Registration Procedures

Swim lesson registration is accepted by mail, walk-in, fax, phone or online to best accommodate varying schedules of our users.


Registration will begin Friday, April 3 for residents and Friday, April 17 for nonresidents and will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis by all the methods listed above. You may assume your enrollment is verified if you do not hear from the Park District. We will contact you only if we cannot accommodate your request or the class does not meet minimum enrollment.



 

Swim Lesson General Information

Sea Lion Aquatic Park's specially trained swim instructors teach many levels of classes that will build your child's confidence as well as his/her swimming skills.

General Swim Lessons are available to children and adults ages 5 & up, and Tot Swim Lessons and Parent Tot Water Orientation provide instruction to children 5 & under. Students will be placed in a level that best suits their swimming ability on the first day of class and then proceed to more advanced classes as skills are completed.

For a more personal experience, we also offer private and semi-private swim lessons. Please refer to the Swim Lesson Level Descriptions and program descriptions for more information.



 

Swim Lessons

General Swim Lessons - (Ages 5 & Up)

General Swim Lessons are for participants who are looking to gain comfort in the water or improve their skills. Lessons are broken down into waves, WAVE A and WAVE B. WAVE A includes levels 1, 2 & 3. WAVE B includes levels 4, 5, & 6. Participants should register for the WAVE that best suits their child's skill level. One the first day of each session, swimmers will go through a brief evaluation to determine which level best fits their skill level. See Levels 1 - 7 descriptions below.

WAVE A: Wave A curriculum focuses on basic swim skills and water confidence. It includes Level 1 - Water Exploration, Level 2 - Primary Skills and Level 3 - Stroke Readiness. It is common for students to repeat levels in the Wave A program to master the skills in each level.

WAVE B: Wave B focuses on developing your child’s swimming techniques and provides the foundation needed for competitive swimming. Wave A (or its equivalent) is a prerequisite. Wave B includes Level 4 - Stroke Development, Level 5 - Stroke Refinement and Level 6 - Stroke Proficiency. Wave B participants must be comfortable in deep water. All wave B classes are taught in water 4ft or deeper.

WAVE A

Level 1 - Water Exploration

Orientation to an aquatic environment supported floating and kicking on front and back, alternating arm action, and basic water safety rules.


Level 2 - Primary Skills

Concentration on exploring deep water, front and back glides (unsupported), and safety practices. Additional focus on back crawl (at least 5 yards), as well as the ability for the child to turn over front to back and back to front.


Level 3 - Stroke Readiness

Increase swimming skill competency, fundamentals of elementary backstroke, exploring deep water, introduction of dives from the side of the pool, and treading water with secondary focus on practicing safety and rescue skills.



WAVE B

Level 4 - Stroke Development

Develop confidence and competency in strokes beyond preceding levels. Introduction of breaststroke and sidestroke, deep-water bobbing, diving from the side of pool from stride and standing positions, and turns at the wall.


Level 5 - Stroke Refinement

Continue refinement of front crawl, back crawl, elementary backstroke, breaststroke and sidestroke. Introduction of butterfly and surface dives, alternate breathing, swimming under water, and open turns on front and back.


Level 6 - Skill Proficiency

Develop maximum efficiency and endurance for strokes, flip turns, tuck and pike surface dives, alternative kicks for treading water, as well as introduction to approach stroke and throwing rescues. Swimmers should be ready for competitive swimming after the completion of this level.


Tot Swim Lessons - (Age 3-5)

Tot swim lessons will introduce the children to an aquatic environment. Skills worked on include water safety, supported front/back float, putting face in the water, blowing bubbles, arm circles and assisted front/back kicks in a relaxed classroom format to help make learning fun. Swimmers are likely to repeat the tot level multiple times to develop their confidence, comfort level in the water and skills needed for level 1.


Tot Swim Lesson Important Information

If your child is 3-5 years of age they must stay in Tot Swim Lessons until they reach the age of 5. Age requirements for levels are set with standards and must be followed consistently. Please follow the age requirements when registering. To further accommodate those children under 5 who are ready for a more advanced Tot class, the Tot group will be divided into Tot A and Tot B levels. Once a tot has passed Tot A he or she will have the opportunity to move into Tot B. Tot B is just like Level 1, but is available for those children who have not yet turned 5.


Parent & Tot Water Orientation - (Age 3-36 months)

It is never too early to introduce your child to the water. Simple games and movements will help your child adjust to the water and teach you ways to make sure your child develops into a 'little fishy.' Parent must be in the water with the child. Only one parent per child, please.


Stroke Clinic - (Age 6-18)

Stroke clinic focuses on the four competitive strokes, racing starts, and turns. Each class uses drills to learn, improve and correct technique and is geared towards swim team members, but is also open to all swimmers.

Advanced Private Swim Lessons - (Age 5 & Up)

Advanced private swim lessons are geared towards advanced swimmers who are looking for technical stroke instruction but are also ideal for swimmers who are looking to build their confidence with one-on-one private instruction and flexible scheduling. Once purchased, instructors will contact the family to arrange lesson dates and times. All scheduling will be arranged directly between the instructor and family. Lessons are taught by the Sea Lion Swim Team coaches and advanced instructors of our swim lesson program.

NOTE: There may be some scheduling restrictions due to our regularly scheduled programming. Each lesson is 45 minutes. You have the option to purchase multiple lessons.


Private Swim Lessons - (Age 3 & Up)

Private swim lessons allow the participant the opportunity to work with the swim instructor on a one-on-one basis. These lessons are ideal for people of all ages, but especially children or adults with a fear of the water. Participants move at their own pace.


NOTE: Some private swim lesson are scheduled to take place during normal open swim times.


