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Swim Lessons Overview

OVERVIEW: Swim lessons can save a life, build a child’s confidence, and introduce little ones to a lifelong habit of exercise. Our instructors are carefully selected and trained, and our curriculum is expertly planned by our team of experienced managers. Whether your child is fearful of the water or just wants to perfect a particular stroke, we have the right class for you!

Our highest priority is to provide all swim lesson participants with a safe and comfortable place to learn swimming skills that are appropriate for their needs and abilities. We ask that you choose the lesson level that best fits your child. The suggested ages listed are designed to serve as a guide but should not be the main determinant in selecting a class for your child.

This summer we will offer the following basic lessons options:

  • Sunday Mornings: 1 class/week for 8 weeks, makeup 8/7
  • Monday-Thursday Mornings: 4 classes/week for 2 weeks, 4 sessions; makeup on Friday mornings
  • Monday-Thursday Evenings: 4 classes/week for 2 weeks, 4 sessions; makeup on Friday evenings

WEATHER: In case of inclement weather, make-up days are as listed above. If the number of rain days exceeds the number of make-up days, we will not offer refunds for the remaining days.

INSTRUCTIONS: To register, please review the class descriptions and choose the class you think your child is ready for. Once you have chosen the class, please see the available times for the class. Note that if the class is full when you go to register, please add your child to the wait list. Depending on registrations for the time slot you want to choose, we may be able to offer your child a spot in a class.

Swim Lessons

 

WATER EXPLORATION

Ages 6 months-2 years with a parent
This class is an introduction to water safety and basic water skills for both parent and child. It is not a swim lesson, but rather a class designed to assist your child to get more comfortable in the water. This class is meant to allow the child to explore the water in a supervised and fun environment with the guidance of the instructor and parent.

Fee (R/NR): $46/$69


PARENT + PRESCHOOL

Ages 2-4 with a parent
The objective of this class is to help students feel comfortable in the water while a parent is at
their side. Students will learn elementary water skills that they can build on as they progress
through the various swim levels. We introduce the WaterSmart Rules that are encouraged by
Sophie the Safety Seal — our very own mascot for the Jeff Ellis Swimming Program.

Fee (R/NR): $46/$69


PRESCHOOL

Ages 3-5
The purpose of this class is to help students feel comfortable in the water without the presence of the parent. Students will learn elementary water skills that they can build on as they progress through the various swim levels. Preschool skills include blowing bubbles, bobbing under water fully, front and back floats for 10 seconds (face in the water with front floats).

Fee (R/NR): $50/$75


BEGINNER

Ages 5-11
The Beginner class builds on water skills previously learned (bubbles, bobs, front and back floats) and teaches students elementary backstroke, front crawl, and backstroke. Students must be comfortable putting their face in the water for this level.

Fee (R/NR): $58/$87


ADVANCED BEGINNER

Ages 6-12
The Advanced Beginner class introduces breaststroke and side breathing with freestyle. Students should be comfortable with swimming 25 feet of elementary backstroke, front crawl, and backstroke. Students must be comfortable swimming with their face in the water.

Fee (R/NR): $58/$87


INTERMEDIATE

Ages 6-13
The Intermediate class strengthens students’ coordination of keystrokes. This class requires swimming the length of the pool which limits availability. Students should be able to swim the length of the pool for front crawl with rhythmically breathing, backstroke, breaststroke, and elementary backstroke. We introduce the sidestroke, butterfly and the act of treading water at this level. Students must be comfortable swimming with their face in the water.

Fee (R/NR): $58/$87


ADVANCED

Ages 6-14
The Advanced class polishes strokes so students swim with more ease, power and smoothness over greater distances. This level requires the use of an entire lap lane which limits availability; swimmers should be able to complete a full lap of front crawl with rhythmical breathing, backstroke, breaststroke, sidestroke, elementary backstroke, butterfly, and one minute of treading water. Students must be comfortable swimming with their face in the water.

Fee (R/NR): $58/$87


ADULT

Ages 15+
Basic swimming and self-rescue skills are taught in an environment that is within your comfort zone. The class size is designed ton be small so that every swimmer gets the attention needed to achieve swimming goals.

Fee (R/NR): $58/$87


PRIVATE SWIM LESSONS

Looking for a more personalized approach or more flexible scheduling for swim lessons? Our private swim lesson program offers one-on-one or small group lessons that are tailored to meet your personal needs. All lessons are 30 minutes and are available by appointment only. For more information or to schedule your lessons, please email brittany.fairfield@champaignparks.org starting May 15. Lessons must be paid at time of lesson

Fee (R/NR)

  • Private (1) $28/$42
  • Semi-Private (2) $20/$30 per swimmer
  • Semi-Private (3) $16/$24 per swimmer

Date: 6/6-8/4


SAVE THE DATE | Swim Lessons Graduation Pool Party

To congratulate you on graduating your swim lessons, we are throwing a party! Come out and enjoy all that Sholem Aquatic Center has to offer and show off your new swimming skills. This graduation party is for Swim Lesson participants and one guest per household. Best part….it is FREE! Let us show you how much we appreciate you as a Sholem swim lesson participant.

