Swim Lessons

Fall Schedule Began Monday August 19

Fall rEC Guide is available

Register Now for Fall 2019 Swim Lessons


Masters Practice 7am-8am
Lap Swim 8am-12pm
Independent Exercise 9am-10am
Water Walking 10:30am-12pm
Splash Park 8am-12pm

No Water Aerobics or Gators practices. Happy Veteran's Day!

Youth Group Swim Lessons

Parent & Tot Swim (ages 6 months - 3  years): Teaches parents basic water safety while introducing tots to new skills and fun. Songs, water safety, entering and exiting the water, and holding techniques are some of the topics covered in this lesson. Infant or toddler is accompanied in the water by their parent/guardian(s).

Preschool Swim (ages 2.5 - 4 years): An introduction to swim lessons, this level focuses on building comfort and enjoyment in the water using songs, games and play. Lessons are taught in small groups without the parent. Children ages 3 and under are required to wear swim diapers while in the pool.

Youth Level 1: Introduction to Water (ages 4 - 9 years): This introductory level focuses on basic swimming skills while helping participants adjust to being in the water. A great level for children who have never participated in swim lessons before or are not comfortable in the water.

Youth Level 2: Beginning Aquatic Skills (ages 4 - 10 years): For children who feel comfortable in the water, especially on their back, and with their face fully submerged in the water. This level emphasizes floating by yourself and learning some beginning strokes.

Youth Level 3: Fundamental Aquatic Skills (ages 5 - 11 years): For children who can swim unsupported freestyle and backstroke for at least 10 yards. This level focuses on developing freestyle, backstroke, and elementary backstroke. Breaststroke and treading water are introduced.

Youth Level 4: Stroke Development (ages 6 - 13 years): Children must be able to swim freestyle and backstroke for 15 yards with side breathing. This level emphasizes developing techniques of different strokes with an introduction to turns.

Youth Level 5: Stroke Refinement (ages 6 - 13 years): Children must be able to swim at least 25 yards of freestyle, backstroke, elementary backstroke and breaststroke. This level refines all strokes, including butterfly, while working on endurance and flip turns.

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Private Swim Lessons

Youth Private Swim Lessons (ages 3.5 - 12.5 years): A 30-minute lesson with one-on-one instructor that meets the needs of the young participant. All skill levels and abilities are welcome.
Interested in Semi-Private Lessons? Semi-Private lessons offer two participants living in the same household a lesson with one instructor. Only in-person registration for semi-private lessons, email recreation@ci.el-cerrito.ca.us for more information.

Adult/Teen Private Swim Lessons (ages 12+): A 30-minute lesson with one-on-one instructor that meets the needs of the participant. All skill levels and abilities are welcome.

Adult/Teen Group Swim lessons

Adult/Teen Beginning Fundamentals (ages 12+): This beginning swimming class is designed for adults with little or no experience in the water. Participants learn water adjustment skills, floating on both the front and back, front crawl with side breathing, and back crawl. Participants also become familiar with deeper water and will learn basic safety skills.

Adult/Teen Intermediate Stroke Development & Refinement (ages 12+): Designed for participants who can swim a minimum of 25 yards of freestyle and backstroke, this class will work on developing endurance and further refine strokes. Elementary backstroke, breaststroke, sidestroke, and butterfly will be introduced.

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Special Arrangement Group Lessons (June-August)

During late Spring/Summer Season, special arrangement swim lessons can be scheduled in our recreation pool for school groups.  A minimum of 8 students is required per 30-minute lesson. For more information or to schedule special arrangement group lessons, please contact the Aquatics Department by calling (510) 559-7015 or email recreation@ci.el-cerrito.ca.us.

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Example: Preschool class meeting every Tuesday for 4 weeks is $40 for a Resident
  Youth Group
Adult/Teen Group
All Private
Resident $10 / 25 minute class
$11 / 25 minute class
$29 / 30 minute class
Non-Resident $13 / 25 minute class
$14 / 25 minute class
$34 / 30 minute class