Swim class registration has moved to Aug. 19

Bloomington Community Education swim class registration has been moved to Aug. 19. Please check back on that date to register for your child's swim lessons or your favorite swim fitness class. Lifeguard training and water safety instructor training is also being offered.

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Registration for classes that begin in November will open on Nov. 2 so we can make adjustments to classes if needed.

Bloomington Community Education's Aquatics has been offering programs for nearly 30 years. Our swim lessons & water fitness programs run year-round and offer convenience, affordability, quality staff and facilities, plus a community atmosphere!

We also rent our pools to the public for special events and occasions.

Our classes and programs are listed in the Bloomington Community Education catalog, which comes out three times a year in August, December and March. 

Fall 2020 Registration for Aquatics classes opens on August 19.

Fall 2020 Catalog

About Aquatics

While our summer 2020 aquatics classes have been cancelled, here are two websites from the American Red Cross to check out:

  Water Emergencies  Water Safety

Bloomington Education Aquatics teaches classes for all ages of swimmer.  Whether you have never been in a pool or just want to a refresher, we have the class you are looking for including:

  • Swim lessons for children and adults
  • Swim exercise classes
  • Training to become a Water Safety Instructor or a Lifeguard

Our friendly and knowledgeable staff are American Red Cross trained to teach your children how to swim through the Learn-to-Swim Program.

Lifeguards are trained and have CPR for the Professional Rescuer and First Aid certifications.

Water Fitness Instructors are excited and ready to provide you with a fantastic workout.

We are ready to welcome you to our program and look forward to teaching you and your family to be safe in, on and around the water.

Registration for fall 2020 will open on August 19.

Fall 2020 Catalog

 Registration Options 

Cancellations

  • Cancellations that are customer-initiated must be received within five or more business days in order to qualify for a full refund, minus at $10 processing fee, per person, for each class cancelled. 
  • Cancellations made less than 5 business days prior to the start of the class will not be eligible for a refund.
  • There are no refunds issued after the class has begun.
  • Community Education reserves the right to cancel a class that does not meet the minimum enrollment.

Parent & Child Aquatics

6 months to 3 years
One adult per child required in the water

The Parent and Child Aquatics builds swimming readiness by emphasizing fun in the water.  Parents and children participate in practice sessions that help children learn elementary skills including:

  • Water Adjustment
  • Water Entry & Exit
  • Breath Control
  • Buoyancy on Front & Back
  • Changing Direction
  • Kicking on Front & Back
  • Swim on Front & Back
  • Water Safety Topics

Little Swimmer

4 to 5 years

This class provides children their first pool experience without parental assistance in a safe, fun and positive learning environment. The primary objective of the Pre-School class is to promote developmentally appropriate learning of fundamental water safety and aquatic skills. Instructors help children adapt to the pool and learn how to move independently through the water.

Requirements for signing your child up for this class:

  • Has participated in a recent parent & child class
  • Toilet trained
  • Able to listen and follow directions for 30 minutes
  • Child will be okay without parent or guardian in the pool
  • Able to hang onto the wall for 30 minutes

Little Swimmer - Level A: Beginner Swimmer

This level orients children to the aquatic environment and helps them gain basic aquatic skills by:

  • Enter and exit water safely by using ladder
  • Blow Bubbles
  • Submerge mouth, nose and eyes
  • Front and back glides
  • Float on back
  • Swim on front and back using arms and legs
  • Water Safety Topics

Little Swimmer - Level B: Intermediate Swimmer

This level will help children gain greater independence in their skills, become more comfortable in and around the water and start to gain basic swimming propulsive skills by:

  • Enter water by jumping
  • Fully submerge and hold breath, retrieve submerged objects
  • Front and back floats
  • Front and back glides
  • Tread Water
  • Swim on front and back using a combination of arms and legs
  • Water Safety Topics

Little Swimmer - Level C: Advanced Swimmer

This level will build upon skills learned in Level A & B providing additional guided practice. Skills in this level are performed independently.

