Swim Lessons

Group Lessons 

The Mount Rainier Pool provides a fun and creative atmosphere to help children develop swimming skills. We believe in the value of swimming as a lifelong skill and as a healthy recreational activity and are committed to the importance of water safety and training, for our staff as well as our community.

OVERVIEW

The Mount Rainier Pool offers the following benefits of taking lessons with us.

  • Trained swim instructors, where staff have monthly in-services and training times to work on their skills.
  • A “dedicated lifeguard” is on deck for a second layer of protection for your child(ren).
  • Swim evaluations are required for all class except the first level to ensure class quality.
  • Classes are broken down by age below: Parent & Child (6 month-3 years, 11 months), Preschool (4 years-6 years, 11 months), Levels (7 years-14 years, 11 months) and Adult (15 years and older).
  • Grants and scholarships are available for free swim options. See sections below for more information.

REGISTRATION PROCESS – NEW PROCESS

Effective June 2, 2022, we have a new registration process.

  • Current Students will continue to register in the same manner. See registration information below.
    • Current students will be the only participants that can be guaranteed spots at this time.
  • New Student “Waitlist” participants will register at the new date below to be placed on our new wait list system.
    • Wait list participants will be contacted when spots are available in classes.
    • Participants that are not selected will be sent a complimentary email if all spots are filled.
    • Check out SEEK Packet for more information.

PHONE AND IN-PERSON ONLY

Due to limited open spots, we will not have online registration. All classes are based on ability (not age level). This is to ensure the quality of lessons. Please see exact registration dates and times below. To register over the phone, please call us at (206) 824-4722.

SEEK Swim Grant Information (Please Read Before Registering for Lessons)

All swim lessons will be free for youth, ages 4-14 between April 15 through the end of the summer thank to the SEEK Grant. Please read UPDATED packet below for more information.

SUMMER EXPERIENCES & ENRICHMENT FOR KIDS (SEEK) GRANT PROGRAM (AGES 4-14)

Kids can learn to swim for free at Mount Rainier Pool this spring and summer, thanks to a grant through the Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction’s office.

In addition to the lessons, the $89,575 Summer Enrichment and Experience for Kids grant will provide free practice time and a free swim package with a swimsuit, goggles, towel, and swim bag. The funding runs from April 2022 to mid-November. The grant aims to eliminate barriers to learning a lifesaving skill and give kids access to water-based recreational activities.

EMAIL NOTIFICATION SYSTEM

We are working to grow the free swim lessons program and may have a periodical need to make adjustments. Please click here to sign up for our email notification list. We will email any updates. Also, please add info@mtrainierpool.com to your email contacts to ensure you do not have this email blocked or going to a spam/junk folder.

SEEK SWIM LESSON PACKET

Click here to download the complete SEEK Grant Packet for more detailed information.

UPDATED! New Student "Waitlist" Registration Process (Please Read Before Registering)

NEW STUDENT “WAITLIST” REGISTRATION PROCESS**

Due to the overwhelming demand for free swim lessons, we have developed the following process for registration that will place new students registering after May 30, 2022, into our new waitlist process. Any person not currently enrolled in swim lessons is considered a new student. They will have to register on a waitlist and will be contacted only when spots in classes are available.

  • Participants can register to be placed on a waitlist for their respective level. This process will start on Thursday, June 9 at 11:00am.
  • Participants will receive a confirmation email with their spot on the waiting lists. (Please check your contact information to ensure your best chances of being contacted.)
  • If an open class spot becomes available, we will contact you from 206.824.4722 or FrontDesk@MtRainierPool.com.
    • Patrons that are contacted about an open class sport will have until 7:00pm to confirm they will be using the spot.
    • If no spots become available during a session, you will receive an email notifying you that all spots are full for that session.
  • Waitlist spots will carry over throughout the summer and will be updated when people are removed due to being placed in classes or not returning calls.

NEW STUDENT “WAITLIST” REGISTRATION PROCESS DATES

Below are the dates for July-August.

Class Dates

New Students (See Process Above)

All Summer Class Dates

Wait List Registration Begins Thursday, June 9 @ 11:00am

Saturday Mornings, 8-11:15am (Includes Adult and Parent & Child Lessons)

Click here (SEEK Packet)for more information on swim lessons.

