Learn to Swim
All aquatic programs are held at the West Shore Natatorium
[unless stated otherwise]
located next to Red Land High School on Fishing Creek Road in Fairview Township.
View the activity details in
ActiveNet. Once there, you may modify the search for
specific details such as age, time of day, day of the week, etc.
Adult 16+ Activities
Rec Swim Y
Birthday Pool Parties*
Exclusive Pool Parties*
Rec Swim Punch Card
Youth Swim Lessons *
Diving Lessons - Beginner & Intermediate
* - online registration not available
for this activity, but you may view
the number of enrollments and openings available by clicking on the
ActiveNet link above.
Great for family fun or individual fitness workouts. One lane is reserved
for lap swimming. Pay at the door or save by purchasing a discounted Rec Swim
Punch Card. A Punch Card does not expire and can be used for the whole family.
Fall 2017 Season Schedule:
September 17 - January 28*
Lap Swim Only:
September 6 - November 6*
Mondays & Wednesdays, 7:00-8:00 pm
A. Pay as You Go:
Weekend/Weekday - $5;
Weeknight - $2
B. Punch Card: $26;
discounted resident rate: $20
*Please Note: No Rec or Lap Swim on
October 29, November 26, December 24 & 31. Other dates are subject to change for maintenance or emergency reasons.
BIRTHDAY POOL PARTIES
Here’s a fun and economical way to host a birthday party!
Your group will have a splashing good time in the pool and the lobby area may be
scheduled (one hour period) for cake cutting or gift opening. Reserve your date
No refunds will be given after the Rec Office closes on the Friday before your
Dates: Sundays, 2-5
pm, September 17 - January 28 (except dates listed above)
Size: Small Group
up to 15 swimmers
discounted resident rate: $60
Large Group 16-25 swimmers
discounted resident rate: $90
EXCLUSIVE POOL PARTIES
Groups of up to 60 swimmers may have exclusive pool time for reunions, company
recreation or other occasions. More than 60 persons will require additional
lifeguards at an extra fee. Refund policy: no refunds will be
given 30 days or less prior to the reserved party date unless a replacement is
16 - January 27
(except for Oct. 7, 28, Nov. 25, Dec. 23 & 30)
discounted resident rate: $149
YOUTH SWIM LESSONS
Youth 5-15 years are encouraged to learn water safety
and enhance their water
enjoyment, progressing from level 1 through 6 in the American Red Cross water
safety program. A Red Cross completion card from the previous level is required
except level 1. Indicate level needed on the registration form.
You may enroll in one section only until October 4. Instructed by certified water safety
instructors. Please see the links to the informational newsletters for each
level in the right side bar. Dates and times are available
in the rec guide
AMERICAN RED CROSS LEARN TO SWIM (Summer Only)
The Summer Learn-to-Swim progressive program is
offered for youth 5 to 15 years. Swimmers begin at Level 1 and gradually
work their way to Level 6. Emphasis is placed on being comfortable in the
water, basic strokes and personal safety. A Red Cross completion card from
the previous level is required except level 1. Indicate level needed on the registration form.
You may enroll in a second section only after the
completion of the first one.
Instructed by certified water safety instructors.
Dates and times.
IMPORTANT: If registering by
mail, please use the registration
form provided online to type your information, including the section
letter and level before printing and mailing. Thank you!
What's the difference between Youth
Swim Lessons and Learn to Swim?
The course content is the same, with both using the American Red Cross water
safety program of progressive levels. Youth Swim Lessons are offered
throughout the year and typically meet on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.
Learn to Swim is traditionally a summer program that meets for two weeks
each weekday morning (Tue, Wed, Thurs).
WATER SAFETY INSTRUCTOR -
This is a blended
learning class which means a portion of the course will be completed on-line
through the Red Cross website and the other portion of the class will be
conducted at the West Shore Natatorium. Upon registering for this
course with West Shore Rec you will receive an email from Todd Miller
(Aquatics Coordinator) with a special link to register for the on-line
portion of the course and pay the $35 Red Cross administration fee.
If you are at least 16 years old and a proficient swimmer, you can become an
American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor. This approximately 30-hour
course will help you teach skills that may save a life, gain terrific work
experience as an aquatics professional, earn money or join a volunteer team
while you help people learn valuable skills. In addition you will learn
organizational and presentation skills that will help you in any career and
make a difference in people’s lives. Whether you want to splash around with
kids and teach them to swim, help children and adults refine their strokes
or teach diving safety techniques, you can do it as an American Red Cross
Water Safety Instructor.
Minimum age of 16.
Complete American Red Cross pre-course study BEFORE attending
classroom/pool portion of the class.
Demonstrate swimming skills consistent with the Stroke
Charts, Level 4, by
swimming the following strokes:
· Front Crawl - 25 yards
· Back Crawl - 25 yards
· Breaststroke - 25 yards
· Elementary backstroke - 25 yards
· Sidestroke - 25 yards
· Butterfly - 15 yards
· Tread water for 1 minute
· Maintain position on back for 1 min. in deep water (floating or
Pre-requisite Swim Test
(and REVIEW) - Pre-requisite Swim Test
- Must be at least 15 years old
- Swim 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath
control and rhythmic breathing
- Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs
- Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40
Starting in the water, swim 20 yards
dive, feet-first or head-first, to a depth of 7 to 10 feet to retrieve a
10 pound object
Surface and swim 20 yards on back with both
hands holding object
Exit the water without using a ladder or steps
- Passing the prerequisites will not
guarantee passing the lifeguard course
LIFEGUARD INSTRUCTOR TRAINER -
a blended learning class which means a portion of the course will be
completed on-line through the Red Cross website and the other portion of the
class will be conducted at the West Shore Natatorium. Upon registering
for this course with West Shore Rec you will receive an email from Todd
Miller (Aquatics Coordinator) with a special link to register for the
on-line portion of the course and pay the $35 Red Cross administration fee.
The purpose of the instructor course is to train instructor candidates
age 17 and older to teach the Red Cross Lifeguarding, Shallow Water
Lifeguarding, Waterfront Skills, Waterpark Skills, CPR/AED for Professional
Rescuers and Health Care Providers, Administering Emergency Oxygen and
Bloodborne Pathogens Training: Preventing Disease Transmission courses
and/or modules. Instructor candidates will also become familiar with Junior
Lifeguarding, Lifeguard Management, Safety Training for Swim Coaches and
Basic Water Rescue.
Prerequisites & Additional Information:
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from the recreation guide (PDF)
- Heart Healthy
for All Ages
Babies and Preschool
American Red Cross Swimming Programs and
Level 1 Newsletter
Level 2 Newsletter
Level 3 Newsletter
Level 4 Newsletter
Level 5 Newsletter
Level 6 Newsletter
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