  • Enter water by jumping
  • Fully submerge and hold breath, bobbing
  • Front and back floats, and recoveries
  • Front and back glides
  • Tread water
  • Swim on front and back using combination of arms and legs
  • Change direction while swimming on front or back
  • Water safety topics

Level 1: Beginner Swimmer 

6 years and older

  • Enter & exit water safely
  • Submerge mouth, nose & eyes
  • Blow bubbles
  • Swim on front & back using arm and leg actions
  • Float on front and back
  • Front and back glides
  • Water Safety Topics

Level 2: Advanced Beginner

Give student success with fundamental skills by:

  • Enter water by stepping or jumping from the side
  • Exit the water safely by using ladder or side
  • Submerge entire head
  • Float on front and back
  • Perform front and back glide
  • Tread water using arm and leg actions
  • Swim on front and back using combined strokes
  • Class taught in shallow end
  • Water Safety Topics

Level 3: Intermediate Swimmer*

Student must have passed Level 2.  Must be an independent swimmer.  Swimmer must be able to perform Front Crawl, Backstroke and Elementary Backstroke without assistance.  

Builds on the skills with practice in deeper water by:

  • Jump into deep water from the side
  • Bob with the head fully submerged
  • Use rotary breathing in horizontal position
  • Perform front and back glide
  • Perform survival float
  • Perform front crawl
  • Butterfly kick and scissors kick
  • Class taught in the middle of the pool
  • Water Safety Topics

      *Swim instructor will not be in the water

Level 4: Advanced Intermediate

Develops confidence in skills and improves other aquatic skills by:

  • Swim underwater
  • Perform open turns on front and back using any stroke
  • Tread water using sculling arm motions and kick
  • Perform front crawl and back crawl
  • Perform breaststroke and butterfly
  • Perform elementary backstroke and sidestroke
  • Water Safety Topics

Level 5/6: Advanced Swimmer

Provides further coordination and refinement of strokes by:

  • Tread water with 2 different kicks
  • Perform front and back flip turn
  • Perform front and back crawl
  • Perform butterfly and breaststroke
  • Perform elementary backstroke, sidestroke and sculling
  • Water Safety Topics

Adult Lessons: Beginner & Intermediate - Adult Swimming Lessons are on hold for fall 2020

This class is designed for individuals who are 16 years and older who would like to learn to swim or improve their existing skills.  Adults will also experience the benefits of swimming as an exercise program and a social activity and a support group for learning to swim with progressions through the strokes and skills.

Specialty Classes

American Red Cross Lifeguard Training

This comprehensive course is designed to instruct course participants in the skills and knowledge needed to become a lifeguard. Course candidates will learn how to recognize, prevent, and respond quickly to aquatic emergencies. The course also instructs participants in CPR for the Professional Rescuer, AED and First Aid. Participants will receive the certifications listed above, mentioned materials upon completion of attending all class sessions, passing all written exams, water skills and tests. Prerequisites:

  • Participants must be 15 years of age or older
  • Ability to pass pretest. Pretest of 300 yard swim using front crawl with rhythmic breathing and breaststroke. (Must swim 300 yards continuously)
  • Swim 20 yards using front crawl or breaststroke, surface dive 7 – 10 feet retrieve 10 pound brick, return to surface, swim 20 yards back to starting point with object, and exit the water without using a ladder or steps, within 1 minute and 40 seconds.
  • Certifications received upon completion of course objectives and passing score of 80 percent correct of course final exam.

Lifeguarding and First Aid certifications are valid for three years. CPR-PR, AED are valid for one year.

Private Swim Lessons

For fall 2020, our Private Swim Lessons program has been put on hold.

6 years and older

Private and Semi-Private lessons are available for those wanting individual attention to swimmer's basic skills and stroke improvement needs.  These lessons are a great way to bridge skills in-between levels.  Private and Semi-Private lessons are 30 minutes in length and can be arranged to fit your schedule.  Call 952-681-6134 for further questions or scheduling.

Water Aerobics

Leap, jump and kick to a better you with this one-hour class which is a wonderful way to tone and strengthen muscles while developing cardiovascular endurance and increasing flexibility. By having the natural resistance of the water, participants receive a great workout that is gentle on the joints. Work out in the shallow end. No swimming skills necessary for this class. Registration is required for this class. 

