Swim Lessons

Child swimming under waterSwim Instructor with Student

Registration is NOW OPEN. Registration directions may be done in person or online. Directions may be found below. 

Each session includes six 30 minute lessons and has a maximum ratio of one instructor to six students. Cost is $35 per session. See below for dates, and check your student's level for lesson times offered. 

**THERE WILL BE NO MAKEUP LESSONS** 

Tuesday / Thursday Lessons (3 weeks of lessons, choose a Morning or Evening Session Time below)

  • Session A: June 1 - June 17, 2021
  • Session B: June 22 - July 8, 2021
  • Session C: July 13 - July 29, 2021

Saturday Lessons (6 weeks of lessons, see Saturday Session time below)

  • Session A: June 5 - July 10, 2021
  • Session B: July 17 - August 21, 2021

Parent and Child Group Lessons (Ages 6 month - 3 years)

This class is geared towards helping your child become more comfortable in the water and to prepare them for more advanced levels in the future. 

Lesson Times

  • Morning Session: 8:00 - 8:30 a.m. 
  • Evening Session: 5:45 - 6:15 p.m.
  • Saturday Session: 8:30 - 9:00 a.m.

Preschool Group Lesson- Beginner (Ages 3 - 5)

Each class focuses on certain skills involving safety, survival, and technique. Beginner participants require assistance in the water at all times. This level focuses on blowing bubbles, learning to kick, going underwater, ad learning how to use their arms. 

Lesson Times

  • Morning Sessions
    • 8 - 8:30 a.m.
    • 9 - 9:30 a.m.
  • Evening Sessions
    • 4:30 - 5:00 p.m.
    • 5:45 - 6:15 p.m.
  • Saturday Session
    • 8:30 - 9:00 a.m.
    • 9:30 - 10:00 a.m.

Preschool Group Lesson- Advanced (Ages 3-5)

Each class focuses on certain skills involving safety, survival, and technique. Advanced participants must be able to independently swim (at least) 1/2 the length of the pool and comfortably float on their back. This level will focus on being comfortable swimming with their face in the water, extending their arms out, and learning elementary backstroke. 

Lesson Times

  • Morning Sessions
    • 8:00 - 8:30 a.m.
    • 9:00 - 9:30 a.m.
  • Evening Sessions
    • 4:30 - 5:00 p.m.
    • 5:45 - 6:15 p.m.
  • Saturday Sessions
    • 8:30 - 9:00 a.m.
    • 9:30 - 10:00 a.m.

School Age Group Lesson- Level 1 (Ages 6-12)

This class is for beginners. Participants will learn how to blow bubbles, gliding, floating, and how to use their arms.

Lesson Times

  • Morning Sessions
    • 8:00 - 8:30 a.m.
    • 9:00 - 9:30 a.m.
  • Evening Session
    • 4:30 - 5:00 p.m.
    • 6:15 - 6:45 p.m.
  • Saturday Sessions
    • 9:00 - 9:30 a.m.

School Age Group Lesson- Level 2 (Ages 6-12)

In order to participate in this level students must be comfortable without assistance and they must be able to float on their back. They will learn basic front crawl and elementary backstroke.

Lesson Times

  • Morning Sessions
    • 8:30 - 9:00 a.m.
    • 9:45 - 10:15 a.m.
  • Evening Sessions
    • 5:00 - 5:30 p.m.
    • 6:15 - 6:45 p.m.
  • Saturday Sessions
    • 9:00 - 9:30 a.m.

School Age Group Lesson- Level 3 (Ages 6-12)

In order to participate in this level students must be able to swim on their back. This level introduces treading, rotary breathing, standard backstroke, and diving.

Lesson Times

  • Morning Sessions
    • 8:30 - 9:00 a.m.
    • 9:45 - 10:15 a.m.
  • Evening Sessions
    • 5:00 - 5:30 p.m.
    • 6:15 - 6:45 p.m.
  • Saturday Sessions
    • 9:00 - 9:30 a.m.

School Age Group Lesson- Level 4 (Ages 6-12)

In order to participate in his level students must be able to breathe to the side (technique can be perfected). Students will learn breaststroke, butterfly kick, and be introduced to starting blocks.

Lesson Times

  • Morning Sessions
    • 8:30 - 9:00 a.m.
    • 9:45 - 10:15 a.m.
  • Evening Sessions
    • 5:00 - 5:30 p.m.
    • 6:15 - 6:45 p.m.
  • Saturday Sessions
    • 9:00 - 9:30 a.m.

School Age Group Lesson- ADVANCED (Ages 6-12)

In order to participate at the "Advanced" level students must be able to swim breaststroke and swim 2 laps consecutively. In this level participants will work on stroke refinement, learn flip turns, ad butterfly stroke.

Lesson Times

  • Morning Session
    • 9:45 - 10:15 a.m.
  • Evening Sessions
    • 5:00 - 5:30 p.m.
  • Saturday Sessions
    • 9:30 - 10:00 a.m.

Fees & Registration

Fees

Youth Group Swim Lessons
$35 / participant / (6) 30-minute sessions

Adult Group Swim Lessons- Unavailable
$24 / participant / (4) 45-minute sessions

Private Swim Lessons
$30 / participant / (1) 30-minute one-on-one session

Registration

Registration is now available for Youth Group Swim Lessons in person or online.

In person: You may visit the G.T. Bray Recreation Center or John H. Marble Aquatic Office during any of their open office hours. You may check the office hours of G.T. Bray Recreation Center by visiting their page here, and the John H. Marble Aquatics Office by visiting their page here.
Please note that while you are able to register at John H. Marble, all group lessons are taught at G.T. Bray. 

Online: You may also register online by following the orange "Online Registration" button below. To register online you will need to log in or create a household account. Lessons can be found by filtering by "Type = Aquatic Programs" and "Category = Aquatic Programs" and clicking "Search". 

ONLINE REGISTRATION

Additional Information & Frequently Asked Questions

I want to register my child for multiple sessions. Do I have to pay all at once or can I pay as I go?

We do not hold a spot for your child until you have paid for the Session. This is a personal preference; some parents will place their child in lessons the whole summer and pay for all sessions up front. Other parents will wait and pay for sessions as they go along. Please keep in mind that classes have a ratio of 6 students to 1 instructor and registrations are completed on a first come first serve basis, so if you do choose to wait your session may become full.

What supplies does my child need for classes?

Please bring your child dressed in a swimsuit and sunscreen, goggles (no snorkel masks), and a towel.

My three year old child can swim like a fish, can I put them in a higher level than preschool?

We will assess these kinds of swimmers on a case by case basis. 

Do I need to bring my child to their lesson if it is raining at my house?

Yes.  Florida’s weather is often unpredictable and it could be raining in one part of town and bright and sunny just down the road. Many times these summer storms move in and out very quickly. We ask that each child show up at every scheduled lesson. If we know ahead of time that the pool is closed for unsafe weather, we will do our best to call you to cancel the lesson or try to conduct a dry land exercise and education class. We will not be offering make-up classes this year.

How can I get more information regarding swim lessons?

For more information, contact Michael Ross at (941) 792-5923 ext. 6021 or email michael.ross@mymanatee.org

Contact

For additional questions about Swim Lessons, please email Michael Ross at Michael.Ross@mymanatee.org