Swim Lessons

The Benefits of Swim Lessons

Give your children the confidence, and yourself the peace of mind, that comes from proper swim lesson instruction. Swimming lessons are an essential part of a child’s education. Being able to swim properly increases confidence, making time in the water an enjoyable experience as well as a healthy, total fitness activity. Proper instruction in swimming brings many benefits, such as feeling safe and confident knowing they can handle themselves while in the water. This ensures that your child has a positive experience while having fun in the pool – not only for themselves but also for the other children around them. Water-related activities such as surfing, boating, water skiing, even fishing are all around us. Having mastery over the water gives everyone the skills and confidence to have fun while staying safe. Our programs are structured for children to start young and advance through the programs, giving a great sense of achievement as they progress, while giving them health benefits and a good low workout and fitness routine.  Water skills are invaluable and can be learned at any age. Whether you are looking to start your child in swim lessons or have a confident swimmer who is looking to improve their technique, our Learn to Swim program and swimming instructors can teach you to swim and help you to be a better swimmer. Swimming lessons can provide you and your child with newfound confidence and skills that could save a life, and will last for life!

 Feeling Safe: Knowledge and proper technique give children focus and allow them to enjoy their time in the water.

Build Confidence: Having mastery over the water leads children try other water sports such as water skiing, boating, surfing and enjoy them safely.

 Achievement: Our Swim Lesson Programs are designed to give your child a great sense of achievement as they progress from one level to the next.

Exercise: Swimming provides many health benefits and is a good low impact cardiovascular workout.



Swim Lessons

Ready to Sign up? Here are the details:

Classes are held Monday-Thursday, rain or shine. Classes will only be canceled for severe weather. Classes canceled due to severe weather will be made up on the 2nd Friday of the session. Any other missed classes due to the pool closing for thunder or other unforeseen circumstances will be refunded.

To participate in group preschool lessons or all other group levels 1-6, participants must be able to comfortably participate without a parent present. Minimum age for preschool aquatics is 2.5 years old and level 1 is 4 years old. There is no minimum age for private lessons.

Passholders receive a $10 discount for each swim lesson ONLY AFTER pool membership passes have been purchased. You must purchase or renew your passes before registering for swim lessons to receive the discount.

Please note that in the event that a lesson is canceled due to under enrollment, you will receive notification no earlier than the Saturday before the lesson starts.

The safety of your children is our first priority. It is our goal to provide an optimal environment to learn swimming skills. Research shows that children can be distracted by their parents’ presence during swim lessons. For this reason, we ask that parents please distance themselves from the class. As a general rule, please stay off the pool deck. Instead, sit at the picnic tables and grassy areas.


Group Swim Lessons Registration & Information

We strongly suggest that if you wish to sign up for multiple sessions in a row, you sign up for 2 sessions in the same level. If you registered a child for multiple sessions and the child passes a level on their first attempt, for the next session, you may switch to an available class in the next level, stay in the same level, or receive a refund for that class. If your child passes a level, but is registered for multiple sessions of that same level, it is your responsibility to switch to another open class at the new, higher level.

Switching classes or levels after the second class in each session is NOT allowed.


**Please note our lessons are VERY POPULAR. If you sign up for a class and decide it is not for you or you cannot attend many days, please let us know so we can fill your spot with someone on the waitlist.


** REFUND POLICY: All request for cancelations are accepted by writing in an email only to rec@southwindsor.org. If you can no longer make the class you signed up for, email a request to withdraw by email for a refund prior to the start of the lesson. Partial refunds are not given once the class has started.

If you need to request a refund for part of a lesson due to an extenuating circumstance, please email and we will make decisions on a case by case basis. 

* *On the first day of your swim lessons, please meet at the fence by the main office at VMP to meet your swim instructor!