Swim Lessons

Registration Begins Mid April

West River Swimming Lessons

The Community Learn to Swim Program has been at West River for over 30 years. We offer Red Cross swimming lessons for children and youth.

Classes run for 1-week OR 2-week sessions, Monday – Thursday, with Friday used only if a make-up day is needed.

  • All children must be fully potty trained, age 4 and older. Children in Levels 1-4 must be able to stand alone in 3 feet of water.
  • Preschool students are accompanied in the pool by a parent at all classes and must be potty-trained (no swim diapers).
  • All classes are 30 minutes long.
  • 1-week (4 session class) is designed for those that may need an introduction or extra skills practice.
  • 2-week (8 session class) meets all requirements for full Red Cross Swimming Lesson.

Swim Levels

  • Swim Lesson

Intro to Water: Parent & Preschool

  • Dates:
  • May 20, 2024 - May 20, 2024

This level is designed for parents/guardians of children 4 to 5 years of age (that are fully potty trained) to actively participate in their kids’ swim lessons. Basic skills of entering and exiting the water, floats and bubble blowing will be taught. This not only helps increase the child’s comfort level in the water but can help parents understand the process and practice skills with their kids in between classes.

  • Swim Lesson

Level 1: Intro to Water

  • Dates:
  • May 20, 2024 - May 20, 2024

This level is designed for those first timers or those afraid of the water. Basic skills such as water adjustment, floats and breath control will be taught. Children must be age 4 and able to stand in 3 feet (36 inches) of water with their head above the waterline.

  • Swim Lesson

Level 2: Fundamental Aquatic Skills

  • Dates:
  • May 20, 2024 - May 20, 2024

This level is designed for those who are comfortable in the water and have some basic skills. Students will be taught swimming using combined stroke on front and back, bobbing and front and back glides.

  • Swim Lesson

Level 3: Stroke Development

  • Dates:
  • May 20, 2024 - May 20, 2024

This level is designed for the student who has mastered the skills in Level 2. Students will learn the front and back crawl, glides, kneeling or standing dive, treading water, rotary breathing and butterfly kick and body motion.

  • Swim Lesson

Level 4: Stroke Improvement

  • Dates:
  • May 20, 2024 - May 20, 2024

This level is designed for those who want to improve their confidence in strokes and other aquatic skills. Students will learn diving, elementary backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, feet first surface dive and front and back crawl.

The West River Center has been owned and operated by The United Methodist Church since 1951. Come and enjoy the peace and solitude of God’s creation.

  • Location 5100 Chalk Point Road, West River, MD 20778
  • Mailing P.O. Box 429, Churchton, MD 20733
  • Phone (410) 867-0991

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