Swim Lessons for Youth
Campus Recreation will not offer private swim lessons for youth in the Spring 2021 semester.
Campus Rec offers private swimming and diving lessons to children ages four years old and up. We also offer adult swim lessons. Lessons are taught at the Connell Recreation Center in Chestnut Hill, MA.
Children from Newton, Chestnut Hill, Brighton, Brookline and surrounding areas are welcome to enroll in swim lessons; an affiliation with Boston College is not required.
Whether your child is just beginning to swim or has some prior swim experience, our experienced aquatics instructors can help improve their comfort level in the water while developing their stroke technique and form.
These are 30-minute lessons where one of our instructors will work with up to three children that are of the same ability level. A lesson package must be purchased for each child. These lessons are open to children of all levels and are purchased in packs of 5.
Campus Recreation will not offer private swim lessons for youth in the Fall 2020 semester.
About Group Swim Lessons
BC Rec offers group Learn to Swim lessons for children of all ages and experience levels. Lessons are taught at the Connell Recreation Center Pool in Chestnut Hill, MA.
Children from Newton, Brighton, Brookline, Boston and surrounding areas are welcome to enroll in swim lessons; an affiliation with Boston College is not required.
Whether your child is just beginning to swim or has some prior swim experience, our experienced aquatics instructors can help improve their comfort level in the water while developing their stroke technique and form. The prices listed above are per child.
Parents are invited to sit on the Pool Mezzanine to watch. While classes are listed as 30 minutes, there will be about 25 minutes of instruction in the water and 5 minutes to transition for the next class.
Parent Tot A
Ages 6 months - 18 months
This class is for parents and babies ages 6 - 18 months who are able to sit up on their own. The class will teach you techniques to help orient your child to the water, including fun activities like blowing bubbles and playing with water toys.
Parent Tot B
18 months - 3 years
This class is for parents and slightly older children ages 18 months - 3 years old who still needs a parent’s support in the water. This class will help the child gain confidence in the water, become more comfortable working with another adult, practice floating and kicking and prepare them for higher level classes.
3 years old
This class is for children ages 3 - 4 years old, or children who have completed Parent and Toddler class and/or are comfortable putting their face in the water. The first three classes will be done with the parent and child in the water or until the child is comfortable with the instructors.
Level 1: Introduction to Water Skills
4, 5, & 6 years old
Explore the water through floating, submerging, kicking skills, breathing control and elementary swimming skills. Must be at least five years old, or receive aquatic manager approval.
Level 2: Fundamental Aquatic Skills
4, 5, & 6 years old
Learn to turn over, additional breathing, combined front and back strokes and basic safety skills. Child must successfully complete and demonstrate level 1 skills.
Level 3: Stroke Development
Learn to dive, front crawl, back crawl, elementary back stroke, tread water and additional safety skills. Child must successfully complete and demonstrate level 2 skills.
Level 4: Stroke Improvement
Learn deep water skills, endurance, distance swimming, breaststroke, sidestroke, turning at the wall and emergency rescue breathing techniques. Child must successfully complete and demonstrate level 3 skills.
Level 5-6: Stroke Refinement & Skill Proficiency
Children will develop coordination and refine technique for all strokes. Flip turns for front and back crawl will be introduced. Endurance will increase 300 - 500 yards per class. Child must complete and demonstrate Level 4 skills.
Students will learn the basics of diving from both the side of the deck and the 1 meter board. Skills will include: approach, basic hurdle, and basic forward dives. Children must be able to swim the length of dive well prior to signing up. This class is for children ages 8 - 15 years old.
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