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Swim Lessons

Swim Lessons

Registration Information

Registration for swim lessons will start with Session 1 on May 20, 2019 and continue till classes are filled at all recreation centers and North Shore Aquatic Complex.


  • Ages: 6 months and up
  • Classes: Eight 40 minutes classes meeting Monday through Thursday for two weeks.
  • Levels: Beginner through Advanced. Levels offered at each pool vary.
  • Price: $39/session
  • Instructors: Lessons are taught by Water Safety Instructors certified by the American Red Cross.


The following information is required for registration:

  • Valid Driver License or State ID
  • Completed Hold Harmless Agreement

Hold Harmless - Minor
Hold Harmless - Adult


Fee Assistance:The City of St. Peterburg offers a variety of fee assistance programs. To find out more information contact (727) 893-7732 or North Shore Aquatic Complex (727) 893-7727

Lesson Dates



Contact 727-893-7441 for more information about swim lessons offered throughout the year.

Parent & Child Aquatics

Ages: 6 months to 3 years


Parent and Child Aquatics classes teach safe behaviors around the water for infants and toddlers and develop swimming readiness by leading parents and their children in water exploration activities with the objective of having fun and becoming comfortable in, on and around water.

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Preschool Aquatics - Level 1

Ages: 4-5 years


Your child is introduced to basic swimming skills that lay the foundation for developing water competency and the future skill development of swimming strokes. In addition, your child starts to develop positive attitudes and safe practices around the water, including:

  • Blowing bubbles for 3 seconds and submerging mouth, nose, and eyes
  • Front glide and recover to a vertical position.
  • Back glide and recover to a vertical position.
  • Back float for 3 seconds.

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Preschool Aquatics - Level 2

Ages: 4-5 years


This class is the beginning of independent aquatic locomotion skills and continues to lay the foundation for developing water competency and further skill development. Children continue to explore using simultaneous and alternating arm and leg actions on the front and back to gain greater proficiency in preparation for performing strokes. Participants will learn the following:

  • Glide on front for two body lengths and then roll to back and float for 15 seconds and recover to a vertical position.
  • Glide on back for two body lengths then roll on front and recover to a vertical position.
  • Swim using combined arm and leg actions for three body lengths.

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Preschool Aquatics - Level 3

Ages: 4-5 years


This class introduces new swimming and water safety skills that help further your child’s development of water competency. Each class is loaded with enjoyable, engaging and challenging activities that motivate children to want to perform and learn to swim, including the following:

  • Fully submerge and hold breath for 10 seconds.
  • Step from the side into chest deep water, push off the bottom, move into a treading or floating position for 15 seconds
  • Swim using combined arm and leg actions on front for five body lengths.

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Learn to Swim - Level 1

Ages: 6 years and up


Participants are introduced to basic skills as the foundation for future skills and the development of water competency (the basic minimum skills needed for water safety) and will learn the following:

  • Blowing bubbles for three seconds and submerging mouth, nose, and eyes.
  • Front glide and recover to a vertical position.
  • Back glide and recover to a vertical position.
  • Back float for five seconds.

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Learn to Swim - Level 2

Ages: 6 years and up


Participants perform skills at a slightly more advanced level and begins gaining rudimentary propulsive skills on both the front and the back. This level marks the beginning of independent aquatic locomotion skills and introduces new swimming and water safety skills and build on previously learned skills, including the development of water competency. Each class is loaded with fun, engaging and challenging activities that motivate children to want to perform and learn to swim. Participants learn the following in this level:

  • Step or jump from the side into shoulder deep water.
  • Open eyes under water and retrieve submerged objects.
  • Back float for 15 seconds.
  • Combined arm and leg actions on front.

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Learn to Swim - Level 3

Ages: 6 years and up


Participants learn to swim the front crawl and elementary backstroke at rudimentary levels, are introduced to the scissors and dolphin kicks, the survival float and increase the time duration for treading water. Participants also learn the rules for headfirst entries and begin to learn to enter the water headfirst from a seated position at poolside. Participants also learn the following by the end of this level:

  • Jump into deep water from the side, submerge, return to the surface then to the side.
  • Tread water for one minute.
  • Swim front crawl for 15 yards.
  • Swim elementary backstroke for 15 yards.

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Learn to Swim - Level 4

Ages: 6 years and up


Participants will improve their swimming stroke proficiency and swimming for longer distances. Some of the milestones include:

  • Swimming the front crawl for 25 yards.
  • Swimming the elementary backstroke for 25 yards.
  • Swimming the breaststroke for 15 yards.
  • Swimming the butterfly for 15 yards.
  • Swimming the back crawl for 15 yards.
  • Swimming the sidestroke for 15 yards.
  • Headfirst entry* from a stride position (*only if the water is at least 9 feet deep).
  • Open turns on the front and back.

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Learn to Swim - Adult

Ages: 16 years and up


The program is designed for adults, and students progress through the levels at their own pace, mastering the skills in one level before advancing to the next. Each level of our Learn-to-Swim class includes training in basic water safety and helping others in an emergency, in addition to stroke development.

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