Swim Lessons

Fall 2021 Swim Lessons Sessions

Online Regsitration for all sessions begins September 15, 8:00am (click here to go to the registration website)
Walk-in Regsitration for all sessions begins September 15, 10:00am (at Roosevelt Swim Center)
Phone-in Registration for all sessions begins September 15, 10:00am, (605) 394-5223
 
 
COVID Changes
  • If you, or anyone in your household, has signs of COVID (fever, trouble breathing, onset or worsening cough, etc.) please contact Barb at (605) 394-5223 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Missed classes will not be made up.
  • Swim instructors will work to distance children during class, but in some instances, distancing standards will not be possible.

Wait lists are offered, so please ask to be added or add yourself online if a class is full.  We will make every effort to notify you prior to the start of the session if we can accommodate your swimmer.  If you have any questions with our lesson schedule, please contact Barb Iwan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (605) 394-5223.

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.
 
Achievement Award System & How It Works
The Awards Progression features a swim bracelet system that is an immediate, effective, and fun way to recognize your child’s progress. 
 
Each skill your child will learn in the course is abbreviated and printed on the bracelet next to a star. When your child masters the skill, the deck supervisor will use a special "star puncher” and punch out the star next to the new skill your child has demonstrated he/she has learned. Upon successful completion of each skill abbreviated on the child’s present bracelet, you will know that your child is ready for the next level.  After registration and attending the first class, your child will be presented with a new color bracelet for the next level. Not only do the bracelets serve as a reward, they also serve as an indicator of the child’s skill level, similar to the karate belt system, which brings us to the unique water safety aspect of the bracelet system.
 
Levels
All Classes are arranged by age
 
Parent & Me 101/102
Prerequisite: None
Parent & Me 101: 6-18 months
Parent & Me 102: 19-36 months
Required Equipment: Students must have a swim diaper
 
Swim 100
Prerequisites: None
Swim 101: 3-5 year olds
Swim 102: 6-9 year olds
Swim 103: 10-13 year olds
Required Equipment: Students must have a Power Swimr Flotation device (provided by Rapid City Aquatics). This is a swim aid and used during lessons only; Power Swimrs are not Coast Guard approved.
 
Swim Strokes 200
Prerequisites: Swim 15 feet without the aid of a floatation device, face in the water, and breathing as needed.
Swim Strokes 201: 3-5 year olds
Swim Strokes 202: 6-9 year olds
Swim Strokes 203: 10-13 year olds
 
Advanced Swim Strokes 300
Prerequisites: Swim 25 feet of both backstroke and freestyle with side breathing.
Advanced Swim Strokes 301: 3-5 year olds
Advanced Swim Strokes 302: 6-9 year olds
Advanced Swim Strokes 303: 10-13 year olds
 
Lifesaving Strokes 400
Prerequisites: Swim 25 feet of both backstroke and freestyle with side breathing.
Lifesaving Strokes 401: 3-5 year olds
Lifesaving Strokes 402: 6-9 year olds
Lifesaving Strokes 403: 10-13 year olds
 
*After passing Swim Strokes 200, students can take either Advanced Swim Strokes 300 or Lifesaving Strokes 400 in no particular order.
 
**All 103, 203, 303, 403 classes are combined with 102, 202, 302, 402 (6-9 year olds) to ensure classes will not be cancelled due to low enrollment of 10-13 year olds.
 
Six Major Skills on Each Bracelet/Requirements to Pass
 
Swim 101
Red Bracelet
Swim 102/103
Maroon Bracelet
Swim Strokes 201/202/203
Yellow Bracelet
Front Kick (FK) - Performs the front kick with noodle/kickboard for 15 feet
Front Kick (FK) - Performs the front kick with noodle/kickboard for 15 feet
Refined In-line Kick (RIK) – Performs the in-line kick without buoyancy equipment
Back Kick (BK) - Performs the back kick with noodle for 15 feet
Back Kick (BK) – Performs the back kick with noodle for 15 feet
Refined Back Kick (RBK) – Performs the back kick without buoyancy equipment
Breath Control (BC) – Performs 3 comfortable submersions
Breath Control (BC) – Performs 3 comfortable submersions
Refined Breath Control (RBC) – Performs 10 consecutive rhythmic bobs
In-Line Kick (IK) – Performs the in-line kick with barbell, face in the water, for 3 seconds
In-Line Kick (IK) – Performs the in-line kick with barbell, face in the water, for 3 seconds
Backstroke (BS) – Performs the backstroke for 25 feet
Dependent Pop-up Breath(DPB) – Swims for 15 feet using legs and arms with a pop-up breath while using floatation
Dependent Freestyle (DFS) – Performs a modified freestyle stroke with floatation for 15 feet
Freestyle (FS) – Performs the freestyle for 25 feet (no side breathing required)
Independent Pop-up Breath (IPB) – Swims for 15 feet using legs and arms in a freestyle motion with a pop-up breath; no flotation.
Independent Freestyle (IFS) – Performs a modified freestyle stroke without floatation for 15 feet
Side Breathing (SB) – Performs the freestyle with side breathing for 25 feet
Advanced Swim Strokes 301/302/303
Green Bracelet
Lifesaving Strokes 401/402/403
Blue Bracelet
IMPORTANT:
·      Lost/torn bracelets have a $2.00 replacement fee—initial cost of the bracelet is built in to the swim lesson fee.  Deck supervisors keep record of what skills students have passed.
·      Instructors use a pre-made lesson plan for each specific level; lesson plans are not changed due to skill achievement.  All skills each swimmer learn can always use more practice!
·      Students will be moved up if all skills in the level are mastered and it is determined by the deck supervisor that the swimmer would benefit from moving within the session.
Refined Side Breathing in Freestyle (RSB) – Performs freestyle with side breathing for 30 feet
Scissors Kick (SK) – Performs the traditional or inverted scissors kick for 30 feet
Refined Back Stroke (RBS) – Performs backstroke for 30 feet
Elementary Backstroke Kick (EBK) – Performs the breaststroke kick on the back for 30 feet
Butterfly Kick (BUK) – Performs the butterfly kick for 30 feet
Sidestroke (SS) – Performs the sidestroke for 30 feet
Breaststroke Kick (BK) – Performs the breaststroke kick for 30 feet
Elementary Backstroke (EBS) – Performs the elementary backstroke for 30 feet
Butterfly (BUS) – Performs the butterfly stroke for 30 feet
Treading (T) – Performs the skill of treading for 30 seconds
Breaststroke (BRS) – Performs the breaststroke for 30 feet
 
 

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