West Chicago Park District


Aquatics - Swim Lessons

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The West Chicago Park District offers many options for swimming lessons. Ages 9 months through 18 years can learn valuable skills while having fun in the water! Why should your child learn to swim? In May of 2010 the American Academy of Pediatrics published the following statement; "Drowning is the second-leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 19." Please browse through our swimming lessons and if you are in need of additional information please contact Gina Radun, Aquatic Supervisor.

Group Lessons for Ages 9 months - 3 years (with parent)

Group Lessons for Ages 2-4

Group Lessons for Ages 4-12

Private Lessons for Ages 4-18

Frequently Asked Questions:

I'm unsure of the level my child should be in, what do I do?

Please feel free to call or email Gina Radun at (630) 231-9474 or gradun@we-goparks.org. Be prepared to discuss skills your child is able to do.

How are Instructors Certified?

Instructors must shadow a senior instructor for at least one complete session of swimming lessons before they are able to teach alone. Most of our instructors have competitive swimming backgrounds.

How old are your Instructors?

Instructors must be at least 15 years old.

How many kids are in each class and what is the student to instructor ratio?

Minnow: 1:5; Jellyfish: 1:5; Guppy & Seahorse: 1:5; Eel, Dolphin & Piranha: 1:6; Stingray: 1:12

Do I stay with my child for swimming lessons?

You must stay in the facility during your child's swimming lesson. If your child is unable to use the rest room without assistance, then you must stay on pool deck.

Can I get in the pool either by myself or with my other child for leisure swim during my child's lesson?


Are there locker rooms?


Is the water heated and what is the temperature?

The water is heated, and the temperature is kept between 78 and 82 degrees.

How do I know if my lesson has been cancelled?

If you are taking lessons at Turtle Splash Water Park, please call the hotline at (630) 293-6325 (prompt 3).

What should we bring to lessons?

Please bring a swimming suit, warm towel, and goggles for levels 2 and above. Children who are not potty trained should either bring rubber swim pants or a swim diaper to wear during class.

Can I bring my child's life vest/floaties to swim lessons?


How long will my child need to remain at each level before moving up?

Every child is different, therefore, every child proceeds through the levels at a different pace. Most levels will need to be repeated at least once. Seahorse and Eel levels are particularly challenging levels and often need to be repeated several times.