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COVID-19 Update: If we need to cancel this program due to public health orders registration fees will be refunded as a credit on the household account in CivicRec.


We offer youth learn-to-swim lessons and swim team opportunities throughout the year to introduce your child to the water or improve their swimming skills. Lessons and swim team are offered year-round at the Gypsum Rec Center indoor pool. Swim lessons are $38 -$48 a session, depending on the number of classes offered in the session.

Please note: Every class is not offered during every session, click the view availability & register button above to see what is currently being offered.

Helpful Links

Request a Private Swim Lesson

American Red Cross Swimming Curriculum (English)

Currículo de Natación de la Cruz Roja Americana (Español)

  • Social Distance Protocol

    Infant, Toddler, Preschool and Learn-To-Swim levels 1-3 require a parent or adult in the water to assist their child so the instructor can teach from a safe social distance of at least 6 feet.

    Level 4 does not require a parent in the water to assist their child.

    Leisure Swim Reservations
    Swim lesson registration does not include admission for family leisure swim outside of the scheduled learn to swim class time. To reserve a leisure time outside of swim lessons click HERE.

Session Information

Gypsum Rec Center 2020 Sessions & Dates
SessionSession DatesDays of the WeekReg Opens/Closes
NineOct 19-29Mon/WedSep 16/Oct 19
Ten Nov 2-18Mon/WedOct 21/Nov 9
ElevenNov 30-Dec 16Mon/WedTBA
2021 Aqua Eagles Swim Team Sessions & Dates
SessionSession DatesDays of the WeekReg Opens
One (Gypsum)Dec 1-Feb 11Tues/ThurNov 12, 2020
Two (Gypsum)Feb 23-Apr 29Tues/ThurFeb 4
Three (Eagle)Jun 7-Jul 29Mon-Thur Mornings, Tues/Thur EveningsApr 15
Four (Gypsum)Sep 14-Nov 18Tues/ThurJul 22
This program is open to anyone 6+ years who has successfully passed Learn-To-Swim Level 4 or can demonstrate skills taught in Learn-To-Swim Level 4 including Freestyle, Breaststroke, Butterfly, Backstroke, flip turns and diving headfirst.

Class Descriptions

  • Infant & Toddler LessonsAges 6 months-3 years

    Parent & Child

    For kids ages 6 months – 3 years

    This is an age-based American Red Cross water orientation program. It is designed to teach parents, with an instructor’s assistance, how to safely and effectively introduce their child to the water with emphasis on safety. One parent per child ratio required. A swim diaper must be worn under a bathing suit or snug fitting plastic pants.

    Each lesson is limited to four children, and parents are required to be in the water.

  • TadpolesFor 3 Year Olds

    Tadpoles

    This American Red Cross course introduces basic aquatic skills. Students learn skills such as floating, breath control, submersion, arm/leg movements and water safety. This level is for 3-year-old children to get them ready for Preschool Aquatics Levels. Students must be toilet trained and accompanied by a parent or adult in the water. Swimmers who complete Tadpoles can move on to Guppies (Preschool Level 2) when they turn 4 years old.

  • Preschool Level OneMinnows: Ages 4-5

    This American Red Cross course introduces basic aquatic skills while supported. Students learn skills such as floating, breath control, submersion, arm/leg movements and water safety. This level is for preschoolers who have never had lessons before. This course covers similar curriculum to Tadpoles, the difference is the age group.

  • Preschool Level TwoGuppies: Ages 4-5

    This American Red Cross course builds on basic aquatic skills learned in Minnows or Tadpoles. The focus of Guppies is to master skills such as floating, submersion, gliding, and elementary backstroke so students can perform these skills independent of support.

    Each lesson is limited to four children, and parents are required to be in the water.

  • Preschool Level ThreeTrout: Ages 4-5

    This American Red Cross course teaches advanced stroke development swimming for preschoolers who can swim independently and are ready to coordinate their arms, legs, body position, breathing and timing into strokes.

    Each lesson is limited to four children, and parents are required to be in the water.

  • Learn-To-Swim Ages 6+ years

    Level 1

    This American Red Cross course introduces basic aquatic skills while supported. Students learn skills such as floating, breath control, submersion, arm/leg movements and water safety. This class is for children who have never had lessons or need more time practicing skills while being held. Each lesson is limited to four children, and parents are required to be in the water.

     

    Level 2

    This American Red Cross course builds on basic aquatic skills learned in Level 1 or Trout. The focus of Level 2 is to master skills such as floating, submersion, gliding, and elementary backstroke so students can perform these skills independent of support. Each lesson is limited to four children, and parents are required to be in the water.

     

    Level 3

    This American Red Cross course teaches stroke development and more advance water safety skills such as treading water. Strokes include front crawl and elementary backstroke. The focus of this level is on coordination, rotary breathing, and timing. Each lesson is limited to four children, and parents are required to be in the water.

     

    Level 4

    This American Red Cross course works on endurance for previously learned strokes and swimmers are introduced to breaststroke, sidestroke, flip turns, and butterfly. Level 4 is a prerequisite for Aqua Eagles Swim Team. Each lesson is limited to six children, but they do not require parents in the water.

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