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Aquatic Programs

Are you looking for information about open swim or the pool schedule? Visit the swimming page.

Swim Lesson Hotline Information

For up-to-date information about swim lesson status visit our Field Conditions & Facility Schedules page at or call the Learn to Swim Hotline: 708.725.2300. Press 2 for Ridgeland Common Pool. Press 3 for Learn to Swim. PLEASE NOTE: You will NEED to go through this process regardless if your swim lesson is at Rehm Pool or Ridgeland Common. 



Swim lesson registration is on a first come, first served basis. Summer swim lessons are offered at our outdoor facilities at Ridgeland Common Pool and Rehm Pool. Fall and winter swim lessons are held at Oak Park River Forest High School (OPRF). 

Fall 2016 Swim Lesson Information (October - December)
Wednesday Classes: October 19th - December 14th
(No class Nov. 23rd)
Sunday Classes: October 16th - December 11th
(No class Nov. 27th)
Winter 2017 Swim Lesson Information (January-February)
Wednesday Classes: January 11-March 1
(No Days Off)
Sunday Classes: January 8 - February 26
(No Days Off)
Resident Registration begins Saturday
December 10 at 8:30 am
Non Resident Registration begins Saturday
December 17 at 8:30 am

Spaces are extremely limited. Please sign up for the most appropriate class as moving classes will be very difficult. All classes will be held in the Oak Park River Forest High School East Pool, located near the corner of Lake and Scoville. Please use the Athletic Entrance to attend classes.


The Jeff Ellis Swimming Program

The Park District of Oak Park has adopted the Jeff Ellis Swimming Program! The Jeff Ellis Swimming (JES) Program is an objective driven program that focuses on individualized skill successes rather than progressive skill development. This program is designed around flexibility and taught at a pace that allows each child to progress at their own pace rather than conforming to the peer group. Each instructor is licensed through JES and trained via the JES partner Praesidium Inc, a specialized company that focuses on prevention of sexual abuse, demonstrating a commitment the Park District of Oak Park has to providing high quality swim lesson services, with each class having no more than a 6:1 student to instructor ratio, and ensuring a safe environment.

Read about the JES Methodolgy.

Choose a JES Level to learn the class pre-requistes and to read a detailed class description.

Parent Tot Aquatics
JES Preschool and Parent
JES Preschool
JES Beginner - Stroke Readiness
JES Advanced Beginner - Stroke Development
JES Intermediate - Stroke Refinement
JES Advanced - Skill Proficiency

Additional Classes

Additional classes are also offered during the summer months for adults and for participants looking for more opportunities in the water. These classes include Adult Swimming and Jr. Lifeguarding.

For questions regarding Aquatic Programs, please email Aquatic and Rink Program Supervisor Kayla Fauria, or call 708.725.2315.


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