Learn to Swim

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The American Red Cross offers a number of courses in which the objective is to teach people to swim and to be safe in, on and around the water. Our Learn-to-Swim programs are the most comprehensive and effective programs of their kind available anywhere.

Learn-to-Swim

The six learn-to-swim levels and the objectives for each level include:

1
Introduction to Water Skills: helps students feel comfortable in the water and to enjoy the water safely.

2
Fundamental Aquatic Skills: gives students success with fundamental skills.

3
Stroke Development: builds on the skills in Level 2 by providing additional guided practice.

4
Stroke Improvement: develops confidence in the strokes learned and to improve other aquatic skills.

5
Stroke Refinement: provides further coordination and refinement of strokes.

6
Swimming and Skill Proficiency: refines the strokes so students swim them with ease, efficiency, power and smoothness over greater distances. Level 6 is designed with "menu" options. Each of these options focuses on preparing students to participate in more advanced courses, such as Water Safety Instructor and Lifeguard Training. These options include:
  • Personal Water Safety
  • Fundamentals of Diving
  • Fitness Swimming

  • Parent and Child Aquatics

    Parents and children (ages 6 months up to 5 years) learn together to increase a child's comfort level in the water and build a foundation of basic skills, such as arm and leg movements and breath control.

    Pool Locations

    The organizations listed below provide the American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim program. Please note that this is not a complete listing.

    North Coastal

    Boys & Girls Clubs - Carlsbad
    (760) 729-0207

    Boys & Girls Clubs - San Dieguito
    (858) 755-4904

    Brooks Street Swim Center, Oceanside
    (760) 435-5225

    Carlsbad Community Swim Complex
    (760) 602-4685

    Joe and Mary Mottino Family YMCA
    (760) 758-0808

    Lomas Santa Fe Country Club
    (858) 755-3372

    Marshall Street Swim Center, Oceanside
    (760) 435-5535

    Vista Wave Water Park
    (760) 726-1340

    North Inland

    Adams Community Park Pool, Valley Center
    (760) 749-1304

    Boys & Girls Clubs - Fallbrook
    (760) 728-5871

    Cedar Glen Pool, Julian
    (760) 765-0477

    Charles Hulme Community Pool, Escondido
    (760) 497-6842

    James A. Stone Pool, Escondido
    (760) 839-4810

    Las Posas Pool, San Marcos
    (760) 599-9783

    Mt. Carmel High School
    (858) 484-2715

    Poway Community Swim Complex
    (858) 668-4680

    Rancho Bernardo High School
    (858) 674-7366

    San Diego Country Estates, Ramona
    (760) 789-9066

    Washington Park Pool, Escondido
    (760) 839-4810

    Woodland Park Pool, San Marcos
    (760) 746-2028

    Metro San Diego

    Allied Gardens
    (619) 235-1143

    Boys & Girls Clubs - Clairemont Branch
    (858) 273-1645

    Brian Bent Memorial Aquatics Complex
    (619) 437-0227

    Bud Kerns, Balboa Park
    (619) 692-4920

    Carmel Valley
    (858) 552-1623

    City Heights Swim Center
    (619) 641-6126

    City of Coronado
    (619) 522-7803

    Clairemont Pool
    (858) 581-9923

    Coggan Family Aquatics Complex, La Jolla
    (858) 456-0945

    Colina Del Sol, College Area
    (619) 235-1147

    Kearny Mesa
    (619) 573-1389

    La Jolla YMCA
    (858) 453-3483

    Martin Luther King, Jr., Valencia Park
    (619) 262-9388

    Memorial, Logan Heights
    (619) 235-1139

    Ned Baumer, Mira Mesa
    (858) 538-8083

    Noonan Family Swim School
    (858) 847-0794

    Ray and Joan Kroc Center
    (619) 269-1460

    Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club
    (858) 271-4231

    Swanson, University Heights
    (858) 552-1653

    Tierrasanta Pool
    (858) 636-4837

    Wavehouse Athletic Club at the Plunge
    (858) 228-9334

    Westview High School
    (858) 780-2000

    East County

    Fletcher Hills Center
    (619) 441-1672

    Frog's Fitness at Rancho San Diego
    (619) 670-1937

    Grossmont Union High School District
    9 pools in East County
    (619) 644-8172

    La Mesa Municipal Pool
    (619) 667-1495

    St. Madeleine Sophie's Center
    (619) 442-5129

    South Bay

    Loma Verde Pools
    (619) 691-5081

    Mar Vista High School
    (619) 628-5760

    National City Municipal Pool
    (619) 336-6758

    Parkway Pool
    (619) 691-5088

    Southwestern College
    (619) 421-6700

    Vista Terrace
    (619) 424-0469

    Imperial Valley

    Imperial Valley College
    (760) 352-8320

    Jacques 'n' Jill's Health Club
    (760) 352-6030

    Naval Air Facility Pools
    (760) 339-2667