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 & 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 19-29
Session 2  July 5-14
Session 3  July 17-27
Session 4  July 31-August 10

Visit Online Registration for detailed information on current lessons.
Summer 2017 registration will begin April 17 for city residents, April 19 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.