Swim Lessons

Register Online: Swim Lesson/Activity Registration or you can stop by the Athens Community Center or call us at 740-592-3325.

You may only sign up for one session of swim lessons at a time. 

The Athens City Pool provides quality swim lessons that develop key water safety skills. We offer the American Red Cross Swim Lessons which are designed to encourage a lifetime of safety, fun and fitness. Each level builds skills and endurance with a specific teaching  progression to make learning easier and exciting!

During the first day of lessons, instructors will be introduced and children that did not participate in our swim evaluation days will be given a swim test.  This is to confirm swimmers are in the needed level of swim        instruction so they can get the most out of their lessons. Our swim instructors will communicate with parents/guardians about any adjustments that need to be made in the placement of their child’s learn-to-swim level.

Please keep in mind that not all children learn the same way or at the same rate. Some may need to repeat a swim level while some may advance to the next level. This is completely normal and instructors are trained to evaluate which level will benefit the child the most. With patience, perseverance and practice swimmers will succeed in all levels.

Session 1: June  21—July 2                                      

Session 2: July 5—July 16                      

Session 3: July  19—July 30                        

Session 4: August 2—August 13

Time Slots

9:30 am - 10:05 am

10:15 am - 10:50 am

7:15 pm - 7:50 pm

Swim Lesson Levels:


Turtle 1 /Turtle 2: Water Adjustment (Must be 3-5yrs. old)
Turtle 1, will be held in the kiddy pool. Turtle 2, classes will be held in zero depth to 3-foot section of the main pool. In both classes, students learn to become comfortable in and round water, as well as under the water. These levels are designed for younger swimmers who need assistance in learning basic elementary water skills with assistance and without. Emphasis of this class includes: water safety and adjustment through songs and games.

Tadpole—Level 1: Introduction to Water (Must be at least 4ft. tall) (Typical ages 4-7)
This level is intended to help students feel more comfortable in the water with assistance from the instructor. Students will learn basic water skills, submerging, breath holding, floating, gliding, alternating and simultaneous leg and arm action, and water safety. Participants must be at least 4ft. tall.

Frog—Level 2: Fundamental Water Skills (Typical ages 5-8)
Participants combine the skills developed in Level 1 to master the fundamental skills necessary for basic swim strokes with less assistance from the instructor. Skills taught include rotary breathing, retrieve submerged objects, exploration to deeper water, finning, treading water, gliding, turning over and swimming on back. Prerequisite: Must have passed Level 1.

Minnow—Level 3: Stroke Development (Typical ages 6-12)
Students build and refine skills from Level 2, and introduced to new strokes and techniques. This level introduces new floats, dolphin, flutter, scissor and breaststroke kicks, streamline, and elementary backstroke. Exploration to deep water swimming, and elements/ rules for diving in the 12-foot section will be introduced. Prerequisite: Must have passed Level 2.

Seahorse—Level 4: Stroke Improvement (Typical ages 7-14) — ONLY OFFERED DURING SESSION 1 AND 3
Participants improve on swimming skills and increase endurance on strokes learned in previous levels. This includes front and elementary backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and rotary breathing. Additionally, skills taught include head first entries in the deep ends of the pool, and off the diving board, treading water, feet first surface dive and introduction to flip turns at the wall. This course is only offered during session 2 and 4. Prerequisite: Must have passed Level 3.

Porpoise—Level 5: Stroke Refinement (Typical ages 7-14) — ONLY OFFERED DURING SESSION 2 AND 4

This higher-level course focuses on increased endurance, coordination, and refinement of all strokes. Participants will work on refining strokes in order to swim with more ease, efficiency, power and smoothness over greater distances. This course is only offered during session 2 and 4. Prerequisite: Must have passed Level 4.