Know Before You Go

Know Before You Go! Safety First!

Important Policies for All Aquatic Programs - Please Read!

For Safety Reasons

All children MUST be at least 4 years of age and meet the height requirements of the specified pool in order to be able to sign up for lessons level one and above.

Height Requirements

Please measure your child from chin to toes prior to registering. This requirement is so their mouth can be above the water while in class. In order to qualify for lessons a child must be 38" chin to toes to swim alone at Nathan Hale pool. Nathan Hale pool is 38" deep in the shallow end. Central pool is 42" deep in the shallow end. Frank Lloyd Wright pool is 36" deep in the shallow end.

*Parent & child lessons are exempt from these requirements as they have a parent/guardian with then in the water*

Class Length

  • All American Red Cross "Learn to Swim" Lessons are 50 minutes. 
  • All Semi-Private Lessons are 30 minutes. 

Pool Regulations

  • Per state code, all swimmers much thoroughly rinse off in the shower before entering the pool
  • Swim caps are required of all swimmers whose hair is long or controlled by hair spray or oil. Caps are sold for $2.00.
  • Do not bring valuables to the pool. The RCS Department is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
  • Any swimmer who has entered 5K must use their respective male/female locker room. Locker room attendants are available to assist. 
  • Strollers must be kept out of the pool area for safety. Please carry child or use child carrying device. 
  • Use of cell phones and electronic devices are prohibited in locker rooms. 
  • Street shoes are not allowed in the pool area. 

Other Important Information

  • Water and air temperature is regulated by the WAWM School District Maintenance Department, not the Recreation Department. They make every attempt to maintain a pool temperature of 82 degrees. 
  • Swim goggles are recommended for levels 3-6.
  • Individuals must be toilet trained in order to enroll in all programs. No swim diapers allowed. 
  • Our lessons are taught by American Red Cross Certified Water Safety Instructors. The WAWM RCS Department reserves the right to move your child out of a level for their own safety. 

Swim Level Classifications

  • Parent & Child ClassesBeginning water skills will be introduced. Skills include getting face wet in the pool, blowing bubbles, front and back float and glides. All children must be toilet trained to participate. Absolutely NO swim diapers of any kind are allowed. At least one adult per child required.
  • Level 1: Introduction of Water Skills - This is for first time students who may be fearful of the water, need to gain confidence and become more independent in the water. Some of the skills worked on are bobbing in the water, back floats and submerging face in water.

  • Level 2: Fundamental Aquatic SkillsIndividuals will learn floating and swim skills without the support devices. Jumping in alone, going underwater, treading water and front combined skills will be introduced.
  • Level 3: Stroke Development - Swimmers will learn to do front crawl, elementary backstroke and swim the width of the pool. They will be introduced to deep water skills, jumping in, simple dives and treading water.
  • Level 4: Stroke Improvement - Participants will practice front and back crawl strokes for 25 yards and learn butterfly, breast stroke and side stroke. Underwater swim and deep water skills will be introduced.
  • Level 5: Stroke Refinement - Swimmers will practice front and elementary backstroke for 50 yards and breast stroke, side stroke and butterfly for 25 yards. Deep water skills will be refined.
  • Level 6: Fitness SwimmerParticipants continue to work with front crawl, elementary backstroke, back crawl, side stroke and butterfly while incorporating turns. This is a higher a higher level exercise and endurance program.
  • Semi-Private Swimming Lessons: Lessons are designed to meet the needs of participants who are seeking more individualized instruction. Lessons consist of four participants per instructor and can have mixed levels within one class.
  • Beginner - Little to no experience swimming or not comfortable in the water.
  • Advanced - Have taken swim lessons or have experience with swim strokes and are comfortable in the water.
  • Level 3 Focus - Level 3 is one of the most difficult to pass. This class provides more instruction and helps build upon the skills taught in Level 3. This semi-private is not a substitute for the full Learn-to-Swim Level 3 Lesson, but a way to practice skills learned in Level 3 in a small class size.


For more information or if you have any questions, please contact the Aquatics Program Manager, Dan Steenrod at 414-604-4951 or



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