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Posted on: January 13, 2021

Swim Lessons- Winter Session 2021


Teton County/Jackson Parks and Recreation Department offers a variety of programs for persons six months of age and older. The aqua-tot and preschool programs were designed by professional staff to provide the best opportunity for individuals to reach their potential. The American Red Cross program is utilized for Level 1 thru Level 5 classes. All instructors must complete a training program designed by American Red Cross professionals. Our instructors are sensitive to the apprehensions and fears of the beginner swimmer yet seek to challenge and stimulate the more advanced swimmer. There is a class designed for everyone with a desire to improve their swimming ability. 

Registration Information

Registration for all swimming lessons will be on a first-come, first-served basis at the Teton County/Jackson Recreation Center at 155 E. Gill Street, or online beginning at 12:00 pm on registration dates.

  • Please bring in your last swim lesson report card for walk in registration to move into the next level. 
  • Thursday prior to lessons, 8:00 pm deadline, registration will be closed. 
  • If there are any spaces available, registration will re-open Monday to continue to fill classes. 
  • Any refund requests will be handled by Shelley Gallagher at
  • Online registration is available for all swim lessons. Please make sure you have visited our website before registration begins and become familiar with site operations. 
  • Ensure that you have your username and password ready for online registration. Please call the Front Desk Staff at 307-739-9025 to provide assistance if needed for site login information.
  • For a complete list of all swim lesson levels, locations, times, pool rules, and a Swim Progression Chart please visit our website at .
  • Please print a receipt and bring with you the first day of class. If you are unable to print a receipt, please write down the transaction number and bring with you if there are questions.
    (Classes may be canceled if minimum registration has not been met three days prior to the start of the session.)

Covid-19 Swim Lesson Protocol

  • Parents and students should arrive 10 minutes before lessons and check in for a safety screening.
  • We ask that if anyone is feeling these symptoms to not participate in class:
    1. Temperature higher than 100.4
    2. Coughing
    3. Shortness of breath
    4. Chills 
    5. Muscle pains
    6. Headache 
    7. Sore throat
    8. New loss of taste or smell
    9. Close contact with anyone with these symptoms or Covid-19
  • Parents will be asked to wear proper masks while in the lessons.
  • We ask that parents and children come to the pool with suits on to minimize locker room use. 
  • Locker rooms will be available for changing after lessons.

Swim Lesson Online and walk In/ Phone Registration Dates

Session I:                                                    

Online Registration Begins                                                             

Date:  Tuesday, January 19th                                                        

Time: 12:00 pm           

Link to sign up online:        

Walk In/Phone Registration Begins                             

Date: Wednesday, January 20th                                                   

Time: 8:00 am 

Registration Deadline: Friday, January 22nd    

Session I Class Dates:  January 25th – February 25th  

Cancellation Policy: Parents must cancel classes 1 day prior to their scheduled lesson. If a parent does not show up without cancelling, they will forfeit the class.

Session 1 Monday & Wednesday
Morning Swim Lessons

January 25th – February 24th 

Class                                      Time                               Instructor                             Session (code)                     Fee

Aqua Tot (6- 12mo)            8:30am-9:00am                        Mary Pat                            121Tot612MW                    $50.00

Aqua Tot (12- 18mo)          9:00am-9:30am                        Mary Pat                            121Tot1318MW                 $50.00    

Aqua Tot (19- 24mo)          9:30am-10:00am                      Mary Pat                            121Tot1924MW                 $50.00

Aqua Tot (25- 36mo)         10:00am-10:30am                    Mary Pat                             121Tot2536MW                 $50.00   

Session 1 Tuesday & Thursday

Morning Swim Lessons

January 26th – February 25th 

Class                                      Time                                 Instructor                             Session (code)                     Fee         

Guppie                                   10:00 am- 10:30am                   Patti                                        121GuppieTTh                    $50.00

Polliwog                                 10:30am- 11:00am                   Patti                                        121PolliwogTTh                  $50.00   

