The Park District of Oak Park has adopted the Starfish Aquatic Institute! Advancement focuses on Water Safety and Swim Skill benchmarks. The program consists of StarTots (for 6-36 months), Swim School (for ages 3+), and Stroke School (for ages 6+). Both Swim School and Stroke School have multiple levels to teach essential skills and technique.
StarTots - Ages 6-36 months
Swimmmers must be accompanied by a parent or care giver. We will concentrate on comfort in the water for the swimmers and water safety for the parent or care giver.
Swim School - Ages 3+
Swim School focuses on swimming basics, including floating and movement. There are 5 levels in swim school: white, red, yellow, green, & blue. Swimmers will advance when both the water safety and swim skill benchmarks have been met. Swimmers will change levels within the session without changing registration. Parents need only to choose a day and/or time that is convenient. Swimmers will be tested on the first day of the class.
Stroke School - Ages 6+
Like Swim School, Stroke School has multiple levels: white, red, yellow, and blue. Each level concentrates on a different stroke and introduces the next stroke. Swimmers must complete water safety and swim skill benchmarks to advance.
Swim classes are held at the RCRC, Rehm Pool, and Oak Park River Forest High School (location varies based on season).
If you child has taken lessons through a different program, please contact the Program & Operations Supervisor - Aquatics, Stacey McNamara, for best placement prior to registering.
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Lessons are offered weekdays in the morning and afternoon as well as Saturday mornings! Morning & Saturday swim lessons are offered at Rehm Pool and afternoon lessons are offered at Ridgeland Common. Spaces are very limited.
2021 Summer Lessons: Information will be available in the summer brochure and on the webiste in early May. Registration will begin in mid-May for all summer swim lessons.
Additional classes are also offered during the summer months for adults and for participants looking for more opportunities in the water, including Adult Swim Lessons, Jr. Lifeguarding, and Water Polo.