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Swim Lessons

Swim Lessons at the Health and Recreation Center

Palatine Park District hosts a variety of year-round swim lessons at the Health and Recreation Center. Lessons are formatted using American Red Cross’s Learn to Swim program. We offer classes for every skill level and age. You can register in person at a Palatine Park District facility listed below or register online here. 

Preschool Aquatics | Ages 3-5
Designed for children to gain more confidence in the water and be introduced to new swimming skills. This class will focus on learning the fundamentals and how to be safe in the water.

Swim With Me | Ages 6-months – 4 years
With a swimming adult, students will be introduced to being in the pool and water safety. Learn basic skills through fun songs and games and become more comfortable in the water.

Parent Assisted Lessons
This class is designed around the curriculum of American Red Cross swim lessons levels 1-3. Parents will be in the water assisting their swimmer through all developmental skills including floating, kicking, and swimming.  Instructors will provide structure and guide participants to gaining independence in the water.

Adult Swim Lessons
Designed for men and women who wish to learn or improve their swimming skills, strokes, and techniques.

Semi-Private Lessons
With a 3:1 student to instructor ratio, Semi-private lessons are a great alternative for students that may need more individualized help in the swimming pool. This class will follow the guidelines of the Learn to Swim Program Levels 1-6. Participant’s swim levels and ages may be combined for any lesson.

Private Lessons
One on one half hour lessons, focused on what you want to learn are offered. Please complete the Private Swim Lesson Request Form.

Group Swim Lesson Levels

  • Level 1: Introduction to Water Skills
    Introduction to Water Skills Develop skills in the water by learning the fundamentals of swimming. Class includes learning assisted front and back stroke, floats and glides.
  • Level 2: Fundamental Aquatic Skills
    Students that are comfortable in the water will continue to build upon skills taught in previous levels while learning to be independent.
  • Level 3: Stroke Development
    Students must be comfortable in deep water. They will continue to develop front and back crawl and be introduced to more swim strokes.
  • Level 4: Stroke Improvement
    Building upon strokes previously learned, students will start to gain endurance and continue to learn proper technique.
  • Level 5: Stroke Refinement
    Students will continue learning the competitive strokes and preform them at further distances. This level will introduce turn and starts.
  • Level 6: Fitness Swimming & Fundamentals of Diving
    Building endurance is the focus of this level and becoming swim team ready. Students will build up to a 500 yard swim.

Swim Lesson Registration Sites

  • Community Center
    250 E. Wood St.
    Palatine, IL 60067
    Phone: 847.991.0333
  • Birchwood
    Recreation Center
    435 W. Illinois Ave.
    Palatine, IL 60067
    Phone: 847.991.1960
  • Falcon Park
    Recreation Center
    2195 N. Hicks Rd.
    Palatine, IL 60074
    Phone:  847.202.5111

For more information about the Health and Recreation Center pool, visit harpercollege.edu/campusrec or contact Jessica Paneral, Aquatics Coordinator at jpaneral@palatineparks.orgor or at 847.925.6825 xt.2764.

Last Updated: 2/15/24