Class Dates

Current Student Registration

Calls to Waitlists

July 9-September 3 (No July 23) Saturday, June 4@ 8am See SEEK Packet for new process.
Fall Dates: Coming Late-August Coming Soon Coming Soon

 Adult classes will be held from 8-8:30am. Parent and Child classes will be held during classes. Both classes will only be offered on Saturdays due to SEEK Grant.

Monday-Thursday, 9:30-11am (UPDATED 6/8/22)

See new Student Registration Process in SEEK Packet. Camp KHAOS will have lessons from 1-3pm. If they do not claim spots, staff may call patrons when spots become available. Read SEEK Packet for more information.

Class Dates

Current Student Registration

Calls to Waitlists

July 5-14 (No July 4) Wednesday, June 8 @ 4pm See SEEK Packet for new process.
July 18-28 Wednesday, July 13 @ 9am See SEEK Packet for new process.
August 1-11 Wednesday, July 27 @ 9am See SEEK Packet for new process.
August 15-25 Wednesday, August 10 @ 9am See SEEK Packet for new process.

 Parent and Child classes will only be held on Saturdays due to focus on SEEK Grant. (06/08/22 Update) We condensed lessons to 9:30-11am and eliminated breaks in between classes to better balance swim lessons and water exercise.

Monday-Thursday, 1-3pm Camp KHAOS

Mount Rainier Pool is working with the City of Des Moines to extend the grant to cover swim lessons provided to Camp KHAOS participants. These will be provided weekdays (Monday-Thursday) between 1-3pm. Please contact Des Moines Parks and Recreation for more information.

Class Dates

Current Student Registration*

New Student Registration*

July 5-14 (No July 4) All registrations through Camp KHAOS.
July 18-28
August 1-11
August 15-25

 Note-we are still working to get them availability and information may not be ready at this time.

Free Programs (Ages 9-18) MRP Community Swim Club and Lifeguard Prep Courses

Are you looking at a way to keep your child swimming past swim lessons, they would like to improve their swimming, or keep them active throughout the summer? Sign up for one of our free swim programs this summer.

MRP SWIM TEAM (Ages 9-13) – UPDATE! (Must be able to swim at Level 4 or above)*

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays – 3-4pm – FREE

Two Sessions: Session 1: July 6-29 & Session 2: August 1-18

Want an idea of what it takes to join a swim team? Join the MRP Swim Team to get your feet wet before plunging into a commitment to competitive swimming. We’ll help you learn the various strokes and improve your endurance. No previous experience necessary.

*Must be able to swim at a level 4 or above. Staff will offer a free swim evaluation. Call us at 206.824.4722 for more information.

LIFEGUARD PREP COURSE (Ages 14-18)

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays – 8:15-9:15am – FREE

Two Sessions: Session 1: July 6-29 & Session 2: August 1-18

Need help preparing to become a lifeguard? Join our LIFEGUARD PREP classes. Lessons are specifically geared to helping participants pass the Red Cross Lifeguard prerequisite test so they can train for their lifeguard certification. No previous experience necessary.

REGISTRATION FOR EITHER PROGRAM STARTS JUNE 14 @ 4pm

Free to first 20 participants for each program.

UPDATED! Current, New & Transfer Students

Please follow the guidelines below for Current, Transfer and New students. This helps setup your child for success and ensures group lessons best meet everyone’s needs.

CURRENT STUDENT TRANSFER STUDENT NEW STUDENT
Student currently attending swim lessons at Mount Rainier Swim Lessons. Student transferring from program other than Mount Rainier Swim Lessons. (Note-all programs have different ways of assessing aptitude.) These are students who have not taken swim lessons or have not taken a swim evaluation.
Students & parents will be notified the class before registration. * Must take swim evaluation. (Doesn’t include Parent & Child and Adult lessons). Swim evaluations are offered during Family Swims. New Students can only register for the first level of each class. This includes parents that neglect to have their child take a swim evaluation.

*It is important to us to ensure that a child is ready for the next level of classes. This is for safety and ensures the child is comfortable in future lessons.

 

QUESTIONS ABOUT THE APPROPRIATE LEVEL

Click here to use this guide on skills for swim lesson levels.

