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Swim lessons

Swimming Lesson

All lessons are taught by your friendly and certified Santa Ana Parks & Recreation staff instructors, and follow American Red Cross (ARC)  guidelines. An active Santa Ana Parks & Recreation lifeguard will be present on duty during all lessons. For more questions and more information, call the Aquatics Office at (714) 571-4261.

Monday - Thursday from June 3 - August 8

  • Each session is two-weeks long and includes 8 (30-minute) lessons.

Locations:

Class times:

  • Range from 11:50am - 12:55pm and 3:35pm - 6:45pm, view the full schedule below.

Price per session:

  • $55 residents
  • $65 non-residents
  • Online registration: credit cards accepted
  • In-person registration: checks and money orders only

Registration dates

Sessions

Dates

Registration opens 

Session 1 June 3 - June 13 May 20
Session 2 June 17 - June 27 June 9
Session 3 July  1 - July 11 (*no class July 4) June 21
Session 4 July 15 - July 25 July 5
Session 5 July 29 - August 8 July 19

Online registration for all lessons in each session, will open 10 days prior to the session start date. The first session of the summer will open registration earlier on May 20.

Swim lessons levels

Parent and Me (6 months - 3 years):

  • Big Fish Lil Fish (10 students per lesson) 
    • Guardian required in water for each swimmer
    • Class focus on water acclimation and exploration
    • Swim diapers required

Preschool Aquatics (4 - 5 years):

  • Jellyfish (5 students per lesson)
    • Children ready to independently learn basic water safety skills with the support of an instructor

Learn to Swim (6-17 years):

  • L2S Level 1 – Pufferfish (6 students per lesson)
    • Beginning swimmers starting to get comfortable in the water
  • L2S Level 2 – Sea Turtles (6 students per lesson)
    • Intermediate swimmers who can float and swim independently
    • Lessons focus on stroke technique
  • L2S Level 3 – River Otters (8 students per lesson)
    • Advanced swimmers who can swim the full length of the pool
    • Lessons focus on refining stroke technique

Adults and teens (14+ years):

  • All skill levels
  • Offered at El Salvador Pool
  • Mondays and Wednesday from 6:55pm - 7:25pm
  • Instructors will mainly focus on the adult swimmer's needs.
  • Focus on building students' comfort and independence in the water.

Summer 2024 lessons times, levels, and locations

*See level breakdown above for clarification on age ranges and skill-level

Level and ages 11:50am - 12:40pm 12:20pm - 12:55pm 3:35pm - 4:05pm 4:15pm - 4:45pm 4:55pm - 5:25pm 5:35pm - 6:05pm 6:15pm - 6:45pm
Big Fish Lil Fish
(Parent & Me)
Salgado,
Jerome
Jerome Salgado Salgado,
Jerome
Salgado,
El Salvador
Jerome,
El Salvador
Jellyfish
(Preschool)
Salgado Salgado,
El Salvador
Salgado,
Jerome,
El Salvador
Salgado,
Jerome,
El Salvador
Salgado,
Jerome,
El Salvador
Salgado,
Jerome,
El Salvador
Salgado,
Jerome,
El Salvador
Pufferfish
(L2S - 1)
Salgado,
Jerome,
El Salvador
Salgado,
Jerome,
El Salvador
Salgado,
Jerome,
El Salvador
Salgado,
Jerome,
El Salvador
Salgado,
Jerome,
El Salvador
Salgado,
Jerome,
El Salvador
Salgado,
Jerome
Sea Turtles
(L2S - 2)
Jerome,
El Salvador
Jerome,
El Salvador
Jerome,
El Salvador
Jerome,
El Salvador
Jerome,
El Salvador
Jerome,
El Salvador
Jerome,
El Salvador
River Otters
(L2S- 3)
Jerome,
El Salvador
Jerome El Salvador Jerome,
El Salvador
El Salvador Jerome Jerome,
El Salvador

Summer 2024 youth swim scholarships

American Red Cross logo + 100 years of water safety

Thanks to the City's partnership with the American Red Cross, youth swim scholarships will be available for qualifying Santa Ana residents this summer! Approved applicants will be granted $43 scholarships to be applied to the total cost of swimming lessons per session. Scholarships funds are limited to the first 50 applications.

 

In-person applications are available at El Salvador Center, Jerome Center, and Salgado Center. Scholarship applications will be made available on-site during opening registration date for each swim session. Complete the application on-site with your Santa Ana Parks and Recreation staff who will verify proof of income and residency. One application is required per family per session. Please bring a copy of  either your pay stub or W-2 as proof of income. Learn about all scholarship opportunities here.

Household income requirements:

Household size 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Annual income $27, 861 $37,814 $47,767 $57,720 $67,673 $77,626 $87,579 $97,532

Swimming lesson weather policy

Rain or shine... overcast or marine layer, Santa Ana swim lessons are still a go! If there is thunder and lightning, lifeguards will determine if it is unsafe to be in the water.

Pool safety regulations outline that pools of water must remain clear for 30 minutes after the last lightning or thunder strike. If lessons have to be postponed or rescheduled, water safety instructors will notify their class by email and phone call. Make-up swimming lessons will only be offered to participants if enrolled in classes that are cancelled due to weather. Instructors will provide all important information regarding make-up classes in the notification emails and phone calls.


 

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