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Park & Recreation Department

Aquatic Programs

Learn to Swim - updated August 25, 2017

Session 3 Swim Lessons Registration Start Dates
Residents currently enrolled - Monday, October 16
Residents - Wednesday, October 18
Nonresidents currently enrolled - Monday, October 23
Open registration - Tuesday, October 24


Swim Level Placement Guide: Proper placement is very important. Your child should be challenged, but not overwhelmed.
The list below indicates the minimum requirements your child should possess for each level on the first day of class.

If they are unable to complete the skills, they will be moved to the lower level, if space allows. If there is no opening, a credit will be issued for a future registration, but classes will not be overloaded, and for the safety of the entire class, they will not be allowed to stay in the upper level.

Infant Toddler: Children should be 6 months to 3 years old, with little or no water experience. Parent or guardian is in the water with the child, taking direction from an instructor. It is recommended that you discuss taking lessons with your childs pediatrician before starting a swimming class under age 1.

Preschool: Children, three years old and new to the Orange Town Pool Swimming Lesson Program must participate in the Infant Toddler class for at least one session before moving to the Preschool level. The Infant Toddler instructor will advise parents on promoting all three years olds. Children in Preschool are 3 to 5 years old, with little water experience. They must be able to separate from their parent and participate safely in the water alone.

Beginner: Children must have passed Preschool or turned 5 years of age. If your child is not yet 5, they must be able to swim 15 feet, unassisted, without flotation, and willingly put their face in the water to blow bubbles. They must also be able to enter and exit the pool unassisted. If your child is 5, and taking lessons for the first time, they may want to take a session of Preschool to get familiar with the facility, the classes and the structure before enrolling in Beginner. Any 5 year with a fear of the water or separation issues should remain in Preschool until that is overcome.

Advanced Beginner: Children have passed Beginner.
Or can: Swim 25 yards of front crawl with arms out of the water and rhythmic breathing. Swim 25 yards of beginner backstroke and jump into deep water independently.

Intermediate: Children have passed Advanced Beginner.
Or can: streamline front and back glide. Swim 25 yards of elementary backstroke kick. Swim 50 yards of front crawl with correct arm stroke and rotary breathing. Swim 50 yards backstroke with some bent arm pull. Tread water for 2 1/2 minutes.

Swimmer: Children have passed Intermediate.
Or can: Swim 100 yards of front crawl with consistent bent arm pull and rotary breathing. Swimm 100 yards backstroke with bent arm pull and straight arm recovery. Can swim 25 yards of breast stroke kick with beginning are stroke and coordination. Swim 25 yards sidestroke kick with beginning arm stroke and coordination. Swim 50 yards of elementary backstroke. Tread water for 3 minutes.

Please click the link below to see  what levels are offered at any specific time. Classes may not be available based on enrollment. You may call the Parks and Recreation office to check availability, but participants cannot register over the phone.

Click here to view the schedule for swim lessons, Session 2
(9/11/17 through 10/27/17).


Springboard Diving

All participants must be able to swim one length of the pool, and do a standing dive from the board. Beginners have little or no diving experience. The class will focus on very basic dives, as well as the approach and hurdle.

Watch this space for future dates!

Aquatic Exercise

This is an intense, non-impact workout that will increase your muscular strength, endurance, and flexibility and improve your cardiovascular conditioning. Some swimming ability is suggested for this deep-water class.
September 11-October 27 (no class October 9)
$80.00 Residents
$90.00 Nonresidents
$53.00 Senior Members

Work out in the shallow water with minimal impact. Build up strength, endurance, and flexibility without the stress of land aerobics. Your cardiovascular conditioning will also improve. No swimming ability is needed.
September 11-October 27 (no class October 9)
$80.00 Residents
$90.00 Nonresidents
$53.00 Senior Members

Lifeguarding Certification 

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All interested students must take a pre-course swim test before being allowed to enroll in the class. The pre-course skills are: able to swim 300 yards (12 lengths) without stopping, 100 yards breaststroke and 100 yards freestyle (remaining 100 choice), a two minute tread with arms crossed in front, and swim 20 yards, dive to the bottom of the pool and retrieve a 10 pound brick, return to the start point and exit the water in under 1 minute 40 seconds. Upon successful completion, participants may enroll in the class. There is no refund for cancellation of the class by the student. They may enroll in a future class with the credit. 
To schedule an appointment for the swim test, please call Sue at 891-4794.

The class includes training for water rescue, first aid and CPR, disease transmission prevention and the use of an automated external defibrillator along with legal issues, supervision techniques and management skills needed to be an effective lifeguard. Participants must be 15 years old by the course completion date.

Water Safety Instructor Training
If you like children and the water, become a Red Cross certified swim instructor! The WSI course trains you how to teach swimming lessons to people of all ages! The course features practical student teaching and classroom sessions designed to familiarize instructors with Red Cross standards, how to have fun while learning, and student safety.
Participants must be 16 by course completion date.

Upon successful completion of the course a registration fee (40.00) with the American Red Cross data-base must be made. New WSI's will register online at the Park and Recreation office with Sue upon completion. The registration fee will be paid then by debit or credit card directly to the American Red Cross.

Watch this space for future dates!

CPR for the Professional Rescuer

Call for class schedule.

The CPR for the Professional Rescuer challenge course is for those participants who have had previous CPR instruction and their certification is about to, or has recently expired. Participants must demonstrate all practical skills and score 80% or better on the written
test with little or no instruction.
All participants must have a pocket mask. Pocket masks must be ordered in advance.


Pocket Mask $12.00

Infant CPR

Call to schedule a class.

PARENTS, GRANDPARENTS, SIBLINGS AND BABYSITTERS-EXPECTANT PARENTS TOO! We are offering an Infant CPR class to any family member that would like to learn the necessary steps in responding to a serious emergency. Since finding a sitter can be difficult and expensive, please feel free to bring your infant with you to the class, if necessary!
Infant CPR is for any child under 1 year old.

There is no fee unless you need Red Cross certification; $25.00

Lifeguard Challenge
Certificate about to expire? This is the class to re-certify your expiring (or recently expired) certificate. The Lifeguard Challenge Course includes Standard First Aid and Professional CPR so you will be ready for work upon successful completion. To pass, you must successfully demonstrate the required critical Lifeguard skills with minimal instruction, correctly demonstrate the required First Aid skills with minimal instruction, correctly demonstrate all required Professional Rescuer CPR skills with minimal instruction and score 80% or better on the written exams.

Watch this space for future dates!


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