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Swim Lessons

Woodledge offers a wide variety of swim lessons for youth members of all abilities at no cost. We offer 6 different levels of instruction with qualified and skilled instructors. There will be three sessions of swim lessons, each lasting two weeks. Testing will occur on the last Friday of every session. Lessons are held daily in 30 minute intervals from 11:00 - 1:00PM. They are as follows:


Session 1: June 14 - June 25

Session 2: June 28 - July 9

Session 3: July 12 - July 23



You will need to sign-up for lessons for each session that you would like to participate. If you are unsure about your child's placement, please sign them up for the lesson they left off in last year. Sign-ups for sessions 2 and 3 will take place the weekend after testing (testing is on Fridays).  

For more information about swim lessons, please contact Colleen McCormack


Learn-to-Swim Level 1- Introduction to Water Skills

The objectives of Level 1 are to learn basic personal water safety information and skills, to help participants feel comfortable in the water and to enjoy the water safely. In Level 1, you teach elementary water skills. At this level, participants start developing good swimming habits and safe practices in and around the water.

Learn-to-Swim Level 2- Fundamental Aquatic Skills

The objective of Level 2 is to give participants success with fundamental skills. Participants learn to float without support and to recover to a vertical position. This level marks the beginning of true locomotion skills. Participants further develop simultaneous and alternating arm and leg actions on the front and back that lay the foundation for future strokes.

Learn-to-Swim Level 3- Stroke Development

The objective of Level 3 is to build on previously learned skills by providing additional guided practice. You teach participants the survival float, swim the front crawl, and elementary back stroke. You introduce the scissors kick and dolphin kick. Participants should also learn the rules for headfirst entries and begin to enter the water headfirst from a seated position at poolside.

Learn-to-Swim Level 4- Stroke Improvement

The objectives of Level 4 are to develop participants’ confidence in the strokes learned thus far and to improve other aquatic skills. In level 4, participants improve their skills and increase their endurance by swimming familiar strokes (front crawl, elementary backstroke) for greater distances. Participants add the arms to the scissor kick for sidestroke. Participants also start to learn the back crawl, breaststroke and butterfly.

Learn-to-Swim Level 5-
Stoke Refinement

The objectives of Level 5 are coordination and refinement of strokes. Participants refine their performance of all strokes (front crawl, back crawl, butterfly, breaststroke, elementary backstroke, and sidestroke) and increase their distances. Stroke turns are also introduced.

Learn-to-Swim Level 6- Swimming and Skill Proficiency

The objectives of Level 6 are to refine strokes so participants swim them with more ease, efficiency, power, and smoothness.

COVID-19 Guidelines

We have made the following modifications and adaptations to our swim lesson program during COVID-19. These modifications are in line with those put out by USA Swimming, the CDC, and the State of Connecticut.

  • Swim lessons are limited to 5 people maximum per lesson. Because of this, we will be offering an extra 30 minute time slot for lessons to ensure that all members who are interested are able to participate.Lessons will now run from 11:00am to 1:30pm. The time of the lessons will be determined based on the number of participants for each level. Please understand that lesson times are not as flexible this year as social distancing guidelines are required. 

  • Social distancing guidelines will be implemented throughout lessons as well. Levels 5 and 6 will follow the same guidelines of swim team, where lanes next to one another will begin on opposite pool ends. Other levels will have swimmers spread out as appropriate. Instructors will be trained on how to enforce this, but we ask that you please ensure that your child understands the basics around these guidelines prior to the start of lessons.  

  • For levels 1, 2, and 3, where instructors are usually required to be in the water with swimmers, there will be a big change.To limit contact between our employees and members, we are requiring that parents, guardians, or caregivers of swimmers in these levels be in the water with them instead of instructors.Our lifeguards will give instruction from above water to help teach these levels. This framework was based off of other swim lesson programs, including Glastonbury Parks and Rec, where parents and guardians work with their children in the water for similar levels. For some of you this may be familiar. For others, it may seem like a big undertaking, but we are asking for your help to ensure we limit the spread of COVID-19 at Woodledge. We are confident that our instructors will provide lessons that are valuable, professional and informational for the children and adults despite these changes. Thank you for assisting with the health and safety of all Woodledge members. 

  • Lessons will not use kick boards, pool toys, or other shared equipment. It is highly recommended that your swimmers use goggles. These should not be shared with other swimmers.