Learn to Swim

Woman in a swimming pool at the Natatorium with her son and daughter

Swim classes for all ages!

Allen Parks and Recreation's Learn to Swim program helps swimmers of all ages learn essential water safety skills and refine their stroke technique. Swim instructors are Red Cross certified. Scroll below for classes offered in the Learn to Swim program.

  • Classes and enrollment: Use ActiveNet to search and enroll in Learn to Swim classes. Users must have an ActiveNet account for enrollment.

Parent/Child Aquatics
Parent/child aquatics is designed for children age 6 months to 3 years. This class helps children become comfortable in the water and introduces them to basic water skills. A parent or guardian is required to be in the water with the child.

Minnows (ages 3-5) and Sharks (ages 6-12)
Swim lessons are split into two age groups: Minnows (ages 3-5) and Sharks (ages 6-12). Students are evaluated on the first day of class and then placed with an appropriate group based on their American Red Cross level.

Adapted Aquatics
Adapted Aquatics is part of our Special Needs Adapted Program for children with special needs. Class sizes are small, and lesson plans are catered to each student. Call 214.509.4773 for more information.

Adult Aquatics
Open to ages 13 and older; all skills levels welcome. Classes are split into small groups and instructors create lesson plans based on each student's individual goals.

Competitive Stroke Clinic
Stroke Clinic is an advanced program that helps prepare swimmers for a competitive swim team environment. Stroke Clinic is split into three levels: beginner, intermediate and advanced. All students must pass an assessment prior to enrollment in any level. Open to ages 6-17. Learn more.

Competitive Diving Starts
Students are introduced to competitive dives off of starting blocks such as the track, relay and backstroke start. This is a great supplemental class to take while participating in stroke clinic or swim team.