Seattle Children’s offers four levels of group swim lesson classes at the therapy pool. The focus of all the levels is water safety. Kids in all levels will be practicing breath control including blowing bubbles and putting their face in and under water. Family encouragement is always welcomed.

  • Parent and Child Swim Lessons: for children 6 months old through age 3.
  • Preschool Swim Lesson Level 1: for children around 4 to 5 years old who are beginner swimmers and need assistance in the water.
  • Preschool Swim Lesson Level 2: for children around 4 to 5 years old who are able to swim 3 yards with their face in the water and without assistance from the teacher.
  • Preschool Swim Lesson Level 3: for children around 4 to 5 years old who are able to swim 5 yards while being able to take a breath and without assistance of the teacher. on their front and back.

See below for more detailed class information and how to register.

  • The American Red Cross Parent and Child Swim Lessons are for children between the ages of 6 months and about 3 years, and their parents. The purpose of the course is to make children comfortable with the water and teach them skills to prepare them for swimming in the future. In addition, we provide safety information and teach parents ways to help orient their children to the water.

    In this 25-minute class children will learn:

    • Learning to ask for permission before entering the water
    • Learning how to enter and exit the water safely
    • Feeling comfortable in the water
    • Practicing blowing bubbles
    • Putting their mouth, nose and eyes completely under water
    • Exploring floating on their front and back
    • Changing position in the water
    • Learning how to play safely in the water
    • Using combined arm and leg actions on their front and back with help
    • Wearing a U.S. Coast Guard–approved life jacket in the water

    In this 25-minute class parents will learn:

    • How to properly supervise children and maintain safe behavior in and around the water
    • How to enter and exit the water, with strict enforcement of the rule that a child must get an adult permission before entering any body of water
    • How and when to use holding and support techniques
    • How to determine your child’s readiness to try basic skills
    • Learning how to properly teach your child to go under water
    • How to use cues and the importance of being consistent in delivering cues
    • How to help your child learn and practice skills appropriate for their age and current developmental level and ability
    • How to play, and the importance of playing as a way to learn
    • Basic water safety information
  • The American Red Cross Preschool Swim Lesson Level 1 class helps young preschoolers become comfortable in the water and teaches basic water safety. Your child doesn't need any prior swim experience to take this class.  To be successful in this class, kids will need to follow the directions of the teacher and lifeguard.

    In this 25-minute class, students will learn to:

    • Enter the water using the pool steps
    • Blow bubbles
    • Put their mouth, nose and eyes underwater
    • Front glide
    • Back glide
    • Roll over from front to back and back to front
    • Use arm and hand treading action
    • Alternate leg action on front and back
    • Alternate arm action on front and back
    • Use combined arm action on front and back

    To pass the preschool level 1, kids must be able to put their face in the water and swim three feet on their own.

    This class is best for children 4 to 5 years old. It follows the American Red Cross Preschool Swim Lesson Level 1 curriculum.

  • The American Red Cross Preschool Swim Lesson Level 2 class builds on the skills learned in Preschool Swim Lesson Level 1 to help young preschoolers learn basic swimming skills. To be successful in this class, kids will need to follow the directions of the teacher and lifeguard.

    In this 25-minute class, students will learn to:

    • Enter the water using pool steps
    • Bob
    • Open their eyes under water and retrieve an object that's under water
    • Front float
    • Front glide
    • Back float
    • Back glide
    • Roll over from front to back and back to front
    • Tread water for 15 seconds
    • Use combined arm and leg action on front and back

    This class is best suited for children 4 to 5 years old. It follows the American Red Cross Preschool Swim Lesson Level 2 curriculum.

    To pass preschool level 2, kids must be able to swim 15 feet on their own and be able to do a back float for 15 seconds.

  • The American Red Cross Preschool Swim Lesson Level 3 class focuses on coordinating arm and leg movements and improves upon the skills learned in Preschool Swim Lesson Level 1 and Level 2. To be successful in this class, kids will need to follow the directions of the teacher and lifeguard.

    In this 25-minute class, students will learn to:

    • Entering water by jumping in
    • Bob
    • Go completely under water and hold their breath
    • Front float
    • Front glide
    • Back float
    • Back glide
    • Roll over from front to back and back to front
    • Tread water for 30 seconds
    • Use combined arm and leg action on front and back five body lengths

    This class is best for children 4 to 5 years old. It follows the American Red Cross Preschool Swim Lesson Level 3 curriculum.

    Kids will pass this class when they turn 6, or before if they master all the skills.

Time and Cost

Classes are 25 minutes, once a week, for six weeks.

Each six-week session is $100 per registered class.

Classes will be pro-rated for hospital-recognized holidays:

  • Martin Luther King Jr
  • Presidents Day
  • Veterans Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • The pool is typically closed mid-December through New Year’s Day.

Registration

Registration for each session will start one week before the start of the session.

  • There is a set day and time for the registration to start for each session.
  • Registration will open one session at a time.
  • Registration is online only.
  • The registration for the upcoming session will start on the Friday of the 6th week of the current session at 11:30am.
  • Class offerings will vary session to session.
  • The class schedule will be posted during the 5th of the current session for the upcoming session.
  • Classes fill up quickly as space is limited

To see available classes, click on the link to go to the registration website. Class offerings vary session to session.

Registration is only available online.

  • Fall I, 2018: September 10 – October 18
    •    Registration opens on Friday, August 31 at 11:30 a.m.
  • Fall II, 2018: October 29 – December 6
    •    Registration opens Friday, October 19 at 11:30 a.m.
  • Winter, 2019 Session: January 7 – February 16
    • Registration opens Friday, December 7, 2018 at 11:30 a.m.; class, dates and times are not yet available.
  • Spring I, 2019 Session: February 25 – April 6
    • Registration opens Friday, February 15, 2019 at 11:30 a.m.; class, dates and times are not yet available.
  • Spring II, 2019 Session: April 15 – May 25
    • Registration opens Friday, April 5, 2019 at 11:30 a.m.; class, dates and times are not yet available.
  • Summer I, 2019 Session: June 3 – July 13
    • Registration opens Friday, May 24, 2019 at 11:30 a.m.; class, dates and times are not yet available.
  • Summer II, 2019 Session: July 22 – August 31
    • Registration opens Friday, July 12, 2019 at 11:30 a.m.; class, dates and times are not yet available.
  • Fall I, 2019 Session: September 9 – October 19
    • Registration opens Friday, August 30, 2019 at 11:30 a.m.; class, dates and times are not yet available.

Contact Us

If you have questions, please call Seattle Children's Therapy Pool at 206-987-2547 or email us.