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Swimming Lessons

Swim Lesson Program

Session Fee: Aquatic Members $70 / Non-Aquatic Members $80

Private Lesson Fee: Aquatic Members $25/Lesson / Non-Aquatic Members $35/Lesson

Lesson Registration Form / Private Lesson Registration Form

En Espanol: Clase de Lecciones Natación / Lecciones Privadas

All lesson participants must also fill out the Emergency Form located under the Membership tab.

There are several different levels of swim lessons provided at SAAC. Each lesson is 30 minutes in length and taught by a qualified instructor. Lesson sessions are 8 weeks in length. Maximum class size is 6 participants. We reserve the right to cancel any classes with only 3 or less participants. There will be no makeup lessons for absences.

Choose a date and time that works best for you, and bring your swimmer in during that time for 8 weeks.

Current Session: August Mini (Tuesdays & Thursdays August 1 - August 25)

Next Session: Fall I

Tuesday Evenings September 5 - October 24

Thursday Evenings September 7 - October 26

Saturday Mornings September 9 - October 28

Mommy/Daddy & Me           

6 months - 3 years

In this interactive lesson, parents are aided by an instructor to teach basic water skills such as floating and kicking to their infant or toddler. Through songs and games, as well as interaction with parents, children build a positive relationship with water. This lesson is not to make your child 'drown-proof' as no one is truly 'drown-proof.' Teaching children to swim can be a long process, and having them enjoy the water is the first step.

Level I - Preschool

3 years - 6 years

Limited to preschool age, this lesson is an introduction to water safety and skills necessary for stroke development. Using a mix of structure and free play, instructors assist children in becoming more comfortable in the water.

Level II - Beginner

7 years - 10 years

Beginner swimmers may be nervous of water, and the purpose of beginner swim lessons is to increase the comfort level of the participant. Basic water skills, such as floating and simultaneous leg and arm movements, are introduced in a structured environment.

Level III - Developing Strokes


This level is meant for swimmers already comfortable in the water who can float and place their faces in the water while blowing bubbles. In this lesson set, participants start to develop proficiency in the freestyle stroke and backstroke while cementing basic water skills.

Level IV - Intermediate


Intermediate levels introduce participants already proficient in freestyle and backstroke to the breaststroke and sidestrokes. These swimmers start to build stamina with swimming laps. Being able to float and place their faces in the water is a prerequisite for this level.

Level V - Pre Swim Team


At the Pre Swim Team level, participants learn all four of the competitive strokes and begin to swim multiple lengths of the pool. This is a good option for swimmers who are interested in trying out for a swim team. Being able to float and place their faces in the water is a prerequisite for this level.

Adult/Teen Beginner


This is a beginner class for any teenagers or adults who cannot fit into the categories above. Whether the participant is nervous of water or wishes to become a better lap swimmer, this class is designed to help set goals and teach the participants necessary skills to make them comfortable and safe in the water.

Private Lessons

Scheduled with an instructor

Any Age

Private lessons are available for one-on-one learning with an available instructor. These lessons are scheduled between the instructor and participant and are 30 minutes in length. Please contact Maria Reed (maria.edgerton@saas.k12.de.us) if you are interested in setting up private lessons.

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