Summer Swim Lessons

The Manchester Parks and Recreation Department will be offering summer swim lessons with the first session starting on June 6th, and the last session starting on July 25th. Sessions are two weeks long for approximately 30 minutes a day, Monday - Friday. Levels 1 - 4 are offered at 9:35AM, 10:10AM, 10:45AM, 11:20AM, 5:00PM, and 5:35PM.  "Parent and Child" is offered at 9:00AM Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in two week sessions. The cost to participate in the class is $65 per participant for Swim Lesson Levels 1 - 4. The cost to participate in Parent and Child swim lessons is $40 per participant. To register for group swimming lessons, complete the summer swim lesson assessment form below. Our Aquatics team will reach out to you to schedule your assessment.  Recreation center pass holders receive 10% off registration fees. For additional information, please contact the Manchester Parks and Recreation Department at (931) 728-0273 or email our Aquatics Director, Colt Pittman, at cpittman@cityofmanchestertn.com

Summer Swim Lesson Assessment Form


Session 1: June 6th - 17th

Class Times

  • 9:35AM - 10:05AM
  • 10:10AM - 10:40AM
  • 10:45AM - 11:15AM 
  • 11:20AM - 11:50AM
  • 5:00PM - 5:30PM 
  • 5:35PM - 6:05PM

Levels

  • Parent and Child  (Offered at 9:00AM Monday, Wednesday, and Friday)
  • Level 1
  • Level 2
  • Level 3
  • Level 4


Session 2: June 20th - July 1st

Class Times

  • 9:35AM - 10:05AM
  • 10:10AM - 10:40AM
  • 10:45AM - 11:15AM 
  • 11:20AM - 11:50AM
  • 5:00PM - 5:30PM 
  • 5:35PM - 6:05PM

Levels

  • Parent and Child  (Offered at 9:00AM Monday, Wednesday, and Friday)
  • Level 1
  • Level 2
  • Level 3
  • Level 4


Session 3: July 11th - July 22nd

Class Times

  • 9:35AM - 10:05AM
  • 10:10AM - 10:40AM
  • 10:45AM - 11:15AM 
  • 11:20AM - 11:50AM
  • 5:00PM - 5:30PM 
  • 5:35PM - 6:05PM

Levels

  • Parent and Child  (Offered at 9:00AM Monday, Wednesday, and Friday)
  • Level 1
  • Level 2
  • Level 3
  • Level 4


Session 4: July 25th - August 5th

Class Times

  • 5:00 pm - 5:30PM
  • 5:35PM - 6:05PM

Levels

  • Parent and Child 
  • Level 1
  • Level 2
  • Level 3
  • Level 4


Swim Level Descriptions

Level 1: Water Exploration

The objective of Level 1 is to help students feel comfortable in the water and to enjoy the water safely.  Students will learn elementary water skills which they can build on as they progress through the various levels.

  1. Become oriented to aquatic environment
  2. Fully submerge face (3 seconds)
  3. Experience buoyancy (bob 10 times)
  4. Supported float on front/back
  5. Basic breath control (bubble blowing)
  6. Enter and exit water independently
  7. Move through water comfortably
  8. Supported kicking on front/back
  9. Introduction to alternating arm action
  10. Familiarize with getting help
  11. Reaching assists without equipment
  12. Learn how to release a cramp
  13. Wear life jacket and enter shallow water

Level 2: Primary Skills

The objective of Level 2 is to give students success with fundamental skills and learn to float without support. Learn basic self-help rescue skills.

  1. Fully submerge head (hold 3 seconds)
  2. Retrieve objects in chest deep water
  3. Orientation to deep water with support
  4. Front and back float unsupported
  5. Unsupported back float or glide (5 seconds)
  6. Leveling off from a vertical position
  7. Rhythmic breathing (bob 10 times)
  8. Step-in entry and side exit
  9. Flutter kick on front/back
  10. Back crawl arm action
  11. Combined stroke front/back using kick/arm movements (5 yards)
  12. Turning over front/back, back/front
  13. Become familiar with rescue breathing
  14. Perform reaching & extension assist from deck
  15. Float in life jacket (1 minute, face out of water)
  16. Assist non-swimmers to feet

Level 3: Stroke Readiness

The objective of Level 3 is for students to learn to coordinate front and back crawl.  Introduce elementary backstroke and the fundamentals of treading water.

  1. Retrieve object, eye open, no support
  2. Bob and submerge heard completely
  3. Bob in water slightly over head to travel to safe area
  4. Jump into deep water from side of pool
  5. Kneeling dive and compact dive from side of pool
  6. Front/Back glide with push off (2 body lengths)
  7. Coordinate arm stroke for crawl with breathing to side
  8. Coordinate back crawl
  9. Elementary back stroke (10 yards)
  10. Reverse direction while swimming on front/back
  11. Tread water
  12. Jump into deep water wearing life jacket
  13. Learn how to open airway for rescue breathing
  14. H.E.L.P position (1 minute)
  15. Huddle position in groups of 3 (1 minute)

Level 4: Stroke Development

The objective of Level 4 is to develop confidence in strokes learned thus far and to improve other aquatic skills.  Introduce breaststroke, sidestroke, and wall turns.

  1. Deep water bobbing
  2. Experiment with buoyancy and floating position
  3. Rotary breathing
  4. Stride dive from side of pool from a standing position
  5. Elementary backstroke (10 yards)
  6. Sculling on back (5 yards)
  7. Front/back crawl (25 yards)
  8. Basics of breaststroke (10 yards)
  9. Basics of sidestroke (10 yards)
  10. Turning at the wall
  11. Tread water with modified scissors and rotary kicks
  12. Learn rescue breathing techniques
  13. Become familiar with CPR