Aqua Zumba

Known as the Zumba "pool party", Aqua Zumba gives new meaning to the idea of an invigorating workout.  Splashing, stretching, twisting, even shouting and laughing are often heard during a class. Integrating the Zumba formula and the philosophy with traditional aqua fitness disciplines, Aqua Zumba blends it all together into a safe, challenging, water-based workout that's cardio-conditioning, body toning and most of all fun!  It is not your typical aerobics class. You will dance in the water at your own speed.  Aqua Zumba is exercise in disguise.  Registration is required for this class (water fitness cards will not be accepted).

Open and Lap Swim

Bring your friends and family for good times in the pool for open swim or to swim laps for a great low impact workout.  Purchase a punchcard for Open and Lap Swim from the Bloomington Community Education office.  Cannot be purchased at the pool.

We are hiring all the time for the position of Water Safety Instructors and Lifeguards.  If you are interested:

Apply

Water Safety Aide (WSA)

The purpose of the Water Safety Aide course is to provide training for individuals who wish to assist Water Safety Instructors (WSI) in conducting swimming lessons.

Individuals must be:

  • At least 12 years of age or older
  • Exhibit a strong sense of maturity
  • Enthusiasm
  • Responsibility
  • Leadership skills

Aide candidates must be able to demonstrate all the skills required for LEVEL 6. Bring a swim suit, towel and lunch.

Water Safety Instructor

This course trains instructor candidates to teach the American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim and other water safety programs.  

Prerequisites:

  • On the first day, you must be able to pass a swimming stroke test.  
  • Attendance is mandatory to all class sessions.  
  • Be prepared to be both in and out of the water each day of the class.  
  • Students must complete the online portion of the course (7-9 hours) in addition to participating in the classroom and water skill sessions.  

Junior Lifeguarding - Guard Start: Lifeguarding Tomorrow

American Red Cross Guard Start: Lifeguarding Tomorrow is designed to prepare 11 to 14 year olds to take Red Cross Lifeguarding certification programs and for future work as a lifeguard.

The Guard Start program helps participants build a foundation of knowledge, attitudes and skills that they will need to be responsible lifeguards. Lessons are grouped into five main areas: prevention, fitness, response, leadership and professionalism. Textbook included. This class is offered during "Summer SLAM".

American Red Cross Lifeguarding Training

This comprehensive course is designed to instruct course participants in the skills and knowledge needed to become a lifeguard. Course candidates will learn how to recognize, prevent, and respond quickly to aquatic emergencies. The course also instructs participants in CPR for the Professional Rescuer, AED and First Aid. Participants will receive the certifications listed above, mentioned materials upon completion of attending all class sessions, passing all written exams, water skills and tests. Prerequisites:

  • Participants must be 16 years of age or older
  • Ability to pass pretest. Pretest of 300 yard swim using front crawl with rhythmic breathing and breaststroke. (Must swim 300 yards continuously)
  • Swim 20 yards using front crawl or breaststroke, surface dive 7 – 10 feet retrieve 10 pound brick, return to surface, swim 20 yards back to starting point with object, and exit the water without using a ladder or steps, within 1 minute and 40 seconds.
  • Certifications received upon completion of course objectives and passing score of 80 percent correct of course final exam.

Lifeguarding and First Aid certifications are valid for three years. CPR-PR, AED are valid for one year.

Pool rentals are available for:

  •     Birthday Parties
  •     Boy Scouts
  •     Girl Scouts
  •     Job Trainings
  •     End of School Year Party
  •     Church Groups

To reserve a pool for a group rental with Bloomington Public Schools, please call 952-681-5283, or visit Building Reservations.

The USA Swimming Foundation's Make a Splash initiative is a national child-focused water safety campaign, which aims to provide the opportunity for every child in America to learn to swim. Through Make A Splash, the USA Swimming Foundation partners with learn-to-swim providers and water safety advocates across the country to provide swimming lessons and educate children and their families on the importance of learning how to swim.  The USA Swimming Foundation has invested millions of dollars to provide grants to qualified Local Partner learn-to-swim programs, to spread national awareness, and to bring together strategic partners to end drowning.  To date, more than 6 million children have received the lifesaving gift of swim lessons through the USA Swimming Foundation Make A Splash Local Partner network, comprised of more than 850 qualified lesson providers across the nation.

USA Swimming Foundation

Bloomington Aquatics is proud to be a Local Partner of the USA Swimming Foundation's Make a Splash initiative.