Explore the pool and build water safety skills with preschool swim lessons

Our swim lessons for preschoolers teach water safety techniques and basic water skills to help your child adapt to the pool in a fun and safe environment.

We offer four-week and eight-week sessions for most levels. Four-week classes meet twice a week; eight-week classes meet once a week.

Lessons are available at both fitness center locations.

Choosing a Level

Pick an appropriate level based on age and current swimming ability. Please see the class descriptions below to determine which level will be best for your child.

Still not sure which level to register your child for? Contact our Aquatics Manager for help.

Peninsula
Dave Ames
, Aquatics Manager
Call: 757-875-7525
Email: david.ames@rivhs.com

Middle Peninsula
Sophie Bacon
, Aquatics Manager
Call: 804-693-8888
Email: sophie.bacon@rivhs.com

 

Registration

To register, visit the back desk of the Peninsula center and the front desk of the Middle Peninsula center. Please note:

  • You must register in person.
  • Payment in full is required at time of registration.

Upcoming Peninsula 4-week registration dates: 

  • December 24, 2018; session runs January 15 - February 7, 2019
  • February 11; session runs February 19 - March 14
  • March 18; session runs March 26 - April 18

Upcoming Peninsula 8-week registration dates:

  • December 24, 2018; session runs January 12 - March 3, 2019
  • March 4, session runs March 23 - May 19
  • May 20; session runs June 1 - July 28

Upcoming Middle Peninsula 4-week registration dates:

  • December 20, 2018; session runs January 7 - January 30, 2019
  • January 31; session runs February 11 - March 6
  • March 7; session runs March 18 - April 10

Upcoming Middle Peninsula 8-week registration dates:

  • December 16, 2018; session runs January 19 - March 9, 2019
  • March 10; session runs March 23 - May 18
  • May 19; session runs June 1 - July 27

Pricing

Member: $48
Nonmember: $68

Preschool Class Levels

Explore below to learn the primary focus and class schedule for each level.

Sunfish   Pre-Level 1

In the Sunfish class, your child will be introduced to the pool in a fun and encouraging setting. Instructors work with each parent and child in the water to teach water safety skills and techniques for adapting to and exploring the water.

Things to Know:

  • Eight-Week Lessons
  • Water safety and level 1 skills are the primary focus.
  • Only one parent or guardian allowed in the water at a time.
  • As your child's confidence grows, parents may be asked to leave the pool for portions of class.
  • This class is for children who are afraid or may need additional assistance from a parent.

Upcoming Session Dates

Tadpoles   Level 1

Through songs and games, children will learn basic water skills, including water adjustment, breath control, supported kicking, entering and exiting the pool independently, and safety skills.

Things to Know:

  • Four-Week Lessons
  • Eight-Week Lessons
  • Class is structured with 45 minutes of instruction and 5 minutes of play time.
  • Parents are out of the water for this level.
  • This class is for children new to lessons. All skills are supported by the instructor.

Upcoming Session Dates

Otters   Level 2

The Otters class utilizes songs and games to teach children basic water skills, including unsupported kicking, floating, gliding, combined stroke, and safety skills.

Things to Know:

  • Four-Week Lessons
  • Eight-Week Lessons
  • Class is structured with 45 minutes of instruction and 5 minutes of play time.
  • Parents are out of the water for this level.
  • This class is for children who are not afraid of water or putting their face in. Children are able to do floating skills without assistance.

Upcoming Session Dates

Barracudas   Level 3

Barracudas will expand on basic water skill development through songs and games. New skills include breath control with bobbing and rotary breathing, introduction to front crawl, introduction to back crawl, elementary backstroke, dolphin kick, and advanced safety skills.

Things to Know:

  • Eight-Week Lessons
  • Class is structured with 45 minutes of instruction and 5 minutes of play time.
  • Parents are out of the water for this level.
  • This class is for children who can swim independently on their front (not under water) and on their back for 5 yards.

Upcoming Session Dates

More Info

Closed Classes: We reserve the right to close programs to prevent overcrowding.

Wait List: If you are placed on a waiting list, please do not pay for the class. You are not officially enrolled. The Aquatics Office will call you when a spot becomes available for your child.

Inclement Weather: The pool will close during thunderstorms and will reopen 30 minutes after the last clap of thunder or flash of lightning.