Altoona Campus Swimming Lessons

Learning to swim can help you and your children stay safe around water. Our program Instructors are trained and certified by us to teach water safety, swimming skills, and aquatic fitness.

The Learn to Swim Program is broken into 5 different levels and subgroups therein

Taught by Campus Swim School Qualified Instructors

Before registering for ANY lessons, please be VERY CLEAR of the following conditions:

  • All classes will need to follow social distancing guidelines.
  • Instructors will be teaching from the pool deck and not from the water this summer.
  • Water Babies and Aqua Tots will require a parent to be in the pool assisting with instruction.
  • Our policy: We do not offer refunds or credit AFTER lesson 3.
  • MAXIMUM of 6 participants per Instructor.
  • We will allow more participants in parent/child programs, such as Water-babies.
  • Questions? Please contact Ian at:
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Infants and Toddlers 6 months–3 years Familiarizes children to the water – Provides parents with safety information and teaching techniques. This is a true bonding experience for parents and children.

Basic skills for parents and children. Holding and support techniques, cueing, entry and exit, breath control, submersion, buoyancy, changing direction, basic arm and leg actions, passing between parents, rolling over, retrieving objects and basic safety skills

At least 1 responsible adult is required to be in the water with each baby at all times.

Classes will be held at the Altoona Campus Pool

Toddlers:  Parent participation in the water required.  

General guideline … 2-4yrs of age, or have participated in Water-babies.

This parent/child program is the perfect transition for those hesitant or nervous children, or parents. Skills from Waterbabies and Beginner 1 are combined to give children a strong foundation before going to group lessons without parents in the water. Advances the basic arm and leg actions from Water-babies and covers ALL Beginner 1 skills

Completion Skills:  While wearing a Float Belt, jump in, submerge, and swim 5 body lengths (5yds.) on front and back, using simultaneous or alternating arm and leg actions.

Successful completion allows the child to move on B1, where they repeat the same skills, but without parent assistance in the water, OR, they can go directly to Beginner 2. This is the parent’s choice.

Classes will be held at the Altoona Campus Pool

Parent participation in the water required.  

Elementary skills (As a general guideline 3-6yrs of age, or having completed W2)

  • B1: Develop positive attitudes, good swimming habits and safe practices around the water. Blowing bubbles – glides and recoveries – basic actions for treading water – stroke skills – safety skills – ‘bobs’ – travelling short distances – changing body positions. Specific stroke criteria must also be met. 5 water safety topics and skills will also be covered.
  • B2: Independent floats and recovery. Learn simultaneous and alternating arm and leg actions, laying the foundation for future strokes, and the beginning of true locomotion. Exit skills include specific stroke criteria; floats and glides, body rolls, changing directions, and recovering to a vertical position. Water safety topics and skills will also be covered.


Session 1: June 7, 2021 – June 18, 2021
Session 2: June 21, 2021 – July 2, 2021
Session 3: July 5, 2021 – July 16, 2021
Session 4: July 19, 2021 – July 30, 2021


Mornings: 10:10am, 10:45am, 11:20am

Evenings: 6:15pm, 6:50pm, 7:25pm


$60.00 for members and non-members

Fine-tuning of Basic Strokes & Techniques. (As a general guideline 6-9yrs of age, or having completed B2)

  • I1: Additional guided practice time and an introduction to deeper water. Survival float, Crawl Stroke, Elementary Back Stroke, Backstroke, breathing and timing, treading water, and introduction to diving. Specific stroke criteria are required. Water safety topics and skills will also be covered.
  • I2: Fine-tuning of the Freestyle, Elementary Backstroke, and Backstroke. The Instructor will be looking at the details and specifics of the strokes, reinforcing the good habits and eliminating the bad habits before moving on. Examples: Rotary breathing and coordination of the strokes. The foundation must be strong before you continue to build upon the skills.


Session 1: June 7, 2021 – June 18, 2021
Session 2: June 21, 2021 – July 2, 2021
Session 3: July 5, 2021 – July 16, 2021
Session 4: July 19, 2021 – July 30, 2021


Mornings: 10:10am, 10:45am, 11:20am

Evenings: 6:15pm, 6:50pm, 7:25pm


$60.00 for members and non-members

Advanced Strokes and Refinement (As a general guideline 9-11yrs of age, or having completed I2)

Build confidence and improve skills. Increase endurance by swimming familiar strokes over greater distances. Sidestroke and the beginnings of Breaststroke and Butterfly. Basic turns from the wall. Specific kicks for treading water, surface dives, reaching assists, throwing assists, survival swimming. Specific stroke criteria is required. Water safety topics and skills will also be covered.

Pre-requisites:- 60yds of Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke, Sidestroke, Elementary Backstroke, and 30yds of Butterfly. Use open turns and/or flip turns as requested. The Campus Aquatics “ACF Test”.

Water safety discussion topics, in-water safety skills, reaching and throwing assists, surface dives, and treading water. Also includes approach strokes, and entries and swimming with a rescue tube.  Perform survival floats and back floats for a specific time. Deep water diving and retrieval.  Fully-clothed swimming … “Button – Unbutton” relay. Importance of knowing First Aid and CPR.

Completion Skills:  500yds continuous swim using 3 different strokes, swimming at least 50yds of each stroke. Demonstrate in-water reaching assists and personal safety skills. Successfully complete the “Basic Water Rescue Test”. Perform The Campus Aquatics “ACF Test”, and compare results with pre-assessment results.

Registration coming Summer 2021


Introduction to a Lifetime of Swimming

General guideline … 11yrs of age or older, or have completed “SWIMMER” Level

Swim with ease, efficiency, power, and smoothness, over greater distances. Different activities are available, all of which are designed to provide students with skills for more advanced programs.

  • ACF Test
  • Fitness Swimmer
  • Junior Lifeguard
  • Diving, Starts, Turns
  • Diving from a Board
  • Synchronized Swimming
  • Etc.

For more informations on any of these Lifetime of Swimming classes please contact Ian at

The Aerobic Capacity and Fitness Test is built into all of the following levels, and consists of the following: 500yds continuous swim: Swim alternating 50yd distances of Crawl Stroke, Breaststroke, and Backstroke, for the first 45oyds. The last 50yds consists of 25yds Sidestroke and 25yds Butterfly. Compare the participant’s heart rate with target rates at 80% of maximum. 1 minute of each of the following: Sit-ups – Push-ups – Bicep Curls – Pull-ups.

Contact Aquatics Director, Ian Knutsen at to make arrangements on testing.

Afraid of the water?  Never learned to swim? Want a new challenge?

We can help you, but you have to give yourself a chance! Don’t be scared, Be prepared!

(Conducted by certified Coaches)

*Lessons are an hour long

For further information on upcoming sessions, watch our Altoona Campus Facebook and Instagram pages. 

Contact Ian at: or call 515.967.0788 Ext. 227.

Each level builds upon the others in a logical progression. The groups within each level include their own sets of completion skills, pulling together the individual skills that are taught. Students will learn basic skills and stroke specifics and will build strength, flexibility, and stamina. Successful completion of each level is preferred, but not required, before moving on to the next. Remember, all children (and adults!) will learn and progress at different rates. Talk to the Program Managers for initial placement advice.

If, for health reasons, you are unsure of whether you or your child is ready for lessons, we would advise that you consult with your physician or pediatrician prior to registering for these programs.

For kids’ classes, please use waterproof diapers or plastic pants in order to assist us in maintaining the highest standards of water quality.

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The Aquatics Team

Ian Knutsen
Ian KnutsenAquatics Director