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 and student availability and may be set up at various times determined by the current Pool Manager. Private swim lessons typically do not take place during our open swim times. Once the Lifeguard Staff is hired, a Private Instructor List will be compiled. Hard copies become available to the public at the Independence Aquatic Center or may be emailed. The list will contain contact numbers and some general background information on each instructor. We will not post the list here or on Facebook. If you want private swim lessons, it is your responsibility  to contact your chosen instructor directly and schedule lessons. The $15 pool usage fee per (10- 1/2 hour lessons) is due to the Independence Aquatic Center at your first lesson. Private Swim Lesson Instructors will determine their own fees and you will need to pay the Instructor directly. Please direct questions about Privates to the Pool Manager @ 319-334-7464 after the 1st day that the pool is open for the summer. 
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 unless guards are in chairs guarding the pool. Thank you.

Group Swim Lesson Instruction

At the Independence Aquatic Center, our certified lifeguards teach American Red Cross Swim Lessons. Parents: download the American Red Cross Swim App and see what your child will learn and the skills needed to advance to the next level. We are working very hard with the help of our American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor to make the Group Swim Lessons taught at the Independence Aquatic Center the best across Iowa. Thank you in advance while we work hard to reach these goals. 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. In case 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.

We are working to offer the REMIND APP link as a valuable tool to use to communicate cancellations to those registered for group swim lessons. We will keep you posted. Thank you.

ARC Learn to Swim App
remind
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 each year at the Falcon Civic Center located at the 1305 5th Ave NE, Independence, Iowa  50644. 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.

Infant & Toddler Lessons (Child in water w/ parent)

Dates & Time Ages Cost
June 10th- June 14th/ M- F @ 5:50-6:20pm 1 year to 3 years old $30 per child w/ parent
June 24th- June 28th/ M- F @ 5:50-6:20pm 1 year to 3 years old $30 per child w/ parent
July 8th- July 12th/ M-F @ 5:50-6:20pm 1 year to 3 years old $30 per child w/ parent
July 22nd- July 26th/ M-F @ 5:50-6:20pm 1 year to 3 years old $30 per child w/ parent

Infant & Toddler (Parent w/ Child) Classes are designed for children 1 year- 3 years old/ Parents must 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. NEW Scheduling: Classes will be held for 1 week (M-F) for 1/2hour each day and makeups (if needed) will be the following Monday/ 15 Students (w/ Parents, so 30 in the water each session) max limit

ONLY the child physically in the lesson is allowed in the water during group lessons!! This is a safety concern as we will not have guards on chairs during group lessons. The Aquatic Center will CLOSE at 5:30pm and reopen at 6:30pm (W-F) during the weeks we have evening group lessons. 

Pre-School Lessons

Session Group Age Cost Make-up Dates
June 10th- 14th/ M-F @ 5:50-6:20pm Group 1, 2, 3 4&5-yrs-old $35 per child Make-up (if needed) will be the following Monday
June 24th- 28th/ M-F @ 5:50-6:20pm Group 1, 2, 3 4&5-yrs-old $35 per child Make-up (if needed) will be the following Monday
July 8th- 12th/ M-F @ 5:50-6:20pm Group 1, 2, 3 4&5-yrs-old $35 per child Make-up (if needed) will be the following Monday
July 22nd- 26th/ M-F @ 5:50-6:20pm Group 1, 2, 3 4&5-yrs-old $35per child Make-up (if needed) will be the following Monday

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 (30 in the water each session) max limit in each group/ NEW Scheduling: Classes will be held for 1 week (M-F) for 1/2hour each day and makeups (if needed) will be the following Monday

ONLY the child physically in the lesson is allowed in the water during group lessons!! This is a safety concern as we will not have guards on chairs during group lessons. The Aquatic Center will CLOSE at 5:30pm and reopen at 6:30pm (W-F) during the weeks we have evening group lessons. 

School Age Lessons- 6 yrs of age and older 

Dates 8:45am- 9:30am Days 9:45am- 10:30am Make-up Dates 
Session 1: June 3rd- 7th Lv11/ Lv21/ Lv31/ 
Lv41/ Lv51/Lv61
M-F Lv12/ Lv22/ Lv32/ 
Lv42/ Lv52/ Lv62
Make-up: (If Needed) following Monday
Session 2: June 17th- June 21st Lv11/ Lv21/ Lv31/
Lv41/ Lv51/Lv61
M-F Lv12/ Lv22/ Lv32/
Lv42/ Lv52/ Lv62
Make-up: (If Needed) following Monday
Session 3: July 15th- 19th Lv12/ Lv22/ Lv32/
Lv42/ Lv52/ Lv62
M-F Lv12/ Lv22/ Lv32/
Lv42/ Lv52/ Lv62
Make-up: (If Needed) following Monday

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: $35 per child/10 students max limit per time/ level/ Classes are 45minutes/ M- F/ Advanced registration is required for all classes/ Registration is accepted at the Falcon Civic Center ONLY.

ONLY the child physically in the lesson is allowed in the water during group lessons!! This is a safety concern as we will not have guards on chairs during group lessons.  

Parents: Download the FREE Learn-To-Swim App from the American Red Cross (ARC) 

ARC Learn to Swim App

Level Descriptions

All children registered in the (American Red Cross) ARC Learn- To Swim 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: Introduction to Water Skills: Students will learn how to feel comfortable in the water and safely enjoy it. This level is for those who are least 6 years of age and have passed Pre-School Lessons.
  • LEVEL 2: Fundamentals of Aquatic Skills: Children will learn basic swimming skills. This level is for those who have passes Level 1.
  • LEVEL 3: Stroke Development: Additional guided practice will help students improve their skills. This level is for those who have passed Level 2.
  • LEVEL 4: Stroke Improvement: Kids will gain confidence during swim lessons, improve their stroke and gain additional aquatic skills. This level is for those who have passed Level 3.
  • LEVEL 5: Stroke Refinement: Guidance allows kids to refine their strokes and become more efficient swimmers. This level is for those who have passed Level 4.
  • LEVEL 6: Swimming & Skill Proficiency: Students will learn to swim with ease and efficiency, and gain the ability to swim smoothly over greater distances. Swimmers will also have the option to participate in more advanced courses. This level is for those who have passed Level 5.