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Swim Lessons – Youth

The wide variety of swimming lessons available at the Peoria Park District make it possible for children of all ages to become comfortable and confident in the water, starting as young as 6 months old!


Exploration 1: Age 6-24 months

This class is for infants and adults to enjoy together.  An instructor will lead the group through a series of developmentally appropriate water activities. Class is held in the warm water pool for added comfort.

Exploration 2: Age 24 months-3 years

This class is specifically for toddlers and adults to learn together. An instructor will lead the adults through different swim exercises and activities to promote independent swimming for the child. Class is held in the warm water pool for comfort.

Voyagers: Age 3

This is an introduction to swimming for toddlers who are 3 years old at the start of the class.  Participants will learn water independence, basic water movement and floats in the warm water pool.  Adults are not in the water with children in this class.
Register early – class fills quickly!

Pre-Journey: Age 4-7

This class is for children who have had NO  swimming experience or who may be timid getting into the water.

Journey 1: Age 4-7

This course is for children who are comfortable in the water and have some water experience. This course will focus on floating, kicking, breathing, and beginner strokes. Register early – class fills quickly!

Journey 2: Age 4-7

Children MUST know how to float, glide and kick by themselves, and have basic stroke knowledge. They will learn front crawl breathing, proper back crawl arms, and be introduced to breaststroke and butterfly kicking.

Journey 3: Age 4-7

Children should be able to swim one length of the pool and will continue to work on skills from the previous level. Participants will learn breaststroke and start building their endurance. Time will also be given to diving and treading water.

Discovery 1: Age 7-15

This class is for kids with little or no experience in the water. They will learn water adjustment, breathing, floating, kicking, and basic strokes.

Discovery 2: Age 7-15

Children MUST know how to float, glide and kick by themselves, and have basic stroke knowledge. They will learn front crawl breathing, proper back crawl arms, and be introduced to breaststroke and butterfly kicking.

Discovery 3: Age 7-15

Children should be able to swim one length of the pool and will continue to work on skills from the previous level. Participants will learn breaststroke and start building their endurance. Time will also be given to diving and treading water.

Challenge Novice: Age 7-15

Children should be able to swim one length of the pool and will continue to work on skills from the previous level. Participants will learn breaststroke and start building their endurance. Time will also be given to diving and treading water.

Challenge Advanced: Age 7-15

For children who know the basic elementary backstroke, butterfly, and sidestroke. Development of these strokes will be emphasized as well as turns, competitive starts, and safety skills.

Challenge Expert: Age 7-15

In this course, children will continue with what has been introduced in Challenge Advanced. The focus is on developing stroke proficiency and polishing existing techniques over longer distances. Swimmers will also be introduced to a few more advanced aspects of competitive swimming, such as flip turns, streamlining, and breathing techniques.

Homeschool Swim Program: Ages 5-16

Your child will receive a swim lesson and also enjoy splash time with other children in our leisure pool.