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.
- Learn to Swim
- Day Care Swim Lessons
- Learn to Swim Course Descriptions
- Parent & Child Swim Lessons
- Adaptive Swim Lessons
- Deep Water Aerobics
- Columbia Swim Club
- Private and Semi-Private Lessons
- Make Up Days
- Aquatic Programs at the ARC
- Refund Policy
- Financial Assistance
- Lifeguard Training
- Lifeguard Re-License
|Research found that participation in formal swimming lessons was associated with an 88% reduction in the risk of drowning in 1- to 4-year-old children.|
Ways to Register:
- 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.
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.
|116901-01||Sat: Sep 8 – Oct 27||9:10 – 9:55am||ARC||3-15||$48|
|116901-02||Sat: Sep 8 – Oct 27||10:10 – 10:55am||ARC||3-15||$48|
|116901-03||Sat: Sep 8 – Oct 27||11:10 – 11:55am||ARC||3-15||$48|
Oct 9 – Nov 1
|7:30 – 8:15pm||Hickman Pool||3-15||$48|
|116901-04||Sat: Jan 19 – Mar 9||9:10 – 9:55am||ARC||3-15||$48|
|116901-05||Sat: Jan 19 – Mar 9||10:10 – 10:55am||ARC||3-15||$48|
|116901-06||Sat: Jan 19 – Mar 9||11:10 – 11:55am||ARC||3-15||$48|
Ages: 3 yrs. +
Designed to provide a safe, enjoyable recreation experience for the day care groups that wish to come all at once. This course is taught in a small group format.
|Learn to Swim
|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
|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
|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
|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|
|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.|
Ages: 6 months – 3 yrs.
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.
Location: Water Zone @ ARC
|116701-01||Sat: Sep 8 – Oct 27||10:10 – 10:40 am||6 mos-3yrs||$43|
|116701-02||Sat: Sep 8 – Oct 27||11:10 – 11:40 am||6 mos-3yrs||$43|
|116701-03||Sat: Jan 19 – Mar19||10:10 – 10:40 am||6 mos-3yrs||$43|
|116701-04||Sat: Jan 19 – Mar 9||11:10 – 11:40 am||6 mos-3yrs||$43|
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: Indoor Pool @ Hickman High School
|116601-01||Tu, Th: Sep 4-Sep 27||6:30-7:15 pm||3+||$48|
|116601-05||Tu, Th: Sep 4-Sep 27||7:30-8:15 pm||3+||$48|
|116601-02||Tu, Th: Oct 9-Nov 1||6:30-7:15 pm||3+||$48|
|116601-03||Tu, Th: Jan 15-Feb 7||6:30-7:15 pm||3+||$48|
|116601-04||Tu, Th: Feb 19-Mar 14||7:30- 8:15 pm||3+||$48|
Registration deadline when the maximum number of participants is reached. Team assignments, practice dates/times will be assigned after close of registration.
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. Must have a minimum of 10 participants.
Location: Hickman Indoor Pool @ Hickman High School
|101205 – 01||Tu,Th: Sep 4-Sep 27||5:40- 6:30 pm||15+||$32|
|101205 – 02||Tu,Th: Oct 9-Nov 1||5:40- 6:30 pm||15+||$32|
|101205 – 03||Tu,Th: Nov 27-Dec 20||5:40- 6:30 pm||15+||$32|
|101205 – 04||Tu,Th: Jan 8-Jan 31||5:40- 6:30 pm||15+||$32|
|101205 – 05||Tu,Th: Feb 12-Mar 7||5:40- 6:30 pm||15+||$32|
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit Columbia Swim Club’s website for more information
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.