New Durham Parks & Rec

2024 Swimming Lesson


Welcome to the 2024 Swimming Lesson Registration with New Durham Parks & Rec!

Session A july 15-26th        Session B August 5-16th


Learn-to-Swim Level 1 is designed to orient participants to the aquatic environment and to help them gain basic aquatic skills. In addition, participants start learning about how to be safe around water. 


Learn-to-Swim Level 2 builds on the basic aquatic skills and water safety skills and concepts learned in Level 1. Participants begin to perform skills at a slightly more advanced level and begin gaining rudimentary propulsive skills on both the front and the back. This level marks the beginning of independent aquatic locomotion skills. 


Learn-to-Swim Level 3 builds on the skills learned in Levels 1 and 2. Participants learn to swim the front crawl and elementary backstroke at rudimentary proficiency levels, and are introduced to the scissors and dolphin kicks. Participants learn the survival float and increase the time duration for treading water. Participants also learn the rules for headfirst entries and begin to learn to enter the water headfirst from a seated position at poolside (if the water is 9 feet deep or deeper). On successful completion of Level 3, participants have achieved basic water competency in a pool environment. 


Learn-to-Swim Level 4 seeks to improve participants’ proficiency in performing the swimming strokes that were introduced in Level 3. Participants perform these strokes with increased proficiency and are able to swim them for greater distances. In addition, participants learn the arm actions that accompany the scissors kick and breaststroke kick in order to begin performing the sidestroke and breaststroke at rudimentary proficiency levels. Participants also learn the back crawl and butterfly at rudimentary proficiency levels, in addition to the basics of performing a simple open turn at a wall. 


Learn-to-Swim Level 5 focuses on helping participants refine their performance of all six swimming strokes )front crawl, back crawl, butterfly, breaststroke, elementary backstroke and sidestroke). Participants perform these strokes with increased proficiency and are able to swim them for greater distances. Participants also learn to perform flip turns on the front and back. 


Learn-to-Swim Level 6 focuses on refining strokes and turns and building endurance. Three options (Personal Water Safety, Fundamentals of Diving and Fitness Swimmer) provide participants with the opportunity to learn information and skills for specific aquatic activities. 


*Level descriptions taken from the American Red Cross “Water Safety Instructor’s Manual”, Chapter 9 “Learn-to-Swim”. Lesson plans are adapted by certified swim instructor for best instruction in lake environment versus a swimming pool. 



Family Discount

If you are registering more than one player in your family, you will receive a $5 discount on the 2nd (3rd + all additional children) registration fee. In order for the registration system to recognize that you are registering multiple players, please register all of your players at this time. On the Review Page, there is a link near the bottom to "Register Another Player" - please click on this link to ensure that all of your players are registered within the same order. If this doesn't work email me and I will reimburse you the $5.

***Failure to do so will result in a forfeiture of your Family's Discount rates.***


Please direct any questions regarding this registration to:

Celeste Chasse


Phone: 603) 817-4701