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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 buddy swim lessons, private swim lessons, swim clinics and much more. 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. During the summer, classes run throughout the day on the weekdays and are held on weekend mornings. Introduction to Competitive Swimming is the only swim lesson to be offered outdoors during the summer.

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 Park District Swim Academy 

Learning to swim is unique to each person. Some people are visual learners and can learn through the “watch me method”, some are auditory learners and are able to transfer the direction someone gives into what they need to do, some are experience based and need to “practice, practice, practice” and some are a mixture of them all. Our Swim Academy instructors will provide all of these methods to teaching your student. Our teaching is based upon a natural progression of mastery of skills that provide a successful transition to the next level. This creates a foundation for each student to build upon and achieve success. Whether you are looking for a program to provide water safety or if you are looking for a program to build the foundation for the next Olympic Athlete the Bartlett Swim Academy is the answer.

  • Safety is always our number one priority and lifeguards are on duty at all times during lessons.
  • Our friendly instructors make learning fun and we emphasize swimming as a lifelong skill.
  • Affordable pricing and small group, semi-private, private, and custom lessons are available for a variety of ages on different days and times.
  • At the end of each session the student is given a Splash Central admission coupon to come back and practice their skills and have fun!


Bartlett Park District 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. The child/parent ratio must be one to one.

Elements that are used to determine advancement to next level:

• Listens to instructor
• Kick on front and back with assistance
• Sits on wall when told
• Sits on wall to get into water
• Arm movements
• Introduction to back and front floats
• Blows bubbles
• Can put face in the water
• Jumps into water with help
• Feels comfortable with an instructor

Tiny Tot Adventurers
Toddlers that are comfortable being independent in the water and being 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 comfortability, supported floats, and arm circles. The ultimate goal of this class is to adequately prepare the student for entry into our Basic Skills series of classes and basic safety and skill development. Students will be encouraged to achieve a level of comfort where they can put their entire head and body under the water. Students will also be given structured opportunities to further explore the water environment.

Elements that are used to determine advancement to next level:

• Kick on back and front with assistance with and without swim tools
• Forward and Backward arm alternation
• Intro to front and back glide
• Supported front and back float
• Jumps in water
• Confident in water
• Can lay in zero depth
• Fully submerges face, head and body, underwater (Consistently)

Basic Skills I
After graduation from Tiny Tot Adventurers, 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.

Elements that are used to determine advancement to next level:

• Kick on back and front with barbell with alternating arms
• Introduction to rhythmic breathing (no arms)
• Uses arm strokes on wall along with kicks
• Retrieves rings from the bottom of pool
• 10 bobs completely underwater consecutively
• Jumps into deep end without help
• Opens eyes under water
• Float on back 5 seconds and float on front 5 seconds (independently)
• Independent front and back glide
• Introduction to front crawl and back crawl

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. Safety Note: This class will be held in at least 3 ' 6” water. If swimmers have trouble touching the floor, they must stay on the wall at all times. Failure to listen to directions from the instructor can result in reduction in level or removal from the program due to safety.

Elements that are used to determine advancement to next level:

• Kick on front and back without assistance, with or without swim tools
• Rhythmic breathing with arm alternation for 6 strokes
• Retrieval of underwater objects with eyes open
• Forward and backward alternation of arms
• Unsupported front and back float (8 seconds each)
• Front and back glide
• Front and back crawl 10 feet each with assistance

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. Note: For younger students not yet possessing the endurance to successfully graduate from Basic Skills III, the Bartlett Park District Swim Academy recommends enrollment in Private Swim Lessons for a specialized endurance-building program.

Elements that are used to determine advancement to next level:

• Front stroke 1 length unassisted with functional form and stamina (alternating arms, flutter kick, & rhythmic breathing)
• Back stroke 1 length unassisted with functional form and stamina (alternating arms and flutter kick)
• Tread water for 30 seconds consistently
• Consistent rhythmic breathing
• Introduction to 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.

Elements that are used to determine advancement to next level:

• Elementary Backstroke, 1 length of pool with
functional form and stamina
• Introduction to breaststroke
• Breaststroke kick, 2 lengths of the pool
• Introduction to fly kick (dolphin kick)
• Front Crawl, 2 lengths of the pool (alternating arms, flutter kick, rhythmic breathing)
• Back Crawl, 2 lengths of the pool (alternating arms, flutter kick)
• Tread water for 1 minute
• Introduction to diving

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.

Elements that are used to determine advancement to next level:

• Front stroke, 3 lengths, emphasis on form, endurance and consistency
• Backstroke, 3 lengths, emphasis on form, endurance and consistency
• Breaststroke, 2 lengths of the pool
• Butterfly kick, 25 yards with kickboard
• Tread water for 2 minutes consistently
• Sidestroke, 1 length of the pool
• Diving (enter headfirst)
• Lifejacket safety
• Elementary backstroke, 2 lengths of the pool

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.

Elements that are used to determine advancement to next level:

• Front stroke and backstroke, 4 lengths, emphasis on form, endurance and consistency
• Breaststroke and elementary backstroke, 3 lengths, emphasis on form, endurance and consistency
• Butterfly, 1 length of the pool
• Tread water for 3 minutes consistently
• Sidestroke, 2 lengths of the pool
• Flip turns (with good form)
• Introduction to long, shallow dives

Introduction 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.

Elements that are used to determine advancement to The Bartlett Barracudas Swim Team:

• Freestyle, 100 yards emphasis on form, endurance, and consistency
• Backstroke, 100 yards emphasis on form, endurance, and consistency
• Tread water (5 minutes)
• Knowledge of IM order and relays
• Knowledge of using time clock
• Butterfly, 100 yards, emphasis on form, endurance, consistency, and two hands touch
• Breast stroke, 100 yards, emphasis on form, endurance, consistency, and two hands touch
• Flip turn (knowledge of “T” location)
• Dives (Starts from block)
• Proper lane usage (circle swim)

Stroke Refinement
Students will focus and develop and enhance one of the four major strokes: Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke, or Butterfly. Students will learn and gather the ability to refine and sustain good for m and endurance in the stroke that most interests them. Stroke refinement is perfect for swimmers that are interested or who currently participate in recreation or competitive teams.

Private Swim Lessons
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 Swim 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. You can choose to sign up for 2, 4, or 6 custom lessons.

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630.540.4800
696 W. Stearns Rd., Bartlett, IL