Swim Lessons

Private Swim Lessons 


Private Swim Lessons are available for any skill level and any age who prefer an 1-on-1 teaching atmosphere. Separate from group lessons, they are based on instructor availability and be set up at avilable times determined by the Pool Manager. Private swim lessons do not take place during our open swim times. Once the 2019 Lifeguard Staff is hired (usually in late April and early May), a list of those lifeguards choosing to teach Private Swim Lessons will be compiled. The list will contain contact number and some general background information on each instructor. The Privates Instructor List will be available at the Falcon Civic Center and the Aquatic Center (As of May 25) for you to pick up. We can email the list to you, but will not be posting the list on Facebook. You may choose a Private Swim Lesson Instructor from that list, contact the instructor directly and schedule the lessons. Once your 1st lesson is scheduled, you will need to pay a one time $15 per student to the Independence Aquatic Center. This $15 fee covers the student's pool usage time. Private Swim Lesson Instructors will determine their own fees and you will pay the Instructor directly. Please direct questions about Privates to Angie (prior to 5/25) @ 319-334-6711 or the Pool Manager (As of 5/35) @ 319-334-7464. 
Due to safety concerns and liability issues: ONLY the child/ adult physically in the water taking a lesson with a guard is allowed in the water during ALL swim lessons. Thank you.

Group Swim Lesson Instruction


Our swim lessons are designed by our staff to help promote water safety for our participants at a young age. It is our hope that participants meet with success early and often in our swim lesson programs and develop a love and respect for the water. Competitive oriented skills have been moved to the more advanced groups. Should lessons need to be cancelled for the day due to weather, we have scheduled 2 make-up dates if needed. The Aquatics Staff will do everything possible to see that at least 8 lessons are held, but we cannot control the weather.
Group Swim Lessons are filled on a 1st Come- 1st Serve Basis at the Falcon Civic Center. Registrations will not be accepted without full payment in hand. Swim Lesson Registration begins on April 1st at the Falcon Civic Center located at the 1305 5th Ave NE, Independence, Iowa  50644. The Falcon Civic Center Hours of operation in April are: Monday- Thursday 5am- 9pm, Friday 5am- 8pm, and Saturday 10am- 4pm, Closed Sundays. Registrations for all swim lessons will be done at the Falcon Civic Center ONLY!!! Group Swim Lessons Registrations will NOT be accepted at the Independence Aquatic Center.

Parent & Child Lessons

Dates & Time Ages Cost
June 10th- June 20th/ M- TH @ 6-6:25pm 1 year to 3 years old $25 per child w/ parent
Parent & Child Classes are designed for children 1 year- 3 years old/ Parents must be prepared to accompany their child in the water/ These classes are designed to orientate the child to the water, develop basic swimming skills, and to help parents learn how to work with their child in the water./ Make-ups (if needed will be June 14th & 21st)/ 15 Students max limit 

Pre-School Lessons

Session Group Cost Make-up Dates
June 10th- 20th/ M-TH @ 6-6:25pm Group 1A $25 per child Friday Make-ups (if needed) 6/14 & 6/21
June 10th- 20th/ M- TH @ 6-6:25pm Group 1B $25 per child Friday Make-ups (if needed) 6/14 & 6/21
June 10th- 20th/ M- TH @ 6-6:25pm Group 1C $25 per child Friday Make-ups (if needed) 6/14 & 6/21
July 8th- 18th/ M- TH @ 6-6:25pm Group 2A $25 per child Friday Make-ups (if needed) 7/12 & 7/19
July 8th- 18th/ M- TH @ 6-6:25pm Group 2B $25 per child Friday Make-ups (if needed) 7/12 & 7/19
July 8th- 18th/ M- TH @ 6-6:25pm Group 2C $25 per child Friday Make-ups (if needed) 7/12 & 7/19
Pre-School Classes are designed for children 4 to 5 years old/  Pre-School Classes are designed to orientate the child to water, develop basic swimming skills, and become more confident and independence in the water/ Parents are not allowed in the water during class times, however they may sit near the class for the child's comfort and security./ 10 Students max limit in each group

School Age Lessons

Dates 8:45am 9:30am 10:15am Make-up Dates 
June 17th- 27th/ M-TH Lv11 Lv12 Lv13 Friday Make-ups (if needed) 6/21 & 6/28
June 17th- 27th/ M-TH Lv21 Lv22 Lv23 Friday Make-ups (if needed) 6/21 & 6/28
June 17th- 27th/ M-TH Lv31 Lv32 Lv33 Friday Make-ups (if needed) 6/21 & 6/28
June 17th- 27th/ M-TH Lv41 Lv42 Lv43 Friday Make-ups (if needed) 6/21 & 6/28
June 17th- 27th/ M-TH Lv51 Lv52 Lv53 Friday Make-ups (if needed) 6/21 & 6/28
June 17th- 27th/ M-TH Lv61 Lv62 Lv63 Friday Make-ups (if needed) 6/21 & 6/28
School Age Lessons are designed for children who have passed Pre-School Lessons and are 6 years of age and older. Students progress through the levels at their own pace, mastering the skills in one level before advancing to the next. These lessons are designed to give students a positive learning experience.
Fee: $30 per child/ 10 students max limit per time/ level/ Classes are 40 minutes/ M- TH/ Advanced registration is required for all classes/ Registration is accepted at the Falcon Civic Center ONLY beginning on April 1st.

Level Descriptions

All children registered in group swim lessons will be tested on the 1st day of class to make sure they have been placed in the correct level. If they have not, the child will be moved into the correct level at the same time slot and session.
  • LEVEL 1: This class is focused on water orientation and helping students enjoy the aquatic environment. There will be an introduction to kicking on front and back. This level is for those who have passed Pre-School Lessons.
  • LEVEL 2: This class is focused on helping students become more independent in the aquatic environment. There will be introduction to freestyle and backstroke. This level is for those who have passes Level 1.
  • LEVEL 3: Students will be introduced to more advanced freestyle skills; as well as an introduction to elementary backstroke. Students will be introduced to deep water. This level is for those who have passed Level 2.
  • LEVEL 4: Students will work on refining skills for freestyle and backstroke. Students will be introduced to breaststroke, sidestroke, and diving boards. This level is for those who have passed Level 3.
  • LEVEL 5: Students will work on refining all skills for elementary backstroke, sidestroke, and breaststroke. There will be an introduction to flip turns and diving. This level is for those who have passed Level 4.
  • LEVEL 6: Students will work on refining all swimming skills. There will be an intro to basic swimming conditioning and developing endurance. This level is for those who have passed Level 5.