Swim Lessons

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Swim Lessons Frequently Asked Questions

Level Advancement:

Most students participate in the same level two or three times before advancing to the next level.

  • Intro level classes (Preschool 1 & Youth 1) tend to take longer to move up, these students participate in the same level for three to four sessions before passing all of the exit assessments.
  • Youth 3 & Youth 4 level classes must have passed the Deep Water Swim Test in order to be enrolled in these classes.

Exit Assessment Skills:

Exit Assessment skills are evaluated by instructors for each child’s report card. All Exit Assessment Skills must be passed and checked off by the instructor for a child to move up to the next level. Exit assessments are listed below the level descriptions. 

Report Cards:

In our Monday – Thursday Lessons, swimmers are evaluated after the first week of class.

  • Report Cards are emailed out immediately after evaluation to parents to help inform them on which lesson their child should take in the upcoming lesson session.
  • If a child’s report card evaluation has changed, the parent will be notified of the level advancement. Friday and Saturday Lessons do not pass out Report Cards.

Rain Policy:

We have class rain or shine. Our outdoor pools are heated throughout the season. The only time class would be canceled is in the event of a thunderstorm, or unscheduled facility closure.

Facility Closures:

Unscheduled facility closures can occur with limited notice. If your class is canceled due to an unforeseen facility closure, all participants will receive a two-admission public swim voucher to be used for any 2023 public swim.

  • If you are concerned about facility closures, please contact the pool hotline at 425-587-3335 or follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/kirklandparks/
  • In the event that a facility closure cancels swim lessons, you will immediately receive and email notification.

Make-up Policy:

If you miss a class, we do not schedule make-up classes. We encourage parents to call in and inform the instructors if their child will be missing class.

Aquatots Class Description

Aquatots Classes

Location: Main Pool
Age: 6-36 Months
Class size: 10
Class Time: 30 minutes  

Our parent-child class encourages comfort and safety in and around water through guided instruction. The goal of this class is to acclimate your child in the water by introducing water sprinkled on the head and face, bubble blowing, in-water assisted arm and leg motioning, along with aqua-inspired songs to bring fun and excitement to pool time with their parents. This class requires the parent or guardian to be in the pool with their child.

Once your child turns 3, they can register for Preschool 1 Classes.

Preschool Class Descriptions

Preschool Classes | Ages 3-5 years

Our preschool classes are taught without the assistance of parents as we introduce independent swimming skills. Preschool 1 and Preschool 2 are taught in our shallow water wading pool, this provides a comfortable and friendly learning environment for the beginner swimmer. Our Preschool 3 and Preschool 4 classes are moved over into the shallow end of the main pool, which offers more exploration of skills for these upper-level preschool swimmers.  

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Preschool 1 

Location: Wading Pool
Age: 3-5
Class size: 5
Class Time: 30 minutes  

This class is an introductory swimming class for preschool-aged participants 3-5 years old. Students will be getting introduced to the water with the goal of comfort in and out of the pool. Students will be learning how to enter and exit the water safely, blow bubbles, comfortably submerge their face in the water, float on their back and front, and start the basic skills of swimming.  

Exit Assessment Skills:  

  • Blowing bubbles
  • 3 Bubble bobs
  • Front/back float with support
  • Front/back streamlining with support

If your child has passed all exit assessment skills above, they can be registered for the following level progression:  

  • Ages 3-5 years – Preschool 2
  • Ages 5-14 years – Youth 1
  • If your child did not pass their exit assessments, keep them in the current level

Preschool 2 

Location: Wading Pool
Age: 3-5
Class size: 5
Class Time: 30 minutes  

This class is a secondary introductory swimming class for preschool-aged participants 3-5 years old. Students will be comfortable in the water, focusing on water safety and introductory swimming skills. Students will be learning how to improve their blowing bubble skills, front and back floats, front crawl, and kick skills. They will also be introduced to bubble bobs (with a submerged nose, mouth, and eyes without the use of goggles), retrieving submerged items from the bottom of the pool, and streamlining without support.  

Exit Assessment Skills:  

  • 8 Bubble bobs
  • Retrieve underwater objects
  • Front/back float 6 seconds without support
  • Front/back streamlining and kick without support

If your child has passed all exit assessment skills above, they can be registered for the following level progression:  

  • Ages 3-5 years – Preschool 3
  • Ages 5-14 years – Youth 1
  • If your child did not pass their exit assessments, keep them in the current level

Preschool 3

Location: Main Pool
Age: 3-5
Class size: 5
Class Time: 30 minutes  

This class Is an intermediate swimming class for preschool aged participants 3-5 years old. Students will be improving water safety, swimming skills and being introduced to deeper water. Students will be learning how to improve their bubble bobs (with submerged nose, mouth, and eyes without the use of googles), front and back floats, front crawl and kick skills, streamlining, and submerged skills. They will be introduced to rolling from front float to back float, vertical to front recovery, rhythmic pop-up breathing, and how to tread water.  

