• Did you know research found that participation in formal swimming lessons was associated with an 88% reduction in the risk of drowning in 2-to-4-year-old children.
  • Did you know drowning is the third leading cause of death worldwide for those aged 5 to 14.
  • 394...the number of rescues Columbia Parks and Recreation lifeguards performed over a five year period.
  • 360,000...the approximate number of people who die from drowning each year according to the World Health Organization.

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.


Registration

Parks and Recreation downtown office in the Gentry Building

Ways to Register:

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

Payment at the time of registration is required. Participants may register online, 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.

Learn to Swim LessonMinimum 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. 

CLASS # DATE TIME Location AGE PRICE
316900-01 Tu, Th: March 31-Apr23, 2020 6:30-7:15pm Hickman 3-15 $52
316900-02 Sa: Apr 4-Apr 25, 2020 9:10-9:55am ARC 3-15 $26
316900-03 Sa: Apr 4-Apr 25, 2020 10:10-10:55am ARC 3-15 $26
316900-04 Sa: Apr 4-Apr 25, 2020 11:10-11:55am ARC 3-15 $26
316900-05 Sa: Jun 6-Jun 27, 2020 9:10-9:55am ARC 3-15 $26
316900-06 Sa: Jun 6-Jun 27, 2020 10:10-10:55am ARC 3-15 $26
316900-07 Sa: Jun 6-Jun 27, 2020 11:10-11:55am ARC 3-15 $26
316900-08 M-Th: June 1-Jun 11, 2020 10-10:45am Hickman 3-15 $52
316900-09 M-Th: June 1-Jun 11, 2020 11-11:45am Hickman 3-15 $52
316900-10 M-Th: June 1-Jun 11, 2020 5:30-6:15pm Hickman 3-15 $52
316900-11 M-Th: June 1-Jun 11, 2020 6:30-7:15pm Hickman 3-15 $52
316900-12 M-Th: June 15-Jun 25, 2020 10-10:45am Hickman 3-15 $52
316900-13 M-Th: June 15-Jun 25, 2020 5:30-6:15pm Hickman 3-15 $52
316900-14 M-Th: June 15-Jun 25, 2020 6:30-7:15pm Hickman 3-15 $52
316900-15 Tu, Th: Jun 16-Jun 25, 2020 6:30-7:15pm ARC 3-15 $39
316900-16 Tu, Th: Jun 16-Jun 25, 2020 7:30-8:15pm ARC 3-15 $39
316900-17 M-F: Jul 13-Jul 23, 2020 11-11:45am Hickman 3-15 $52
316900-18 M-F: Jul 13-Jul 23, 2020 5:30-6:15pm Hickman 3-15 $52
316900-19 M-F: Jul 13-Jul 23, 2020 6:25-7:10pm Hickman 3-15 $52
316900-20 M-Th: Jul 27-Aug 6, 2020 10-10:45am AOFAC 3-15 $52
316900-21 M-Th: Jul 27-Aug 6, 2020 11-11:45am AOFAC 3-15 $52

Learn to Swim Course Descriptions

LEVELS REQUIREMENTS SKILLS TAUGHT
Learn to Swim
Level One
Starfish
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
Clownfish
Passed Level One or demonstrate equivalent skills. Ability to show some independence in water. Introduction to basic strokes
Learn to Swim
Level Two B
Bluefish
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
Stingrays
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
Dolphins
Passed Level Four or demonstrate equivalent skills. Coordination and refinement of strokes. Increase distances; flip turns.
Learn to Swim Level Six
Sharks
Passed Level Five or demonstrate equivalent skills. Refine strokes – ease, efficiency, power, smoothness and greater distances

Private Swim Lessons

Fee $96

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. Complete a Private lesson form and send to our lesson coordinator at Megan.Harrington@CoMo.gov.

Semi-Private Swim Lessons

Fee $125 (for 2)

Semi-private lessons are available for two participants. (It is up to the student to locate another participant for semi-private lessons.) Complete a Private Lesson Form and send to our lesson coordinator. Complete a Private lesson form and send to our lesson coordinator at Megan.Harrington@CoMo.gov.

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.

ACTIVITY # DATE TIME LOCATION AGES PRICE
316700-01 T, Th: Mar 31-Apr 23, 2020 6:30-7pm Hickman 6 mos-3yrs $47
316700-02 M-Th: Jun 1-Jun 11, 2020 6:30-7pm Hickman 6 mos-3yrs $47
316700-03 M-Th: Jun 15-Jun 25, 2020 6:30-7pm Hickman 6 mos-3yrs $47
316700-05 Sa: Jun 6-Jun 27, 2020 10:10-10:40am ARC 6 mos-3yrs $24
316700-06 Sa: Jun 6-Jun 27, 2020 11:10-11:40am ARC 6 mos-3yrs $24

Adaptive Swim Lessons

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. Registration is required.

Location: Hickman Indoor Pool @ Hickman High School

ACTIVITY # DATE TIME AGE PRICE
316600-01 Tu, Th: Mar 31-Apr 23, 2020 7:30-8:15pm 3+ $52
316600-02 M-Th: Jun 1-Jun 11, 2020 7:15-8pm 3+ $52
316600-03 M-Th: Jun 15-Jun 25, 2020 7:15-8pm 3+ $52
316600-04 M-Th: Jul 13-Jul 23, 2020 7:15-8pm 3+ $52

Swim lessons at Hickman PoolDay Care Swim Lessons

Designed to provide a safe, enjoyable recreation experience for the day care goups that wish to come all at once. This course is taught in a small group format

Location: Hickman Indoor Pool @ Hickman High School

 

 

 

ACTIVITY # DATE TIME AGE PRICE
316901-01 M-Th: June 1-Jun 11, 2020 9-9:45 am 3+ $52
316901-02 M-Th: Jun 15-Jun 25, 2020 9-9:45 am 3+ $52
316901-03 M-Th: Jun 15-Jun 25, 2020 11-11:45am 3+ $52
316901-04 M-Th: Jul 13-Jul 23, 2020 9-9:45 am 3+ $52
316901-05 M-Th: Jul 13-Jul 23, 2020 10-10:45am 3+ $52

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. Registration is required. 

ACTIVITY # DATE TIME AGE LOCATION PRICE
301205-01 Tu, Th: Mar 31-Apr 23, 2020 5:30-6:20pm 16+ Hickman Pool $40
301205-02 Tu, Th: Apr 28-May 14, 2020 5:30-6:20pm 16+ Hickman Pool $24
301205-03 Mon, Wed: Jun 1-Jun 24, 2020 6-6:50pm 16+ AOFAC $40
301205-04 Mon, Wed: Jul 6-Jul 29, 2020 6-6:50pm 16+ AOFAC $40

 


 

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.