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Contact Information

Phone
(530) 757-5626
(530) 758-0204 FAX
(530) 757-5666 TDD
Email
csweb@cityofdavis.org

Office Address
23 Russell Boulevard
Davis, CA 95616

Office Hours
Monday – Friday:
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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Swimming Lessons

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Swim Lessons at Arroyo & Manor Pool                                               

Discover the life skill of learning to swim with the City of Davis swim lesson program! Classes are affordable and provide instruction to all levels of swimmers at various times. Our swim lesson program is dedicated to helping children learn to swim through enjoyment of the water in a safe and fun filled environment. Instruction is reinforced through progression of skills to move from one level to the next. All classes are taught by trained instructors through Davis Parks & Community Services and under the watchful supervision of experienced lead and management staff. Group lessons meet for 2 weeks, Monday-Thursday for 30 minutes, while Private lesson meet for 1 week, Monday-Thursday for 30 minutes.

Detailed Swim Lesson Schedules can be found in the Recreation Schedule.


Swim Lesson Descriptions

Not all levels will be available every session at every half hour. Please note that some lessons criteria has changed from last season, so make sure to check your child’s level before registering them for lessons.

Parent & Tot Seahorse- 6 months-36 months  

This class provides orientation to the water, teaches parents techniques to support their child in the water, water safety, safe water entrances and exits and more. Parents are required to be in the water with their child. Swim attire: waterproof swim diapers, tight fitting training pants and a swim suit – NO DISPOSABLE DIAPERS.

Pollywog - Ages 2-5

This is an introduction to water class. No water skills are required to enroll. Participants will learn to enjoy the water through fun and games, getting in/out of the pool safely, blowing bubbles, putting their face in the water, streamlining, floating, and kicking... all with assistance!
    

Tadpole- Ages 3-5

Participants should be comfortable in the water and have experience getting their face wet, floating, and streamlining. Participants will learn to swim underwater 3 yards, swim freestyle 5 yards, and flutter kick with a kick board 5 yards with assistance.

Otter - Ages 3-5

Swimmers must have passed Tadpole to enroll. Participants will be working on correct stroke technique as they swim 5 yards unassisted freestyle. They will be learning to swim backstroke 5 yards, elementary backstroke 5 yards, and flutter kick on front and back 5 yards

Turtle – Ages 3-5

Swimmers must have passed Otter or have the same skills. Must be able to swim underwater, freestyle, backstroke, and elementary backstroke for 5 yards. Participants will learn to tread water, flutter kick with a board on their front and back for 10 yards. Participants will be introduced to rotary breathing and the sitting dive

Goldfish - Ages 3-5

Swimmers must have passed Turtle or be able to swim at least 10 yards freestyle and backstroke and be comfortable in the deep pool. Participants will learn to tread water for 30 seconds and swim freestyle with rotary breathing for 15 yards. They will be working on endurance and kicking 25 yards, sitting dive, and the survival float. They will be learning the standing dive.

Starfish - Ages 6-8

No water skills required. Participants will learn to use a kick board, do front and back floats, swim underwater 5 yards, streamline and swim on front and backs for 15 yards. Participants will also learn to tread water and about pool safety.

Guppy - Ages 6-8

Swimmers must have passed Starfish or have equal skills. Participants will learn to tread water for 30 seconds, swim freestyle and backstroke for 15 yards, swim underwater, float on front and back, and flutter kick with a kick board 25 yards. Participants will also be introduced to the sitting dive and safety skills.

Stingray - Ages 6-8

Swimmers must have passed Guppy or be able to swim at least 15 yards freestyle and backstroke. Participants will learn to tread water for 1 minute and swim freestyle with rotary breathing for 25 yards. They will be working on endurance and kicking 50 yards, sitting dive, and the survival float. They will be learning the standing dive.

Minnow - Ages 9-14

No water skills required. Participants will learn to use a kick board, do front and back floats, swim underwater 5 yards, streamline and swim on front and backs for 15 yards. Participants will also learn to tread water and about pool safety.

Manta Ray Ages 9-14

Swimmers must have passed Minnow or have the same water skills. Participants will learn to tread water for 30 seconds, swim freestyle and backstroke for 15 yards, swim underwater, float on front and back, and flutter kick with a kick board 25 yards. Participants will also be introduced to the sitting dive and safety skills.

Marlin Ages 9-14

Swimmers must have passed Manta Ray or be able to swim at least 15 yards freestyle and backstroke. Participants will learn to tread water for 1 minute and swim freestyle with rotary breathing for 25 yards. They will be working on endurance and kicking 50 yards, sitting dive, and the survival float. They will be learning the standing dive

Swordfish Ages 5-14

Swimmers must have passed Stingray or Marlin. Participants will increase their endurance as they continue to develop their front and back crawl.  They will be introduced to the breaststroke in addition to working on endurance by flutter kicking on front and back with a board. They will be swimming 50 yards freestyle, backstroke, elementary backstroke, and breaststroke without stopping. Participants will be practicing the survival swim, standing dive, underwater swim, and treading water.