Exit Assessment Skills:

  • Retrieve underwater objects
  • Rhythmic breathing with kicks and support
  • Front crawl & elementary backstroke 5 yards
  • Front/back float 10 seconds

If your child has passed all exit assessment skills above, they can be registered for the following level progression:  

  • Ages 3-4 years – Remain in Preschool 4
  • Ages 5-14 years – Youth 2
  • If your child did not pass their exit assessments, keep them in the current level

Preschool 4

Location: Main Pool
Age: 3-5
Class Size: 5
Class Time: 30 minutes  

This class is a secondary intermediate swimming class for preschool-aged participants 3-5 years old. Students will improve water safety and swimming skills and be introduced to strokes and rhythmic breathing. Students will learn how to improve their bobs, treading water, front and back floats, front crawl and kick skills, streamlining, and submerged skills. They will be introduced to gliding, front crawl, back crawl, elementary backstroke, and rhythmic side breathing.

Exit Assessment Skills:

  • 15 Bubble bobs
  • Pop-up breathing while doing:
  • Front crawl 15 yards
  • Elementary backstroke 15 yards
  • Kickboard - breaststroke kick 10 yards
  • Kickboard - dolphin kick 10 yards
  • Dive/jump into the water and recover
  • Swim underwater 5 yards

If your child has passed all exit assessment skills above, they can be registered for the following level progression:  

  • Ages 3-5 years – Preschool 4
  • Ages 5-14 years – Youth 2
  • If your child did not pass their exit assessments, keep them in the current level

Youth Class Descriptions

Youth Classes | Ages 5-14 Years

Our youth classes are taught throughout our main pool. Youth 1 focuses on an introduction to swimming and works on gaining comfort in shallow water. Youth 2 and Youth 3 focus on gaining and retaining the skills of swimming, floating, diving, underwater swimming, and water safety in and around pools. Youth 4 is for those who can already swim. Students will work on stroke clean-up and refinement.

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Youth 1 

Location: Main Pool
Age: 5-14
Class Size: 5
Class Time: 30 minutes  

This class is an introductory swimming class for youth aged participants 5-14 years old. Students will be introduced to the water with the goal of comfort in and out of the pool. Students will be learning how to enter and exit the water safely, blow bubbles, comfortably submerge their face in the water, float on their back and front, and start the basic skills of swimming.  

Exit Assessment Skills:  

  • Roll over - front to back and back to front
  • 10 Bubble bobs
  • Retrieve underwater objects
  • Front/back float 6 seconds
  • Front crawl & elementary backstroke 5 yards each
  • Kickboard - front/back streamlining with kicks and pop-up breathing

If your child has passed all exit assessment skills above, they can be registered for the following level progression:  

  • Ages 5-14 years – Youth 2
  • If your child did not pass their exit assessments, keep them in the current level

Youth 2 

Location: Main Pool
Age: 5-14
Class Size: 6
Class Time: 30 minutes  

This class is an intermediate swimming class for youth aged participants 5-14 years old. Students will be comfortable in the water, focusing on water safety and introductory swimming skills. Students will be learning how to improve their blowing bubble skills, improve their front and back floats, streamlining, improve their front crawl and kick skills, and submerging skills. They will also be introduced to front crawl, back crawl, elementary backstroke, rhythmic breathing, butterfly and breaststroke kicks, and treading water.  

Exit Assessment Skills:

  • Front/back floats for 30 seconds
  • Kickboard - butterfly/breaststroke/freestyle kicks 10 yards each
  • Tread water for 30 seconds
  • Rhythmic breathing with the body in the horizontal position 5 breaths
  • Elementary backstroke 25 yards with pop-up breathing
  • Deep Water Swim Test
  • Dive/jump into the water and recover
  • Front crawl 25 yards with pop-up breathing

If your child has passed all exit assessment skills above, they can be registered for the following level progression:  

  • Ages 5-14 years – Youth 3
  • If your child did not pass their exit assessments, keep them in the current

Youth 3 

Location: Main Pool
Age: 5-14
Class Size: 6
Class Time: 30 minutes  

*Must have passed Deep Water Swim Test*

This class is a secondary intermediate swimming class for youth aged participants 5-14 years old. Students must pass the Deep Water Swim Test and be very comfortable in the water, focusing on stroke development and swimming endurance. Students will be learning how to improve their dives (shallow & deep), underwater swimming, treading water, freestyle, backstroke, and kicks. They will also be introduced to butterfly, breaststroke, flip turns, and lap swimming techniques.  

