The City of Eden Prairie offers American Red Cross aquatic training, providing comprehensive, developmentally appropriate swimming and water safety courses that teach participants how to swim skillfully and safely, and think and act safely in, on and around the water.
The prerequisite for each level is successful demonstration of the skills from the preceding level, except for Level 1, which only requires a minimum of 5 years of age. There is no prerequisite for Adult Swimming Lessons.
Private swimming lessons are also available.
To register for a class, visit the online registration system.
Swimming - Parent/Child 1
Ages 6 months – 18 months + Adult
Introduces basic skills, including safety topics to parents and children. Some of the skills include explore the water, submerging mouth, nose and eyes; explore buoyancy on the front and back position and changing body position in the water. This session also includes age appropriate water safety topics. Adult and child attend together in the water.
Swimming - Parent/Child 2
Ages 1 ½ years - 3 years + Adult
This class builds on the skills introduced in Parent/Child 1, with participants improving these skills and learning more advanced skills. Skills include: entering and exiting the water, gliding, and combined stroke on front and back with assistance. This session also includes age appropriate water safety topics. Adult and child attend together in the water.
Swimming - Preschool 1
Orientates children to the aquatic environment and helps them gain basic aquatic skills. Skills introduced include blowing bubbles, submerging mouth, nose and eyes; glides; alternating and simultaneous arm and leg actions on the front and back.
Swimming - Preschool 2
Helps children gain greater independence in their skills and develop more comfort in and around the water. Skills introduced include bobbing, entering and exiting water independently, front and back floats and glides, treading water, fining arm action on back, and age-appropriate water safety topics.
Swimming - Preschool 3
Helps children gain basic swimming propulsive skills to be comfortable in and around the water. Skills covered include jumping in from side of pool, holding breath while submerged, bobbing, recovering from front and back floating positions, changing directions, combining arm and leg actions on front and back and age-appropriate water safety topics.
Swimming - Level 1: Introduction to Water Skills
Helps participants feel comfortable in the water. Skills covered include bobbing, retrieving objects underwater, front and back glides, back float, tread water using arms and hands, combined arm and leg actions on front and back, and age-appropriate water safety topics.
Swimming - Level 2: Fundamental Aquatic Skills
Gives participants success with fundamental skills. Skills covered include front, jellyfish and tuck floats, roll from front to back and back to front, change direction of travel while swimming on front or back, treading of water, combined arm and leg actions on front and back and age-appropriate water safety topics.
Swimming - Level 3: Stroke Development
Builds on skills with practice in deeper water. Skills covered include headfirst entries from side in sitting and kneeling positions, bobbing while moving toward safety, rotary breathing, survival float, flutter, dolphin and scissors kick, front crawl, elementary backstroke, and age-appropriate water safety topics.
Swimming - Level 4: Stroke Improvement
Develops confidence and improves skills. Skills covered include headfirst entries from side in compact and stride positions, swim under water, feet-first surface dive, front and back crawl, elementary backstroke, breaststroke, sidestroke and butterfly, flutter and dolphin kicks on back and age-appropriate water safety topics.
Swimming - Level 5: Stoke Refinement
Provides further coordination and refinement of strokes. Skills covered include shallow angle dive from the side, surface dives, front and back flip turns, front and back crawl, elementary backstroke, breaststroke, sidestroke and butterfly, standard scull, and age-appropriate water safety topics.
Swimming - Level 6: Swimming and Skill Proficiency
Refines strokes so participants swim with ease. Level 6 features menu options to prepare participants for advanced activities, including the Water Safety Instructor course, competitive swimming or diving.
Swimming - Adult Beginner
Individual and group instruction and encouragement are provided to develop comfort and confidence in the water. This level is designed for those who are not comfortable in the water, or those with minimal swimming skills.
Swimming - Adult Strokes
This class is designed for the novice to advanced swimmer looking for individual stroke work. Attention to specific strokes and detail work will be the focus. Participants need to be able to swim the length of the pool using at least one stroke.
Private Swimming Lessons
For children, teens and adults of all ages and ability levels who prefer individual 1:1, or 2:1 instruction. Private lessons are beneficial for students requiring special attention or focused work. The cost of $85 includes four 30-minute classes of 1:1 instruction. For Semi-Private Lessons, the cost of $60 includes four 30-minute lessons. To schedule private lessons contact the Community Center at 952-949-8470.