Swim Lesson Tips

Swim Lesson TipsThe Pleasant Valley Aquatic Center Swim Lesson Program offers classes for every level of swim ability. The levels are progressive so children can build on skills learned in the previous level. For specific level descriptions and prerequisites please review our Swim Lesson Level pages.

Please remember when registering your child for swim lessons that it is not uncommon for children to repeat a level several times. If your child has taken swim lessons before, but it has been more than three months since they last took a lesson, we suggest you enroll your child in the last level they were in--regardless of whether they passed or not. Also, when in doubt as to which level to enroll in, it is best to choose the lower level so as to build your child’s confidence in the water.

Please remember the age minimums are a suggested guideline. Children learn to swim at their own pace. Should you need to enroll your child in a level where he or she is younger than the age minimum, please call the District Office at 805-482-1996, or register in person.

Swim Lesson TipsPlease use the following guidelines to help you choose a level that is right for your child. Should you have further questions or concerns, please call the Aquatic Center at 805-987-8198.

  • If your child is under 3 years of age, he or she must enroll in a Parent and Child Class. Parent and Child Aquatics
  • If your child is three years of age and has no previous water experience, is timid of the water, or has never been in a group class without a parent, then he or she should be enrolled in the Preschool Aquatic level. This class is taught primarily on the stairs and wall.
  • If your child is three years of age or older, has limited water experience, enjoys being in the water, and does not mind being in a class without a parent, then he or she should be enrolled in Level 1. This class is taught primarily on the stairs with lots of assisted practice in the 3 ½ ft. depth.
  • If your child is four years or older, is comfortable in the water,  can submerge their face in the water, and/or has passed Level 1, then he or she should be enrolled in Level 2. This class is taught primarily in 3 ½ ft – 4 ½ ft water.
  • If your child is five years or older, is confident in the water, able to swim five body lengths of front and back crawl, can float unassisted, and/or has passed Level 2, then he or she should be enrolled in Level 3.  This class is primarily taught in water between 5 ft and 10 ½ ft.
  • If your child is six years or older, can swim 15 yards of front and back crawl and elementary backstroke, can tread water for 30 seconds, can breathe to the side while swimming front crawl, can perform sitting and kneeling dives, and/or has passed Level 3, then he or she should be enrolled in Level 4. This class is taught in water up to 12 ft. deep.
  • If your child is six years or older, can swim 15-25 yards of front crawl, back crawl, breast stroke, sidestroke, and elementary backstroke, can perform open turns for front and back crawl, can tread water for up to two minutes, can perform a stride and standing dive, and/or has passed Level 4, then he or she should be enrolled in Level 5. This class swims the entire length of the pool and is primarily taught in water 12 ft. deep.
  • If your child is seven years or older, can swim 25-50 yards of front crawl, back crawl, breast stroke, butterfly, sidestroke, and elementary backstroke, can perform a flip turn while swimming front and back crawl, can tread water for up to three minutes, can perform a shallow angle dive, and/or has passed Level 5, then he or she should be enrolled in Level 6. This class swims the entire length of the pool and is primarily taught in water 12 ft. deep.
  • If your child is 14 years or older and is interested in swim lessons we offer Beginning and Intermediate Adult Swim Lessons and Private Lessons. These classes begin in the shallow end and progress to deeper water as the class advances.
  • If your child has passed Level 6, or is too advanced for swim lessons, but would like to improve his or her strokes, we suggest he or she tryout for the Pleasant Valley Swim Team.