Youth Swim Lessons

Classes are available at all outdoor pools through Boise Parks and Recreation’s Aquatic Lesson program. Eight 25-minute classes are offered in two-week sessions, Monday-Thursday. Class sizes are limited and registration is on a first come, first served basis. Preschool classes are available to ages 2-4 years and must be accompanied by a parent or guardian in the water. For all other classes, students must be at least four years of age. Please use the descriptions below to place your child in the class that best matches their current skill level.

If you are not sure which lesson is best, please call the staff to assist in lesson placement at 208-608-7680.

Lessons Available

All lessons require advance registration. Be sure you have the appropriate activity guide number to complete your registration. For questions, please contact us.


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Swim Lessons at Fairmont Pool


Pre-School - Ages 2-4 + Adult

Adult/child classes introduce children to basic skills while becoming comfortable and emphasizing fun in the water. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian in the water.

Swim Adventures - Ages 4-10

Children starting this class should be comfortable getting their head wet and going under water. Skills learned include front float/glide independently, back float with assistance, proper kicking and alternating arm movements.

Swim Explorers - Ages 4-10

Children are taught underwater exploration, rhythmic breathing and begin to swim short distances on their front and back.

Swim Propellers - Ages 6-17

Children refine their front crawl and concentrate on proper breathing techniques. Children learn to swim back crawl. Breaststroke and diving are introduced.

Swimmers - Ages 6-17

Children continue to work with the front and back crawl and refine breaststroke by
swimming longer distances. Diving technique is refined; elementary backstroke, scissor kick and dolphin kick are introduced.

Swimmers/Competitors - Ages 6-17

Combined class focuses on increasing endurance and refining techniques with all strokes.

Competitors - Ages 7-17

Children work on increased endurance for all strokes and learn proper turns for each stroke. Butterfly and sidestroke are introduced along with diving.

Adapted Swim - Ages 5 and Older

Offered at Borah Pool only. 

Adaptive swimming lessons are offered to participants with disabilities who would like to develop swimming skills and water safety awareness. Lessons will be under close supervision by the teachers but will not be 1:1. Previous swimming or water experience
is not necessary. All lessons will take place at Borah Pool; an aquatic lift is available.

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