Swim Lessons

American Red Cross certified swimming lessons, preschool, and diving classes at the Thomas Pool in Baker Park. Lessons are available for ages 3-17. Registration begins on March 20, 2017. Register in person, by phone, or by mail. Call 301-600-1492 for more information.

Please Note
Registration is limited to one session/class per individual until May 1. Beginning May 1st, multiple session / class registration is permitted. Level I through level VI are American Red Cross certified classes. Parents ARE NOT permitted in the pool area during class. The Recreation Department reserves the right to place children in another level if he/she does not meet the necessary skill requirements. There is no multiple children discount available for swim lessons.

Preschool Classes

Preschool classes are available in one week sessions. Sessions are Monday through Friday and last for 30 minutes for each class. Staff will challenge and stimulate all class participants based upon individual swimming skills.

Session Dates

Start Date End Date
Session I (no class 7/4) 6/26/2017 7/7/2017
Session II 7/10/2017 7/21/2017
Session III 7/24/2017 8/4/2017
Session IV 8/7/2017 8/18/2017


Class Information



Level I - Introduction to Water Skills
  • Two week sessions, Monday - Friday, 45 minute classes
  • Child will put face in the water and cannot float on back
  • Learning Objectives
    • Enter and exit water using ladder, steps, or side
    • Blow bubbles through mouth and nose and bobbing
    • Open eyes under water and retrieve submerged objects
    • Front and back glides and floats
    • Recover to vertical positions
    • Roll from front to back and back to front
    • Tread water using arm and hand actions
    • Alternating and simultaneous arm actions on front and back
    • Combined arm and leg actions on front and back
    • Learn how to stay safe, including recognizing an emergency and knowing how to call for help
    • Learn how to stay safe in, on and around water including the use of a life jacket
  • Certification Requirements
    • Demonstrates competency in all required skills and activities, including in water skills
    • Successfully complete the following exit skills assessment
      1. Enter independently, using either the ladder, steps or side, travel at least 5 yards, bob 3 times then safely exit the water.
      2. Glide on front at least 2 body lengths, roll to a back float for 3 seconds and recover to a vertical position.
Level II - Fundamental Aquatic Skills
  • Two week sessions, Monday through Friday, 45 minute classes
  • Learning Objectives
    • Enter and exit water by stepping or jumping from the side
    • Fully submerge and hold breath
    • Bobbing
    • Open eyes under water and retrieve submerged objects
    • Front jellyfish and tuck floats
    • Recover to vertical position
    • Roll from front to back and back to front
    • Change direction of travel while swimming on front or back
    • Tread water using arm and leg actions
    • Combined arm and leg actions on front and back
    • Finning Arm action
    • Learn how to stay safe, including recognizing an emergency, knowing how to call for help and perform simple non swimming assists
    • Learn how to stay safe in, on and around water, including the use of a life jacket, recognizing life guards and sun safety
    • Learn to look carefully before entering water
    • Lean what to think about and do what exhausted or caught in a dangerous situation
  • Certification Requirements
    • Demonstrates competency in all required skills and activities including in water skills
    • Successfully complete the following exit skills assessment
      • Step from side into chest deep water, move into front float for five seconds, roll to back, float for five seconds then return to a vertical position
      • Move into a back float for five seconds, roll to front, then recover to a vertical position
      • Push off and swim using combined arm and leg actions on front for five body lengths, roll to back, float for 15 seconds, roll to front
Level III - Stroke Development
  • Two week sessions, Monday through Friday, 45 minute class
  • Learning Objectives
    • Enter water by jumping from the side
    • Headfirst entries from the side in sitting and kneeling positons
    • Bobbing while moving toward safety
    • Rotary breathing
    • Survival float
    • Back float
    • Change from vertical to horizontal positon on front and back
    • Tread water
    • Flutter, scissor, dolphin, and breaststroke kicks on front
    • Front crawl and elementary backstroke
    • Learn to look carefully before entering water
    • Learn to perform simple non swimming assists
    • Learn to recognize, prevent, and respond to cold water emergencies
  • Certification Requirements
    • Demonstrate competency in all required skills and activities, including in water skills
