Aquatics – Instruction – SwimSmart Classes

Helping you to prepare for a lifetime of safe water fun.

Swim LessonsSwimSmart Swim Lessons – For Your Benefit
  • Register online or at the Belvidere Recreation Center, Jack Benny Center, and The Field House Sports and Fitness Center. It’s convenient and easy!
  • Our Instructors are well trained and friendly.
  • Low student/instructor ratios mean more individualized instruction.
  • A Swim Lesson Coordinator monitors lessons to ensure quality programming and address questions and concerns.
  • Skill level and age are considered for proper placement of swimmers.

MAKE-UPS: In the event of pool closing or cancellation, the make-up session will take place one week after the last scheduled date of class.

Helpful Hints for Your First Class
  • Please arrive five to ten minutes before your class starts to allow time for getting changed.
  • Babies are required to wear swim diapers, cloth and disposable diapers are prohibited.
  • For the health of your child and others if your child is unwell it is recommended that you stay at home and miss the lesson.
  • Children under 3 years must be accompanied in the water by an adult before, after, and during their lesson.
  • You are welcome to talk to the Swim Coordinator or Supervisor at any time about your child’s progress.


Which is the right class for my child?

Sharks & Minnows – Parents with Child 6 mos-3 years

Help your child adjust to water, which is a key to becoming a confident swimmer. In addition to the instructor, parents accompany their children in the water to assist in their child’s learning experience. Both the parent and child will learn water safety techniques to become comfortable in the water. The class incorporates songs and games to aid the learning process. Grandparents are welcome too!

Jellyfish – Level I       Ages 3-5

Beginner swimming classes help students feel comfortable in the water and to enjoy the water safely. In this level, elementary swimming skills are introduced such as kicking, arm strokes, blowing bubbles, unsupported floats, and gaining confidence in underwater activities, while maintaining a fun and safe environment. The students are encouraged and taught to overcome fear or uneasiness in the water by learning these elementary skills and playing games that create a fun learning experience.

This class is the right class if your child can: put face in water, bob in the water, jump to teacher, kick on wall, assisted front and back float.

Starfish – Level II  Ages 3-5

This class is for children who have either completed Jellyfish, Level I class or have some swimming ability. To be this level, swimmers should be comfortable with floating, beginner stroke for five yards without help, and feel comfortable in deep water. The focus in this class is building up your child’s endurance and safety knowledge of the water environment. Skills covered are introduction to rhythmic breathing, front crawl stoke and back crawl.

This is the right class if your child can: Blow bubbles/face in the water, kick with board, front crawl 5 yards, jump in deep water, safety float.

Turtles – Level I      Ages 6-16

If your child has little or no swimming skills, this class will help them adjust to the aquatic environment. This class focuses on water adjustment and covers these basic skills: breath control, submerging, floating, kicking, front and back gliding, beginner stroke and introduce freestyle stroke and safety topics to make your child more aware of the aquatic environment.

This class is the right class if your child can: front and back float unaided, flutter kick ten yards, bob in the water, front and back glide, move comfortably in water.

Goldfish – Level II      Ages 6-16

This class is for children who have completed Turtles, Level I or have some swimming ability such as, being comfortable in deep water and able to swim freestyle stroke for 15 yards without help. This class focuses on increasing swimming endurance and distance to build more confidence in deep water. Skills covered are perfecting rhythmic breathing, freestyle stroke, introduction to backstroke, treading water, staying safe, and how to recognize water emergencies.

This class is the right class if your child can: put whole self in water, front & back safety floats unaided, beginner stroke 15 yards, introduction to treading water, retrieve object from 5 feet.

Sea Horses – Level III      Ages 6-16

This class is for children who have either completed Goldfish, Level II lessons or have good freestyle and backstroke skills. This class will concentrate on endurance swimming and learning new strokes. Skills covered include breaststroke, diving, backstroke and safety techniques.

This is the right class if your child can: retrieve object from 5 feet, glide front and back with kick board, front crawl with rhythmic breathing for 15 yards, and tread water for 2 minutes.

Dolphins – Level IV      Ages 6-16

If your child has completed Seahorses Level III or can demonstrate food breaststroke skills, they are now ready for Dolphins Level IV. This class focuses on perfecting and refining the breaststroke and introducing competitive swimming. New skills covered include competitive starts and turns, introduction to butterfly and introduction to lifeguarding skills and other safety topics.

This is the right class if your child can: dive into water, deep water bobbing, front crawl with rhythmic breathing for 15 yard, elementary backstroke 15 yards, front and back crawl for 25 yards and tread water for 3 minutes.

Otters (Swim lessons for youth with disabilities)    Ages 4-14

All lessons are based on the SwimSmart Program, but are designed around the individual swimmer. Whether your goal is to just get comfortable in the water, support sensory experiences, or become a competitive swimmer.

Lessons are 30 minutes and have a maximum group size of two swimmers to one instructor. Swim times are offered between 10am until 1pm. Times will be assigned based on instructor availability and space in the pool. Registrants will receive time assignments the week the class begins.  Please contact Kari at 847-360-4763 to complete an initial assessment of your child’s current skill level.