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The Department of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism provides a variety of Learn to Swim programs at each pool. Programs are offered for people of all ages and include Swim Kidz Mini Lessons, general Swim Lessons, classes for teens and adults, and the Charles County Swim Club.


Swim Kidz Mini Lessons

The Swim Kidz Mini Lessons program provides three levels of instruction consisting of four 30-minute accelerated classes with an abbreviated curriculum designed to focus on the basic fundamentals of swimming. The class sizes are limited to a maximum of four children so instructors can provide a more personalized approach to meet each swimmers needs.

  • Resident Fee: $40
  • Non-Resident: $45

Preschool (Age 3-6)/Youth (Age 7-12) Paddlerz: Provides an introduction to basic swimming skills; including submerging, floating, kicking, and using arms on the stomach and back.

Preschool (Age 3-6)/Youth (Age 7-12) Flipperz: Works on floating unsupported and the basic fundamentals of front crawl and back crawl unsupported.

Preschool (Age 3-6)/Youth (Age 7-12) Snorklerz: Builds on front and back crawl skills, introduces breaststroke and deep water treading.

No swim lessons scheduled at this time

Swim Lessons

Sessions consist of eight, 35-minute classes with one day focusing on basic water safety skills. Children should be able to perform all skills of the previous level before moving on to a higher level. Instructors may move children to a different level class if the child is unable to participate in the skill level of the registered class. Please contact the Aquatics Supervisor if health conditions warrant additional accommodations for participation.

  • Resident Fee: $65
  • Non-Resident Fee: $70

Merbabies • Age 6-36 months

Requirements: Parent or guardian to accompany child in the water. Skills: Teaches parents the skills and techniques to encourage and develop a comfort level for young children in and around water. Classes include guided instructional teaching, as well as individual parent and child water exploration.

Guppies • Age 3-5

Guppies 1: Orients children to water safety and basic swimming skills. Skills include: submerging, floating, kicking, and using arms on both the stomach and back.

Guppies 2: Requirements: Completion of all Guppies 1 skills. Works on floating, gliding, combined stroke (arms/legs) on both stomach and back, and introduces the back crawl arms.

Guppies 3: Requirements: Completion of all Guppies 2 skills. Must be comfortable with underwater swimming, able to float, and swim by themselves for 5 body lengths on both their stomach and back. Builds on combined stroke on stomach and back and introduces breaststroke kick and deep water skills.

Minnows • Age 6-12

Minnows 1: Orients children to water safety and basic swimming skills. Skills include: submerging, floating, kicking, and using arms on both the stomach and back.

Minnows 2: Requirements: Completion of all Minnows 1 or Guppies 3 skills. Works on floating, gliding, combined stroke on both stomach and back and introduces the back crawl arms and deep water skills.

Minnows 3: Requirements: Completion of all Minnows 2 skills. Must be comfortable with underwater swimming, able to float, and swim 10 yards on both stomach and back. Builds on combined stroke on stomach and back and introduces breaststroke, butterfly, and beginning diving skills.

Minnows 4: Requirements: Completion of all Minnows 3 skills. Must be comfortable in the deep water, be able to swim 20 yards of front crawl and elementary backstroke, and 15 yards back crawl. The class will refine stroke techniques for all strokes and diving from a standing position. The class prepares participants for the Charles County Swim Club Dolphins group.

No swim lessons scheduled at this time

Teen and Adult Learn to Swim

For beginner and intermediate swimmers looking to gain confidence in the water by focusing on basic swimming skills, stroke development, and water safety.

  • Resident Fee: $70
  • Non-Resident Fee: $75
No classes scheduled at this time