Swim Lessons

(Registration website link)

Rapid City Aquatics offers American Red Cross Swim Lesson program.  To help guide you through the process we have included a conversion chart below to compare programs. Red Cross also offers a swim app to track your swimmers progress though the Apple Apps or Google Play or by texting “SWIM” to 90999.

Note it is important for swimmers to be in the correct level. Please don’t guess. If your swimmer is new to swimming, or you can’t remember what level they should be in, a quick e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and we can look to make sure of the appropriate registration is made. You may be asked to bring your child to an in-the-water evaluation. Incorrect registration does not guarantee placement into another class of correct skill level & time of your choice your swimmer maybe removed from the program.

Progression Sheet - What level should your swimmer be in?

Swim Lesson Fact Sheets

Parent & Child Aquatics

Preschool Aquatics

Learn to Swim Levels 1-6

Adult Swim

Longfellow's WHALE Tales - this course is used as a cirriculum for water safety.  We present this material on or off site to your school or organization.  Please contact the Swim Center for more information.

Make-Up Policy: No make up classes are offered for lessons missed by participants.  If for some reason Rapid City Aquatics must cancel a class, every effort will be made to provide a make-up session.

Attendance is important for your child. It is important that the instructor develops a strong leadership role with the class.  This will enable the instructor to conduct an orderly and disciplined class, as well as enhance each student's confidence as they progress. We prefer parents watch the lessons from the seating area on the deck.

REFUND POLICY for Aquatics Division Programs

Effective November 1, 2010, NO REFUNDS will be allowed for Parks and Recreation Department programs unless the class was canceled by the City. This Refund Policy was enacted by the City Council and is applicable to all City departments. If you have any questions on the refund policy, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department at (605) 394-5225.

Private Lessons:  We are not accpeting private lessons at this time due to low staffing. 



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