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Swim Lessons Overview

Swim Lessons at The Downers Grove Swim and Racquet Club  follow the American Red Cross model which offers a comprehensive, developmentally appropriate swimming and water safety program. Children learn to swim skillfully and safely as well as think and act safely in, on and around water. The lessons are based on a logical progression - acclimating children to the water to all four competitive strokes - and give participants a positive learning experience.  Parents do not need to be in the pool with their children during lessons.

Downers Grove Swim and Racquet keeps class sizes small so children will get the maximum attention from their instructor. The children are tested on the first day of class and assigned to a group where they will stay until all skills at that level have been mastered. Swim Lesson Coordinators assess skills and children are promoted to the next level when needed.

Level Overviews:
Level 1:  For ages 1-3 or children who are afraid or new to the water. Swimmers learn basic movements and work on getting comfortable in the water.
Level 2:  For ages 2-5 or children who can go independently underwater. This level focuses on floating and being more independent in the water.
Level 3:  For children 3 and up who are just starting to swim independently, but need more practice. They work on independence on all strokes, floats and kicks.
Level 4:  For children who are completely independent in the water and are comfortable swimming laps in deeper water. They work on their swimming strokes and building endurance.
Level 5&6:   For children who are completely independent and are working on endurance and perfecting their strokes. Children at this level often move on to swim team during or after the session.


2020 Session Dates: Subject to Change

  1. June 8 - 12
  2. June 15 - June 20
  3. June 22 - June 26
  4. June 29 - July 3:  Make Up Lesson Week*.  Any lessons missed during the first three sessions will be made up this week.
  5. July 6 - July 10
  6. July 13 - July 17
  7. July 20 - July 25
  8. July 27 - July 31
  9. August 3 - August 7:  Make Up Lesson Week*.  Any lessons missed during the four sessions in July will be made up this week.


Session Times:

  • 10:35 - 11:15AM - All Levels - 40 Minutes
  • 11:20AM - 12PM - All Levels - 40 Minutes


Swim Lesson Cost: 

$30 per week

Make-Up Lesson Weeks:

All lessons will be held rain or shine unless air temperature is below 68 degrees according to weather.com and/or severe weather (thunderstorms, etc.).  When a lesson is cancelled, the following weeks are used for make-up dates:  June 29 - July 3 or August 3-7.  Please be prepared to attend a make-up session on the same weekday of the make-up week.  Unfortunately, DGSRC cannot accommodate missed lessons due to personal reasons (vacation, etc.).

Private Swim Lessons

Private lessons are available upon request and are a great way to improve your child’s abilities in the water. Private lessons are scheduled with the instructor and are dependent on the swimmer's and instructor's availability.   Please see the front desk to register your child or email dgsrc@dgsrc.net. Private lessons are $25 per hour.

Diving Lessons - TBD in 2020

Based on member feedback in 2019, DGSRC offered Diving Lessons.  We are hoping to proceed again in 2020 dependent on coaches and availability.  More information will be released at a later date.

Max of 10 participants and $35 per week.  Registration for the program is through the self-service portal.