Children venture into the water on their own, while progressing at their own pace through seven swim levels. Once students pass the skills test for a particular level, they will move on to the next level. Participants MUST ATTEND the Testing Day for each session. This assists with placement into classes.
Learn to Swim Private 1:1 Lessons (3 years - 15 years old)
1 on 1 instruction will be provided for swimmers ages 3-15 looking for more individualized attention during class. Skills from the Learn to Swim Program will be focused on, but each lesson will be custom tailored to the needs of the participant. Private lessons will NOT be taught outside the dates and times of the listed classes.
Open to persons high school age and older! Whether you have beginner or advanced skill levels, our instructors will work with you to improve your strokes or teach you the basics. Taught as a small group lesson.
This program was developed to give participants the opportunity to learn the basic skills that will be required to be an instructor for the Normal Parks and Recreation Department Learn to Swim program as an Instructor Assistant. Participants, ages 11-15, will learn the basic skills of the program, how they are taught, and how to be an effective Swim Instructor Assistant. Everyone who completes the course will receive a t-shirt.
Some students who complete the class will be selected to volunteer with the Normal Parks and Recreation Learn to Swim program as an Instructor Assistant. The class and volunteer experiences help prepare participants for employment as a Swim Instructor.
The International Lifeguard Training program offers the most comprehensive lifeguard training program available! Participants will learn the water rescue, CPR/AED, First Aid and Oxygen administration skills required to be a lifeguard. Potential lifeguards for the Town of Normal Parks and Recreation Department will be selected from these classes (not guaranteed). FLYER (PDF)
NOTE: This lifeguard class is for certification purposes only. Passing this class DOES NOT guarantee a position at any aquatic facility.
Participants must be 15 or older at the time of the class and will be required to pass a swimming/skills test on the first day to continue in the class. Swim test includes:
Continuous 200-yard swim (8 lengths)
Treading water for 2 minutes (one minute regular treading, one minute without using their hands)
Retrieving a diving brick (approximately 10 pounds) from the deepest part of the pool
An online study guide and test must be completed prior to the first day of class. Each student will receive their online key code at hte time of registration.
Participants must register a minimum of one week prior to class to allow time to complete the online course. Registration is only available at hte Parks and Recreation Office, 100 E. Phoenix Ave.
The Town of Normal Aquatic Facilities may not employ 15 year-olds due to changes in the Department of Labor policies, while prohibit 15 year-olds from working at the top of slide towers.
Jr. Lifeguard Program
This program was developed to give participants ages 13-15 the opportunity to learn the basic skills that will be required when pursuing a Jeff Ellis and Associates lifeguard license. Skills learned in the class will prepare each student for the responsibilities faced while being a lifeguard. Each participant will learn water safety and rescue protocol as well as First Aid and CPR/AED skills.
Some students, who complete all of the Jr. Lifeguard program, will be selected to volunteer at the Normal Parks and Recreation Aquatic Facilities. This course does not provide a certification of any type but does give students valuable experience toward future employment. FLYER (PDF)
Swimmin' Sharks Swim Team
This program is open to youth ages 3-17. The only requirement to be part of the team is to be able to swim at least one length of the pool. It is especially helpful to those who are new to competitive swimming or who just like to give it a try! Season begins the first week in June and ends the last week of July.
Swimmers are separated into age groups of equal ability at the first practice. Novice or new competitive swimmers will swim together, and experience swimmers will swim together. All participants will receive a t-shirt and are guaranteed participation in the Twin City dual meet schedule. Morning and evening practices are available, hosted at Anderson Aquatic Center. Most meets take place on Tuesday evenings.
The Swimmin' Sharks have finished the past 8 seasons (2010-2017) undefeated as the Twin City Swim Conference Champions! An informational meeting takes place in May to provide more details and answer questions.