Clinton Hills Swim Club offers swim lessons to children between the ages of 9 months and 12. Classes are offered during four sessions and include 6 levels (listed below). NOTE: for 2021, only Frogs & Tadpoles, Flounder and Jellyfish levels will be offered. If classes do not fill up, we will offer rolling sign-ups. You will be notified of your time slot by phone on the weekend before classes begin.

Cost – FREE!!!

Online Registration coming soon…

Swim Lesson Schedule

Clinton Hills will offer a limited range of swim lessons for 2021, to allow for social distancing and minimize congregation, while still allowing our children to develop water safety skills.  Lessons will be held in three sessions, start dates coming soon.

Frogs & Tadpoles Skills (Parent/Child Water Acclimation, Safety)

Join us for this parent/child swim lesson and learn to enjoy the water together. Taught by a certified professional, parent (or responsible adult) and child will become acclimated to the water through games and songs while in a group setting. Parent will learn key safety tools to use at a pool or near water.

Parent and child are welcome to participate in this class until the child is 3-years-old and comfortable moving to the Flounder class on their own.

Water safety, proper use of flotation devices, water acclimation, movement through water, floating in the water, blowing bubbles, and more.


  • A parent/adult is required to participate in the water at every lesson.
  • All children must wear a swim diaper.
  • Registration is limited to one class per child per session.

Prerequisites: Child must be 9-36 months old.

Flounder Skills (Water Exploration) – child must be able to leave parent. Child will become acclimated to the water through games. Child will learn basic safety skills in addition to water submersion and floating with support.

  • Safety points
  • Monkey crawl to safety
  • Safe way in/out
  • Supported front float
  • Supported back float
  • Assisted recovery position from front
  • Assisted recovery position from back
  • Introduction to bobs
  • Bubbles from nose/mouth
  • Assisted movement in pool

Prerequisites: Beginners: 3 and 4 years old
Scared of water: 5 years old

Jellyfish Skills (Primary Skills) – child needs to be acclimated to water. Child will learn to be in the water unassisted on both front and back positions. Bobbing, floating and kicking will be the main focus of this level. Safety and learning through games will be incorporated in this level.

  • Safety points
  • Push-off-wall to front float
  • Push-off-wall to back float
  • Recovery position from unassisted front float
  • Recovery position from unassisted back float
  • Recovery position from unassisted front glide
  • Recovery position from unassisted back glide
  • Five bobs with bubbles
  • Submersion for objects
  • Propulsive kicking with/without flotation
  • Push off streamline and roll to back

Prerequisites: Graduated Flounder
Beginners: 5 and 6 years old
Scared of water: 7 years old

Octopus Skills (Stroke Readiness) –  child must be comfortable floating unassisted on both front and back. Child can recover from float to standing position unassisted and be able to use a propulsive kick. Child will begin learning freestyle, backstroke, elementary backstroke, treading water and diving. Safety skills and games will also be incorporated into this level.

  • Safety points
  • Tread for 10 seconds
  • Sculling on front/back
  • Elementary backstroke
  • Novice freestyle
  • Novice backstroke
  • Jumping bobs
  • Jump in and push off to a back glide
  • Jump in and return to wall
  • Streamline kicking
  • Sit dive
  • Introduction to kicks (flutter, dolphin, breast)

Prerequisites: Graduated Jellyfish
Beginners: 7 through 12 years old

Clownfish Skills (Stroke Development) – child must be able to swim novice freestyle and backstroke, be able to jump in and return to the side unassisted, tread water for 10 seconds, and know the basics of the breaststroke and butterfly kicks. Freestyle and backstroke skills will be refined. Endurance will be increased in all skills.

  • Safety points
  • Tread for one minute
  • Strong freestyle
  • Strong backstroke
  • Novice butterfly
  • Novice breaststroke
  • Backward bobs
  • Kneel dive
  • Front somersault
  • Handstand
  • Strong kicks (flutter, dolphin, breast)

Prerequisites: Graduated Octopus
Beginners: 7 through 12 years old

Seahorse Skills (Stroke Refinement) – child is a strong swimmer in both freestyle and backstroke and has a novice understanding of both breaststroke and butterfly. Child can do somersaults in the water, tread for one minute and dive from a kneeling position. Child will learn to swim 25 meters of each of the four competitive strokes legally, standing dive, flip turns and open turns. The goal of this level is for swimmers to be able to complete a 100-meter swim continuously.

  • Safety points
  • Tread/swim/tread
  • Eggbeater kick
  • 25-meters freestyle
  • 25-meters backstroke
  • 25-meters butterfly
  • 25-meters breaststroke
  • 100-meters continuous swim
  • Standing dive
  • Flip turns

Prerequisites: Graduated Clownfish

Waitlist Policy

It is our goal to put every child into lessons. If you are on the waitlist, the Head Swim Lesson Coordinator will contact you with options if it is possible to get your child into lessons.

Inclement Weather Policy

Classes may be cancelled due to inclement weather. If thunder or lightening is in your area within 15 minutes before the start of class the lesson will be cancelled. When possible, a make-up class will be offered . Please visit our website for weather updates.

Text CHSC1 to 84483 to Opt-In to cancellation notifications

We offer swim lessons to children between the ages of 9 months and 12