    • Successfully complete the following exit skills assessment
      • Jump into deep water from the side, swim front crawl for 15 yards, maintain position by treading or floating for 30 seconds and swim elementary backstroke for 15 yards
Level IV - Stroke Improvement
  • Two week session, Monday through Friday, 45 minute classes
  • Learning Objectives
    • Headfirst entries from the side in compact and stride positions
    • Swim under water
    • Feet first surface dive
    • Survival Swimming
    • Front crawl and backstroke open turns
    • Tread water using two different kicks
    • Front and back crawl, elementary backstroke, breaststroke, sidestrokes and butterfly
    • Flutter and dolphin kicks on back
    • Learn to look carefully before entering the water
    • Learn what to think about and do when exhausted or caught in a dangerous situation
    • Learn to perform simple non swimming assists
    • Learn about recreational water illnesses and how to prevent them
  • Certification Requirements
    • Demonstrate competency in all required skills and activities, including in water skills
    • Successfully complete the following exit skills assessment
      • Perform a feet first entry into deep water, swim front crawl for 25 yards, change direction and position as necessary and swim elementary backstroke for 25 yards
      • Swim breaststroke for 15 yards, change direction and position as necessary and swim back crawl for 15 yards
Level V - Stroke Refinement
  • Two week session, Monday through Friday, 45 minute class
  • Learning Objectives
    • Shallow angle dive from the side then glide and begin front stroke
    • Tuck and pike surface dives, submerge completely
    • Front flip turn and backstroke flip turn while swimming
    • Front and back crawl, elementary backstroke, breaststroke, sidestroke, and butterfly
    • Sculling
    • Learn to look carefully before entering the water
    • Learn what to think about and do when exhausted or caught in a dangerous situation
    • Learn to perform simple non swimming assists
    • Learn about recreational water illnesses and hod to prevent them
    • Learn how to call for help and the importance of knowing first aid and CPR
    • Learn basic safety guidelines for participating in aquatic activities at water parks
  • Certification Requirements
    • Demonstrate competency in all required skills and activities, including in water skills
    • Successfully complete the following exit skills assessment
      • Perform a shallow angle dive into deep water, swim front crawl for 50 yards, change direction and position of travel as necessary and swim elementary backstroke for 50 yards
      • Swim breaststroke for 25 yards, change direction and position of travel as necessary and swim back crawl for 25 yards
Level VI - Swimming & Skill Proficiency - Personal Water Safety
  • Two week session, Monday through Friday, 45 minute class
  • Learning objectives
    • Increase endurance while performing the following strokes
      • Front crawl - 100 yards
      • Back crawl - 100 yards
      • Butterfly - 50 yards
      • Elementary backstroke - 50 yards
      • Sidestroke - 50 yards
    • Demonstrate the following turns while swimming
      • Front crawl open turn
      • Backstroke open turn
      • Sidestroke turn
      • Front flip turn
      • Backstroke flip
      • Butterfly turn
      • Breaststroke turn
    • Tread water, kicking only, in deep water (2 minutes)
    • Demonstrate a feet first surface dive and retrieve an object from a depth of 7 feet
    • Demonstrate HELP position (2 minutes)
    • Demonstrate the huddle position (2 minutes)
    • Demonstrate survival float in deep water (5 minutes)
    • Demonstrate back float in deep water (5 minutes)
    • Demonstrate survival swimming (7 minutes)
    • Swim while clothed, using any type of stroke if time permits
    • Demonstrate self-self-rescue techniques while clothed if time permits
    • Discuss basic safety rules for open water environment and boating
  • Certification Requirements
    • Demonstrate competency in all required skills and activities, including in water skills
    • Successfully complete the following exit skills assessment
      • Swim 500 yards continuously using any 3 strokes of your choice, swimming at least 50 yards of each stroke
      • Jump into deep water, perform a survival float for 5 minutes, roll onto back and perform a back float for 5 minutes
      • Swim 20 yards, perform a feet first surface dive, retrieve and object from the bottom of the pool at a depth of 7-10 feet, return to the surface and swim 20 yards back to the starting point
Springboard Diving

Open to divers of all levels. Child must be able to display a basic knowledge of swimming skills in order to register for this class.