WHY SWIM EVALUATIONS (FORMERLY SWIM TESTS)?

Our goal is to give participants the best experience in our swim lessons! The most important part is ensuring participants are in the right level. This not only helps the individual, but also ensures other participants get the most of their lesson time. (Note – People applying for Parent and Child, Preschool 1, Level 1 and Adult classes do not need to take a swim test.)

Class Pricing

Class Dates

Parent & Child

All Other Classes

8-session Class $48 ($60 NR) $66 ($80 NR)
*7-session Class $42 ($54.25NR) $57.75 ($70NR)

NR = Non-Resident. Residents of Des Moines and Normandy Park receive discount for helping subsidize pool operations.

Rates were updated for 2022.

Scholarships

Scholarships are available for all swim lessons. Scholarships must be completed and approved before you register for swim lessons. For more information on scholarships, click here.

Future Classes

Our next set of classes will be public posted the week before the end of the previous session. For updates, please sign-up for our email notification system at www.mtrainierpool.com.

Private & Semi-Private Lessons

PRIVATE LESSONS ON HOLD DUE TO COVID-19 & SEEK GRANT!

The Mount Rainier Pool updated its Private Swim Lessons but has placed them on hold to focus on group lessons. The goal of the updated process is to give working families more options to take lessons around their busy schedules. We hope to have this program updated by Fall 2022.

FLYER

Click here to download a flyer.

MORE INFORMATION

For more information, call us at (206) 824-4722.

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Swim Levels 
Parent & Child: Ages 6 m - 3 years
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 Aquatics Level 1: Ages 4 - 6 years
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 Level1, your child is introduced to basic skills. These skills lay the foundation for future skilldevelopment 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: Ages 4 -6 years
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: Ages 4 - 6 years
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 Level 1: Ages 7-14 years
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: Ages 7 - 14 years
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: Ages 7 - 14 years
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: Ages 7-14 years
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: Ages 7-14 years
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: Ages 7 - 14 years
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: Ages 15 +
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

Registration (New Process)

Current (as of June 2, 2022) participants in programs will still receive priority. Effective June 2, 2022, people that signed up for Spring Wait Lists (April 15-May 22) will receive priority on Wait Lists (see more information below).

Below is a table of the Summer Registration Dates. Fall dates will be released at a later time.

NEW STUDENT “WAITLIST” REGISTRATION PROCESS**

Due to the overwhelming demand for free swim lessons, we have developed the following process for registration that will place new students registering after May 30, 2022, into our new waitlist process. Any person not currently enrolled in swim lessons is considered a new student. They will have to register on a waitlist and will be contacted only when spots in classes are available.

  • Participants can register to be placed on a waitlist for their respective level. This process will start on Thursday, June 9 at 11:00am.
  • Participants will receive a confirmation email with their spot on the waiting lists. (Please check your contact information to ensure your best chances of being contacted.)
  • If an open class spot becomes available, we will contact you from 206.824.4722 or FrontDesk@MtRainierPool.com.
    • Patrons that are contacted about an open class sport will have until 7:00pm to confirm they will be using the spot.
    • If no spots become available during a session, you will receive an email notifying you that all spots are full for that session.
  • Waitlist spots will carry over throughout the summer and will be updated when people are removed due to being placed in classes or not returning calls.

For more detailed information on the registration process, please check out our SEEK Packet for more information.

Scholarships

The Mount Rainier Pool now offers scholarships of up to 90% of registration costs. Non-residents are now eligible. There are three options to apply. The District board has allocated $23,000 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.

 

Other Important Information

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Refunds are subject to management approval. If requested before the start two (2) business days 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 (prorated by days left in session). 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

Make-ups

There are no make-ups for classes. Each participant will be given a Practice Card ($18.75 Value) in order for participants to improve their swimming abilities outside of scheduled class times. You may also schedule a Private Swim Lesson (at your own cost) to schedule a make-up.
Contact

Do you have more questions or would like to speak to someone in person? Our front desk is here to help. You can call them directly at (206) 824-4722 or email them at frontdesk@desmoinespool.org.

UPDATE

Pool closed June 20-July 4. Click here to view schedule taking effect July 5.