14 Places to Take Swimming Lessons at Public Pools in Des Moines

14 Places to Take Swimming Lessons at Public Pools in Des Moines

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You’d love to enjoy long, relaxing days at the pool this summer, but your littles can’t swim yet. That means multiple heart attacks while you calmly try to keep everyone’s head above water! It’s time to sign-up for swimming lessons! Whether you need a beginner course that will cox your timid tot into the water, or a simple refresher to make sure Junior remembers what he learned last year, Des Moines’ pubic pools offer a number of swim lesson options. Here are 14 places kids can learn to swim in the Des Moines area.

Public Pools That Offer Swimming Lessons around Des Moines

Altoona

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 and will be available online this year. 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

Cascade Falls Aquatic Center

2350 SW Prairie Trail Parkway • Ankeny, IA 50023 • (515) 963-3569

Online swim lesson registration and walk-in registration began on Monday, April 18, 2016 with Ankeny Parks & Recreation.  American Red Cross swim lessons are offered at Cascade Falls Aquatic Center to kids ages 18 months on up to Lifeguard Training.  Morning outdoor swim lessons are scheduled Monday through Thursday and last a half hour.  Kids can also sign up for private swim lessons at Cascade Falls.  Lessons start at $35.

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 18, 2016 with Ankeny Parks & Recreation.  American Red Cross swim lessons are offered at 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. Special Needs and Older Youth/ Adult swim lessons are also offered at the Prairie Ridge Aquatic Center.  Lessons start at $35.

Clive

Clive Aquatics Center

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

Outdoor summer swim lesson online and walk-in registration is currently open at 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 and last 30 minutes.  The Aquatic Center also offers private and semi-private lessons, as well as, Junior Lifesaving, Lifeguard Training and diving classes.   Lessons start at $39.

Des Moines

Ashworth Memorial Swimming Pool

101 45th Street • Des Moines, IA 50309 • (515) 243-3567
Online outdoor summer swim lesson registration opened April 1, 2016 with Des Moines Parks & Recreation.  Baby/Infant and Me, Preschool Swim and American Red Cross Learn to Swim Levels 1-5 are offered at Ashworth Memorial Swimming Pool in the mornings during three different 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.  Lessons start at $30.

Birdland Swimming Pool

300 Holcomb Avenue • Des Moines, IA, 50313 • (515) 243-3567
Online outdoor summer swim lesson registration opened April 1, 2016 with Des Moines Parks & Recreation.  Baby/Infant and Me, Preschool Swim and American Red Cross Learn to Swim Levels 1-5 are offered in the mornings at Birdland Swimming Pool during three different 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.  Lifeguard Training is also offered at Birdland Swimming Pool.  Lessons start at $30.

Nahas Family Aquatic Center

1101 Porter Ave, Des Moines, IA 50315 (515) 243-3567

Online outdoor summer swim lesson registration opened April 1, 2016 with Des Moines Parks & Recreation.  Baby/Infant and Me, Preschool Swim and American Red Cross Learn to Swim Levels 1-5 are offered in the morning AND evening at Nahas Family Aquatic Center during four different 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.  Lessons start at $30.

Northwest Family Aquatic Center

4915 Madison Ave, Des Moines, IA 50310 (515) 237-1386

Online outdoor summer swim lesson registration opened April 1, 2016 with Des Moines Parks & Recreation.  Baby/Infant and Me, Preschool Swim and American Red Cross Learn to Swim Levels 1-5 are offered in the morning AND evening during four different 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.  Lessons start at $30.

Teachout Family Aquatic Center

2601 Hubbell Avenue • Des Moines, IA • (515) 243-3567

Online outdoor summer swim lesson registration opened April 1, 2016 with Des Moines Parks & Recreation.  Baby/Infant and Me, Preschool Swim and American Red Cross Learn to Swim Levels 1-5 are offered in the morning AND evening at Teachout Family Aquatic Center during four different 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.  Lessons start at $30.

Indianola

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 $35.

Johnston

Summit Pool

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

Online registration is open 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

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, SCUBA and snorkeling classes.  Lessons start at $45.

West Des Moines

Holiday Park Aquatic Center

1701 Railroad Avenue • West Des Moines • (515) 273-0700

Register online via West Des Moines Parks & Recreation for swimming lessons held at Holiday Park Aquatic Center.  Waterpups for three and four year olds and American Red Cross Learn to Swim Levels 1-5 are offered in the evening at Holiday Park Aquatic Center.  Lessons run for two weeks Monday through Friday for 30 minutes.  Private lessons are also offered at Holiday.  Lessons start at $43.

Valley View Aquatic Center

255 S 81st Street • West Des Moines, IA 50266 • (515) 273-0700

Register online via West Des Moines Parks & Recreation for swimming lessons held at 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 at Valley View Aquatic Center.  Lessons run for two weeks:  Week 1: Tuesday through Friday and Week 2: Monday through Friday for 30 minutes.  Lessons start at $43.

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