Aquatics Program Information

Aquatics Programs through Elmhurst Park District are available during the summer. Information on registering will be available in the Spring/Summer Brochure.

Swim Lessons

This summer East End and Smalley Pools will be utilizing the Starfish Swim School Program ® *, with swim programs for all ages. Starfish Swim School Program ® is through the Starfish Aquatics Institute (SAI). SAI is an innovative provider of training, certification, and risk reduction programs to the international aquatics community. All swim instructors are certified Starfish Swimming Instructors. The Core Skill Achievement Stage (Levels) and benchmarks are listed above. All participants will be tested the first day to determine what stage they start in. Participants will advance to the next stage once they complete the lead up and benchmark skills; participants may advance through more than one stage in one session. Cancelled Classes: Lessons will be cancelled if there is thunder, lightning or if the temperature drops below 65 degrees. Make-up classes for Monday-Thursday classes are held on Fridays. There are no make-up classes for Saturday sessions. A credit will be issued for any class that is not made-up.

Early Childhood

Starbabies™  (Ages up to 17 months)

The purpose of this course is to develop in very young children a high comfort level in the water while at the same time training the adults who accompany them in water safety and drowning prevention. This course does not teach children to become accomplished swimmers or to survive in the water; it does provide a confidence-building, fun and warm experience. One adult must be in the water with each child. Swim Diapers required.

Startots™  (Ages 18-36 months)

The purpose of this course is to develop in very young children a high comfort level in the water while at the same time training the adults who accompany them in water safety and drowning prevention. This course does not teach children to become accomplished swimmers or to survive in the water; it does provide a confidence-building, fun, and warm experience. One adult must be in the water with each child. Swim Diapers required.

Private & Semi-Private Swim Lessons

Private and Semi-Private swim lessons are an outstanding opportunity for a participant to receive more individualized swim instruction. Our certified Starfish Swim Instructors work with participants ages 3 years to adult. They can teach on or two swimmers per lesson. Whether seeking to learn basic swimming skills, improve technique or build endurance, our highly-trained instructors will work toward achieving your goals.

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Prices listed are for 30-minute lessons at times convenient for both you and the instructor during open-swim times. Please note: for multi-swimmer lessons, you must find the other participant. Look for Summer 2018 rates in Spring 2018.

Diving Lessons

(Ages 6-14) Designed for the student with little or diving experience, participants can expect to learn headfirst entry from the side as well as headfirst entry from the diving board. Participants will be introduced to the three-step approach on the board with a jump. All participants should be able to swim at least one full length of the pool by the start of the first class. 

Swim Camp

(Ages 6-12) Great opportunity for both the novice and the more experience swimmer to improve swimming skills. Each swimmer will work to improve skills at their own level. Swimmers will be placed into small groups by level to best facilitate learning. In addition to instructional swim, campers enjoy free swim, organized water activities and games and learn about water safety. Campers should bring a healthy snack, water bottle, bathing suit, goggles, sunscreen and towel each day. Each camper will receive a t-shirt. 

Swim Team

(Ages 6-12) Students learn and refine the competitive stroke plus develop an understanding of basic training principles. A great introduction to competitive swimming in a low-key environment. The Swim Team is for students who have achieved the green Stroke School benchmarks, and/or can swim 25 yards of freestyle with side breathing and 25 yards of backstroke, without stopping. Students will build endurance, learn turns and starts. 

Masters Swim Team

(Ages 18 and up) This non-competitive team is open to all swimmers, regardless of ability. Whether you are looking to increase your fitness level, improve your skills or train for a triathlon, our experience swim coach will develop a workout to help you meet your goals. 

Water Fitness

(Ages 18 and up) Perfect for those looking for a challenging, stimulating workout. It's safe, low-impact exercise for effective cardiovascular endurance, muscle strength and body toning.