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.

Spring Lesson Information

Spring Session #1: June 4–15, 2018 

Registration Open: 6 p.m. on May 22 through 6 p.m. May 29

Summer Session #2: July 9–20, 2018

Registration Open: 6 p.m. on June 26 through 6 p.m. July 3

If you do not already have an account with Sioux Falls Parks and Recreation, you will need to create a new account prior to registering for lessons, classes, or activities with Sioux Falls Parks and Recreation.

Public Computers Available for Online Registration
• In order to register online, you must have an approved account.
• Use computers at any Siouxland Libraries location during their regular operational hours.

In-Person Registration is available at the Midco® Aquatic Center,
1601 South Western Avenue. Please use this option if you do not have Internet access, access to a debit or credit card, and/or you need to pay with check or cash.

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.

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.

Spring Session

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.

All skills are performed with instructor assistance.

  • Entering and exiting independently, using either the ladder, steps or side.
  • Front and back gliding and back floating.
  • Submerging face and blowing bubbles with mouth.
  • Opening eyes under water to retrieve submerged objects.
  • Rolling from front to back and back to front.
  • Treading with arm and hand actions.
  • Using leg and arm actions on front and back.

 Spring Session

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.

All skills are performed with instructor assistance.

  • Stepping from the side into chest-deep water, pushing off the bottom, moving into a treading or floating position, swimming on front and/or back, then exiting the water.
  • Moving into a back float, rolling to front, then recovering to a vertical position.
  • Pushing off and swimming using combined arm and leg actions on front, rolling to back, floating, rolling to front, and then continuing to swim.
  • Bobbing, front floating and gliding, back floating and gliding, and rotary breathing.
  • Jumping into shoulder-deep water.
  • Fully submerging and holding breath.
  • Jellyfish and tuck floating.
  • Treading using arm and leg actions.
  • Using combined arm and leg actions on front and back.
  • Finning arm actions on back.
  • Changing direction of travel while swimming.

Spring Session

Participants must be at least 5 years of age by the first class date in order to take Level 1 or above American Red Cross certified swimming lessons.

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

  • Entering independently using either the ladder, steps or side, traveling at least 5 yards, bobbing, then safely exiting the water.
  • Gliding on front, rolling to a back float, and recovering to a vertical position.
  • Blowing bubbles through mouth and nose.
  • Opening eyes under water to retrieve submerged objects.
  • Front and back gliding.
  • Recovering from a front and back glide to a vertical position.
  • Rolling from front to back and back to front.
  • Treading using arm and hand actions.
  • Alternating and using simultaneous leg and arm actions on front and back.
  • Combining arm and leg actions on front and back.

Spring Session

FUNDAMENTAL AQUATIC SKILLS —  Gives participants success with fundamental skills.

  • Stepping from side into chest-deep water, pushing off the bottom, moving into a treading or floating position, swimming on front and/or back, then exiting the water using ladder, steps or side.
  • Moving into a back float, rolling to front, then recovering to a vertical position.
  • Pushing off and swimming using combined arm and leg actions on front, rolling to back, floating, rolling to the front, and then continuing swimming.
  • Entering water by stepping or jumping from the side.
  • Fully submerging and holding breath.
  • Bobbing.
  • Opening eyes under water to retrieve submerged objects.
  • Tuck, Jellyfish, Back, and Front floating.
  • Rotary breathing.
  • Front and back gliding and recovering to a vertical position.
  • Rolling from front to back and back to front.
  • Changing direction of travel while swimming on front or back.
  • Treading using arm and leg actions.
  • Using combined arm and leg actions on front and back.
  • Finning arm action on back.

Spring Session

STROKE DEVELOPMENT —  This class is designed for children 7 years of age or older.  Builds on the skills in Level 2 through additional guided practice in deeper waters.

  • Jumping into deep water from the side, recovering to the surface, maintaining position by treading or floating, rotating one full turn, and then turning as necessary to orient to the exit point, leveling
  • off, swimming front crawl and/or elementary backstroke, and then exiting the water.
  • Pushing off in a streamlined position, then swimming front crawl, changing position and direction as necessary, swimming elementary backstroke, and then exiting the water.
  • Entering headfirst from the side in a sitting and kneeling position.
  • Bobbing while moving toward safety.
  • Rotary breathing.
  • Survival floating on front, back floating, and treading water.
  • Pushing off in a streamlined position on front then begin flutter kicking.
  • Pushing off in a streamlined position on front then begin dolphin kicking.
  • Scissors, flutter, breaststroke, and dolphin kicking.

Spring Session

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

  • Performing a feet-first entry into deep water, swimming front crawl, changing direction and position as necessary and swimming elementary backstroke.
  • Swimming breaststroke, changing direction and position as necessary and swimming back crawl.
  • Submerging and swimming underwater without hyperventilation, returning to the surface, then exiting the water.
  • Entering headfirst from the side in a compact position and stride position.
  • Feet-first surface diving, submerging completely.
  • Survival swimming.
  • Treading water using 2 different kicks (modified scissors, modified breaststroke or rotary).
  • Butterfly and sidestroke swimming.
  • Pushing off in a streamlined position on back and begin flutter kicking.
  • Pushing off in a streamlined position on back and begin dolphin kicking.
  • Open turning on the front and back.

Spring Session

STROKE REFINEMENT — Provides further coordination and refinement of strokes

  • Performing a shallow-angle dive into deep water, swimming front crawl, changing direction and position of travel as necessary and swimming elementary backstroke.
  • Swimming breaststroke, changing direction and position of travel as necessary and swimming back crawl.
  • Shallow-angle diving, gliding, and beginning any front stroke.
  • Tuck and pike surface diving, submerging completely.
  • Front flip and Backstroke flip turning while swimming.
  • Treading water.
  • Swimming the butterfly, sidestroke, and skulling.
     

Spring Session

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

  • Swim 500 yards continuously using any 3 strokes of your choice, swimming at least 50 yards of each stroke.
  • Swimming the front crawl, elementary backstroke, back crawl, breaststroke, sidestroke, and butterfly.
  • Front crawl and backstroke open turning while swimming.
  • Front and backstroke flip turning while swimming.
  • Sidestroke, butterfly, and breaststroke turning while swimming.
  • Surface diving to retrieve object from the bottom.

Note: Additional exit assessments are required, depending on the course option selected.


Spring Session

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.

Spring Session