Instructional classes are offered year round. The classes are offered in a wide range of days and times to fit everyone’s needs. Please consult the Community Services Guide or online for current class schedules. Summer swim lesson sessions are Monday through Thursday for two weeks and Saturdays for four weeks. School year sessions are Monday/Wednesday, Tuesday/Thursday or Saturday/Sunday. Each session consists of 8, half-hour classes.
Registration may be done online. Following on-line registration, walk-in and phone-in registration will be taken. Classes must be paid for in full at time of registration. Please consult the Carlsbad Community Services Guide for specific information on how to register. Note: computers with Internet access are available to the public at city libraries.
The age level, prerequisite skills and class objectives for each class are listed in the brochure and online. Read through the class description to determine what levels of classes are appropriate. For questions, please consult a staff member. Factors considered in the selection process include age, previous lessons and skills that have been mastered. If in doubt call ahead and visit Alga Norte Aquatic Center or Monroe Street Pool to have a staff member administer a qualifying test. If a child is under 5, parents must be prepared to go in the water.
If problems with lessons occur, please let us know. Please leave a note for the instructor at the front counter. The instructor will then contact call to discuss the problem. If the problem needs immediate attention, please consult the senior instructor/lifeguard or recreation supervisor - aquatics.
Yes, spectators may watch from the bleachers. If a child is distracted by a spectator's presence, the instructor may ask the spectator to move further away. Some children learn faster when parents are not present. Please let the instructors do their jobs without interruption. Also, please do not allow children to play in the bleacher area.
Come to the front office lobby or ticket booth so that staff can check participants for waivers that may need to be signed. After checking in with a staff member, go out to the bleacher area. Classes will meet in the bleachers. Please wait there until the instructor comes out to greet the class. Do not shower before the class starts.
Bathing suits are required. No “cut-offs” or shorts are allowed. T-shirts may NOT be worn during lessons, as they can be a hazard. Bathing caps or ponytails are optional, but highly recommended. For parent-infant/tot lessons, non disposable swim diapers are required and available for purchase at both facilities.
Volunteers can be a greater help to the instructor and help improve quality and safety. They must be 10 years of age or older and be able to perform the skills taught in our level 4 class.
The instructors to student ratios vary by the type of class. The parent-infant and parent-tot classes are one instructor for 16 parent-child pairs, preschool aquatics classes have one instructor for 5 students and learn-to-swim classes have one instructor for 6 to 8 students. PSA 1 and 2 classes require a parent available to go in the water. With PSA 2, the parent and the instructor will assess the value of the parent's continuing to get in the pool after the first few of classes.