Swim lessons at Ocean Dunes are a great way for your kids to brush up on their water skills. We offer class lessons for everyone from the youngest beginners to competitive swimmers. We also offer private lessons for some one-on-one instruction. Registration for classes is normally available at the beginning of waterpark season, starting just before the waterpark opens on Memorial Day Weekend.
Please note that this is a request only. Private Lesson Requests will be accepted beginning Memorial Day May 29th. Lessons will be scheduled based on instructor availability. Not all requests will be met and no request is guaranteed. Payment must be made before the first lesson begins.
If a child has their own Annual Waterpark Pass, they are eligible for a 10% discount for one session. Discount cannot be applied online - call Upton Hill Regional Park at 703-534-3437, ext. 101.
SWIM LESSON CLASS DESCRIPTIONS
Please note that most children’s swimming skills will regress over the winter if they are not practicing indoors.
Students often repeat a level several times before mastering the skills to move to the next level. Repeating a level does not constitute failure.
WATER BABIES (AGES 6-18 MONTHS)
Goals: Baby/Toddler and Parent(s) have fun bonding with each other in the water, learning water adjustment, introduction to locomotion, safe water entry and exit and socialization.
Requirements: No experience necessary; parent(s) must be in the water with children throughout lesson.
TADPOLES (AGES 19 MONTHS TO 3.5 YEARS)
Goals: Baby/Toddler and Parent(s) have fun bonding with each other in the water, learning water adjustment, introduction to locomotion, safe water entry and exit, socialization, introduction to lifejackets.
Requirements: No experience necessary; parents are strongly encouraged to be in the water.
FROGS (AGES 3.5 TO 5 YEARS)
Goals: Submerge face, enter and exit water independently, demonstrate kicking on back and front.
Requirements: Must be able to leave parent willingly, be comfortable in the water and follow directions.
LEVEL I (AT LEAST 5 YEARS OLD)
Goals: Safe pool entry and exit, jumping into the water, kicking on front and back with support, underwater exploration opening the eyes, arm strokes on the front and back and safe use of lifejackets.
Requirements: Able to enter and exit water independently, comfortable in the water.
Goals: Retrieve objects from the bottom in chest-deep water, float unsupported on front and back, swim 5 yards on front and on back, using arm strokes and flutter kick.
Requirements: Fully submerge face for at least 3 seconds, bounce up and down in chest-deep water 10 times, enter and exit water independently and demonstrate kicking on stomach and back with support.
Goals: Retrieve objects from the bottom in deep water with eyes open, front crawl with breathing to the side, treading water and elementary back stroke.
Requirements: Swim 5 yards on front and on back using arms and legs; retrieve an object from the bottom in chest-deep water.
Goals: Improvement of previously learned skills, breast stroke, side stroke and flip-turns.
Requirements: Retrieve objects from the bottom in deep water with eyes open, jump into deep water and swim the front crawl (with breathing to the side), back crawl and elementary backstroke for 10 yards.
Please email OceanDunesWaterpark@nvrpa.org with questions, or call 703-534-3437, ext. 101.