Des Moines Parks and Recreation is an American Red Cross Learn-To-Swim Curriculum Provider.
Due to the continuously evolving COVID-19 situation, all program dates are subject to change and/or cancellation.
Swim Lesson registration will open on April 1, 2021.
Swim Lesson Placement Guide
- Swim Lesson Sessions (Monday - Friday):
- Session 1: June 14 - 18
- Session 2: June 21 - 25
- Session 3: June 28 - July 2
- Session 4: July 12 - 16
- Session 5: July 19 - 23
- Session 6: July 26 - 30
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What is the weather policy?
We will always have swim lessons no matter the weather. If it is raining so hard we cannot see the bottom of the pool or there is thunder or lightning in the area, the classes will not be in the water. In this case, the class will work on skills outside the pool and cover safety topics.
What is the transfer policy?
Participants who wish to transfer to a different class will be charged a $10 transfer fee and must do so five business days prior to the first day of the lesson. The participant may transfer as long as there is room available in the class.
It rained one day; is there a makeup day or will we receive a refund?
No, we offer lessons rain or shine. If it is storming or cooler weather, we will work on skills out of the water.
What is the cancellation policy?
Participants who wish to cancel will be charged a $10 cancellation fee and must cancel five business days prior to the first day of the lesson in order to receive a refund.
What is the difference between Preschool Level I & II and Learn-to-Swim Level 1?
Age. A child cannot enroll in Learn-to-Swim Level I until they are 5 years of age.
Does my child have to take Preschool Level I in order to take Preschool Level II?
No, the preschool levels are based on age (3-5) and comfort level. If your preschooler is very comfortable in the water they can skip Preschool Level I and go straight into Preschool Level II. The goal of Preschool Level II is to allow students who have not turned 5 years old yet to progress in the preschool classes, and not repeat the same Preschool class for two years.
Can I register my child all summer long for different levels?
This is not recommended. There is no guarantee that the participant will advance plus there is a $10 transfer fee if you need to switch levels.
What happens when my child is placed on a wait list?
If your child is placed on a wait list we will be monitoring the list and contact you via email or phone if a spot opens up. Ensure that your contact information is accurate in your account.
What happens if my child is sick and unable to attend a lesson?
We do not offer make up classes. If your child is unable to attend a class due to illness, they can attend the remainder of the week once they are feeling better. If they will miss multiple days, you can choose to transfer to a different week ($10 transfer fee applies).
How do I know what level I should sign my child up for?
Please see our Swim Lesson Placement Guide for assistance.
What does a participant receive upon completion of a lesson?
A participant will receive an achievement card with feedback from the instructor. This card will have notes with improvements made throughout the week and what the participant can continue to work on. The achievement card will state if the level is to be repeated or if the participant is able to move up a level.