Date: Friday, August 12, 2022
Time: 8-10:45a
Questions: brittany.fairfield@champaignparks.org or 217-398-2581


 

More Aquatics Programs

TINY TOTS SPLASH TIME

Ages 0–5 with parent/guardian
One of Champaign-Urbana’s “best kept secrets,” Tiny Tots Splash Time provides a wonderful opportunity for you to spend some quality water play time with your little one before the afternoon rush. Only the kiddie pool will be available for Tiny Tots. This is a paid activity and is not part of swim lessons or swim team.

Date: Daily, June 4-August 14, 2022
Time: 8-10:45a
No Program: 6/11, 7/4, 7/8, 7/9, 7/16, 8/5*
Location: Sholem Aquatic Center
Fee (R/NR): $5/$7:50 per person or FREE for pool pass holders! Children ages 3 and under are free with a paying adult.
Questions: brittany.fairfield@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3985


WATER AEROBICS

Ages 15+
Get some fresh air while getting in shape! This guided class will help to increase your energy, flexibility, strength, and circulation. All water aerobics classes at Sholem Pool are arthritis, back pain, and Fibromyalgia-friendly. Swimming skills are not required. Participants must attend only the class/section for which they registered.

WEEKDAY WATER AEROBICS:

Date | Day | Time | Fee (R/NR)

  • 6/6-7/6* | M/W/F | 10:15-10:45a | $78/$117
  • 7/11-8/10* | M/W/F | 10:15-10:45a | $78/$117
  • 6/7-7/7 | Tu/Th | 6:15-6:45p | $60/$90 
  • 7/12-8/11 | Tu/Th | 6:15-6:45p | $60/$90 

SATURDAY WATER AEROBICS:

Date | Day | Time | Fee (R/NR) 

  • 6/4-8/13* | Sa | 10-10:45a | $48/$72 

No Class: 6/11, 7/4, 7/9, 7/16, 8/5, 8/12*
Location: Sholem Aquatic Center
Instructor: Jo Rodriguez
Questions: brittany.fairfield@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3985


LAP SWIM

Whether you’re looking to get fit, improve your mood, or enjoy one of the simple pleasures of summer – lap swimming is just what the doctor ordered. Lap swimmers do not share the lanes with swim team or any other groups – so feel free to stretch out and Carpe Piscinam: Seize the Pool! For those who can’t attend Lap Swim, lap lanes are protected during most open swim hours with some exceptions on weekends and holidays. Feel free to call ahead to check on lane availability.

Date | Day | Time:

  • 6/6-8/12* | M-F | 6:30-7:30a and 6:15-8p
  • 6/4-8/14 | Sa & Su | 8-10:45a and 7:15-8p

No Lap Swim: 6/11, 7/4, 7/9, 7/16*
Fee (R/NR): $5/$7.50 or free with season pass
Location: Sholem Aquatic Center
Questions: brittany.fairfield@champaignparks. org or 217-819-3985


RIVER RUN/WALK

All Ages
Here’s a fun way to work towards better health and fitness with low impact water running/walking in Sholem’s Lazy River. We will have the river current turned on and flowing. All walking/running will be against the current for added resistance. This is a self-guided/self-paced program. Feel free to bring your water weights for a more intense workout. All we ask is that all participating be respectful of those around them (no swimming, playing with toys, splashing, etc.). Enjoy this WET (in the water) opportunity to walk/run your way to better health and fitness. Water shoes are highly recommended for better traction in the river, but not required.

Date: June 4-August 14*
Time:

  • Daily: 8-10:45a
  • Monday-Friday: 6:15-8p
  • Saturday & Sunday: 7:15-8p

No Program: 6/11, 6/18, 7/4, 7/8, 7/9, 7/16, 7/23, 8/5, 8/12*
Fee (R/NR): $5/$7.50 per person or FREE for pool pass holders.
Questions: brittany.fairfield@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3985


JUNIOR LIFEGUARD ACADEMY

Ages 12-14
The primary purpose of the Junior Lifeguard Academy is to increase participants’ self-confidence, physical conditioning, and safety awareness by providing a thorough introduction to water safety, first aid, and aquatic rescue techniques. All Junior Lifeguard Academy instructors are veteran members of our award-winning lifeguard team, well-versed in water safety, and passionate about teaching and mentoring young people. The goal of this program is to provide participants with the skills necessary to apply for lifeguarding positions with the Champaign Park District after they turn 15. Participants must be able to swim 25 yards comfortably in a reasonable amount of time and should also have an interest in learning about aquatic rescue techniques.

Successful completion will qualify participant for an expedited hiring process after turning 15.

Date: July 11-July 22
Days: Monday-Friday
Fee (R/NR): $40/$60
Deadline: July 3, 2022
Location: Sholem Aquatic Center
Min/Max: 6/30
Questions: brittany.fairfield@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3985

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