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.
City of Boise Swimming Lessons are available at all outdoor pools through the Boise Parks and Recreation Stroke & 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.
Session 1 June 15- 25
Session 2 June 29 - July 9
Session 3 July 13 - 23
Session 4 July 27 - August 6
Visit Online Registration for detailed information on current lessons.
Summer 2015 registration will begin April 20 for city residents, April 27 for nonresidents.
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.