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We are proud to announce our affiliation with SwimAmerica, the nation’s leading
learn-to-swim school. This program was created by America’s foremost experts
on swimming and is the only program endorsed by the American Swim Coaches
Association. SwimAmerica™ uses the station method to teach children how to
swim quickly and efficiently. Its effective and logical teaching progression builds
strong swimming by introducing new skills while
constantly reviewing those previously mastered.

SwimAmerica™ is a national Learn-to-Swim program with over 500 Program Directors at over 900 sites currently operating in the U.S.  A nationally certified staff, utilizing state-of-the-art instructional techniques will take your child through a progressive station program. Each station is designed to offer swimmers a valuable and useful skill. Once swimmers master station 7, they are eligible to join the Rochester Swim Club Orcas Pre-Competitive Team.  The Orcas offer a ratio of 3-5 swimmers per instructor.

The SwimAmerica™ program emphasizes two aspects: it is goal driven and technique oriented, utilizing a station teaching method. Children are taught in small groups and move to higher skill groups as they achieve the advancement goals of their present group. Starting with the most basic skill, blowing bubbles in the pool, swimmers advance through 7 skill stations from "roll over and float" to advanced stroke mechanics.

Goal Driven

There are well-defined skills that are recognized at every step. In each of the 7 stations swimmers are rewarded for their efforts and accomplishments at every phase of the learn to swim progression which builds their self-confidence. Each swimmer is presented with a special certificate, which clearly defines their progress as they build swimming technique and ability.

We use positive reinforcement to motivate each child to do their best.  A Graduation Certificate is awarded to each child at the end of his or her first session. Upon graduating from future levels, children receive special gold stickers to place on their certificate. Parents appreciate knowing what children will be mastering at each level in the program.  We have also recently implemented a mid-session report for all swimmers as well as a final evalutaion, which includes specific skill information for each swimmer.

You can follow your child's progress by checking the back of their certificate, which outlines the advancement skills of each station. The Program Manager or Site Supervisors do ongoing evaluations of each swimmer during the session and will advance a swimmer when they are ready for the next station.

Technique Oriented

Our program is concerned with teaching proper stroke mechanics from the beginning. Correcting errors is more difficult later in the developmental progression. The Program Director, Site Supervisors, and coaches emphasize correct swimming skills from the very first lesson and have been professionally trained to offer your child the latest in swimming technique.

Water Safety

Water safety is an important part of the program. Early on, children are taught to “roll over and float.” This is a necessary skill in case of a water emergency. “Roll over and float” will be reviewed at every lesson. And while SwimAmerica™ students receive only the highest quality instruction, it’s important to remember that no child is ever water safe unless supervised by an adult at the water's edge. 


Swimmers must be age 3 and potty trained to swim in our program. No swim diapers allowed.
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Refund Policy

All registrations are final.  No refunds will be issued, unless due to a medical reason.  All requests will be evaluated on a case by case basis.  We will do our best to accommodate any scheduling changes as we can, however there are no guarantees.

Cancellation Policy

If Swim America lessons are to cancel due to inclement weather, we will do our best to offer a make-up date during that session, however there are no guarantees.  

  • There are NO makeup classes, so please plan accordingly (including:  illnesses, vacations, other commitments, etc.)