Swim Lessons

The City of Palmdale offers a complete American Red Cross summer swim program that is designed to meet a variety of swimming needs. Whether it is learning new swimming techniques, or recreational enjoyment of the water, we have something for everybody.

Our swim instructors are certified American Red Cross Water Safety Instructors and Lifeguards. Swim courses follow the American Red Cross standards and classes are offered to age six months through adult and teach skills from water adjustment through lifeguarding techniques. 

Registration for online customers begins at 7:00 p.m. on the dates below. Space is limited; online and walk-in registration is first come, first served. Open your online account now. Visit us at www.PlayPalmdale.com for swim lesson dates, times, and locations.

  • Check back in May for the 2024 swim lesson schedules.
  • Schedule of classes may be modified. Classes may be canceled or combined when minimum registration levels are not met. Credits or refunds will not be offered for class sessions canceled or shortened due to inclement weather.

Looking for year-round swim? Check out of our lap swim memberships!

Swim Lesson Descriptions:

The Aquatics division was awarded the Learn-to-Swim Gold Provider in 2019 by the Red Cross National Provider Recognition Committee for changing the way aquatics is perceived and delivered in the community by providing swim lessons to over 1,000 participants during the year.

Adaptive Swim Lessons

Designed for children with neurological, developmental, and cognitive challenges. Students will learn independent swimming and water safety. By introducing students to the water gradually during private lessons, they are better able to focus their attention. This class follows American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim guidelines. Each student’s swimming skills are individually assessed during one-on-one instruction, and instructors create daily lessons to work for each child. Students also learn social skills during partner activities with classmates and group games. 

Private Swim Lessons

Certified instructors provide 30 minutes of one-on-one instruction with you and/or your child to learn specific swimming goals geared to the individual’s ability and age. 

Parent/Child  (6 mos.-3 yrs.)

Parent, or other adult, will receive guided demonstration to help their child become more comfortable in the water through song and play. Parents learn how to work with their child to introduce bubble-blowing, assist with arm and leg motion, holds for front and back float, and safety information. Babies must wear swim diapers under their swimsuits and must be accompanied in the water by an adult.

Preschool  (3 yrs.-5yrs.)

Introduction to the water without a parent. This class teaches your child to be more comfortable in the water, learn breath control by blowing bubbles and breath-holding, floating, kicking, underwater exploration, and combination of arm and kick movements. Emphasizes water adjustment, safety, and fun.

Level 1 – Introduction to Water Skills

For children with little or no experience with swim lessons. Participants become familiar with the aquatic environment and learn elementary skills such as blowing bubbles, submersion, assisted floating, gliding, and arm/leg action to build on as they progress through the swim program.

Level 2 – Fundamental Aquatic Skills

Must be able to enter pool unassisted, retrieve an object from below the surface with eyes open, flutter kick, maintain assisted front and rear float, recover to a standing position, and exit the pool unassisted. This class builds on fundamental aquatic locomotion, safety and rescue skills presented in Level 1. Emphasis placed on swimming skills.

Level 3 - Stroke Development

Must be able to jump from side of pool unassisted, submerge and retrieve an object from the bottom of the pool with eyes open, float unassisted on stomach and back, tread water, display forward locomotion with alternating arms and a rhythmic kick. This class builds on aquatic locomotion, safety, and rescue skills taught in Levels 1 and 2, and prepares students for advanced swim levels.

Level 4- Stroke Improvement

Must be able to dive into pool from a compact or stride position, swim underwater, perform a feet-first surface dive, survival float, perform open turns on both front and back, and show competency in front crawl, breaststroke, butterfly and backstroke. Class develops confidence and competency in aquatic locomotion, safety and rescue skills, and prepares swimmers for stroke analysis.

Level 5 - Swimming and Skill Proficiency

Must be able to demonstrate sidestroke, breaststroke and freestyle. Class coordinates and refines key strokes presented in previous levels and enables students to use them with greater ease, efficiency, power and smoothness over greater distances. This class introduces the butterfly, open turns, feet-first surface dive, pike dive, tuck surface dive, additional turns and endurance swimming.

Adult Swim Lessons - Beginner (Ages 15+)

It’s never too late to learn to swim. Adults of all ages are welcome in this group learn-to-swim program. Skills taught are front and back float, supine and prone glide, and stroke development. 

Adult Swim Lessons - Intermediate/Advanced (Ages 15+)

It’s never too late to improve your swimming ability. Adults of all ages are welcome in this group learn-to-swim program. Skills taught are stroke development, endurance, and intermediate/advanced technique swimming.