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2018 Guide to Swimming Lessons in Des Moines

As summer temperatures heat up 🤞, there is no doubt most families’ summer plans will include the water. With proper swim instruction, kids can be safe and have fun in and around the pool, lake or other waterway. From private swim classes to community pools, there are plenty of swim instruction destinations from which to choose in the Des Moines area. Swim lessons are offered for those as young as six months, continuing through Lifeguard Training.

To ensure all people have access to swim lessons, many places offer financial assistance.  If the only thing holding you back from enrolling your kiddos in swim lessons is the cost, please be sure to inquire about a scholarship.

Here’s 21 places where kids can learn to swim indoors and out this summer in Des Moines:

Swimming Lessons Offered at Outdoor Pools in Des Moines


Altoona Aquatics Park

1200 Venbury Drive • Altoona, IA 50009 • (515) 967-6988

Registration for outdoor summer swim lessons at the Altoona Aquatics Park will be coming soon with registration available on-line. Follow their Facebook Page to find out when swim lesson registration opens.  Daytime and evening outdoor swimming lessons are held at the Altoona Aquatics Park for a variety of ages and skill levels.


Ankeny Parks & Recreation

Cascade Falls Aquatic Center • 2350 SW Prairie Trail Parkway • Ankeny, IA 50023 • (515) 963-3569
Prairie Ridge Aquatic Center• 1220 NW Prairie Ridge Drive • Ankeny, IA 50023 • (515) 963-3569

Online swim lesson registration and walk-in registration began on Monday, April 16, 2018 with Ankeny Parks & Recreation.  American Red Cross swim lessons are offered at both Cascade Falls Aquatic Center and Prairie Ridge Aquatic Center to kids ages 18 months on up to Lifeguard Training.  Morning AND evening outdoor swim lessons are scheduled Monday through Thursday and last a half hour. Private Lessons, Junior Liifeguard Training, Special Needs and Older Youth/ Adult swim lessons are also offered.  Lessons start at $35.


Clive Parks and Recreation

Clive Aquatics Center • 801 NW 114th Street • Clive, IA 50325 • (515) 440-0599

Outdoor summer swim lesson online and walk-in registration will open May 1 for Clive Residents and May 8, 2018 for Non-Residents with Clive Parks and Recreation. The Clive Aquatic Center offers American Red Cross Swim Lessons starting at six month olds (with caregivers) though Learn to Swim classes for older kids.  Outdoor summer swim lessons are held in the morning and evening Monday through Thursday the first week and Monday through Wednesday the second week and last 30 minutes.  The Aquatic Center also offers private and semi-private lessons, as well as, Lifeguard Training and diving classes.   Lessons start at $42.

Des Moines

Des Moines Parks & Recreation

Ashworth Memorial Swimming Pool • 101 45th Street • Des Moines, IA 50309 • (515) 243-3567
Birdland Swimming Pool • 300 Holcomb Avenue Des Moines, IA 50313 • 515) 243-3567
Nahas Family Aquatic Center • 1101 Porter Avenue • Des Moines, IA 50315 • (515) 243-3567
Northwest Family Aquatic Center • 4915 Madison Avenue • Des Moines, IA 50310 • (515) 237-1386
Teachout Family Aquatic Center • 2601 Hubbell Avenue • Des Moines, IA • (515) 243-3567

Registration is open for swim lessons with Des Moines Parks & Recreation.  Swim lessons are offered at their outdoor aquatic centers and pools.  Baby/Infant and Me, Preschool Swim and American Red Cross Learn to Swim Levels 1-5 are offered in the morning and evening during five sessions.  Class Format Options are a one-week format, which include 45-minute swim lessons; Monday through Friday or a two-week format, which include 35-minute lessons, Monday through Thursday.  Private Lessons, Lifegurd Training, Water Safety Instructor Training and Adult Swim Lessons are also offered.  Lessons start at $30.


Indianola Parks and Recreation

Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center • 714 W. Detroit Avenue • Indianola, IA 50125 • (515) 961-9422

Register online through Indianola Parks & Recreation for swimming lessons held at Veteran’s Memorial Park Aquatic Center.  Outdoor summer swim lessons are offered to Mighty Minnows (9-month olds – 5 year olds) with their caregiver through Level 6 of American Red Cross Learn to Swim programs.  Summer swim lessons are held in the morning and evening and are offered in two different formats.  Two-week format, which include 35-minute lessons; Monday-Thursday or a three-week format, which include 45-minute lessons; Tuesday and Thursdays.  Lessons start at $26.50.

West Des Moines

West Des Moines Parks & Recreation

Holiday Park Aquatic Center • 1701 Railroad Avenue • West Des Moines, IA • (515) 273-0700
Valley View Aquatic Center • 255 S 81st Strett • West Des Moines, IA 50266 • (515) 273-0700

Register online via West Des Moines Parks & Recreation for swimming lessons held at Holiday Park Aquatic Center and Valley View Aquatic Center.  Waterpups for three and four-year olds and American Red Cross Learn to Swim Levels 1-5 are offered in the morning and evening.  Lessons run for two weeks. Private Lessons, Parent and Me and Adult Swim Lessons are also offered.  Lessons start at $45.

