Swim Lessons and Aquatic Classes

Parks and Recreation offers a variety of swim classes to accommodate a wide range of age groups, abilities, and family schedules. Financial assistance may be available for those who qualify.

Swim Lesson and Aquatic Class Schedules are updated in March and August with the publishing of each new edition of the “Leisure Times” program guide.



Ways to Register:

  • Online
  • Walk in: Parks and Recreation Office, 1 S. 7th St.
  • Call main Parks and Recreation Office: (573) 874-7460Parks and Recreation downtown office in the Gentry Building
  • Walk in: ARC, 1701 W. Ash St.
  • Call the ARC: (573) 874-7700

Registration will be taken at the ARC or at the Parks and Recreation main office. Payment at the time of registration is required. Participants may register in person, by mail, or over the phone with a Master Card, Visa, or Discover. Registration ends at noon on the Thursday prior to the session. After that day, participants may only register by calling the manager at the facility to determine space availability.


Learn to Swim

Ages: 3 – 15 yrs.

Minimum age – 3 years old by first class. Children will be placed in class levels 1-6 by aquatic staff according to their age and previous swim experience. If your child has taken lessons with Parks and Recreation previously, please give this information at time of registration to ensure proper class placement. Instructors reserve the right to determine your child’s level of performance and adjust class placement accordingly. Pre-registration is required. Registration ends at noon on the Thursday prior to the session.


Learn to Swim Lesson


Learn to Swim Course Descriptions

Learn to Swim
Level One
NONE. The objective of Level 1 is to help students feel comfortable in the water. Introduction to supported floating, immersion of face into water, blowing bubbles, introduction to kicking.
Learn to Swim
Level Two A
Passed Level One or demonstrate equivalent skills. Ability to show some independence in water. Introduction to basic strokes
Learn to Swim
Level Two B
Passed Level Two A or demonstrate equivalent skills. Independently float, demonstrate ability to move through water. Coordinate with support kicks and arms.
Learn to Swim
Level Three
Sea Turtles
Passed Level Two B or demonstrate equivalent skills. Coordinate the front crawl and back crawl. Introduction to elements of butterfly and breast stroke.
Learn to Swim
Level Four
Passed Level Three or demonstrate equivalent skills. Develop confidence in the strokes learned in previous levels. Build on butterfly and breast stroke.
Learn to Swim
Level Five
Passed Level Four or demonstrate equivalent skills. Coordination and refinement of strokes. Increase distances; flip turns.
Learn to Swim Level Six
Passed Level Five or demonstrate equivalent skills. Refine strokes – ease, efficiency, power, smoothness and greater distances


Private Swim Lessons

Fee $88

Swimmers of all levels may sign up for this class. If you’re a beginner or an avid swimmer, our instructors will help you improve your skills with one-on-one supervision. Registration for these classes is on a first-come, first-serviced basis. The lessons are six half-hour sessions. Limited times available.

Semi-Private Swim Lessons

Fee $110 (for 2)

Semi-private lessons are available for two participants. (It is up to the student to locate another participant for semi-private lessons.)

Parent and Child Swim

Ages: 6 months – 3 yrs.parent and child swim lesson

Infant/toddler swim lessons for ages 6 months to 3 years. A parent must accompany the child in the water. Program is intended to help the child develop a comfort level in and around the water, as well as to provide the parent with the necessary knowledge and skills to orient the child. Pre-registration is required.

11706-01 Saturday Sept 9 – Oct 28, 2017 11:10-11:40am ARC $40
11706-02 Saturday Jan 20 – March 10, 2018 11:10-11:40am ARC $40

Adaptive Swim Lessons

Ages: 3+

Designed to provide a safe, enjoyable recreation experience for individuals who have physical disabilities, impairments or are developmentally disabled. The participation of a family member is encouraged and may be required. This course is taught in a small group format. Pre-registration is required.

116601-01 Tues, Thurs Sept 5 – Sept 28, 2017 6:30-7:15pm Hickman Pool $48
116601-02 Tues, Thurs Oct 20-Nov 2, 2017* 6:30-7:15pm Hickman Pool $42
116601-03 Tues, Thurs Jan 16 – Feb 8, 2018 6:30-7:15pm Hickman Pool $48
116601-04 Tues, Thurs Feb 20 – March 15, 2018 6:30-7:15pm Hickman Pool $48

Water AerobicsAdapted Swimming

Ages: 8+

Registration deadline when the maximum number of participants is reached. Team assignments, practice dates/times will be assigned after close of registration.

Deep Water Aerobics

This low-impact session workout is designed to strengthen and tone all muscle groups with maximum aerobic effort. Instructors will use resistance equipment during this class to challenge participants. Pre-registration is required. Must have a minimum of 10 participants.

Columbia Swim Club

Come join the summer fun! The Columbia Swim Club is the oldest and longest running swim team in Columbia. The club is a non-profit organization co-sponsored by the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department designed to promote competitive swimming in the community. The goal of the club is to introduce athletes to the fun and excitement of a life sport, improve their stroke technique and self-confidence. CSC swims year round and you can join any time. Contact a coach at Columbia Swim Club at sarah@csctigersharks.org or visit Columbia Swim Club’s website for more information

Make-Up Days

If a cancellation is made the P&R Department staff, registrants will be notified when the make up day will occur. There will be no make up days for the ARC lessons or personal reasons.

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