Swim Lessons

Harbor Swim School

Summer Swim Lesson Registration Opens June 1st!

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At Harbor Swim School, we believe in life long learning. All swimmers can continue to learn and improve regardless of age and ability and life lessons can be learned through swimming. Our curriculum focuses both on helping swimmers learn to be comfortable and efficient in the water and on how to be brave, focused and accountable. Our instruction is designed to challenge all swimmers, regardless of level, in a safe and enthusiastic environment.

We offer three types of instruction at Harbor Swim School:

  1. Learn to Swim Group Lessons-parent/tot through Intermediate Level or Tugboat to Yacht as we call it at Harbor Swim School. Classes are 30-45 minutes long with a max of 4 or 5 kids (depending on level)
  2. Swim Team Classes-hour long classes designed for the Intermediate to Advanced swimmer (age 6-18) who is interested or already into competitive swimming.
  3. Private Lessons/Semi Private Lesson-one or two on one instruction that can have both a flexible schedule and a flexible curriculum. Perfect for any age or ability.

Why Harbor Swim School?

The most important factor that differentiates our program from others is our desire to individualize instruction for each participant. Kids learn at different rates and even within the same level you will find kids with varied abilities or who pick up on things faster than other kids. This is normal child development and will never change, so instead of trying to find three children who are at the exact same spot in their learning, we feel it is better to have instructors who are trained, just like your kids’ school teachers, to teach multiple kids of varying abilities at the same time.

What We Believe

Our curriculum includes safety objectives and behavioral objectives that will help your child not only become a better and safer swimmer, but a more confident and brave person.  
In order to facilitate this curriculum, it is extremely important to create the best learning environment possible. Starting with our first session, you will notice a calm pool environment so that each student gets the best chance to listen to their instructor and practice their swimming skills. 
Finally, safety is an important issue for all parents, especially at the pool, and we feel the same way! The Swim School has a certified lifeguard on the deck during all of our group lessons and we will be addressing pool safety with all of our students, regardless of their age or level.

Swim Lesson Membership

If you are not a current member of Harbor you can join for 7 weeks while your kids do swim lessons.  The price is $200 for a 7 week family membership. This includes full access to our whole facility for your entire family. Being a member is a great way to practice your swimming skills outside of lesson time!

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Watch the video below to learn what we are doing to keep your swimmer safe in Swim School.

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Please call 831-6500.

Group Lesson Descriptions

Group lessons are typically held in our warm, salt water pool. Classes are limited to four swimmers in Paddleboat and Rowboat and 5 swimmers in Sailboat, Skiboat and Yacht level.

Tugboat

Parent & Child: A class for children ages 6 months to 3 years. Children must wear swim diapers if not potty trained.

Paddleboat

PreBeginner: Children must be at least 3 years of age (or have prior approval from Kathy or Rachael).  Children must be able to attend class without a parent present and follow instructor rules.

Rowboat

Beginner: Children must be able to go underwater comfortably.

Sailboat

Novice: Children must be able to float independently on stomach and back and demonstrate rotary breathing.

Skiboat

Intermediate: Children must have mastered rotary breathing and can swim free-style and backstroke across pool.

Yacht

Advanced: Children must have knowledge of the four competitive strokes and be able to do legal breaststroke and butterfly kick.

Swim Team Class Descriptions

Stroke Technique

Designed for competitive swimmers ages 6-11 years. Kids must have passed Skiboat level and be able to perform legal breaststroke and butterfly kicks. Class will focus on improving stroke and turn mechanics.

Stroke Endurance

Designed for competitive swimmers ages 9 years and older.  Kids must have at least one season of competitive swim experience.  Class will focus on maintaing proper stroke mechanics for longer distances.

Swim Training

For tweens.  Designed for competitive swimmers ages 12 years and older who would like a structured swim workout.  Swimmers should be proficient in all 4 strokes.  Swimmers should expect to swim a minimum of 2000 yards per day.

COVID-19

The following are protocols we are putting in to practice to protect the safety of our staff and your swimmers.

Harbor Swim School COVID-19 Information

We have additional rules and policies to be followed during this time.  To help keep everyone safe, our instructors and staff will:

  • Wear a mask at all times when teaching and/or guarding from the deck
  • Wear a mask OR a face shield when teaching in the water.
  • Assign socially distanced seats for all kids in the class so kids can remain physically distanced from each other
  • Not have kids share equipment (kickboards, rings) during a class
  • Monitor their own health and not come to work if they have any symptoms or have come in contact with someone who has tested positive

Maintaining a safe environment requires everyone’s participation.  Therefore we are asking all customers to:

  • Bring your keytag and check in at the front desk (swim team classes will use alternate entries)
  • Arrive no more than 5 minutes before the start of your lesson
  • Sit only in designated seating while on the pool deck
  • Maintain social distance at all times including on deck and in the locker room
  • Follow the mask mandate at all times.  Masks must be worn in the locker room and in the pool area.  Masks may only be removed when entering shower or pool
  • Bring a ziplock bag-your child will put their mask in their ziplock bag once they have arrived at their assigned spot in their lesson
  • Monitor your child and your families health-please do not come to swimming if anyone in your family has a temperature, cough, sniffles, headaches, sore throat, body aches or rash OR if you have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19

FAQ

Our program offers lessons for children as young as six months into adulthood.  Levels listed below.

No. During adult swim hours, only adults can be in the pool area including the warm pool and the hot tub.

Online registration is available through our Club Automation site.  Please call the front desk at 608.831.6500 or contact Kathy Peterson to sign up for private lessons or if you have specific questions about Harbor Swim School.

In addition to the regular men’s and women’s locker rooms by each of our pools, Harbor has two family changing rooms for your benefit.  All kids over the age of 4 with a parent of the opposite gender should use one of the these family changing rooms.  Kids who are 4 and younger with a parent of the same gender may use the regular locker rooms.  All persons entering the water must shower beforehand.

All parents and spectators must watch lesson from the far side of the pool.  We have benches or chairs for you in each pool area that are close enough to see but far enough away to allow the kids in the class to focus completely on their instructor and the skills being taught.  If you would like to workout, please just let the instructor know where in the club you will be in case of emergency.

The pools are closed during swim lessons.

If you are not a current member of Harbor you can join for 7 weeks while your kids do swim lessons.  The price is $200 for a 7 week family membership. This includes full access to our whole facility for your entire family. Being a member is a great way to practice your swimming skills outside of lesson time!

At this time, we do not offer make up lessons for a child’s absence or illness.  If you wish to make up the lesson, private lesson rates will apply.  Please contact Kathy Peterson with questions.

One-on-one or semi-private instruction is available for all age and ability levels. Private lessons are available to members only.  To enroll in private lessons please fill out an intake form at the front desk or online here.

30 Minute Lesson:

Members: $35
Additional Person $10

Pack of {5} 30 Minute Lessons:

Members $160
Additional Person $50

Pack of {10} 30 Minute Lessons:

Members $300
Additional Person $100

Private Lessons

One-on-one or semi-private instruction is available for all age and ability levels. MEMBERS ONLY.

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    Parent/Guardian Name
    (if applicable; necessary for all swimmers under 18 years of age)

    Email Address (required)

    Contact Phone Number

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    Lifelong Pursuit

    We truly believe Harbor Athletic Club is a club for all reasons. Whether your reason is to increase your fitness level, learn to relax by taking yoga, feel recharged in group exercise classes, or just want to stretch your muscles in the warm water pool, you can find it at Harbor.