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Swim Lessons
They say you can teach anyone or anything how to swim. To study this theory, we developed classes for beginners, adults, waterbabies, those frightened of water and many others. We even have a class that teaches tots how to dive. However, we drew the line at cat-tossing in the water. Everyone knows that story.
Program Information

Swim lessons for all ages and swimming abilities are offered at indoor and outdoor pools. Swim lesson fees range from $50 to $60, depending on the level and the number of participants. Non-county residents are charged an additional $15 fee.


Children's swim lessons for all levels and ages may be offered in three, or six week sessions. Adult group Lessons for all levels may be offered on weekday evenings or weekends.


Screening is available to evaluate the student's abilities at each pool. Call the pool of your choice and speak to the lesson supervisor for evaluation times (bring a suit and towel).


Please read the course descriptions carefully. Select the course level for which the student has mastered all the prerequisite skills. By choosing the appropriate level, the student will be more likely to succeed. Please check all course dates to determine which classes will best accommodate the student's needs. Courses meet for six 30-minute sessions.


THERE ARE NO MAKE-UPS OR REFUNDS FOR MISSED CLASSES.


PLEASE CHECK EACH POOL'S LISTINGS FOR LESSON SCHEDULE CHANGES DUE TO FACILITY CONFLICTS. LESSONS WILL BE HELD ON ALL OTHER DAYS THE FACILITY IS OPEN. PLEASE REGISTER ACCORDINGLY.


Please note the following:
  • Parents...in order to assist us in offering a quality program for your child, we ask that you do not remain at the class unless it is otherwise stated in the description. Experience has shown that children are easily distracted. Thank you for your cooperation;
  • Observation is allowed from designated areas ONLY. At some facilities clear observation may not be possible;
  • The fee covers only the lessons and no other use of the facility;
  • Participants may enter the locker rooms only 10 minutes before the start of class;
  • Lesson questions should be directed to the facility where you wish to enroll;
  • Withdrawal policies will be STRICTLY followed and applies to class transfers.
Private Lessons

Our Private Lessons are listed below. Want to browse all of our Swim Lessons? Want to search by location, keyword, or day of the week? Ready to register?Browse, search and register for classes on RecWeb!

 

Private Swim Lessons with Carolyn Smith
Martin Luther King Swim Center

 

Adult Swim Lessons

Our Adult Swim Lessons are listed below. Want to browse all of our Swim Lessons? Want to search by location, keyword, or day of the week? Ready to register? Browse, search and register for classes on RecWeb!

 

Adult Level 1

Designed for teenagers and adults (14 years and older) who are fearful of the water and/or may have had a bad experience in the water. Basic water adjustment skills will be taught. Screening is available to evaluate the students abilities. Please call the lesson coordinator at 240-777-6830 to schedule a time (bring a suit and towel). Please read the course descriptions carefully. Select the course level for which the student has mastered all prerequisite skills. By choosing the appropriate level, the student will be more likely to succeed. Please check all course dates to determine which classes will best accommodate their needs. THERE ARE NO MAKE-UPS OR REFUNDS FOR MISSED CLASSES. Courses meet for six 30 minute sessions. Class size is limited to 6 students.
Germantown Indoor Swim Center
Wheaton/Glenmont Pool
Kennedy Shriver Aquatic Center
Long Branch Pool
Martin Luther King Swim Center
Olney Swim Center
Upper County Pool

 

Adult Level 2

Designed for teenagers and adults (14 years and older) who are already water adjusted. Students must be able to submerge for 3 seconds and float on their front and back without support. Class size is limited to 10 students.
Bethesda Pool
Wheaton/Glenmont Pool
Long Branch Pool
Martin Luther King Swim Center
Olney Swim Center
Germantown Indoor Swim Center
Upper County Pool

 

Adult Level 3

Designed for teenagers and adults (14 years and older) who can already swim a combined stroke on their front and back, using a kick and arm stroke for a minimum of 5 yards. Class size is limited to 10 students.
Bethesda Pool
Germantown Indoor Swim Center
Martin Luther King Swim Center
Olney Swim Center
Kennedy Shriver Aquatic Center

 

Adult Level 4

Designed for teenagers and adults (14 years and older) who can already swim a coordinated front and back crawl for 15 yards (across width of the pool) and are comfortable in deep water. Screening is available to evaluate the students abilities. Please call the lesson coordinator at 240-777-6830 to schedule a time (bring a suit and towel). Please read the course descriptions carefully. Select the course level for which the student has mastered all prerequisite skills. By choosing the appropriate level, the student will be more likely to succeed. Please check all course dates to determine which classes will best accommodate their needs. THERE ARE NO MAKE-UPS OR REFUNDS FOR MISSED CLASSES. Courses meet for six 30 minute sessions. Class size is limited to 10 students.
Germantown Indoor Swim Center
Kennedy Shriver Aquatic Center
Martin Luther King Outdoor Pool
Olney Swim Center

 

Triathalon Swim Lesson

This is a 6 week class that is designed for both a novice and seasoned Triathletes 16 years and older, who would like to bring focus to their swim training. Participants will learn techniques in sighting, drafting and open water techniques. The course will also combine a strength training portion on land to strengthen the core. Participants must be a current USA Triathlon member and be able to swim 150 yards CONTINUOUSLY without stopping. Maximum number of participants is limited to 10.
Upper County Pool

 

Parent-Assisted Swim Lessons

Our Parent-Assisted Swim Lessons are listed below. Want to browse all of our Swim Lessons? Want to search by location, keyword, or day of the week? Ready to register?Browse, search and register for classes on RecWeb!

