The first ingredient to a successful summer at the pool is safety. Blue Island Park District offers swim lessons through the American Red Cross Swim Lesson Program. From “Jelly Fish” to “Dolphin,” students progress through six levels as they learn basic water safety, swimming fundamentals and basic skills, six different swim strokes, and personal goal setting. Weekday and weekend classes are available. Additional aquatics programming includes Parent & Child Aquatics, Preschool Aquatics, and Guard Start, which gives students ages 11-14 the first level of training on their way to becoming certified American Red Cross Life Guards.
Understanding the way the American Red Cross defines their levels will greatly help you determine with level of swim lessons is best for you or your child.
Preschool Aquatics focuses on introducing preschool-age students to a water environment while teaching basic safety lessons.
Level 1 / Jellyfish
Participants will begin developing positive attitudes, effective swimming habits, and safe practices in and around water.
Level 2 / Seahorse
Participants will learn true locomotion skills and get learn the foundation for future strokes.
Level 3 / Goldfish
Participants will learn some of the basic skills required for competency in the water.
Level 4 / Flying Fish
Participants will increase their endurance and learn new strokes.
Level 5 / Seals
Participants refine their performance of all the six strokes taught in previous levels, and increase the distances they can swim.
Level 6 / Dolphins
As the final level of swim lessons, participants will be motivated to set their own goals for each individual class.