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Starfish Swimming Lessons at Stingray Bay

The Huntley Park District is an independent authorized provider of Starfish Swimming. Starfish Swimming is a nationally recognized swim instruction curriculum developed by the Starfish Aquatics Institute (SAI). the Starfish Swimming Program combines both swimming and water safety skill development by providing effective color awards of achievement to swimmers as their skills advance. the curriculum begins with StarBabies/StarTots, and transitions into the five levels Starfish Swim School, and finally advances to Starfish Stroke School.

Choosing the Appropriate Level

Stingray Bay provides lessons based on skill level, not age. If your child participated in swim lessons at Stingray Bay in 2016, we have record of which levels were completed and whether or not he/she passed. Please note that each child will have different abilities and will learn at their own pace. The instructors and manager do their best to accommodate each participant's skill level and individual needs. 

The Starfish Swimming curriculum is designed for students as early as 6-months of age. A child who is not toilet-trained MUST wear a re-usuable diaper at all times. Aqua diapers have a tight fitting plastic or rubber pant that is fitted around the legs and waist. Disposable diapers, such as Little Huggies, are only allowed when covered by the tight fitting aqua diaper. Aqua diapers are reusable and available for purchase at Stingray Bay. Children without appropriate diapers are not allowed in the pool.

Swimmers will meet at the same location on the pool deck every day of class with their instructors. Parents are asked to sit in the concession pavilion or in the grass behind the designated flags to ensure your child is focused on the instructor. Under no circumstances will parents and their siblings be able to wait on the pool deck. Parents are invited to the pool deck on the last day of lessons to take pictures and see what the child has learned.

Starfish Swimming Group Lessons

Group lessons provide affordable instruction with the added benefit of group dynamics. Many students learn through watching and mimicking. In addition, repetition reinforces skill development, so as children listen to repetitive instruction, they may more easily comprehend. Plus, group lessons can be fun with old and new friends! Group lessons are offered during the week in the morning and in the evening. Session dates and lesson schedule can be found in our summer brochure!

Starfish Swimming Private Lessons

Private lessons incorporate the same Starfish Swimming skill development as our group lessons. More information about private swim lessons can be found in our summer brochure!

Saturday Morning Starfish Swimming Lessons

New for 2017, Stingray Bay will be offering a 6-week Saturday morning swim lesson session. Prices for Saturday Morning Session and schedule can be found in our summer brochure!

Cancellation and Make-up Policy

Lessons are instructed in cool and windy weather. The pool water is kept at 82 degrees, but may vary due to weather conditions. Lessons are only cancelled due to severe weather. If there is inclement weather, please call (847) 515-7665 no sooner that 30 minutes before the scheduled start time or check out our website's homepage at www.huntleyparks.org to determine the status of lessons. Please do not call the REC Center. Make-up days will only be held if the park district cancels the lesson.

No make-up lessons will be issued for being sick or vacation.

More Information?

For more information regarding Starfish Swimming Lessons such as level options and session schedules check out our Summer Brochure, on the web April 10. For additional information please contact the Aquatic Supervisor. 

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