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Swim lessons are held year-round at our indoor facility for individuals six months of age and older. Instruction is available in the form of group swim lessons, semi-private swim lessons, and private swim lessons. Fall, winter, and spring classes run primarily in the evenings and weekend mornings, but a limited number of classes are also offered during the daytime on weekdays.

Summer swim lessons are held at both facilities during the summer for individuals six months of age and older. Instruction is available in the form of group swim lessons, semi-private swim lessons, and private swim lessons. During the summer, classes for upper level swimmers are generally offered outdoors in the morning during the weekdays.

During the summer the Bartlett Park District runs a recreational swim team at the outdoor aquatic center called the Bartlett Barracudas. The team is for individuals from five years of age through 18 years of age. The team fosters healthy sportsmanship and promotes swimming technique. It is strongly recommended that individuals wishing to join the team successfully complete the Bartlett Park District swim lesson program in its entirety. Registration for the Barracudas is published in the spring park district brochure.

Bartlett Swim Academy Lesson Descriptions

Parent and Tot Swimming Exploration

Come and explore the water with your infant or toddler. This class, with an adult in-water, is designed to facilitate familiarity with the water and build comfort. Instructors will act as facilitators and coordinate both structured and unstructured activities to promote water exploration.

Basic Tiny Tot
Toddlers comfortable being independent in the water without a parent are ready for the introductory class to our Bartlett Park District Swim Academy program. This class focuses on development of motor skills in the water, including blowing bubbles, supported floats, and arm circles. Students will also be given structured opportunities to further explore the water environment.

Advanced Tiny Tot
For students successfully graduating from Basic Tiny Tot, this class is designed to further facilitate the development of water comfort and basic skill development. The ultimate goal of this class is to adequately prepare the student for entry into our Basic Skills series of classes. Students will be encouraged to continue developing motor skills learned in Basic Tiny Tot in addition to achieving a level of comfort where they can put their entire head under the water.

Basic Skills I
After graduation from Advanced Tiny Tot, students will be ready to enter the core program curriculum of the Bartlett Park District Swim Academy. Basic Skills I promotes early stroke development with the refinement of arm circles, kicks, and an introduction to rotary breathing. Instructors will also encourage students to float independently on their front and back. Finally, with time being spent in the Splash Central Lap Pool, students will also cover safety rules at the start and end of class each day.

Basic Skills II
Building on the curriculum from Basic Skills I, students will continue to develop front crawl and back crawl with the ultimate goal of swimming 10-15 yards independently with instructor supervision. Rotary breathing will also be reinforced in an effort to develop a clean stroke needed for successful completion of the next class, Basic Skills III, and graduation into the Advanced Skills series.

Basic Skills III
The capstone class of the Basic Skills series focuses on stroke refinement, additional opportunities for deep water skill-building, and increased emphasis on distance swimming and endurance. To successfully graduate from Basic Skills III, students must be able to independently swim the full length of the Splash Central Lap Pool (25 yards) using a relatively refined and clean front crawl and back crawl. Students will also receive introduction to the stroke components of breaststroke through development of elementary backstroke.

Advanced Skills I
The initial class in this series offers students an opportunity to continue developing advanced strokes such as breaststroke. Students will build endurance by swimming regular lengths of the pool. Advanced safety skills will be introduced and discussed and students will be given the opportunity to attempt basic diving techniques.

Advanced Skills II
Students will continue the development of all four major strokes: front crawl (freestyle), back crawl (backstroke), breaststroke, and butterfly. Students will continue to develop their ability to swim greater distances, which is important from both a safety and competitive standpoint. Finally, proper usage of lifejackets will be demonstrated and applied during class.

Advanced Skills III
The final course in the Advanced Skills series focuses on retention of all four major strokes: front crawl (freestyle), back crawl (backstroke), breaststroke, and butterfly. Students will receive additional training on how to apply these strokes in both a leisure swimming and competitive environment. Additional endurance-building activities for students will help facilitate their graduation from the program. Graduation will propel students into confident and safety oriented independent swimmers.

Intro To Competitive Swimming
For students completing Advanced Skills III who have the desire to swim competitively, this course will weave elements of a swim team environment into stroke refinement and development. Students will learn the basics of flip turns and proper starting techniques. The Bartlett Park District Swim Academy recommends this course for any individual desiring to swim for the Bartlett Barracudas Swim Team for the first time.

Adult Swimming Lessons
Whether you have a fear of swimming, want to improve your swimming skills, or are looking for a year-round fitness activity, the Bartlett Park District Swim Academy’s Adult Swim Lessons are for you. Lessons will be taught based upon your present skill level. Instructors take time to work with each student and maintain and comfortable a class environment.

Masters Swim Team
If you miss that competitive spirit from high school/college, or just want to get the edge back into your workout, join our team. Meets are optional. There will be a coach overseeing your workouts to give you that “push” you need. A Splash Central Pool Pass is included in this program. You will swim with the Bartlett Gators Masters Swim Team for the duration of your annual membership. Current organized practice times will still remain for a team environment; however, coaching staff will post practice routines and members can swim independently during Lap Swim times. Current Splash Central or Indoor/Outdoor pool pass holders will only pay a pro-rated Course Administration Fee calculated through their pool pass expiration date. All registrations are taken at the Bartlett Community Center Registration Counter.

Receive a more personalized approach with the Bartlett Park District Swim Academy’s private swim lessons. The one-on-one technique of these lessons help to facilitate a more effective learning environment for certain swimmers. Instructors will build strong relationships with students in order to understand their needs. These classes tend to fill up quickly, so register early!

Semi-Private Buddy Swim Lessons
Looking for a smaller group lesson? These lessons will have a 2:1 or 3:1 ratio and are tailored to meet your personal needs. You must register with one or two additional swimmers. Single participants will not be registered. Families or friends may sign up together to motivate each other. No online registration available. All parties in the lesson need to be present upon registration or else class will not be eligible to run. To create a smoother registration process, please be sure to fill out a questionnaire when registering. Questions will include partner’s name(s), ages, skill level and instructor request (if any). Lessons will be more progressive with similar skill levels.

Advanced Private Swim Lessons
Get a more advanced approach with these lessons. These are taught by advanced instructors and swim team coaches and are for those swimmers and competitors looking to improve their stroke. Lessons are 30 minutes in length for a series of six lessons. Register for class and an instructor will call you within one week.

Custom Private Lessons
Would you like to take private swim lessons but the scheduled times just don’t work? Is your favorite instructor already requested at a regular Private Swim Lessons time? Now you can schedule your time and instructor. Just register at the front desk and fill out the request form and the instructor will be in contact with you. Online registration is not available. This is the ONLY Private Lesson class that will allow you to take classes outside regularly published class times.

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696 W. Stearns Rd., Bartlett, IL