Ready to take the plunge, but not quite sure of your swimming skills? The Carol Stream Park District’s Swim Academy has a variety of swim lessons for all ages, starting at 6 months old through teens and adults. Swimmers are evaluated for swim level placement, and lessons are conducted in either the 25-yard lap pool or therapy pool depending on swimmer level. Customize a lesson to suit your schedule or get one-on-one private lessons. Excel to the award-winning Dolphins Swim Team!
Parents/Guardians will be in the water helping their little swimmers learn to enter/exit the water confidently. Instruction includes; supported front/back float blowing bubbles, putting face in the water, alternation of arms, assisted front/back kicks, front and back glide with kicks, and water safety.
Group Swim Lessons are offered year round and are led by our expert swim instructors. Our program consists of seven levels starting with introduction to water skills at the Paddlers 1 Level and concludes with a strong understanding of all strokes and ability to swim 50 yards continuously at Level 5. Water safety skills also are taught and practiced. Paddlers classes are 30 minutes long and Youth classes are 45 minutes. All swimmers will receive a skill card noting progress and achievement at the end of the session.
Paddlers 1 (3 Years – 5 Years):
Swimmers learn to enter/exit water with confidence. Instruction includes supported front/back floats, bubble blowing, putting face in water, alternation of arms, front/back kicks, back glide, back glide with kicks, water safety. Kick boards and noodles used as aides.
Paddlers 2 (3 Years – 5 Years):
Swimmers learn to enter/exit water with confidence. Instruction includes unsupported front/back float, fully submerged face and head underwater, blowing bubbles, alternation of arms, front/back kick, back glide, back glide with kick, water safety. Kick boards and noodles used as aides.
Youth Level 1 (5 Years – 13 Years):
Swimmers learn to enter/exit water with confidence. Instruction includes unsupported front/back float, fully submerged face in water, blowing bubbles, alternation of arms, front crawl, front/back kick, front and backstroke and water safety. Kick boards and noodles used as aides. Lessons conducted in 3-4 feet of water.
Youth Level 2 (5 Years – 13 Years):
Swimmers continue to refine skills learned in Level 1 while learning new skills such as turnovers and object retrieval. Lessons conducted in 3-4 feet of water. Swimmers must pass deep water skill test to be advanced to Level 3.
Youth Level 3 (5 Years – 13 Years):
Swimmers refine skills learned in Levels 1 and 2 while incorporating rotary breathing techniques. Deep water skills, stroke techniques, endurance training and diving basics are introduced. Lessons are conducted in 4-12 feet of water.
Youth Level 4 (5 Years – 13 Years):
Swimmers learn advanced skill strokes such as breast stroke, elementary backstroke and open wall turns. Basic diving, retrieval of underwater objects, treading water and water safety is taught. Lessons conducted in 9-12 feet of water.
Youth Level 5 (5 Years – 13 Years):
Swimmers refine advanced strokes such as breast stroke, butterfly, and learn flip-turns. Endurance is focused on strokes and treading water. Advanced water safety is taught. Lessons conducted in 9-12 feet of water.
We offer swim classes for adults as well. It’s never too late to learn how to swim!
Adult & Teen – Introduction to Swimming:
Become confident and comfortable in the water by learning breathing techniques and basic strokes such as freestyle and backstroke.
Adult & Teen – Advanced Swimming:
Continue working on breathing techniques and refining freestyle and backstroke. Learn more advanced strokes such as breaststroke and butterfly. Introduction to swimming or equivalent is a prerequisite for Advanced swimming.
Get a more personalized approach with our private swim lessons. One-on-one lessons are tailored to meet a swimmer’s needs. Lessons are 30 minutes in length for a series of six lessons. Want a private swim lesson but none of our scheduled times work for you? Contact our Swim Lessons Coordinators to schedule a custom private lesson. Participants receive a total of three hours of instruction. Lessons cannot be scheduled during swim team practices, group lessons, or regularly scheduled private lessons. Additional in-house family members may be added on for an additional fee with a maximum of three students per class. Contact: 630-784-6187.