Starting in March

Swim Lessons

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.

Spring 2019 Schedule:

Swim lessons for the 2019 Spring will be:

  • Tuesday/Thursday, 4:30-7pm
  • Saturday, 8am-12pm

March Schedule

Click here to view the March Tuesday & Thursday Schedule and the March/April Saturday Schedule.

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-Tot: $6.25/class Resident Discount Rate* / $7.50/class Non-residents

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

SPECIAL-Register for lessons occurring March through June, and receive the resident discount.

Registration Dates

Registration starts at 4:00pm on registration dates listed below. No online registration for swim lessons due to need for placement tests. All registrations will be over the phone or in person. See below for more information on registration dates:

Current Students Registration Date

New Student Registration Date

Tuesday/Thursday

Tuesday, February 19

March 5-28

March 26th

March 28th

April 2-25

April 23rd

April 25th

April 30-May 23

May 21st

May 23rd

May 28-June 20

 

 

 

Current Students Registration Date

New Student Registration Date

Saturday

Tuesday, February 19

March 9 – April 27

April 27th

April 29th

May 4 – June 22

 

*Summer lesson information will be available in May. More information to come.

 

Spring Registration 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/Child

$50

$60

 

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.

Below is a list of our current family swims.

  • Mornings: Monday-Saturday, 11:00am-1:00pm
  • Weekday Evenings:
    • Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 4:00pm to 9:00pm.
    • Tuesday/Thursday, 6:00 to 7:00pm or 8:00-9:00pm

 

    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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    Learn To Swim

    LEARN TO SWIM, LEVELS 1-6 (6 to 14 years 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

    Learn to Swim Level 2 – Fundamental 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.

    ADVANCED SWIM TRAINING, LEVELS 6 (13 years and older)

    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)

    Intermediate and Advanced

    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.

    Parent/Tot Swim Lessons

    PARENT AND CHILD AQUATICS (6 Months to 4 years old)

    Parent & Child Aquatics Level 1

    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 Level 1, 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 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.

    PRE-SCHOOL AQUATICS, LEVELS 1-3 (4 to 5 years old)

    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.

    Swim Lesson Registration Information

    • No online registration. All registrtion 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.

    Registration

    Swim Lessons Coming This Fall. Signup for Email Notification System for Updates.

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