Parks & Recreation

Swim Lessons


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The Blue Ash Recreation Center is pleased to bring back the School of Fins: Swim and Safety Lessons in 2022! The School of Fins: Swim and Safety Group Lessons will emphasize the importance of safety in and around the pool, the basics of freestyle and backstroke and much more! Students can expect to learn an array of safety skills designed to help parents and children feel more comfortable at the pool. Each session is one week in length with each lesson lasting 35 minutes. Each lesson will include safety skills and stroke development. Lessons will be taught by the Blue Ash lifeguards who are excited to teach your child about safety and swimming.

Class Level Descriptions:
Guppies: Ages 6 months-3 years

Spend quality time bonding with your child in our class specially designed to bring you closer together. The instructors will focus on safety, blowing bubbles, introduction to floating, kicking, entering and exiting the pool, and much more! Play and learn with your child as you explore the water together. Children must be at least 6 months old and are required to wear disposable swim diapers if not yet potty trained.

Mini Blue Fins: Ages 3-5 years 
The Mini Blue Fins class is designed to build comfort and confidence in the water by introducing basic swimming and safety skills with assistance from an instructor. Students will explore the water by blowing bubbles and getting their heads wet, and learning to combine reaching and pulling their arms with straight leg kicks. Other skills taught in Mini Fins include water bobs, front and back float and how to recover from a floating position. Students must be at least 3 years old and comfortable without a parent. Students will spend time in water depths of 3 to 4 feet. 

Lion Fish: Ages 4-6 years
The Lion Fish class focus is on skills requiring less assistance from the instructor to become a more independent swimmer. Skills include submerging the head, retrieving objects below the surface of the water, jumping from the side of the pool, introduction to treading, front and back gliding, introduction to combined stroke on front and back for 5 yards. Students must be at least 4 years old and will spend time in water depths of 3 to 4 feet.

Parrot Fish: Ages 5-7 years
Students in the Parrot Fish class will begin to swim independently with little assistance from the instructor. Skills in this class include an introduction to rhythmic bobs, introduction to rotary breathing, and combined stroke on front for at least 10 yards and combined stroke on back for at least 5 yards. Students will also be introduced to deep water with jumps from the side of the pool, treading, headfirst entry from the side of the pool and entering the pool from the diving board. Students must be at least 5 years old and will spend time in both shallow (3-4 feet) and deep water depths (5-13 feet).

Blowfish: Ages 6-8+ years     
Students in the Blow Fish class will focus on stroke improvement and breath control, including deep water bobbing. Students will also practice surface dives, underwater swimming, treading water, and diving from the side of the pool. All students must be able to swim independently and be comfortable in deep water.