Swim Lessons

Drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury death for children ages 1 to 14 years, and the fifth leading cause for people of all ages.  - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Swimming is an important skill, a confidence booster, and a great way to stay fit. 
Register your child for a swimming lesson today.

Swim Lessons 1

City of Boise Swimming Lessons are available at all outdoor pools through the Boise Parks and Recreation Stroke and Turn Aquatic Recreation program (STAR). Eight 25 minute classes are offered in two-week sessions, Monday-Thursday. Class size is limited, and registration is on a first come, first served basis. Pre-school 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.

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Resident Fee: $35.00    Non-resident Fee: $53.70

Preschool Water Adventurers w/ Adult (ages 2-4)
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.

Adventurers (ages 4 & older)
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. 

Explorers (ages 4 & older)
Children are taught underwater exploration, rhythmic breathing, and begin to swim short distances on their front and back.

Propellers (suggested ages 6 & older)
Children refine their front crawl, concentrating on proper breathing techniques.  Children learn to swim back crawl.  Breaststroke and diving are introduced.

Swimmers (suggested ages 6 & older)
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.

Competitors (suggested ages 7 & older)
Children work on increased endurance for all strokes and learn proper turns for each stroke.  Butterfly and sidestroke are introduced along with diving for competitive swimmers.

Adapted Swim lessons (5 & older) - Offered at Borah Pool
For participants with disabilities who would like to develop swimming skills and water safety awareness. Previous swimming or water experience is not necessary.