Semi-Private Swim Lessons - (Age 3 & Up)

Semi-private swim lessons are ideal for participants who desire a little extra attention from the instructor, but still wish to participate in a class setting. Classes are 40 minutes and have 2-3 participants grouped according to ability.


NOTE: Some semi-private swim lesson are scheduled to take place during normal open swim times.


NEW! Adult Private Swim Lessons - (Age 18 & Up)

Have you always wanted to learn how to swim but were too busy or afraid to try? Sign up for a private lesson where an experienced instructor will teach you basic swim techniques and strokes that will make you feel more comfortable in the water. Adult private lessons can range from beginning to advanced swim techniques.

NOTE: There may be some scheduling restrictions due to our regularly scheduled programming. Each lesson is 45 minutes. You have the option to purchase multiple lessons.


Intro to Swim Team - ( Age 6-18)

Intro to swim team is a course for swimmers who have passed many levels of swim lessons, but aren’t quite ready for a summer-long swim team. During this 4-week course, swimmers will work on stroke technique, endurance, starts and turns, and self confidence in their swimming abilities. At the end of each session the swimmers will compete in a “Fun Meet” to show off the skills they have learned throughout the session.


NOTE: Must have completed Level 4 “Stroke Development” of the swim lesson program.


Adult Learn to Swim - (Age 18 & Up)

It's never to late to learn to swim! Don't put it off any longer! Sign up for this friendly inviting program taught by trained, experienced instructors.



 


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Where do I go on my first day?

All participants should meet in the concession area for a brief orientation to the program. The first day of swim lessons is very busy with mandatory water testing to insure that the proper level of instruction is provided for each participant. We appreciate your patience with this process. We ask that you come with a clear idea of which level you would like your student to be tested. Below you will find descriptions of the various levels offered at Sea Lion Aquatic Park. Please use these to guide your choice in testing level. If there are any questions please see the Swim Lesson Coordinator.


 

What swim levels are offered?

The descriptions for each swim lesson levels can be found below. Please take note that the level names have been changed since last summer; however, the order of skill progression has remained the same.



Level 1 - Water Exploration

Orientation to an aquatic environment, supported floating and kicking on front and back, alternating arm action, and basic water safety rules.



Level 2 - Primary Skills

Concentration on exploring deep water, front and back glides (unsupported), and safety practices. Additional focus on back crawl (at least 5 yards), as well as the ability for the child to turn over front to back and back to front.



Level 3 - Stroke Readiness

Increase swimming skill competency with a goal to swim a short distance without breaks, fundamentals of elementary backstroke, exploring deep water, introduction of dives from the side of the pool, and treading water with secondary focus on practicing safety and rescue skills.



Level 4 - Stroke Development

Develop confidence and competency in strokes beyond preceding levels with a goal to swim 25 yards without breaks. Introduction of breaststroke and sidestroke, deep-water bobbing, diving from the side of pool from stride and standing positions, and turns at the wall.



Level 5 - Stroke Refinement

Continue refinement of front crawl, back crawl, elementary backstroke, breaststroke and sidestroke. Introduction of butterfly and surface dives, alternate breathing, swimming under water, and open turns on front and back. Swimming distance is further increased from Level 4.



Level 6 - Skill Proficiency

Develop maximum efficiency and endurance for strokes, flip turns, tuck and pike surface dives, alternative kicks for treading water, as well as introduction to approach stroke and throwing rescues. Swimmers should be ready for competitive swimming after the completion of this level.



 

What is the procedure if it's raining?

Sea Lion Aquatic Park Swim lessons are determined based on the impact Lisle’s weather has on the safety of our students and instructors. Cancellations will be made if thunder or lightening is spotted in the area, and under certain circumstances for rain in the area. Rain based cancellations are based on lifeguards’ ability to perform their job.

Please call the Daily Pool Update (630-964-3410 ext. 2, 2,2) 30 minutes prior to your lesson time for more information on cancellations for the day. 


 

What is the procedure if there is cold weather?

Sea Lion Aquatic Park Swim lessons are determined based on the impact Lisle’s weather has on the safety of our students and instructors. Cancellations may be made if the weather is below 68 degrees according to the National Weather Service. We understand that the weather may feel cold at or slightly below 68 degrees, but we will still attempt to hold lessons. Refunds will not be given if lessons are being held but you choose not to send your child due to weather related issues. In the event that the temperature falls too low and you are wondering if we will be holding lessons, I encourage you to call the Daily Pool Update: 630-964-3410, ext. 2, 2, 2. This information will be updated each morning as well as throughout the morning if there are any changes to the original update.


 

Who do I contact for more information?

For information on lesson cancellations, please call the Daily Pool Update (630-964-3410 ext. 2, 2,2). If you have any additional questions, please contact one of the Swim Lesson Coordinators. Their contact information is below.



Laura Cavazos
Phone: 630-353-4308
Email: lcavazos@lisleparkdistrict.org



 

Please Note

We love parents, but...With your child's best interest in mind, parents, guardians, and siblings of participants are asked to remain in any of the facility's grass areas located near the concession stand, behind the adult deck or up on the sun hill next to the splash pad during instruction.




The sand play area is open daily during swim lessons for use by swim lesson parents and their other children not enrolled in lessons. Please note, all participants must exit the park before open swim begins.




The tot pool and other park pools are not open during swim lessons.




Completing a session of swim lessons does not insure passing that level automatically. There are standard requirements set for each level that must be completed. If a participant is not successful in passing he/she will be required to remain in that level until all requirements have been met. It is very common for a student to take a level for more than one session especially if that level was completed the previous summer. Levels 2, 3, and 5 are particularly challenging.