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.

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.

Group Swimming 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.

COVID-19 Regulations

Our primary concern is the safety of our patrons and our staff. With the access to many backyard pools and accessible lakes, it is even more important for everyone to learn to swim. Therefore, all lower-level swim lessons will become Parent/Child swim lessons during this COVID time. What better way to learn to swim than to be together as a family!

  • Due to COVID, each child must maintain a distance of 10 feet from each other. A responsible adult (16+) is required to be in the water with the child at all times.
  • Group Lessons will be conducted with limited numbers, so spots are extremely limited.
  • The instructor will either teach from the deck or in the water depending on the group and the swim stroke/exercise being covered.
  • The instructor will demonstrate the skill and the responsible adult will help their child complete the skill.
  • 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.
  • Everyone over 10 years old must wear a mask in the facility until they enter the water.

Upcoming Sessions

Weekday Classes

  • 8 lessons per session
  • 40 minutes per lesson
  • Minimum of 3 swimmers; maximum of 6 swimmers per session
  • Cost: $50 per swimmer per session (assisting adult is free)

Mondays and Wednesdays, starting October 5 and ending October 28:

  • Level 3 Beginners: 6:10 pm – 6:50 pm

Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting October 6 and ending October 29:

  • Level 1-2 Beginners: 5:30 – 6:10 pm

Saturday Classes

  • 4 lessons per session
  • 40 minutes per lesson
  • Minimum of 3 swimmers; maximum of 6 swimmers per session
  • Cost: $25 per swimmer per session (assisting adult is free)

Saturday, October 3 – Saturday, October 24:

  • Level 1-2 Beginners: 9:00 am – 9:40 am
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