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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
What Can You Expect from Our Adult Learn-to-Swim Classes?
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.
- Megan overcomes her fear of the water and now even enjoys being in a pool
- Success story from an IRONMAN finisher: ‘I had signed up for my first triathlon and didn’t know how to swim’
- Anthony says, “Never give up”
- Angela turned 40 and decided it was time to learn to swim
- Savitre struggles through fear, anxiety and several sprint triathlons BEFORE deciding to conquer her fears with swim lessons
- From scuba lessons to triathlons, Norm dives into a new sport
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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.
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.
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50 Minute Five Pack
|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.
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?