2020 Swim Lessons
Learn how to swim a fun, engaging and supportive environment! The Calistoga Community Pool offers options for all ages and abilities in both of our pools. Classes are listed in order of progression levels. Please see class descriptions breakdown for skill requirements to find out what class will best suit your needs. We have lessons to meet everyone's needs!
Morning lessons are offered Monday-Thursday for 2 weeks, and evening lessons are offered Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday for 4 weeks. Pick a session, find your class level, and pick a time and let us know how we can help you register. Not sure which class your child should enroll in? Call us and we will help you.
Youth swim lessons are FREE for Calistoga Residents - $45-$60 for Non-Residents.
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Swim Lesson Levels
Choosing a Swimming Class- The Calistoga Community Pool has a variety of swimming classes to choose from. Our hope is you will be able to find the program that fits you or your child's ability and age.
CATEGORY 1: Parents/Infant Lessons (ages 6 months - 2 years)
Shrimp & Lobster: Parents and children together will work on water adjustment and beginning swimming skills, including floating, kicking bubble blowing, and water play. Parents and children will sing songs and explore the pool together. Parent participation is required. Please bring regular clothes for your child on the last day of class, children will learn a safety skill that can be used if they accidentally fall into water. Parent/Adult must be in the water with the child
Location: Little Pool
CATEGORY 2: Toddler/Preschool Swimming (ages 3-5 years)
Starfish: This class is designed for beginning young swimmers who are unsure of the water. Introductory skills are taught using water play to help beginning swimmers become more comfortable in and around the water. Participants will learn many skills, including bubble blowing, putting their face in the water, and how to return to the wall. No prerequisite required. Location: Little Pool
Guppy: For swimmers who have been introduced to the water, and are still learning about water. This class focuses on pool safety, play, and transitions into independent skills. Participants will work on floating on both their front and back, as well as introductory kicking. Prerequisite: Completion of Starfish participant must be able to put his/her face under water and do three consecutive bobs. Location: Little Pool
Otter: Instruction builds on previously learned skills for swimmers who are comfortable in the water but lack the knowledge of formal swim strokes. Students will learn arm strokes and combine previously learned skills. Prerequisite: Completion of Guppy or comfortable in the water and able to back float with assistance. Location: Little Pool
Turtle: Swimmers will expand their swimming skills through floating, and beginning arm strokes, as well as breath control and water safety. This class introduces swimmers to breaststroke, and combines backstroke arms and legs. Prerequisite: Completion of Otter or able to comfortably float on front and back. Location: Little Pool
CATEGORY 3: Beginning swimming (ages 6-13 years)
Seahorse: For beginners age 6-13 years who have not taken swim lessons before and are uncomfortable in the water. Basic skills such as blowing bubbles, bobs, and floating will be emphasized and comfort in the water will be the primary focus. Location: Little Pool or Big Pool depending on class size and ages of participants.
CATEGORY 4: Progressive Swimming (ages 4-13 years)
Penguin: For more intermediate swimmers ready to begin swimming in deeper water. This class will expand on swimming freestyle without support, diving, and combining backstroke arms and legs. Swimmers must be 4'6", and able to stand in the big pool. Prerequisite: Completion of Turtle or able to combine backstroke arms and legs. Must be comfortable in the big pool.
CATEGORY 5: Advanced Swimming (ages 6-13 years)
Seal: This class is designed for swimmers who are comfortable in the water and know basic strokes and pool safety. Instruction will focus on front and back crawl mechanics as well as diving. Prerequisite: Completion of Turtle, or basic front and back crawl arm stroke knowledge Location: Big Pool
Ray: Swimmers will work on endurance during front and back crawl and an introduction to side breathing and breaststroke. Prerequisite:Completion of Seal or front and back crawl 5 stroke lengths. Location: Big Pool
Swordfish: Swimmers will work on stroke refinement and power, and emphasis will be placed on learning breaststroke and swimming 25 yards with rotary breathing. Prerequisite: Completion of Ray or front crawl and back crawl 10 stroke lengths with rotary breathing.
Porpoise: Swimmers will work on advanced techniques for front crawl, backstroke, and breaststroke. There will be emphasis placed on introducing butterfly, detailed stroke refinement and efficiency, and swimming full lengths of the pool. Prerequisite: Completion of Swordfish or ability to swim 2 yards of front crawl with rotary breathing and knowledge of backstroke.
CATEGORY 6: Pre-Swim & Swim Team (6-18 years)
Pre-Swim Team: This introfuction to swim team class will help swimmers advance their swimming technique, learn team spirit, and build friendships. Swimmers will work on developing all four strokes and swim team etiquette. Prerequisite: Swimmers must be able to swim 25 yd Freestyle with their heads in the water and 25 yd backstroke.
Swim Team: Swimmers will have fun, build friendships and train to be the strongest swimmers they can be.Our caring, professional coaching staff will not only teach your child tos wim all four strokes but will also help them learn team spirit, cooperation and how to se and achieve realistic advancement goals. Prerequisite: Swimmers must be able to swim 25 yd freestyle with rotary breathing and 25 yd backstroke.
CATEGORY 7: Adult Lessons (16+ years)
Adult: Swimmers will work on water adjustment and beginning swimming skills, including floating and kicking. More comfortable swimmers will learn basic stroke fundamentals including arm strokes and breathing. Location: Big Pool
CATEGORY 8: Private Lessons (3+ years)
Private: These classes are designed for swimmers ages 3 and older. Instruction is geared towards the individual's ability. Scheduling is ongoing based on availability. Instruction is one student to one instructor. Cost: $40 per half-hour session. Please fill out the private swim lesson request form and we will try to accommodate your needs as best as possible. Lessons are booked based on instructor availability.