Since we opened in 1965, we have offered 1 free week of swim lessons to NSC children each summer. This was started by a member named Pat Fernades, who believed that every child at Nottingham should know how to swim and offered to provide lessons annually, up until the last summer of her life. We've continued her legacy by providing NSC children a session of free lessons every summer.
2020 Lesson details
Information on updated COVID-19 changes to 2021 Swim Lessons Coming Soon!
Weekly lessons are available for the 1st part of the summer season. Parents who want additional lessons can register for as many individual sessions as they wish as space permits. We'll evaluate and place children prior to their first session into the appropriate class - see the class descriptions below.
Additional lessons: $15/session
1. Log into your membership account
2. Scheduling (top-middle of the menu bar)
4. Swim Lessons
5. Select the session(s) you want and sign-up on the right!
NOTE: It is required that you bring your child to the pool at 12:30 the Friday before their 1st lesson, to be evaluated for lesson placement. This is so that lessons can start right away on Monday. If you cannot bring your child at that time, you can contact the coordinator, Mary Jean Polaski (contact information is in the lesson sign up), to schedule an alternative time on Thursday or Friday.
We want every child to gain a confidence in over-head water and have the skills they need to survive an unplanned over-head water event. So, beginners start with comfort and safety. Kids must be able to separate from parent without tears, sit for 5 minutes, and obey directions to begin. They will pass a skills test of jumping into the deep end, turning, paddling to the side and climbing out to pass to the next level. They'll have skills to survive a fall into deep water.
First, we will focus on foundational basics that'll build core skills before working on freestyle and backstroke. Advanced groups will focus on butterfly and breaststroke, diving, competitive starts and turns. We end the season with a fun mini-Gators training meet.
Once able to swim a legal 25 yd freestyle and 25 yd backstroke event, a child is ready to join the team next season!
We have a tradition at Nottingham of providing a session of free swim lessons to every child at Nottingham Swim Club. Lessons are provided from mid-June to mid-July, using a step-by-step progression to take kids from being a non-swimmer to one that can safely move through the water to competing as a Gator! (if they decide to...we hope they do!)
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How much do lessons cost?
$15 per week
How do we sign-up for lessons?
Log into your membership account, click on "Scheduling", camp/classes, Swim Lessons, session sign-up.
How long do lessons run?
Each lesson is 30 minutes long and held from 12:00-12:30
Sessions will be established soon
How many children are in each group?
Groups will have up to 8 children, depending on skill level and number of participants signed up.
What group will my child be in?
It is required that you bring your child to the pool at 12:30 the Friday before their 1st lesson, to be evaluated for lesson placement. This is so that lessons can start right away on Monday. If you cannot bring your child at that time, you can contact the coordinator, Mary Jean Polaski, to schedule an alternative time on Thursday or Friday. You only need to have your child evaluated before their 1st week of lessons.
If your child is 3 or 4, we would ideally like the parent to be in the pool with your child for the lessons.
Can my child swim on the swim team?
Every child can swim on the swim team. They will be tested to see if they're ready by the Mini-Gator or Gator Coach. To be a Gator, a child must be able to independently swim a 25 yard freestyle, 25 backstroke.
Will Mini-Gators be introduced to competitive swimming? What is the Mini-Gator swim meet?
This is an event held on in mid-July, once lessons are completed, to introduce swimmers to a fun swim meet atmosphere. They will test their new swimming skills by competing against fellow group members in a variety of events that use the skills they've learned throughout the summer!
Can I sign-up for private lessons?
A number of our Nottingham staff are available for private lessons. The lesson cost depends upon the individual instructor, but you can expect them to cost approximately $15-20 per session. Private lessons are scheduled at times when the pool usage is low.