Group Swim Lessons:

Swim Lessons at The Downers Grove Swim and Racquet Club follows a similar model to the American Red Cross.  It 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.  

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.

Our curriculum is full of many important skills.  As such, most students will need multiple weeks to master all skills in a level.  Signing up for multiple consecutive weeks will give your child the best opportunity to pass a level.

Swim Lesson Level Overviews:

Parent-Tot Classes: 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.  Each child must be accompanied by an adult in the water for Parent Tot lessons. Tot-Class will be during the 10:15AM session every lesson week.  Max 9 swimmers per session.
Level 1: For ages 3 and up only. Swimmers learn basic movements and work on getting comfortable in the water.  Any children under the age of 3 should take part in private lessons or Parent-Tot classes.  Max 6 swimmers per session.
Level 2: For ages 4-5 or children who can go independently underwater. This level focuses on floating and being more independent in the water. Max 15 swimmers per session.
Level 3: For children who are just starting to swim independently, but need more practice. They work on independence on all strokes, floats and kicks.  Max 15 swimmers per session.
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.  Max 10 swimmers per session.
Level 5: 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.  Max 10 swimmers per session.

2023 Group Swim Lesson Cost: 

$40 per week in 2023

Swim Lesson Times & Dates in 2023:

Swim lessons will take place over 7 weeks through the summer.  Each session is Monday through Thursday with make-up lessons due to inclement weather on that Friday of the session week(see below).  Important please note:
  • We cannot offer refunds for booked lessons.  If cancellation is due to a medical emergency, please contact treasurer@dgsrc.net.
  • Swim lessons will be posted for the final four-session weeks in mid-June.  This will allow our student swimmers the time to determine if they need to register for a different swim lesson level based on improvement.
Session Dates: (classes meet M-Th with a rain date for Friday)
  • June 12
  • June 19
  • June 26
  • July 3-6  (No Lessons)
  • July 10
  • July 17
  • July 24
  • July 31

Swim Lesson Times:

  • 9:05-9:35 am
  • 9:40-10:10 am
  • 10:15-10:45 am (Parent – Tot Class will only be available at this time)
$40 for Group Lesson

IMPORTANT – Make-Up Lesson Weeks:

Lessons are held Monday through Thursday.  All lessons will be held rain or shine unless the air temperature is below 68 degrees according to weather.com and/or severe weather (thunderstorms, etc.).  When a lesson is canceled, it will be made up on the Friday of that week.  If more than one lesson is canceled due to weather, we, unfortunately, will not be able to make it up.  The DGSRC cannot accommodate missed lessons due to personal reasons (vacation, etc.).