not important how quickly they move through a level, but that they acquire each skill.

Learn-to-Swim Level 5

In Learn-to-Swim Level 5 – Stroke Refinement, our instructors follow a plan to introduce new swimming and water safety skills and to build on ones previously learned. The expectations are higher for participants now in regards to distance and quality. Each class is loaded with engaging and challenging activities and drills to build endurance and improve technique. Some of the milestones in Learn to Swim Level 5 include:

  • Performing a shallow-angle dive into deep water.
  • Swimming the front crawl for 50 yards.
  • Swimming elementary backstroke for 50 yards.
  • Swimming the breaststroke for 25 yards.
  • Swimming the back crawl for 25 yards.

It is common for students to participate in several sessions of Learn to Swim Level 5 before they successfully demonstrate each skill. That is okay! It is not important how quickly they move through a level, but that they acquire each skill.

Learn-to-Swim Level 6

As in all the other levels, in Learn-to-Swim Level 6 – Personal Water Safety and Fitness Swimmer, our instructors follow a plan to refine swimming and water safety skills that were taught throughout the levels. The expectations are quite high in regards to distance and quality. Additionally, in Level 6, you learn more complex safety skills that may help you survive in an emergency. Some of the skills include:

  • Swimming 500 yards continuously using any 3 strokes of choice, swimming at least 50 yards of each stroke.
  • Jumping into deep water and performing a survival float for 5 minutes and a back float for 5 minutes.
  • Performing a surface dive, retrieving an object from the bottom of the pool at a depth of 7-10 feet, returning to the surface and returning to the starting point.

It is common for children to participate in several sessions of Learn to Swim Level 6 before they successfully demonstrate each skill. That is okay! It is not important how quickly they move through a level, but that they acquire each skill. Once participant complete Learn-to-Swim Level 6 they may want to continue with Learn to Swim Level 6 to further refine their strokes or are eligible to participate in our Competitive Swimming class. Participants that are 11-14 years of age are also eligible to participate in our Aquatic Volunteer Academy, which is the first step to becoming a volunteer junior lifeguard and swim lesson instructor aide.

Adult Swim Lessons

 15 years and older

Adult Swim Training is offered as a two-part course for beginners and intermediate swimmers. This is a course specifically designed for adults who wish to learn and improve swimming technique and proficiency.

Beginner Swimmers will learn fundamental swimming techniques and how to be comfortable in water. They will use kickboards and other equipment to augment skills as they progress, and for practicing skills, such as alternating kicking and stroke-work. Instructor-led drills and demonstrations will help swimmers grasp concepts in alternating stroking and kicking.

The beginner course includes skills such as:

  • Safe Entry and Exit of the Water
  • Getting comfortable in shallow and deep water
  • Stepping or jumping from side in deep water
  • Bobbing to Safety
  • Floating and maintaining body position on front
  • Floating and maintaining body position on back
  • Rolling from front to back and back to front
  • Changing from a vertical to horizontal position on back and front
  • Maintaining a horizontal body position in the water
  • Treading using arm and leg actions
  • Alternating and Simultaneous Kicking Actions
  • Gliding on Front, with and without Kicking Actions
  • Rotary Breathing
  • Introduction to Crawlstroke and stroke development
  • Introduction to Breaststroke
  • Introduction to Scissors Kick
  • Introduction to Elementary Backstroke
  • Changing from a vertical to horizontal position on back and front

Swim Lesson Registration Information

  • No online registration. All registration is in-person or over the phone.
  • All classes are 30 minutes long unless otherwise noted.
  • Three students must be registered to run a class. In cases where only one student is registered parents can opt to transfer to another class, get a credit on their account, request a refund, or pay for the second student.
  • Children learn better in the appropriate level. Swim tests are available for proper lesson placement, please call us to schedule an appointment for placement testing.
  • Don’t miss out on all the exciting opportunities at the Mount Rainier Pool! Please note that classes fill up quickly. Registration is done on a first-come-first-served basis through our online registration page. Payment is due at the time of registration

Attire and What to Bring

  • Please bring photo ID when you visit.
  • Come to class dressed and ready for the pool.
  • Clothes, street shoes, diaper bags and other personal items can be stored in the locker rooms; bring your own lock and leave your valuables at home.
  • Family appropriate, clean swimsuit and swim attire is required.
  • Sandals or flip-flops are permitted in the pool area; No street shoes permitted.
  • Towel, goggles (if desired).

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Refunds are subject to management approval. If requested before the start of the session, a full refund will likely be given. For approved refunds requested following the start of the session, only the remaining balance will be given. Parents may also opt to have a credit placed on the student’s pool account. Please complete the attached Refund Request Form.

Refund Request Form

Wait List Procedures

If a class becomes full, the students name will automatically be placed on a waiting list. If a space in the class opens, we will notify you by telephone.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

The Des Moines Pool Metropolitan Park District has a financial Aid and Scholarship program available to low income families who want to participate in any of the programs offered at the Mount Rainier Pool. This includes both admissions, lessons and exercise programs. Fill out the Financial Aid and Scholarship Application and turn into the pool office for processing.

Click here to visit Financial Aid and Scholarship Information

For further inquiries, please call 206.824.4722.

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For more information, please contact Lauryne Bartlett, Aquatics Coordinator at (206) 824-4722.