Children's Learn to Swim

Registration is open for Summer 2022 at 8:00 am on May 18,2022. Swim Lessons and will be available online or in-person. You may register at Brooks Street Swim Center or the William A. Wagner Aquatic Center for all City of Oceanside Aquatics programming.

These classes will be taught in our traditional lesson format, offered four days a week(Mon-Thurs), for two weeks (8 classes total). For information about the class schedule, please check the flyer at www.oceansiderec.com. Online registration available at www.oceansiderec.com

Please have your family's ActiveNet profile completed and your children's prerequisites done before registration.  All courses for children 45 inches and over require a prerequisite.  You will not be able to enroll until your child's prerequisite is met.  Registration is first-come, first-served.  We do not hold positions.  Please read the course descriptions below for details on prerequisites

 

 

    

Children's Swim Lesson Placement

Course prerequisites are required before you are able to register for all children's courses, with the exception of Sea Otter Pups & Sea Horse (children between 1 year old up to under 45" tall).  Call the William A. Wagner Aquatic Center at (760) 435-5370 for height verification appointment availability at 6:00am - 7:00pm Monday- Friday or 10:00am-5:00pm on Saturday and Sunday, and Brooks St. Swim Center at (760) 435-5225 for height verification appointment availability at 8:00am-3:00pm Monday-Friday or 10:15am-1:15pm on Saturday.   Swim Lesson placements are only available during family recreational swim and night recreational swim programming.  As an alternative to swim lesson placement testing, you may e-mail a photo your child's last swim lesson participation certificate to Aquatics Staff.

Beginning children under 45 inches tall are not eligible to participate in Jellyfish due to the pool depth that Jellyfish takes place in.  Children under 45 inches tall require touch-supervision from a responsible adult at all times while in our Swim or Aquatic Centers.


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Parent & Child Aquatics: For children 1-5 or with the need for a parent/assistant to be in the water

Preschool Aquatics: For children 3-5 & under 45" tall

Basic Level Aquatics: For children over 45" tall to age 15

Specialty Classes: For children who have achieved a certain level of skill & are looking to continue their aquatic experience

Adult Learn to Swim: For adults ages 16 & up


Children's Learn to Swim:
1 year old to under 45 inches tall

Parent & Child Aquatics

Sea Otter Pups

 
Class Name

Sea Otter Pups

Students

Participants must be at least 1 year old at the time of registration.
One responsible adult (age 16 or older) must be in the water for every participant.

Taught in Class

In Parent and Child Aquatics, children learn basic skills, including adjusting to the water environment; showing comfort maintaining a front or back position in the water (assisted or unassisted); and demonstrating breath control (i.e., blowing bubbles or voluntarily fully submerging underwater).  Parents learn how to safely work with their child in the water, including how to appropriately support and hold their child in the water and how to prepare and encourage their child to participate fully and try the skills. Children receive an introduction to basic skills that lay a foundation for learning to swim. In addition, parents are introduced to several water safety topics.

Exit Skills

1: Swim combined stroke on front width of pool without assistance.
2: Kicking and finning on back width of pool without assistance.

Children may also advance to Sea Horse at age 3 or to Jellyfish when they reach a height of 45" tall

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Preschool Aquatics

Sea Horse

Due to social distancing requirements, we may not be able to hold our Sea Horse classes.  As an alternative, we ask that all Sea Horse children sign up for our Parent & Child class.  Parent participation is required for Parent & Child classes.  See description above.
Class Name

Sea Horse

Students

Participants must be at least 3 years old and under 45" tall at the time of registration.

Taught in Class

Participants 3-5 years old and under 45” tall get their first chance to work without a parent in the water and in an age-appropriate learning environment.  Preschool classes will be staged on our stairs or tot-docks to ensure that all children can touch while they wait to work with a Water Safety Instructor.

Exit Skills

1: Swim combined stroke on front width of pool without assistance.
2: Kicking and finning on back width of pool without assistance.

Children may advance to Jellyfish when they reach a height of 45" tall.

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Children's Learn to Swim:
Over 45 inches tall to 15 years old

Jellyfish

Children's Learn to Swim: Introduction to Water Skills

 
Class Name

Jellyfish

Students

Participants must be at least 45" tall at the time of registration.  This is required so that participants can independently navigate a pool depth of 3 feet safely.