 

Aquatots

Designed for children 18 months - 3 years of age. Basic water adjustment skills are taught. Infants/children who are not toilet trained MUST wear separate rubber/vinyl pants. An adult in a swimsuit must accompany EACH student in the water. Class size is limited to 10 parent/child registrations.
Bethesda Pool
Germantown Indoor Swim Center
Wheaton/Glenmont Pool
Germantown Outdoor Pool
Kennedy Shriver Aquatic Center
Long Branch Pool
Martin Luther King Swim Center
Olney Swim Center
Upper County Pool
Western County Pool

 

Pre-School

Designed for children 3-5 years of age. Basic water adjustment continues, but simple water skills are now emphasized. Infants/children who are not toilet trained MUST wear separate rubber/vinyl pants. An adult in a swimsuit must accompany EACH student in the water. Screening is available to evaluate the students abilities. Please call the lesson coordinator at 301-652-1598 to schedule a time (bring a suit and towel). Please read the course descriptions carefully. Select the course level for which the student has mastered all prerequisite skills. By choosing the appropriate level, the student will be more likely to succeed. Please check all course dates to determine which classes will best accommodate their needs. THERE ARE NO MAKE-UPS OR REFUNDS FOR MISSED CLASSES. Courses are scheduled for eight 30 minute sessions with the goal to have six sessions due to weather. Class size is limited to 10 parent/child registrations. Morning classes are held on July 4th.
Bethesda Pool
Germantown Indoor Swim Center
Wheaton/Glenmont Pool
Germantown Outdoor Pool
Kennedy Shriver Aquatic Center
Long Branch Pool
Martin Luther King Outdoor Pool
Olney Swim Center
Upper County Pool
Western County Pool

 

Waterbabies

Designed for children 6 to 18 months. Basic water adjustment skills are taught. Infants/children who are not toilet trained MUST wear separate rubber/vinyl pants. An adult in a swimsuit must accompany EACH student in the water. Screening is available to evaluate the students abilities. Please call the lesson coordinator at 240-777-6830 to schedule a time (bring a suit and towel). Please read the course descriptions carefully. Select the course level for which the student has mastered all prerequisite skills. By choosing the appropriate level, the student will be more likely to succeed. Please check course dates to determine which classes will best accommodate their needs. THERE ARE NO MAKE-UPS OR REFUNDS FOR MISSED CLASSES. Courses meet for six 30 minute sessions. Class size is limited to 10 parent/child registrations.
Germantown Indoor Swim Center
Kennedy Shriver Aquatic Center
Martin Luther King Swim Center
Olney Swim Center

 

Pre-Beginner Swim Lessons

Our Pre-Beginner Swim Lessons are listed below. Want to browse all of our Swim Lessons? Want to search by location, keyword, or day of the week? Ready to register? Browse, search and register for classes on RecWeb!

 

Pre-Beginner Level 1

Designed for children 4-6 years old. Parents DO NOT accompany children. This class is for students who need to learn basic water adjustment skills. Class size is limited to 5 students.
Bethesda Pool
Germantown Indoor Swim Center
Wheaton/Glenmont Pool
Germantown Outdoor Pool
Kennedy Shriver Aquatic Center
Long Branch Pool
Martin Luther King Outdoor Pool
Olney Swim Center
Upper County Pool
Western County Pool

 

Pre-Beginner Level 2

Designed for children 4-6 years old. Parents DO NOT accompany children. This class is for students who are already water adjusted. Students must be able to submerge for 3 seconds and float on their front and back without support. Class size is limited to 6 students.
Bethesda Pool
Germantown Indoor Swim Center
Wheaton/Glenmont Pool
Germantown Outdoor Pool
Kennedy Shriver Aquatic Center
Long Branch Pool
Martin Luther King Swim Center
Olney Swim Center
Upper County Pool
Western County Pool

 

Pre-Beginner Level 3

Designed for children 4-6 years old. Parents DO NOT accompany children. This class is for students who can already swim a combined stroke on their front and back, using a kick and arm stroke for a minimum of 5 yards. Class size is limited to 6 students.
Bethesda Pool
Germantown Indoor Swim Center
Wheaton/Glenmont Pool
Germantown Outdoor Pool
Kennedy Shriver Aquatic Center
Long Branch Pool
Martin Luther King Swim Center
Olney Swim Center
Upper County Pool
Western County Pool

 

Pre-Beginner Level 4

Designed for children 4-6 years old. Parents DO NOT accompany children. This class is for students who can already swim a coordinated front crawl for 15 yards (across the width of the pool), back crawl for 5 yards and are comfortable in deep water. Class size is limited to 6 students.
Bethesda Pool
Germantown Indoor Swim Center
Kennedy Shriver Aquatic Center
Martin Luther King Swim Center
Olney Swim Center

 

Scuba Classes

Our Scuba Classes are listed below. Want to browse all of our Swim Lessons? Want to search by location, keyword, or day of the week? Ready to register? Browse, search and register for classes on RecWeb!

