We're proud to offer flexible swim lessons varying from once a week to four times a week in the mornings, evenings, and on Saturdays. Swim lessons are offered from infancy to adults, proving it is never a bad time to learn to swim!
Group swimming lessons are offered in the mornings, evenings, and Saturday mornings. Our littlest swimmers are to register by level (StarBabies or StarTots), while other swimmers register by "School." In each school, swimmers are separated into varying levels based on their skills evaluation completed on the first day of swim lessons. Looking for which school to register for? See below:
StarBabies - Infants are introduced to the water with their caregivers. In this welcoming environment, little swimmers sing songs and learn floats with their loved ones!
StarTots - Toddlers who are able to walk on their own get comfortable in the pool in a class led by Starfish Swim Instructors. Songs, floats, and jumps make this class fun for everyone.
Starfish Swim School - Stingray Bay Swim School is for beginning swimmers, or swimmers who are working on the core competencies of swimming. In Stingray Bay's Swim School, participants work toward developing the five core swimming competencies and receive color stage awards for each achievement. On the first day of swim lessons, swimmers will be placed in the appropriate class based on their age and evaluated ability level.
White Starfish | Focus: Trust and Submersion | For the child who is afraid of water, cannot swim, or will not get his/her face wet. Safety Skill: Always ask permission before getting in the water. Swim Skill: Assisted submersion, relaxed, 5 seconds and then come up to breathe. Average age: 3 years-4 years.
Red Seahorse | Focus: Body Position and Air Recovery | For the child who enjoys water, gets his/her face wet, jumps in but can swim only with support. Safety Skill: Put on a life jacket, float on back, kick 20 feet. Swim Skill: Jump in, submerge, recover for air, roll on back for 5 seconds in swimwear and in regular clothes. Average age: 4 years- 6 years.
Yellow Otter | Focus: Submersion | For the child who is not afraid, can float, jump in and return to surface. Safety Skill: Reach or Throw (Don’t Go) and know how to call 911. Swim Skill: Jump in, submerge, recover for air, forward movement 10 feet, change direction, and return to wall. Average age: 4 years-7 years.
Blue Dolphin | Focus: Body Rotation | For the child who can swim 10 feet while taking an occasional breath. Safety Skill: Tread water 15 seconds. Swim Skill: Jump in, submerge, recover to side glide position and kick 10 feet. Average age: 6 years-8 years.
Green Shark | Focus: Integrated Movement | For the child who treads water for 15 seconds and can swim freestyle for 10 feet. Safety Skill: Survival float and tread water for 30 seconds. Swim Skill: Start inside glide, swim freestyle 30 feet with 1-2-3 breathe pattern. Average age: 8 years-10 years.
Starfish Stroke School - Stingray Bay Stroke School is for swimmers who have completed the Green Shark level in Stingray Bay Swim School and can swim 30 ft with a 1-2-3 pattern. In Stingray Bay's Stroke School, swimmers are guided through Starfish curriculum in order to refine their freestyle and learn stroke techniques for backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly. On the first day of swim lessons, swimmers will be placed in the appropriate class based on their age and evaluated ability level.
River Ray | Focuses: Freestyle, Backstroke, and Intro to Butterfly | Safety Skill: Always ask permission before getting in the water, put on a lifejacket from in the water, and kick 25 yards (one pool length). Swim Skill: Swim freestyle 25 yards (one pool length) with body stretched out and consistent form, swim 25 yards of backstroke with straight arm recovery, body roll, good arm and body extension, perform arm down pulsing for 15 feet.
Electric Ray | Focuses on: Butterfly and Breaststroke | Safety Skill: Scenario assist and know when and how to call 911 and discuss the Starfish Safety Concepts. Swim Skill: Swim 4 strokes butterfly with only one breath, then remainder of pool freestyle, swim 25 yards breaststroke with good timing and extension.
Manta Ray | Focuses on Endurance | Safety Skill: Tread water or survival float for 2 minutes. Swim Skill: Swim freestyle 50 yards, swim backstroke 50 yards, swim 25 yards butterfly, swim 50 yards breaststroke, perform freestyle and backstroke flip turns and butterfly and breaststroke open turns.
The Huntley Park District keeps the previous year’s completed levels on file for reference. To look up your previous level record, email the Aquatic Manager.
If you would like to transfer your child into a different session and/or time, please visit the Huntley Park District registration desk. Class transfers will only be allowed if there is room in the desired class and if the change is made at least 7 days prior to the start of class. A service change may occur for class changes.
At the time of registration, you may be asked a few short, simple questions about your swimmer’s level of experience. From your answers, their age, and our registration records (if applicable), we will determine each swimmer’s appropriate class to start in.
On the first day of class, a comprehensive assessment will be made to determine the swimmer’s ability and level. Throughout your session of class, you can expect that your swimmer will be tested on benchmark skills and will be moved to the appropriate level as necessary. If a swimmer cannot be moved into another level, they will be challenged accordingly in their current class.
To limit distractions for both students and instructors, spectators will not be permitted on deck during swim lessons. Spectators may watch swim lesson from designated areas in the grass. Caregivers are invited to the pool deck on the last day of lessons to take pictures and see what your swimmer has learned.