Swimming Lessons Offered at Indoor Pools in Des Moines


Altoona Campus

1500 8th Street SW • Altoona, IA 50009 • (515) 967-0788

The Altoona Campus offers a wide variety of swim programs, classes, and certification opportunities for all ages year round at their indoor pool and aquatics facility. Daytime and evening swimming lessons are held at the indoor facility for a variety of ages and skill levels. To register visit their website.

Des Moines

South Des Moines Swimming

Lincoln High School • 2600 SW 9th Street • Des Moines, IA 50315

South DM Swimming is proud to offer swim programs for all levels of athletes. Swim lessons are available for young swimmers ages 3-9 to begin learning the basics of swimming. Each class will have an in-water instructor and the program is designed for children who are new to the water. Registration is open for lessons, which start on May 7th and cost $45 per swimmer.


Johnston Community Education

Summit Pool • 9500 Windsor Parkway • Johnston, IA 50131 • (515) 986-0951

Online registration will open in May for indoor summer swim classes at Summit Pool.  This pool managed by the Johnston Community School District offers introductory swim lessons to preschoolers; parent tot classes; six levels of American Red Cross Learn to Swim classes and competitive swimming opportunities.   Indoor summer swim lessons consist of eight 30-minute lessons and are offered in the morning and evening.  Lessons start at $49.


Urbandale Parks and Recreation

Urbandale Public Swimming Pool • 7201 Aurora Avenue • Urbandale, IA 50322 • (515) 278-3959

Online registration is open for indoor summer swim lessons at the Urbandale Public Swimming pool. American Red Cross group lessons are offered for parent and child, pre-school and Learn to Swim lessons in the morning and evening. They also offer private lessons, Lifeguard and Water Safety Instructor training, as well as, Junior Lifeguard Camp.  Lessons start at $40.

West Des Moines

Aqua Tots

7125 Mills Civic Parkway #105 • West Des Moines, IA 50266 • (515) 612-9400

Aqua Tots provides small group swim lessons at their West Des Moines swim school.  They offer swim classes for babies, toddlers, infants, kids, swim team, adults, and children with special needs. They have eight swim levels which gives children a platform to grow and develop their swimming skills.  Each child will be assessed to determine their swimming proficiency and to provide swimming lessons for their specific skill level.  You can register three ways: via phone, on-line or at their facility.

Central Iowa Aquatics

Hilton Garden Inn • 205 S 64th Street • West Des Moines, IA 50266

Central Iowa Aquatics’ Swim School lessons are geared towards water safety, beginning with basic movement through the water and progressing to swim team prep.  No matter what the skill level and comfort with the water, CIASS programming provides individualization and FUN for the swimmer!  Registration is currently open for lessons starting on May 10th.  Classes are 25 minutes long and are $70.

Dowling Catholic Riptide Swimming Club

Mark Crouch Indoor Pool • 1400 Buffalo Road • West Des Moines, IA • (515) 339-1201

Dowling Catholic High School and Dowling Catholic Riptide Swimming Club are offering summer 2018 youth swimming lessons.  Group lessons are 30 minutes, Monday through Friday for two weeks and cost $75.  Private lessons are also 30 minutes, Monday through Friday, for one week and cost $100.  Swimmers will be placed in one of six different ability levels for group lessons.

Prairie Life Fitness

4875 Mills Civic Parkway • West Des Moines, IA 5026 • 515-223-5999

Guided by professional swim instructors, tykes ages 3 and up can learn how to breathe, kick, and cruise through the water — all in a beautiful indoor pool at Prairie Life Fitness Center. Youth Swimming Lessons are offered in seven different levels plus Waterbabies and Lifeguard Training. You do not need to be a member to take advantage of their aquatics program.  Non-members pay an extra $5 to register.

Multiple Cities

YMCA of Greater Des Moines

Ankeny Family YMCA • 1102 N Ankeny Boulevard • Ankeny, IA 50023 • (515) 965-8800
John R. Grubb Community YMCA • 1611 11th Street Des Moines, IA 50314 • (515) 868-0527
Indianola YMCA • 306 E Scenic Valley Avenue • Indianola, IA 50125 • (515) 777-7746
South Suburban YMCA • 401 E Army Post Road • Des Moines, IA 50315 • (515) 285-0444
Walnut Creek YMCA • 948 73rd Street • West Des Moines, IA 50324 • (515) 224-1888
Waukee Family YMCA • 210 Warrior Lane • Waukee, IA 50263 • (515) 987-9996
Wellmark YMCA • 501 Grand Avenue • Des Moines, IA 50309 • (515) 471-8511

Des Moines area YMCAs offer group and private swim lessons as an affordable option and there are several facilities to choose from. The instruction program includes tots lessons for kids 6 months to 5 years of age, as well as stroke clinics for ages 6 to 14 years of age. A few of the local Ys also offer competitive swim team.  You can register on-line for swim lessons at all YMCA branches.



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