A height verification must be done in-person at one of the Swim Centers with an Aquatics Staff Member before a child can register in a Jellyfish class.
Class spots will not be held pending a height verification.
Taught in Class

Swimmers enter the water and participate on their own with the guidance and assistance of the instructor. Skills taught include: entering and exiting water safely; blowing bubbles/submerging head under water; bobbing; retrieve a submerged object; float with recovery on front/back; alternating arm action/combine stroke on front; kicking and finning on back; safety skills.

Exit Skills

1: Swim combined stroke on front width of pool without assistance.
2: Kicking and finning on back width of pool without assistance.


Sea Stars

Children's Learn to Swim: Stroke Development I

 
Class Name

Sea Stars

Students

Participants must successfully pass Jellyfish, Sea Horse or Sea Otter Pup before they can register for Sea Stars.
Potential participants may also demonstrate the Jellyfish exit skills with Aquatics Staff during any Family Recreational Swim prior to registering in Sea Stars.

Taught in Class

Children continue to improve on basic swimming skills necessary to explore shallow water.  Skills taught include: review of Jellyfish skills; front crawl with rhythmic side breathing; intro to back crawl; intro to dolphin kick; intro to elementary back stroke kick; kneeling dive from pool deck; safety skills.

Successful participants may enroll in our Synchronized Swimming Program or Diving Specialty Class.

Exit Skills

1: Front Crawl with side breathing the width of the pool.
2: Back crawl the width of the pool.
3: Elementary backstroke kick the width of the pool.
4: Dolphin kick the width of the pool.


Sea Turtles

Children's Learn to Swim: Stroke Development II

 
Class Name

Sea Turtles

Students

Participants must successfully pass Sea Stars before they can register for Sea Turtles.
Potential participants may also demonstrate the Sea Stars exit skills with Aquatics Staff during any Family Recreational Swim prior to registering in Sea Turtles.

Taught in Class

Children are introduced to treading water techniques and skills necessary for independent swimming in the deep end.  Skills taught include: review of Sea Stars skills; elementary back stroke arms; intro to breaststroke kick; butterfly arms; intro to scissor kick on right/left side; safety skills.

Successful participants may enroll in our Jr. Lifesaving or Water Polo Specialty Courses.

Exit Skills

1: Elementary backstroke the width of the pool.
2: Breaststroke kick the width of the pool.
3: Scissor kick on right and left sides the width of the pool.


Orcas

Children's Learn to Swim: Stroke Improvement

 
Class Name

Orcas

Students

Participants must successfully pass Sea Turtles before they can register for Orcas.
Potential participants may also demonstrate the Sea Turtles exit skills with Aquatics Staff during any Family Recreational Swim prior to registering in Orcas.

Taught in Class

Children continue to refine basic deep water skills and complete learning all of the swimming stroke taught in our program.  Skills taught include: review of Sea Turtle skills; breaststroke arms; sidestroke arms on right/left side; standing dive; open turns; safety skills.

Exit Skills

1: 25 yards of front crawl with side breathing, followed by 25 yards of elementary backstroke.
2: Breaststroke the width of the pool.
3. Sidestroke on left side width of pool & sidestroke on right side width of pool.


Sting Rays

Children's Learn to Swim: Stroke Refinement

 
Class Name

Sting Rays

Students

Participants must successfully pass Orcas before they can register in Sting Rays.
Potential participants may also demonstrate the Orcas exit skills with Aquatics Staff during any Family Recreational Swim prior to registering in Sting Rays.

Taught in Class

Children refine their strokes, build endurance, and prepare to join extracurricular swimming activities including competitive swim teams.  Skills taught include: review of Orcas skills; competitive open turn/2-hand touch; front flip turn; backstroke flip turn; shallow-angle competitive dive; safety skills.

Successful Sting Ray participants may enroll in our Novice Swim Specialty Course.

Exit Skills

1: Shallow-angle dive, front crawl 50 yards, followed by elementary backstroke for 50 yards using appropriate turns.
2: Breaststroke 25 yards, then swim back crawl for 25 yards using appropriate turns


 

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