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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 $48-$64 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

Youth Scholarships
American Red Cross Swimming Curriculum (English)
Currículo de Natación de la Cruz Roja Americana (Español)

2023 Gypsum Rec Center Sessions & Dates
SessionSession DatesReg Opens
OneJan 3-26 (Cancelled)Dec 26/Jan 3 (Cancelled)
TwoJan 31-Feb 23Jan 23/Jan 31
ThreeMar 4-30Feb 20/Mar 4
FourApr 4-27Mar 27/Apr 4
FiveMay 2-25Apr 24/May 2
SixJun 5-15May 29/Jun 5

Class Descriptions

  • Infant & Toddler LessonsAges 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

    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. 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

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