We offer both group and private lessons for swimmers of all abilities and ages. Participants will need a valid recreation center membership or day pass for each day of lessons.
Group Swim Lessons
Tiny Bobbers with Adult Guardian | Ages 1-3 with adult
Make the first swimming experience with your child safe and fun. A participating adult guardian provides support and comfort as the child begins to learn water safety, water adjustment and swimming skills through activities and songs. | View upcoming classes
Preschool Paddlers | Ages 4 & 5
The Preschool Paddlers program uses Level 1-3 of the American Red Cross Learn to Swim Program in a lower student to instructor ratio environment. Activities include progressive swimming skills and water safety education. Children must be willing to separate from guardian. | View upcoming classes
American Red Cross Learn to Swim Classes | Ages 5-15
This five-level Learn to Swim program allows students to progress through the levels at their own pace, mastering the skills in one level before advancing to the next. This program provides an increased emphasis in the areas of drowning prevention and water safety and emphasizes an inclusive approach to swimming and water safety.
- Learn to Swim Levels 1 - 3: Introduction to Water Skills, Fundamental Aquatic Skills and Stroke Development | View upcoming classes
- Learn to Swim Levels 4 & 5: Stroke Improvement and Stroke Refinement | View upcoming classes
Ultimate Swimmer | Ages 5-15
Has your swimmer successfully completed all of the Learn to Swim levels? The objectives of this course are designed to increase endurance, fine tune stroke techniques and introduce competitive swimming and advanced water safety skills. Participants will also learn to develop personal workouts to make swimming a life-long activity. Participants must have successfully completed Learn to Swim Level 5 or are able to demonstrate Level 5 exit skills. | View upcoming classes
Adult Group Lessons | Ages 14 & up
Learn to swim and get fit! This class includes both American Red Cross Learn to Swim skills for beginners and advanced workout/fitness techniques. Since the class is customized to the individual, it is ideal for all swimmers from beginners who are learning stroke development or breathing techniques to those preparing for the Adult Swim Workout. | View upcoming classes
Sign Up for Group Lessons!
You can register for group swim lessons online via EZreg
, or in person at any Virginia Beach Recreation Center. Complete classes listings are available in our Programs & Activities Catalog. A 50% cost reduction for Learn to Swim Levels 1-3 is available to those who qualify. Learn more
Don't be shy about your swimming ability! Our one-on-one, individualized instruction makes it easy for you to relax and enhance the skills you want to focus on. Ideal for non-swimmers, fitness swimmers, and those who want to improve competitive skills. Offered in 30-minute sessions. Note: Children must be at least 4 years old to participate, or at least age 3 with a parent/guardian in the water.
Learn to Swim Lessons
| # participants
|| 1 session
|| 6 sessions|
|| $28 per person
|| $149 per person|
Specialty: Lifeguard Training Prep, Triathlon Prep, Diving, Etc.
| # participants
|| 1 session
|| 6 sessions|
|| $33 per person
|| $179 per person|
Sign Up for Private Lessons!
Complete this Private Lesson Request form
and you'll be contacted by an aquatic specialist to assist in scheduling your lessons. Participants will need a valid recreation center membership or day pass for each day of lessons. View additional terms here
Group Dive Lessons
Introduction to Springboard Diving | Ages 7-15
Learn basic diving skills, including approaches, forward, back dives off a 1-meter diving board. Participants must be deep water safe and be able to dive off the diving board. | View upcoming classes Intermediate Springboard Diving | Ages 7-15
Learn competitive diving skills including advanced forward, backward, inward, reverse and twist dives. Participants must be able to perform a forward dive with a four step approach, forward somersault and back dive with a back take-off. | View upcoming classes
Sign Up for Dive Lessons!You can register for dive lessons online via EZreg, or in person at any Virginia Beach Recreation Center. Complete classes listings are available in our Programs & Activities Catalog.