Just because the cooler weather is starting to sneak up on us, doesn’t mean it’s not time to get back in the swim of things! In the Des Moines area, there are many indoor lesson options open to the public, in a variety of price ranges and approaches. Here are four swim schools to check out so that your little guppies are sure to make a splash this season.
7125 Mills Civic Parkway #105 • West Des Moines, IA 50266 • (515) 612-9400 • http://www.aquatots-desmoines.com/
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.
9500 Windsor Parkway • Johnston, IA 50131 • (515) 986-0951 • Aquatic Programs
Summit Pool is managed by the Johnston Community School District and they offer introductory swim lessons to preschoolers; parent tot classes; six levels of group lessons and competitive swimming opportunities. Check the website for a swimming lessons schedule and registration information.
Urbandale Public Swimming Pool
7201 Aurora Avenue • Urbandale, IA 50322 • (515) 278-3959 • http://www.urbandalepool.org/
Urbandale Parks and Recreation holds eight-week sessions of swimming lessons in the morning and evenings at the Urbandale Public Swimming Pool. American Red Cross group lessons are offered for parent and child, pre-school and Learn to Swim lessons. They also offer Lifeguard and Water Safety Instructor training, as well as, SCUBA and snorkeling classes. Register for lessons by one of three ways: on-line, by phone, or drop off a completed registration form with payment at the Urbandale Pool or the Urbandale Parks and Recreation office.
Multiple Locations • http://www.dmymca.org/
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. Lessons are offered at Ankeny, Grubb, Indianola, Wellmark, South Suburban, Walnut Creek, Waukee and YMCA Healthy Living Center.
Where do you go with your little guppies for lessons? Tell us in the comments section below!