Living in the capital city of the Land of 10,000 lakes means knowing how to be
safe in and around bodies of water. To provide this knowledge, Saint Paul Parks & Recreation offers a variety
of swimming lessons, taught by qualified instructors, for almost every age group through its Aquatics program.
- Swimming lessons are offered at Como Regional Park Pool, Great River Water Park, and Highland Park Aquatic Center.
- Unless otherwise noted, lessons start on the hour and last for 50 minutes.
- There are eight (8) classes per session. In the event of a canceled class, make-up days will be held if possible.
- Children with disabilities or specific needs are encouraged to
participate in our lesson program. Call the Adaptive Recreation Office
at 651-793-6635 for more information.
- Water aerobics,
junior life guarding, diving, adult classes, and private lessons are
also offered. See the bottom of the page for more details.
Summer 2014 Swim Lesson Schedules
View swim lesson schedules and registration information for 2014:
||Fin Buddies (6 months to 3 years of age)
An adult must accompany the child. Adults and instructors work together to develop the child’s comfort in the water. Adults learn basic safety practices for working with children in and around water.
- ability to adjust to the water
- basic swimming skills
||Jellyfish – Water Exploration (3 to 5 years of age)
Offers swimmers their first opportunity to learn basic swimming skills from a qualified instructor without direct accompaniment from a parent or guardian.
- basic water safety skills
- basic swimming techniques such as kicking and floating*
- ability to enjoy and be comfortable in the water
- ability to safely and fully submerge the body underwater (3 seconds)
||Sunfish - Primary Skills
Helps swimmers hone fundamental swimming skills. Swimmers must be comfortable in the water without a parent at their side and must have completed the Jellyfish course. A demonstration of equivalent skills will also suffice.
- floating and gliding
- front and back crawl basics
- combined stroke (5 yards)*
- deep water orientation*
- ability to retrieve objects under water
||Moonfish - Advanced Primary Skills
Give swimmers more success with fundamental skills learned from Sunfish level above.
- additional deep water orientation*
- the elementary backstroke
- the combined stroke (5 yards)
||Catfish - Stroke Readiness
Builds on skills by coordinating strokes and increasing endurance. Swimmers must have completed Moonfish or have equivalent skills.
coordinated front crawl (15 yards)
- coordinated back crawl (15 yards)
- elementary backstroke (10 yards)
- ability to tread water (30 seconds)
- poolside diving basics
- whip kick basics
||Parrotfish - Stroke Development
Develops endurance in strokes learned and introduces the breaststroke and sidestroke. Swimmers must have completed Catfish or have equivalent skills.
front and back crawl (50 yards)
- elementary backstroke (25 yards)
- breaststroke basics
- breaststroke kick (25 yards)
- sidestroke basics
- scissors kick (10 yards)
- ability to tread water (90 seconds)
||Rainbow Trout - Stroke Refinement
Refines coordination and increases endurance of key strokes. Butterfly is introduced.
Swimmers must have completed Parrotfish or have equivalent skills.
front and back crawl (75 yards)
- breaststroke (50 yards)
- elementary backstroke (50 yard)
- sidestroke (25 yards)
- butterfly basics
- diving board basics
- ability to tread water (3 minutes)
||Tigerfish - Skill Proficiency
Polish strokes so swimmers swim them with more ease, efficiency, power and smoothness over greater distances.
front crawl and back crawl (100 yards)
- breaststroke (75 yards)
- sidestroke (50 yards)
- ability to tread water (5 minutes)
- ability to recover a 10 pound brick in deep water
*The student will be directly supported by an instructor.
Adult & Specialty Classes
Adult Introductory Level
This class is for adults and teens that have little to no experience in the water. The objective is to introduce fundamental skills essential for safe swimming, including front and back floats, front and back crawls, the elementary back stroke, the ability to recover submerged objects, and basic first aid and safety skills.
Adult Intermediate Level
This intermediate level class, for adults and teens, is intended for those who have passed the Introductory Level course or those who have prior experience in water but are still uncomfortable with their swimming ability. Participants will increase their endurance, refine basic strokes such as the front crawl, back crawl, and elementary back stroke, and be introduce to the sidestroke and side stroke. Participants will also learn how to tread water.
Beginning Springboard Diving
Participants must have at least Parrotfish-level swimming abilities.
Divers will gain an understanding on how to be safe on the diving board with the four step approach, how to perform basic front and
back dives, how to tuck and pike, and, upon ability, how to execute front and back
Developmental Swim Team
competitive swim program takes place at Highland Park Aquatic Center and is designed for
swimmers ages 7–18. Participants will learn about competitive swimming at every level and will develop and maintain swimming skills needed to remain competitive. This program is coached by STAR Swim Club, a club
with a national reputation for producing Olympic-caliber swimmers.
Private Swimming Lessons ($30/person)
(½) hour private swimming lessons are offered for individuals and small
groups of up to three (3) individuals. Contact you aquatic center of choice for information and scheduling.
Junior Lifeguard Program (ages 10–15)
This program develops water safety skills for aspiring junior lifegaurds. Participants will gain valuable first-hand
experience, including how to enforce pool rules and regulations, how to
scan the water for potential trouble, how to use safety equipment, how
to follow emergency action plans, and how to operate and maintain the
cleanliness of a pool.
for more information.
For more information, contact:
|Como Park Pool:
|Highland Aquatic Center:
|Great River Water Park: