Contact: swim@wgrc.org

2018 Schedule


Session I

June 11
No Mom & Tot

June 22

Session II

June 25
(no session July 4)

July 6

Session III

July 9

July 20

Session IV

July 23

August 3

Session V

August 6

August 17

2018 Times

Mom & Tot

9:00 am

Water Acclimation

2:30 pm

Level 1

3:00 pm

Level 2

3:00 pm or 3:45 pm

Level 3

3:35 pm

Level 4

4:30 pm

Level 5

4:30 pm

Level 6

4:30 pm

Lesson Info

Classes are held Monday through Friday in two-week sessions. Reservations are only accepted for 8 children per level, with a maximum of 10 and a minimum of 2 children per level.

COST: Mom & Tot and Water Acclimation: $50.00 per child.
Levels 1 - 6: $70.00 for 1st child; $70.00 for 2nd child; $65.00 for 3rd child and $60 for four or more children.


Register and pay online or mail the 2018 Mom & Tot and Water Acclimation Registration Form or 2018 Learn to Swim Information and Registration Form and payment to:
Summer Athletics – Learn to Swim
c/o West Geauga Recreation Council
PO BOX 393
Chesterland, OH 44026

Red Cross Certified

The WGRC is a member of the American Red Cross. All swim classes follow the Red Cross requirements and are taught by American Red Cross certified instructors. Our Pool Director holds certifications in the following Red Cross areas: Lifeguard, CPR/PR, First Aide, and WSL (certified by Red Cross to teach swim lessons and lifeguard training.) All other guards hold a minimum of Lifeguard, CPR/PR and WSI aide certifications Water Safety is taught at all levels.

Weather Policy

Classes will only be cancelled due to lightning, thunder, heavy rain, or unforeseen emergencies. In the event of a class cancellation, water safety will be taught for one class time. Refunds are not issued for cancelled classes.

Swim Levels

The American Red Cross revamped Class structure in 2004. Students will be evaluated at the first class of each session and placed in their correct level. Lifeguards monitor these levels from outside the pool, but will correct strokes individually from within the pool.

Mom and Tot

Parents or Family members will be in the water and will help introduce infants and toddlers to swimming. Swimmers will be encouraged to blow bubbles, play with water toys, and experience the reaching and kicking that will later lead to proper stroke development. This is done by instructions to the parents along with singing to help learn in a fun way for the kids. Toddlers will also be encouraged to float on front and back with the support of their family member with them. The focus of this class is fun and comfort in the water. Children need to be in a swim diaper and a swim suit to participate. This class is from 9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Monday through Friday.

Water Acclimation

This class is designed to get the independent but scared kids used to the water. Focus will be on safety, learning to "ask" when to enter/exit pool safely, front/back float with help, roll from front to back with help, front/back glide with help. The lessons will also include structured play. This class is for children ages three and over that are fully potty trained. This class is from 2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Level 1

Introduction to Water Skills: This class introduces the child to safe practices in and around the pool. Front and back float and flutter kicks will be the focus of this level. Arm and leg movements for the front and back crawl will start to be developed as well. Independent entry/exit from pool without the use of a ladder, face submersion, and blowing bubbles for 3+ seconds are required to pass to Level 2.

Level 2

Students will learn side breathing during the front crawl and mastery of flutter kick on front and back. Front and back crawl will be completely mastered and student can independently swim a minimum of 1 lap to pass to Level 3.

Level 3

Stroke Development: For the child ready to work in up to 7 feet of water. Front and back crawl will continue to be mastered at this level. Elementary backstroke will also be mastered. As well as these strokes, student must be physically capable of swimming independently for 40 minutes to move to Level 4.

Level 4

Stroke Improvement: Students will develop confidence in strokes, increase endurance in front and back crawl and elementary back stroke. Breast stroke will be introduced and mastered and student will be taught how to tread water. Must be able to tread for a minimum of 5 minutes to move to Level 5.

Level 5

Stroke Refinement: Student further refines their performance of all strokes (front crawl, back crawl, butterfly, breast stroke, elementary backstroke and sidestroke) and treading water. Flip turns on front and back introduced.

Level 6

Swimming & Skills Proficiency: Students will refine strokes so they can swim with more ease, efficiency, power and smoothness over greater distances. Butterfly stroke will be introduced, as well as components of personal water safety, fundamentals of diving, Lifeguard Readiness, and Fitness Swimmer.


Must have a current life guard certification and be CPR Certified.

Hours: Monday-Friday 10:00am-6:00pm, Some Evenings and Weekends

Responsible for ensuring the safety of all swimmers at the WGRC Pool. Must work to help prevent and respond to emergencies, teaching swimming lessons, and maintain constant surveillance of pool and surrounding areas. Performs various maintenance duties as directed by the Head Lifeguard and Camp Directors. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned. Clean locker rooms, pool and deck as needed to maintain a clean and safe experience for the children. Enforce all Pool rules, policies and regulations. Please contact camp@wgrc.org for more information