The Bloomington Parks & Recreation Department offers group and private swim lessons to children as young as 6 months of age. A progressive system is used where students move at their own pace through a series of levels. Private lessons are also available. Please see the program guide for a complete list of class offerings.
Morning sessions are held at Holiday and O’Neil pool for Youth and Preschool students. Classes meet Monday – Thursday for two weeks.
Evening sessions are held on M/W at O’Neil pool and Tu/Th at Holiday Pool. There are lessons for all ages, including adults. Classes meet twice a week for 4 weeks.
Private Lessons (ages 4 and up)
Benefits of private lessons in addition to 1:1 instruction include conquering previous fear, adapted goals, and more practice time with direct instruction and feedback. Instructors use our swim program progressions at an individualized pace. Private lessons are held weekday mornings, weekday evenings and weekend mornings at Holiday and O'Neil pools.
Swim Lesson Level Testing
We will test the first day of classes or you can stop in during open swim on Friday, May 29 and Friday, July 3 from 5:00 - 7:00pm at both pools. To verify our records, we ask that returning participants bring their most recent pass cards to the first day of swim lessons. We will do our best to log your child’s progress through our program.
Specifics on Summer 2020 classes are in the Summer Program Guide.
Call the Hot-Line at 434-2386 for Swim lesson cancellations. Cancellations will be made only in the event of severe weather. Illinois weather changes quickly so classes will be cancelled approximately 15 minutes before each class starts. Cancellations for the entire morning of swim lessons are rarely made.
Any class cancellations will be made up on Fridays.
Located in Holiday Park at 800 S. McGregor
Located in O’Neil Park at 1515 W. Chestnut St.
The Bloomington Dolphins Swim Team is on hiatus during the 2020 Summer.
Still want to brush up on your stroke skills? Register for the Pre-Team Swim Clinic
Pre-Team Swim Clinic
Does your swimmer love to swim but is unsure about joining a Swim Team? Join in on this recreational clinic as participants will get a chance to strengthen and improve technique on the four competitive strokes. Participants will also get a chance to learn starts, turns and improve on endurance in a positive environment that focuses on sportsmanship and self-confidence. Please note: Pre-Team is not a swim lesson and participants MUST have good knowledge in freestyle and backstroke strokes and basic knowledge of breaststroke and butterfly strokes prior to enrolling in this program. All participants should bring goggles to each class.