Aquatics Lessons Policies
Attendance Policy: Each session consists of four 30-minute lessons for the listed price. Attendance will be taken every class. Please note that if the participant is late for class the instructor will not be responsible for making up that time. You must call the Aquatics Department 24 hours prior to your lesson time to inform your instructor that your child will not be in attendance at 301-598-5200ext. 129. If your child has a last minute illness-exceptions may be made by the Aquatics Director only. If prior notice is given, the missed lesson must be made up during the same session of swim lessons. Please coordinate with your swim instructor on a make-up date.
Cancellation Policy: All swimming lessons will follow the group exercise cancellation policy. If MCPS have canceled the school day due to inclement weather, swim classes will not be held. If schools are delayed, swim classes will be held. If classes are canceled for any other reason: holidays, sudden closures, or instructor illness, classes will either be made up or your session will be prorated. The instructor will make every effort to contact you as soon as possible. We will make every effort to make-up classes in these situations as soon as possible.
Minimum Participants: All classes must have at least 2 participants in order for the class to be classified a “group lesson”. If 2 participants do not show up for the first lesson then, the first lesson will be given and you will be given the option to continue the session for an additional fee of $20.00. However, you have the option to register for a different class if you wish to do so.
Club Membership: In order for your children to participate in the Group Swim Lesson Program or private swim lessons they must be on your membership.
Group Lessons Requirements and Goals
Pre-Swimmer Level 0 (Formerly Water Babies)
Children must wear rubber pants over diapers. Requirements: Parent/Child class. No swimming skills required. Goals: Water exploration and enjoyment. Start Pre-swimming skills.
Level 1 - Ages 3-4 years of age, 5-7 years, and 8 & older
Requirements: No swimming skills required. Child must be willing to enter the pool from the side. Goals: Willingly puts face and head in and under the water. Child glides with face in the water 10 yards in streamline position and elementary back position. Has the ability to float and move independently with flotation device working toward floating independently on back. Child will learn pool rules to include safety on the pool deck.
Level 2 - Ages 3-6 years of age and 7 and older
Requirements: Comfortably goes underwater and able to swim forward with face in the water. Goals: Float independently on back. Swim with face in the water short distances. Swim underwater. Start front crawl, back stroke, and breast stroke. Child will learn basic water safety.
Level 3 - Intermediate
Requirements: Swims underwater 5 yards and swims on back 10 yards. Child is well adjusted and comfortable in the water. Goals: Rhythmic breathing in combination with swimming skills: front crawl, back stroke, and breast stroke. Treading water.
Level 4 - Stroke Development
Requirements: Can swim front crawl with rotary breathing and back crawl. Child can swim elementary backstroke and breast stroke. Goals: Develop and maintain aquatic alignment and balance. Front and back crawl 25 yards. Learn breast stroke and butterfly fundamentals. Back stroke 25 yards. Improve front and back crawl. Improve breast stroke and learn butterfly.
Beginner Adult Classes
Requirements: The willingness to learn. Goals: Learn basic swimming skills for streamline swimming in front and back crawl, breast stroke. Each swimmer will progress at their own pace and each class will challenge all participants. Aerobic conditioning will increase thru progression of practices. Goggles are suggested.