Adult Swimming Classes: Learn to Swim

Adult swimming lessons Chicago

Want to learn to swim? Have a fear of the water? You’re not alone. Since 2001, we’ve amassed thousands of success stories with our adult swim students.

Chicago Blue Dolphins has been the premiere school for adult swimming classes and lessons since 2001, and we are known for our Adult Learn to Swim classes.

This is the right program for you if:

  • You have a fear of the water.
  • You don’t know any of the swimming strokes.
  • You can swim for short distances and fatigue quickly.

In these classes, we will teach you strokes and skills so you can enjoy water vacations, swimming with your kids and swimming for fitness. Our coaches set a strong foundation for those who want to learn to freestyle (or front crawl) to do a triathlon.

What is the Class Sequence?

Water Adjustment and Basic Skills (Level 1)

Adult Swimming Lessons Overview

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Learn to float, glide, and swim on your front and back. Our goal is to eliminate anxiety and tension so you can concentrate on learning and enjoyment.

Simple Strokes and Advanced Skills (Level 2)

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We will fully develop the simple strokes from Level 1 and incorporate breathing. You will add advanced floating and navigation skills to your toolkit to make you more resourceful in the water. You should feel confident swimming for fitness in a shallow water pool.

At the conclusion of this class, you can sign up for the Deep Water Skills Clinic (Level 3) or the Freestyle and Backstroke Foundations (Level 4) class. You can also do the Level 3 and the Level 4 class at the same time.

Deep Water Skills Clinic (Level 3)

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This one-day intensive class emphasizes comfort in water where you can can’t stand. You will learn floating and navigation exercises, as well as the three stationary deep water skills – treading, survival floating, and back floating. This class is designed in such a way that you can take it multiple times to learn new skills or to refresh or deepen existing ones.

You must complete the Level 2 class or be able to demonstrate similar skills to one of our coaches before you can take the Deep Water clinic.

At the conclusion of this class, you will move on to our Improve Your Strokes courses, typically Freestyle 1.

Freestyle and Backstroke Foundations (Level 4)

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This class teaches the core positions and basics of freestyle and backstroke. We find that new swimmers can benefit with spending time learning to balance and transition from the long, side-streamlined positions before moving on to either rhythmic freestyle or backstroke.
We will also take time in this class to improve the quality of the flutter kick motion. You will leave class being able to swim lengths of the pool in ways very similar to full stroke freestyle and backstroke.

At the conclusion of this class, you will move on to our Improve Your Strokes courses, typically Freestyle 1.

What Can You Expect from Our Adult Learn-to-Swim Classes?

What are the Pools Like?
In our custom-designed Swim Studio, you will swim in a high-tech Endless Pool. Here’s why our Endless Pools will help you learn faster and make you a better swimmer overall.

At Swift Elementary School in Edgewater, we offer classes in a full-size pool with a deep water section. Here are 5 reasons to consider swimming at Swift.

How Many Adults are in Each Class?
We keep the size of our classes small to give each student more attention and practice. Our student-to-teacher ratio in our adult learn to swim classes is 3:1 maximum.
How Long Do the Classes Last?
Each adult class is 60 minutes long.

Your swim class enrollment is open-ended, but we ask each student to commit to a minimum of 15 weeks. This is the amount of time it takes for you to become comfortable in the water and to make measurable improvements.

What is the Cost for Group Classes?
The monthly tuition for our adult swimming classes is:

Location Tuition Per Month
Swim Studio $169
Swift Elementary $169

In addition to tuition, there is a $20 annual membership fee to cover insurance and safety costs. If you continue on with us beyond one year (and we hope you do), you’ll be charged the membership fee on each anniversary.

If you withdraw from the class before the end of the 3-month term, there is a $50 cancellation fee. For more details about withdrawing from a class, see “Disenrollment from Automatic Tuition Renewal” on our Policies and Procedures page.

Do You Offer Private Lessons?
Yes, we do! Private lessons are ideal for adults who want to learn at their own pace or who need more flexibility with their schedule.

While we offer both 25 and 50 minute private lessons, adults seem to work best with 50 minute lessons. With all of the different priorities in our adult lives, having a longer lesson usually allows more work to get done in each session.

We also offer private lessons in one, two, and three person options. If you would like to do semi-private lessons, you need to provide the other members in the party. Purchases of five lessons at a time will receive a 10 percent discount.

If you are unsure where you fit in to our group class progression or whether private or group classes best meet your needs, contact our office to schedule a 25-minute Skills Assessment lesson. Our instructor will run you through a series of exercises to determine your current skill level and then will give you an overview of the skills progression that best matches your skills and goals.

Lesson Type
25 Minute Single 25 Minute Five Pack 50 Minute Single 50 Minute Five Pack Tier I Coach
50 Minute Five Pack
Skills Assessment $30 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Private $50 $225 $100 $450 $575
Two Swimmers (Per Person) $32.50 $146.25 $65 $292.50 $373
Three Swimmers (Per Person) $25 $112.50 $50 $225.50 $285.50

If you opt to move ahead with one of our private lesson tuition plans, you will be charged for a $20.00 annual membership to cover insurance and safety costs. If you continue on with us beyond one year (and we hope you do), you will be charged the annual membership fee on each anniversary you have with us.

How Does Your Billing Work?
When you register for a class, we charge your credit card that day for the first month of tuition. We will then set you up for automatic payment on the same day in subsequent months. We will keep you on auto pay until you move into a class with a different tuition or you discontinue taking classes.
What Is Your Class Schedule?
Here’s the full schedule for our Adult Learn to Swim classes. You can click the Filter “three line” icon to filter the results by location, day of the week, time of day, class name, and instructor.

If you see a SIGN UP button next to the class name, there is space available and you can register online. Please note that you can only register online for our introductory class, Adult Level 1.  If you would like to register for a more advanced class, schedule a make-up, or put yourself on a waiting list for a class that’s full, please contact our office.

How Do I Register?

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We ONLY allow online registration for the first class in our sequence, Adult Level 1.  If you see a SIGN UP button next to the class name, there is space available and you can register online. If you would like to register for a more advanced class, schedule a make-up, or put yourself on a waiting list for a class that’s full, please contact our office.

I'd Prefer to Register with Your Office
If you would rather speak with someone, please feel free to call us at (773) 342-7250 during our office hours (Monday – Friday: 9 am – 7 pm | Saturday – Sunday: 9 am – 5 pm). You can also provide your contact information below, and a member of our team will get back to you within 1 business day.

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