Swimming Lessons

General Information

  • The ODAC offers both group and private swimming lessons to the community. The pool is grounded, so all swimming lessons will continue unless it is deemed a safety issue by ODAC staff. 
    • If ODAC has to cancel a lesson, then an alternative make-up date will be made.
    •  If the swimmer is unable to make a lesson, there will be no-make up dates available.
  • The typical age to start group swimming lessons is 4 years old and older. Some exceptions will be made for those aged 3 if they have the ability to comprehend verbal instruction, and can be in the water without an adult.
  • The ODAC offers a free 10-15 minute swimming assessment to determine the swimmers ability, and comprehension. The instructor will be able to inform the parent/guardian as to which level they should enroll the swimmer in. 
    • Swimmers will be placed based on their ability first and their age second.
  • Children not potty-trained MUST wear swim diapers and NOT disposable diapers

(434) 432-3196 — please call for all information, booking, or rescheduling of group, private, and/or infant swimming lessons.

Upcoming Sessions

Toddler/Infant Classes

11:00-11:30 am or 6:00-6:30 pm:

  • May 24-26
  • June 14-16

Child Group Lessons

11:00-11:40 am or 5:30-6:10 pm:

  • June 6-16
  • June 20-30
  • July 5-14
  • July 18-28

Adult Group Lessons

1:00-1:45 pm:

  • May 31-June 9
  • July 5-14

More information below.

Infant/Toddler Swimming Lessons

These classes are designed with a parent or guardian in the water with the child, while an instructor conducts the class. The classes are designed for children who are being introduced to the water for the first few times so they can be comfortable and safe with adult supervision. Class ages are from 6 months to 3 years old.

Infant/Toddler Level 1

Children learn how to ask for permission before entering; how to safely enter/exit the water; submerging and floating techniques; changing body positions in the water and using lifejackets. Parents learn how to safely and correctly hold and support their child in the water; how to determine a child’s readiness to learn new skills; using successful cues; selecting and purchasing correct floatation devices; and basic rescue skills.

Infant/Toddler Level 2

All of level 1 skills with additional instructions including becoming more independent without assistance or support; arm and leg movement techniques; gliding; and more ways to safely enter/exit the water.

Please ensure the child is wearing swimming diapers. Please make sure to bring any previously purchased flotation devices for testing. All swimmers will receive a free flotation toy.

Summer Classes

  • Session I: May 24-26, 11:00 – 11:30 am 
  • Session II: May 24-26, 6:00 – 6:30 pm
  • Session III: June 14-16, 11:00 – 11:30 am
  • Session IV: June 14-16, 6:00 – 6:30 pm
  • $30 per child per session. Participating adults free.
  • Min 3 required; max 6 per class.
  • The last day to sign up is 72 hours before the class starts.

Group Swimming Lessons

Group Swim Lesson Information

Weekdays

  • Each session has 8 classes.
  • The cost of the class is per session.
  • Group lessons need to have a minimum number of 3 swimmers to occur. There will not be more than 6 swimmers per session.
  • The instructor will either teach from the deck or in the water depending on the group and the swim stroke/exercise being covered.
  • If the swimmer is unable to participate in a class, no makeup class will be scheduled. If a class is canceled by Hargrave Pool Staff, a makeup date will be scheduled at the earliest opportunity.
  • The Hargrave Pool is a grounded pool and all lessons will be conducted even if there is thunder and lightning in the area.
  • Extra time has been allocated between each session to allow for the disinfecting of the equipment, and enough time for changing and entering/exiting the facility while maintaining social distancing requirements.

Weekends

  • Each session has 4 classes.
  • The cost of the class is per session.
  • Group lessons need to have a minimum number of 3 swimmers to occur. There will not be more than 6 swimmers per session.
  • The instructor will either teach from the deck or in the water depending on the group and the swim stroke/exercise being covered.
  • If the swimmer is unable to participate in a class, no makeup class will be scheduled. If a class is canceled by Hargrave Pool Staff, a makeup date will be scheduled at the earliest opportunity.
  • The Hargrave Pool is a grounded pool and all lessons will be conducted even if there is thunder and lightning in the area.
  • Extra time has been allocated between each session to allow for the disinfecting of the equipment, and enough time for changing and entering/exiting the facility while maintaining social distancing requirements.

Summer Child Group Lessons

8 lessons per session, Monday – Thursday (except Session V and VI; 07/04 will be made up on 07/08).

  • Session I: June 6-16, 11:00 – 11:40 am
  • Session II: June 6-16, 5:30 – 6:10 pm
  • Session III: June 20-30, 11:00 – 11:40 am
  • Session IV: June 20-30, 5:30 – 6:10 pm
  • Session V*: July 5-14, 11:00 – 11:40 am
  • Session VI*: July 5-14, 5:30 – 6:10 pm
  • Session VII: July 18-28, 11:00 – 11:40 am
  • Session VIII: July 18-28, 5:30 – 6:10 pm
  • $60 per child per session.
  • Min 3 required; max 6 per class.
  • The last day to sign up is 72 hours before the class starts.

Summer Adult Group Lessons

Every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday for 2 weeks (6 classes).

  • For over 18 years only.
  • Lessons will be conducted outside of regular open pool hours to allow for full privacy.
  • Session I: May 31 – June 9, 1:00 – 1:45 pm
  • Session II: July 5 – July 14, 1:00 – 1:45 pm
  • $50 per adult per session.
  • Min 3 required; max 6 per class.
  • The last day to sign up is 72 hours before the class starts.

Booking Group Lessons

For booking please either:

  1. Contact the Aquatics Director for availability, or
  2. Sign up in person during the ODAC’s open hours.

The signing up of swimming lessons is first-come, first-served, and it is confirmed by:

  1. Printing, filling out and submitting the “Swim Lesson Registration Form” (under the Forms tab) and paying the $10 deposit together. (The $10 will be put towards the total cost of the group swimming lessons session. It is non-refundable if you [or your child] fails to cancel or reschedule without 48 hours prior notice before the session starts.)
  2. Remaining payment will be due on the first day of class. Failure to provide payment will cause the swimmer to lose their place.

Note: If you (or your child) is unable to attend the scheduled group lessons, the $10 non-refundable deposit will be transferred to the next available class if notice is given 48 hours BEFORE classes start.

Private Swim Lessons

Private lessons are designed for primarily one-on-one instruction between the swimmer and the instructor. Private lessons are good for individuals who:

  • require specialized instruction
  • have mobility, cognitive or physical limitations
  • are fearful of the water
  • are easily distracted/overwhelmed in larger group settings

Private lessons occur at the convenience of the swimmer and the instructor and occur during regular open hours. Instructors adapt their lesson plans to cater to each individual to ensure that they are progressing in a safe, fun, and structured way through verbal, active participation, and demonstrative instruction. Cost of one-on-one private lessons is $17 per 30 minutes.

Semi-Private Lessons

Semi-private lessons are given by one instructor to two individuals of similar swimming abilities. Cost is $30 per 30 minutes.

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