901 N. High Point Road
Madison, Wisconsin 53717

Open Memorial Day weekend
through Labor Day weekend

The pool is closed for the 2022 season and will reopen on May 26, 2023!

Registration for the 2023 season will open in March 2023 with a window of time for returning members to join first. After that, registration will open for new members on a first-come, first-served basis. See the membership page for more information.

Swim Lesson Curriculum

If you have questions, comments, or concerns about swim lessons, please contact Robin Hartung and Jacki Spiel at [email protected].

Below are the requirements that must be met in order to pass out of the particular swim level.

Parent Tot

The child must be able to walk to the instructor, parent or babysitter on their own to participate in the Parent Tot class. Parent/babysitter is expected to be in the water everyday. On a class-by-class basis this is subject to change depending on class size.

  • Water entry/exit
  • Beginner splashing
  • Blowing bubbles
  • Submerging
  • Kicking
  • Jumping
  • Floating
  • Listening to directions

3 to 4 year olds

  • Water entry/exit
  • Beginner splashing
  • Blowing bubbles
  • Kicking
  • Reaching and pulling
  • Jumping
  • Floating (assisted)
  • Listening to direction

Level 1

  • Front float (assisted)
  • Back float (assisted)
  • Bubble blowing
  • Exit using ladder/side
  • 5 bobs
  • Monkey along wall
  • Kicking on front (assisted)
  • Kicking on back (assisted)
  • Scooping with arms
  • Hold breath 3 seconds (face in)
  • Review pool rules
  • Know ways to get help

Level 2

  • Front float/glide (unassisted)
  • Back float/glide (unassisted)
  • Kick on front (unassisted)
  • Kick on back (unassisted)
  • Front crawl (no breath, 10 feet)
  • Back crawl (10 feet)
  • Pick up rings off bottom
  • Jump into deep water (unassisted)
  • Tread water (30 seconds)
  • Hold breath (5 seconds)
  • Level off
  • 10 bobs
  • Turn over (both directions)
  • Use PFD
  • Demo rescue breathing

Level 3

  • Front crawl (breathing, 15 yards)
  • Back crawl (15 yards)
  • Tread water (2 minutes)
  • Streamline kick past flags
  • Open airway for rescue breathing
  • Jump into deep water
  • 15 bobs
  • Kneeling dive
  • Jump with PFD
  • Learn diving rules

Level 4

  • Front crawl (25 yards)
  • Back crawl (25 yards)
  • Elementary back (10 yards)
  • Dolphin kick past flags
  • Sculling on front and back
  • Intro to turns at wall
  • Perform rescue breathing
  • Intro breaststroke
  • Into butterfly
  • Tread water (5 minutes)
  • Survival float (5 minutes)
  • Standing dive
  • Jump from board with PFD
  • Observe CPR

Level 5

  • Front crawl (50 yards)
  • Back crawl (50 yards)
  • Breaststroke (10 yards)
  • Butterfly (15 yards)
  • Elementary Back (25 yards)
  • Sidestroke (10 yards)
  • Streamline kick past flags
  • Underwater swim (3 body lengths)
  • Review rescue breathing and CPR
  • 100 yard IM (individual medley)
  • Tread water (10 minutes)
  • Survival float (10 minutes)
  • Flip turn
  • Open turn
  • Long shallow dive
  • Racing start from block

Level 6

  • Front crawl (100 yards)
  • Back crawl (100 yards)
  • Breaststroke (25 yards)
  • Butterfly (10 yards)
  • Sidestroke (25 yards)
  • Tread water (12 minutes)
  • Review rescue breathing and CPR
  • Throwing and reaching rescue
  • Freestyle flip turn
  • Backstroke flip turn
  • Breaststroke open turn
  • Butterfly open turn
  • Pike surface dive
  • Tuck surface dive
  • Stride jump

Level 7

  • Front crawl (200 yards)
  • Back crawl (200 yards)
  • Breaststroke (50 yards)
  • Butterfly (25 yards)
  • Sidestroke (50 yards)
  • 1 length no breath with fins
  • Retrieve brick from diving well
  • Review rescue breathing and CPR
  • 500 yard swim
  • 200 yard IM (individual medley)
  • Tread water (12 minutes)
  • Underwater swim (15 yards)
  • Check heart rate
  • Review BWS skills

Basic Water Safety (BWS)

  • 500 yard Swim
  • Head up breaststroke (50 yards)
  • Head up front crawl (50 yards)
  • Tread water (15 minutes)
  • Survival float (10 minutes)
  • HELP and huddle position
  • Retrieve brick from diving well
  • Turn clothes into floatation devices
  • Identify different types of victims
  • Throwing rescue
  • Reaching rescue
  • Active drowning save
  • Passive drowning save
  • Emergency Action Plan
  • Observe CPR
  • Observe rescue breathing