 

Scuba Lessons

Scuba training includes lectures and swimming pool sessions covering safe snorkeling and SCUBA diving techniques. Use of all SCUBA equipment is included in the course fee. Personal equipment (mask, snorkel, fins) will be provided by each student by the second class. Please bring a swim suit and towel to the first session for the swim evaluation. Comfort in the water must be demonstrated. Successful completion of the course, the exam, and the 'checkout dives' will earn the student a NAUI SCUBA Diver certification card. Additional fees apply, to be discussed at the first class session. Please contact the instructor for more information. For Olney, Germantown or KSAC, contact Scott at 301-610-4988 or Training@scubaadventure.org. For MLK (Silver Spring) contact Joe at 301-873-4327 or diveeatsleep@yahoo.com.
Martin Luther King Swim Center

 

Youth Swim Lessons

Our Youth Swim Lessons are listed below. Want to browse all of our Swim Lessons? Want to search by location, keyword, or day of the week? Ready to register? Browse, search and register for classes on RecWeb!

 

Youth Level 1

Designed for children at least 7 years old. These classes are primarily taught in the Main Pool (3' ft and deeper). This class is for students who need to learn basic water adjustment skills. Class size is limited to 8 students.
Bethesda Pool
Germantown Indoor Swim Center
Wheaton/Glenmont Pool
Germantown Outdoor Pool
Kennedy Shriver Aquatic Center
Long Branch Pool
Martin Luther King Swim Center
Olney Swim Center
Upper County Pool
Western County Pool

 

Youth Level 2

Designed for children at least 7 years old. These classes are primarily taught in the Main Pool (3' ft and deeper). This class is for students who are already water adjusted. Students must be able to submerge for 3 seconds and float on their front and back without spport. Class size is limited to 8 students. Bethesda Pool
Germantown Indoor Swim Center
Wheaton/Glenmont Pool
Germantown Outdoor Pool
Kennedy Shriver Aquatic Center
Long Branch Pool
Martin Luther King Swim Center
Olney Swim Center
Upper County Pool
Western County Pool

 

Youth Level 3

Designed for children at least 7 years old. These classes are primarily taught in the Main Pool (3' ft and deeper). This class is for students who can already swim a combined stroke on their front and back, using a kick and arm stroke for a minimum of 5 yards. Class size is limited to 10 students.
Bethesda Pool
Germantown Indoor Swim Center
Wheaton/Glenmont Pool
Germantown Outdoor Pool
Kennedy Shriver Aquatic Center
Long Branch Pool
Martin Luther King Outdoor Pool
Olney Swim Center
Upper County Pool
Western County Pool

 

Youth Level 4

Designed for children at least 7 years old. These classes are primarily taught in the Main Pool (3' ft and deeper). This class is for students who can already swim a coordinated front crawl for 15 yards (across the width of the pool), back crawl for 5 yards and are comfortable in deep water. Class size is limited to 10 students.
Bethesda Pool
Germantown Indoor Swim Center
Wheaton/Glenmont Pool
Germantown Outdoor Pool
Kennedy Shriver Aquatic Center
Long Branch Pool
Martin Luther King Outdoor Pool
Olney Swim Center

 

Youth Level 5

Designed for children at least 7 years old. These classes are primarily taught in the Main Pool (3' ft and deeper). This class is for students who can swim 1 length of front and back crawl, tread water, and dive into and swim in deep water. Class size is limited to 10 students.
Bethesda Pool
Germantown Indoor Swim Center
Wheaton/Glenmont Pool
Kennedy Shriver Aquatic Center
Martin Luther King Swim Center
Olney Swim Center

 

Youth Level 6

Designed for children at least 7 years old. These classes are primarily taught in the Main Pool (3 1/2 ft and deeper). This class is for students who can swim 2 lenghts of front and back crawl in good form and 15 yards of breaststroke. Screening is available to evaluate the students abilities. Please call the lesson coordinator at 240-777-6830 to schedule a time (bring a suit and towel). Please read the course descriptions carefully. Select the course level for which the student has mastered all prerequisite skills. By choosing the appropriate level, the student will be more likely to succeed. Please check all course dates to determine which classes will best accommodate their needs. THERE ARE NO MAKE-UPS OR REFUNDS FOR MISSED CLASSES. Courses meet for six 30 minute sessions. Class size is limited to 10 students.
Germantown Indoor Swim Center
Wheaton/Glenmont Pool
Kennedy Shriver Aquatic Center
Martin Luther King Swim Center
Olney Swim Center