Exit Assessment Skills:

  • Rhythmic/rotary breathing with the body in the horizontal position
  • Stroke development
  • Freestyle 50 yards
  • Backstroke 50 yards
  • Breaststroke 25 yards
  • Butterfly 25 yards
  • Use of flip turns while lap swimming
  • Treading water for 1 minute

If your child has passed all exit assessment skills above, they can be registered for the following level progression:  

  • Ages 5-6 years – Repeat Youth 3
  • Ages 7-14 years – Youth 4
  • If your child did not pass their exit assessments, keep them in the current level

Youth 4 

Location: Main Pool
Age: 7-14
Class Size: 8
Class Time: 30 minutes  

*Must have passed Deep Water Swim Test*  

This class is an advanced swimming class for youth aged participants 7-14 years old. Students must be able to swim multiple laps with rhythmic breathing while having high endurance. This class is designed to prepare swimmers to join a swim team. Students will be learning how to improve their strokes (freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly), flip turns, lap swimming, deep water diving and retrieval (7+ feet), dive technique, and endurance water treading. This is the highest-level class offered, with an emphasis on endurance lap swimming.  

Exit Assessment Skills:  

  • Surface dive & retrieve an object at a depth of 7 feet
  • Tread water for 2 minutes
  • Flip turns while swimming 500 yards continuously
  • Backstroke 100 yards
  • Breaststroke 100 yards
  • Butterfly 100 yards
  • Stoke of choice 100 yards

If your child has passed all exit assessment skills above, they can be registered for the following level progression:  

  • Ages 7-14 years – This is the end of our swim lesson progression; your child’s next step would be trying out for swim teams
  • If your child did not pass their exit assessments, keep them in the current level

Teen/Adult Class Descriptions

Teen/Adult Level 1

Location: Main Pool 
Age: 13+
Class Size: 6
Class Time: 30 minutes  

This class is an introductory swimming class for teens and adults ages 13 and older. Students will be getting introduced to the water with the goal to gain comfort in and out of the pool. Students will learn how to enter and exit the water safely, comfortably submerge their face in the water, float on their back and front, tread water, understand how to kick while pulling the water with their arms, and start the basic strokes of swimming like the front crawl and elementary backstroke.  

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn to float and streamline on your front and back
  • Explore alternating and simultaneous leg-kicking and arm-pulling motions
  • Attain skills for front crawl and elementary backstroke
  • Introduction to treading water
  • Acquire basic water safety skills

Exit Assessment Skills:  

  • Front/back floats for 30 seconds
  • Kickboard - butterfly/breaststroke/freestyle kicks 10 yards each
  • Tread water for 30 seconds
  • Rhythmic breathing with the body in horizontal position 5 breaths
  • Elementary backstroke 25 yards with pop-up breathing
  • Deep Water Swim Test
  • Dive/jump into the water and recover
  • Front crawl 25 yards with pop-up breathing

If you have passed all exit assessment skills above, please register for the Teen/Adult Level 2 Class

Teen/Adult Level 2

Location: Main Pool
Age: 13+
Class Size: 6
Class Time: 30 minutes  

This class is an intermediate swimming class for teens and adults ages 13 and older. Students must pass the deep-water swim test and be very comfortable in the water, focusing on stroke development and swimming endurance. Students will be learning how to improve their dives (shallow & deep), underwater swimming, treading water, freestyle, backstroke, and kicks. They will also be introduced to butterfly, breaststroke, flip turns, and lap swimming techniques.  

Learning Objectives:

  • Perform intermediate-level front crawl, back crawl, elementary backstroke, and breaststroke
  • Refine efficient and effective strokes
  • Tread water for at least 1 minute
  • Increase swimming speed and distance ability
  • Develop fitness, swimming, and other aquatic goals with the instructor’s assistance

Private Lessons

Private Swim Lessons  

Location: Main Pool
Age: 5+
Class Time: 30 minutes  

Are you looking for one-on-one instruction, with highly motivated and friendly instructors? Private Lessons might be right for you. Private lesson participants will review goals with instructor the first scheduled class. Please share your swimming goals with us, we are here to help!  

Two siblings of the close age and swimming ability may be registered for the same private lesson session. Please register the first child and call Loni at 425-587-3333 to register the second child. Both children will need to pay for the private lesson.

Below are the Private Swim Lesson schedules and course numbers for the 2023 Season.

2023 Aquatics Registration opens March 29, 2023, at 7:00 AM! You can register online by going to www.KirklandParks.net or by calling the us at 425-587-3336.

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2023 Monday-Thursday Group Lessons

Below are the Monday – Thursday Group Swim Lesson schedules and course numbers for the 2023 Season.

2023 Aquatics Registration opens March 29, 2023, at 7:00 AM! You can register online by visiting www.KirklandParks.net or by calling the us at 425-587-3336.

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2023 Friday and Saturday Group Lessons

Below are the Friday & Saturday Group Swim Lesson schedules and course numbers for the 2023 Season.

2023 Aquatics Registration opens March 29, 2023, at 7:00 AM! You can register online by going to www.KirklandParks.netor by calling the us at 425-587-3336.

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