Swimming Lessons

Swimming Lesson Information

The City of Thornton is excited to bring you its Learn to Swim Program.  This structure was implemented in an effort to provide participants with a logical progression in their efforts to learn to swim.  In the event that you are unsure of the level of your child, please call 720-977-5907 to set up a water test with a certified instructor.

*Parents are responsible for signing up their child/children in the appropriate level each session. Your child will not automatically be put into the next level if he/she passes.*

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Adult Swim Lessons 
These lessons are offered in a small group setting.  Skills learned in the beginner class include comfort in the water, independence, breathing, floating, gliding, kicking and basic stroke technique.  There are no requirements for the beginner class!  Let us help you reach your goals, it's never too late! Please see a complete class offering located on the lesson schedule to the right.

Parent/Tot

AGES 6 MONTHS-3 YEARS
This class was designed with an emphasis on safety skills, water adjustment and fun. At least one parent must accompany each child in the water.

Level 1-Water Exploration

AGES 3-5 YEARS | AGES 6+ YEARS
This class will orient kids to water and teach them basic swimming skills.

Level 2-Primary Skills

AGES 3-5 YEARS | AGES 6+ YEARS
Must have passed or show competency in Level 1 skills. Skills taught include underwater swimming, front/back glides, deep water skills, breathing, combined stroke and safety.

Level 3-Stroke Readiness

AGES 3-5 YEARS | AGES 6+ YEARS
Must have passed or show competency in Level 2 skills. Skills taught include components of front/back crawl, elementary backstroke, dive from poolside, bobbing, basic rules of safe diving.

Level 4-Stroke Development

AGES 6+ YEARS
Must have passed or show competency in Level 3 skills. Skills taught include endurance in elementary backstroke, front/back crawl, rotary breathing, as well as introduction to breaststroke kick and turns.

Level 5-Stroke Refinement

AGES 6+ YEARS
Must have passed or show competency in Level 4 skills. Skills taught include endurance in elementary backstroke, front/back crawl, sidestroke, and breaststroke kick. Also covered are breathing, diving and treading water.

Level 6-Stroke Proficiency

AGES 6+ YEARS
Must have passed or show competency in Level 5 skills. Skills taught include diving, front crawl 100-yards, back crawl 100-yards, breaststroke 25-yards, sidestroke 25-yards, butterfly, speed turn for breaststroke and flip turn for front crawl.

Level 7-Advanced Skills

AGES 6+ YEARS
Must have passed or show competency in Level 6 skills. Skills taught include fundamentals of competitive swimming and training, swim continuously for 500-yards, front crawl 200-yards, underwater swimming 10-yards, back crawl 100-yards, breaststroke 50-yards, sidestroke 25-yards, butterfly 25-yards, backstroke flip turn, *retrieve diving brick from deepest area of pool, and *treading water for two minutes, legs only.

Level 8

AGES 6+ YEARS
Have you passed Level 7 swimming and want to stay active? Do you want to fine tune your competitive strokes to keep sharp during the year or prepare for a swim team? Join us for an all-inclusive stroke clinic that will provide drills and techniques that will help improve the four competitive strokes, as well as work on starts and turns. This is an excellent class for preparing to participate in Thornton's CARA swim team.

Private Swim Lessons

Private swim lessons are available at the Recreation Center and are designed to address the specific needs of the swimmer. Sessions are 30-minutes, one-on-one with the instructor. Class days and times are arranged between the student and the instructor. Participants of all ages and ability levels are welcome. Call 720-977-5907 for information.
Fees: $28R/$32NR per 30-minute session  |  $100R/$120NR four 30-minute sessions  |  $200 eight 30-minute sessions


 

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