Dolphin Ages 5-14

Swimmers must have passed Swordfish or have similar skills. Participants will learn the butterfly and sidestroke. They will be swimming 100 yards freestyle, backstroke, elementary backstroke, and breaststroke without stopping. They will be introduced to more advanced safety skills and the 100IM

Shark/ Killer Whale – Ages 5-14

Swimmers must have passed Dolphin or have similar skills. Participants will continue to refine their skills with an emphasis placed on butterfly, flip turns and endurance They will be swimming 200 yards freestyle, backstroke, elementary backstroke, and breaststroke without stopping, and treading water for 5 minutes.

Adult Beginner - Ages 14+

This lesson is for participants who never learned to swim and may not feel comfortable in the water. This lesson is a group setting where adults learn the primary skills of swimming, including floating on front and back, and arm and leg movements

Adult Intermediate –Ages 14+

This lesson is for participants who are comfortable in the water and want to work on developing strokes and some endurance. Adults should have skills in Adult Beginner, since Adult Intermediate will be developing those skills previously learned.

Private Swim Lessons (Adults too!) Age 3+

One on one instruction. Great for introducing the water to shy or beginning swimmers or improve stroke work, technique, or other areas as requested for the moderate or advanced swimmers.


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Helpful Hints for Swim Lessons:

1. It is recommended that children repeat the last level they completed the previous summer.                  
2. Most children remain in the same level for two or more sessions.
3. If unsure of which level your child is in, choose the level you know they can do the skills in (refer to the Class descriptions), or, we offer free swim evaluations during any of our recreational swimming times.  
4. Please have a second and third choice ready when registering, as classes fill up quickly.
5. Your child will not be moved to a different level or class if registered incorrectly. You may be asked to leave the class without a refund for selecting the wrong class.
6. Remember that both Arroyo and Manor pools offer swim lessons, so if a class is full at one pool, check the other facility.
7. Please make sure your child has a swim suit, towel and plenty of sun block! For children in diapers, swim diapers must be worn in the pool to help protect against waterborne illnesses. Goggles and swim caps can be worn during classes (no nose plugs or full face masks).
8. Be on time or early to class!
9. Classes will be cancelled when severe weather conditions (lightning, hail, etc) are in the area. Staff will follow local weather reports for the latest conditions. Classes will be conducted rain or shine. In the event of severe weather and classes are cancelled you will be given a credit for the missed class unless the Aquatics Staff can provide a make-up date.
10. If you miss the last day of lessons, any unclaimed report cards can be picked-up on site at the pool’s cashier office.

Wheelchair Lift Available

Wheelchair lifts are available at all City pools for those who have difficulty entering a pool. Manor Pool features a "zero entry" pool that gently slopes from ground level into the water. Contact our office for more information about the lifts or about our Inclusive Recreation program.

Swimming Lessons Frequently Asked Questions

Which Level is the correct placement for myself or my child?
A detailed description under each program heading can be found in the Recreation Schedule. Still unsure? We offer free in-water assessments during all Recreational Swimming times. Ensuring correct swim level placement avoids any uncertainty, transfer fees, or headaches.

How do I register for Swim Lessons?
You can register 3 Ways...

  1. Online any hour, day or night: CLICK HERE!
  2. At Arroyo & Manor Pool (visit during Rec Swim hours, or during swim lessons).
  3. At Parks and Community Services, 23 Russell Blvd.,during normal business hours.

If I have to miss a lesson, are there make-up lessons?
Lessons are non-transferable. Due to scheduling at the pools, we are unable to accommodate individual swim lesson students that miss a day of class, regardless of the reason. We limit the instructor to participant ratio based on the level to promote learning. Lessons typically fill, so we don't have extra spaces to allow student to jump around. Each class establishes a rhythm between the instructor and swimmers. Jumping to the middle of a class doesn't benefit the swimmers in the lessons and the instructor will need to spend extra time catching-up swimmers as opposed to moving forward with each lesson.

Refunds, Credits, or Transfers?
Please note that participants canceling or transferring a swim lesson registration will be charged a fee. The "Refund & Transfer Policy" can be found in the Recreation Schedule. Due to the limited space in classes, by waiting to transfer out of a class you are taking up a position that may have been filled by another student. Staff are available during rec swim to provide swim assessments to place your child in the correct level and avoid the inconvenience of transferring.

What temperature is the Pool?
Both Arroyo and Manor Pool are heated and are generally kept at approximately 80 degrees Fahrenheit. This temperature does vary slightly due to changes in the air temperature.

Where do I meet the 1st day of Lessons?
Please check-in with the Pool Cashier at the pool entrance. They will direct you to a designated area for swim lessons. The instructor will call your swimmer's name at the appointed time for your lesson.

What to Bring:

  • Yourself or Your Swimmer.
  • Swimsuit (& Swim Diaper, if not potty-trained).
  • Towel.
  • Swim Goggles are OK!
  • Change of clothes if you would like.

Contact

For questions about the Aquatics Program email registration@cityofdavis.org or call (530) 757-5626.