Swimming Lessons

Midco® Aquatic Center Indoor Swimming Lessons are under way! We will offer a variety of American Red Cross swimming lessons for all ages and skill levels.

Indoor Lessons Session 1: June 5–16

  • Registration opens Tuesday, May 23 at 6 p.m.

Indoor Lessons Session 2: July 10–21

  • Registration opens Tuesday, June 27 at 6 p.m.

Both a.m. and p.m. lessons will be offered at the Midco® Aquatic Center. 

Swimming Lessons:

During swimming lessons, all splash features in the recreation pool, including the drop bucket and the body slide, will be turned off and unavailable. Additionally, certain areas of the recreation pool, including the warm water pool, will be used for lessons and may be busy or unavailable during lessons. The public is invited to participate in open swim during lessons, as long as space allows for them to do so.

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You will also have the opportunity to register on the first day of swimming lessons if openings are still available. To register on-line you will must have an active household in the on-line registration system. To create an account, visit: http://register.siouxfallsparks.org

Orients young children ages six months to three years to the water. Parents and children practice various skills to prepare children for Toddler classes. This class is designed for children ages 6 months to 3 year of age with the aid of an adult.

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This class is designed for children 3 to 4 years of age. They will be introduced to the water and begin working on the fundamental skills.

Blowing bubbles with mouth
Submerging face
Floating on front and back with assistance
Arm and leg movements
Safety in and around water

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This class is designed for children 4 to 5 years of age. They will be introduced to the water and begin working on the fundamental skills.

Blowing bubbles with mouth
Submerging face
Opening eyes underwater
Retrieving objects in the water
Floating on front and back with assistance
Arm and leg movements
Preparing participants for Level 1 lessons
Safety in and around water

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INTRO TO WATER SKILLS — Helps participants feel comfortable in the water.

Enter and exit water using ladder
Blow bubbles through mouth and nose
Bobbing
Open eyes under water and retrieve submerged objects
Front and back glides and back float
Recover to vertical position from a front glide and back float or glide
Roll from front to back and back to front
Tread water using arm and hand actions
Combined arm and leg actions on front and back
Alternating and simultaneous leg actions on front and back
Alternating and simultaneous arms actions on front and back

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FUNDAMENTAL AQUATIC SKILLS —  Gives participants success with fundamental skills.

Enter water by stepping or jumping from the side
Exit water using ladder, steps, or side
Fully submerge and hold breath
Bobbing
Open eyes under water and retrieve submerged objects
Front, jellyfish, and tuck floats
Front and back glides and back float
Recover from a front and back float or glide to a vertical position
Roll from front to back and back to front
Change direction of travel while swimming on front and back
Finning arm action on back
Staying safe around aquatic environments

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STROKE DEVELOPMENT —  Builds on the skills in Level 2 through additional guided practice in deeper waters.

Enter water by jumping from the side
Headfirst entry from the side in sitting and kneeling positions
Bobbing while moving toward safety
Rotary breathing
Survival float
Back float
Change from vertical to horizontal position on front and back
Tread water
Push off in a streamlined position then begin flutter and dolphin kicks on front
Front crawl and elementary backstroke
Scissors kick

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STROKE IMPROVEMENT — Develops confidence in the skills learned and improves other aquatic skills.

Headfirst entry from the side in compact and stride positions
Swim underwater
Feet first surface dive
Survival swimming
Front crawl and backstroke open turns
Tread water using two different kicks
Front and back crawl, elementary backstroke, breaststroke, sidestroke, and butterfly
Push off in a streamlined position then begin flutter and dolphin kicks on back

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STROKE REFINEMENT — Provides further coordination and refinement of strokes.

Shallow-angle dive from the side
Shallow-angle dive from the side then glide and begin a front stroke
Tuck and pike surface dives
Front flip turn and backstroke flip turn while swimming
Tread water
Front and back crawl, elementary backstroke, breaststroke, sidestroke and butterfly
Standard scull

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SWIMMING AND SKILL PROFICIENCY — Refines the strokes so participants swim them with ease, efficiency, power, and smoothness over greater distances.

Level 6 is designed with “menu” options that focus on preparing participants for lifetime fitness and safety, as well as more advanced courses, such as the Water Safety Instructor course, or other aquatic activities, including competitive swimming or diving. Options include: Personal Water Safety, Fitness Swimmer and Fundamentals of Diving.

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The adult classes provide participants with a safe and comfortable environment to feel safe in and around the water and to learn the fundamentals of swimming.

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Provides student with a structured aquatics experience designed to make them feel comfortable and safe while learning to swim. This class will teach the fundamentals of swimming.