Swim

Learning to swim early opens up a whole new world of fun and fitness and is also a critically important life skill. We follow USA Swimming guidelines to ensure swimmers learn proper fundamentals and safety practices.

Whether you are part of our school community or our local community, we invite you and your family to participate in our swim program. Lowell's highly qualified lifeguards, instructors, and maintenance personnel make swimming safe, fun, and educational.

Swim Lessons - Session 2

Private Lessons

List of 2 frequently asked questions.

  • Schedule and Cost

    Session 2 runs from Tuesday, November 2 through Saturday, December 11, and includes six weeks of swim lessons along with a make-up week (December 13-18).

    Private Lessons last for 30 minutes. Cost: $260.

    Families are limited to one lesson slot per student.

    Register Today!

    Please note that due to the Professional Development Day and our Thanksgiving Break, we will not have swimming on Monday, November 1, or from Wednesday, November 24 through Friday, November 26.
  • Skill Levels

    • Intro/Beginner Private Lessons: Students will learn about pool safety and build confidence in and around a pool. They learn basic exercises and skills that lay the foundation for developing primary swimming strokes. The focus is on fundamental skills that include holding one’s breath, air exchange, floating, kicking, and arm motions for freestyle and backstroke. Please note that students will remain in the shallow end of the pool.
    • Beginner/Intermediate Private Lessons: Students should be able to swim at least 25 yards and tread water. Students will work on building coordination, strength, proper freestyle and backstroke kicks, arm motions, and swimming on their own in shallow and deep ends of the pool. Please note that students will be in 4 ½ ft. to 7 ½ ft.
    • Advanced Private Lessons: Students must be able to swim two lengths of the pool in both Freestyle (front crawl) and Backstroke (back crawl) without swimming aids or personal floatation devices. This lesson slot is for swimmers ready for Pre-team or higher (refer to Stingray level for more info). Please note that this lesson is land-based instruction ONLY (instructor out of the water).

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    Semi-private lessons are limited to families where both swimmers are on the same ability level. For semi-privates, please register for the space you want, then follow up via email requesting that it be semi-private.

Micro-Group Lessons

List of 2 frequently asked questions.

  • Schedule and Cost

    Session 2 runs from Tuesday, November 2 through Saturday, December 11. Session 2 includes six weeks of swim lessons and a make-up week (December 13-18).

    • Tadpoles (30 minutes): $145
    • Goldfish (30 minutes): $145
    • Catfish (45 minutes): $160
    • Stingrays (45 minutes): $160

    Families are limited to one lesson slot per student.

    Register Today!

    Please note that due to the Professional Development Day and Thanksgiving Break, we will not have swimming on Monday, November 1, or from Wednesday, November 24 through Friday, November 26.
  • Skill Levels

    • Tadpoles (Intro/Beginners; Level 1): Swimmers learn about pool safety and get acclimated to being in and around a pool. They learn basic exercises and skills that lay the foundation for developing primary swimming strokes. The focus is on fundamental skills that include holding one’s breath, air exchange, floating, kicking, and arm motions for freestyle and backstroke.
    • Goldfish (Freestyle and Backstroke; Level 2): Students build on fundamental techniques at this level. They learn to balance in the water, hold the correct body position, and understand how their motions enable them to move through the water. Goldfish also work on building coordination, strength, proper freestyle and backstroke kicks, arm motions, and swimming on their own in shallow and deep ends of the pool.
    • Catfish (Stroke Refinement; Level 3): In Catfish, students in this class will continue to build on the fundamentals taught in the Goldfish class and incorporate endurance, breathing techniques, diving, and introducing them to breaststroke and butterfly. Swimmers will swim the length of the pool performing specific drills to increase their understanding, strength, and overall technique of each of the four strokes. Swimmers will begin each class using fins. As their ability increases, the duration of fin use will decrease until they can swim entirely without fins.
    • Stingrays (Pre Team; Level 4): Students will continue to build on the techniques and skills introduced in the Catfish classes. Students will also be introduced to breaststroke, butterfly, diving, and developing their endurance and muscle memory. Students who wish to enroll in Stingrays must be able to swim two lengths of the pool in both freestyle (front crawl) and backstroke (back crawl) without swimming aids or personal floatation devices. Students will focus on the fundamentals of age-group swimming as stated by USA Swimming.

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Guidelines

List of 7 items.

  • Age

    Swimmers must be at least three years of age and toilet trained.
  • Safety

    Running is prohibited on the pool deck.

    Swim diapers or “rubber bottoms” are not allowed.
  • Suit + Goggles

    Preparation for the class includes a bathing suit, towel, and willing attitude. Children may come in suits or use the changing area provided.

    Please, no long sleeve swimming shirts. They cause too much drag and do not allow the child to learn proper arm movements.

    If your child needs goggles, you must provide them. Please have them on your child before class starts.

    We will loan goggles in case of emergency.

    The best possible goggles for a child have clear lenses, allowing the swimmer to focus better during class.
  • Hair

    Please make sure that if your child has longer hair, it is securely pulled back from the face so it will not get in the way during the lesson.
  • Meals

    No eating within an hour before swimming class.
  • Arrival

    Please try to be here at least five minutes before class starts to allow time to get ready.
  • Parents + Visitors

    Parents are not allowed to join their children in the water for lessons. Please do not register for regular classes until your child is ready to be independent in the water and can listen and follow simple directions as part of a group. Inability to do so could result in class reassignment.

Questions

Registration, programming, or general information:
Johanna Lopez
202-577-2091
 
Swim levels or general pool information:
Reigel Reid
202-577-2043

Skill Assessment

For families who are unsure of their student's swim level, we will offer an opportunity for a quick assessment. Please note that this is not mandatory, and sign-ups will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
 
Friday, October 22 from 9:00 am-3:00 pm
Saturday, October 23 from 9:00 am-12:00 pm
 
Please note that Session 2 registration opens before the dates listed above, so we encourage you to register for the lesson closest to your student's swim level. Space is extremely limited.
 
Sign up for an assessment.
1640 Kalmia Road NW
Washington, DC
20012 202-577-2000
Lowell School is a private PK-8th grade school located in NW Washington, DC. At Lowell students gain the knowledge, skills, and social-emotional literacy to be the bold leaders and creative problem solvers our world needs.