Group Swim Lesson Age and Ratio Information

Class                                                                    Age                        Min        Max

Aqua Tots                                                              6 mo-3 y/o            3              4

Preschool (Guppies)                                            3-5                          2              4

Preschool (Skill Development Classes)               3-5                          3              4

Level 1 & Level 2                                                  5+                           3              4              

Level 3 & Level 4                                                  5+                           3              4

Level 5 to Level 6                                                  5+                           3              4

Aqua Tots and Preschool: Group Swim Lesson Progression

Due to COVID health precautions, all children must have a parent in the water with them for all Aqua-Tot and Preschool swim lessons.  The parent will be physically guiding the child while the instructor teaches from a safe distance.

Aqua Tots:   6 months to 3 years old 

Aqua Tots is a program providing (six months to three years old) children and their parent(s) an opportunity to learn and experience the fun of swimming together. Swim diapers are required for the Aqua Tot program. Water entry and exit, cue words, floating on front and back, arm movement.

Preschool:  3 to 5 year olds             

Because this is a first-time swimming experience; the student to teacher ratio is lower in the Guppies class. This class has a maximum of four children per instructor to ensure children learn to enjoy and respect the water. This class is a must for the first-time swimmer. Getting face wet, blowing bubbles, bobbing, assisted floating on front and back, introduce flutter kick and crawl stroke arms and safety skills.


Non-swimmer. Not water adjusted or the first time in a group lesson without a parent. This class emphasizes water adjustment and learning how to enjoy and respect the water.

Preschool Skill Development:  3 to 5 year olds 

The following classes are a great experience in skill development and social adjustment for children three to five years of age that have some aquatic experience. Kindergarten children may go into preschool or grade school lessons. These classes operate on a small student/teacher ratio. A minimum of four children must be enrolled to conduct a class. 


Non-swimmer has been water adjusted. This class will work on introductory swimming skills.


Develop front and back skills. Fundamentals of the front crawl stroke, breath control, and deep-water adjustment are covered.


Can swim 20 feet and knows the basics of rhythmic breathing. Along with increasing rhythmic breathing skills, backstroke skills and endurance will be developed.


Can swim 15 yards and intro of the elementary backstroke. Under water swim and endurance swimming are stressed.


Can swim 25 yards front crawl, 15 yards backstroke. Breaststroke is introduced along with more emphasis on endurance training.

Level 1 Thru Level 5: Group Swim Lesson Progression: 5 Years and Above                                                                                                                                                                               

Level 1 - Introduction to Water Skills: Must have completed Preschool Seal. 

Students will learn how to feel comfortable in the water and safely enjoy it.  Submerge entire body under water, roll front to back and back to front, demonstrate arm and leg movement for five feet on front and back and safety skills.   

Level 2 - Fundamental Aquatic Skills: Must have completed Level 1.  

Children will learn basic swimming skills.  Students will focus on complete submerging, floating and gliding without support, swim using alternating leg and arm action for five yards, and water safety rules, and how to help others. Children in this level should be comfortable trying things on their own. 

Level 3 - Stroke Development:  Must have completed Level 2. 

Additional guided practice will help students improve their skills.  Students will focus on deep water entry and safety, side breathing, treading water, introduction to freestyle, backstroke, butterfly kick and body motion. Children in this level should be able to swim five yards on their own. 

Level 4 - Stroke Improvement:  Must have completed Level 3. 

Kids will gain confidence during swim lessons, improve their stroke and gain additional aquatic skills.  Students will focus on surface dives and underwater swimming, treading water using all kicks, freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly, and safety in diving. Children in this level should be able to swim 25 yards without stopping. 

Level 5 - Stroke Refinement: Must have completed Level 4.   

Shallow dive, glide 2 body lengths and begin any stroke, back float and survival float 2 minutes, front and back crawl 50 yards butterfly, elementary backstroke, sidestroke and breaststroke 25 yards and safety skills.  Students will focus on building endurance and technique on all strokes, race starts and flip turns. Children in this level should be able to swim 50 yards without stopping. 


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