Swimming & Aquatics

The Oshkosh Recreation Department Swimming Lessons are held at Oshkosh North High School and Oshkosh West High School, recreational swimming is available at Oshkosh North High School.

Youth Swim Lessons

Swim Lesson Participant Information

Please Read Carefully Before Registering

Participants may enroll initially in one class. Participants wishing to enroll in an additional class must wait until completion of the original class.

Registration must take place in person only at the ORD office (6/23/17 or 7/7/17) during regular office hours. You must bring paperwork received from the class your child completed for verification of proper placement. Click here for registration dates and instructions. 

If you are unsure what level to register your child for, please call the ORD office at (920) 424-0150, and we will try to assist you.

If you have taken lessons elsewhere, please provide us with that information on your registration form under the swim lesson notes section so we may properly process your form.

Class size is limited. Maximum 10 for Levels PC, IVA-VIB. Maximum class size for the 3 & 4 year old classes are six. Maximum class size for Levels I through III and Older Beginner is eight.

If you are going to miss the first scheduled day of class, you MUST notify the ORD Office, 424-0150, prior to the first day of class or you will automatically be DROPPED from the class and replaced with someone from the wait list.

Registrations will NOT be accepted at the pool site.

NOTE: Pool temperatures are regulated by the schools within state health code standards. The schools try to maintain a comfortable water temperature for all user groups. Please keep this in mind when attending our classes. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please speak with the Head Instructor at your lesson site or call the ORD at 424-0150


Age:  3 year minimum

This class is for the child who has never taken lessons before, is afraid of the water, cannot put his/her face in the water, or hold their breath and needs parental assistance. Beginner swimming skills are introduced. An adult must attend and participate in this class with the child.

Click here for summer Parent/Child class schedule.

3 & 4 Year Old-Beginner

Ages:  3 - 4


  • Continuing ORD Student -passing of Parent/Child.
  • New ORD Student - For the child who has not had formal swim lessons but would be comfortable in the water without parent assistance.

Skills learned will include kicking, floating, submersion and more

Click here for summer 3 & 4 year old beginner class schedule.

3 & 4 Year Old-Advanced

Ages:  3 - 4


  • Continuing ORD Student -Passing of 3 & 4 Year Old Beginner Class.
  • New ORD Student -For the child who has had previous lessons, enjoys the water and is comfortable without parent assistance.

Skills will be introduced to prepare for Level I.

Click here for summer 3 & 4 year old Advanced class schedule.

Older Beginner

Ages 10-14

For the child who needs to work on beginner skills (Level I or II) and is not comfortable being with the younger children. Students will be taught at their level and progressed accordingly.

Click here for summer Older Beginner class schedule.

Level I – Introduction To Water Skills


  • 5 years of age OR
  • Passing of 3 & 4 year old Advanced

This class is for the child who enjoys submersion, is comfortable on their back in the water and actively uses their arms and legs to move in the water. All basic skills for swimming on front and back are taught.

Click here for summer Level I class schedule.

Level II – Fundamental Aquatic Skills

Prerequisite: Passing of Level I

All basic skills for swimming on front and back are taught. Students will work on completing skills independently.

Click here for summer Level II class schedule.

Level III – Stroke Development

Required:  Passing of Level II

Students will work in deep water, begin diving, perform the front and back crawl strokes, and is ready to learn the elementary backstroke.

Click here for summer Level III class schedule.

Level IV-A – Stroke Improvement

Required:  Passing of Level III

This level will continue building skills introduced in Level IV-A. Longer swimming distances will be worked on.

Click here for summer Level IV-A class schedule.

Level IV-B – Stroke Improvement

Required: Passing of level IV-A

This level will continue building skills introduced in Level IV-A. Longer swimming distances will be worked on.

Click here for summer Level IV-B class schedule.

Level V – Stroke Refinement

Required: Passing of Level IV-B

This level continues to strengthen all strokes and refining proper techniques.

Level VI-A – Personal Water Safety

Required: Passing of Level V

This level works to perfect all strokes, turns and dives. Four types of turns are taught

Level VI-B – Fitness Swimmer

Required: Passing of Level VI-A

This level continues endurance practice & teaches techniques to develop a fitness swimming routine.

Private/Semi-Private Swim Lessons

Ages: 3-17

Work on swimming skills one-on-one with one of our certified swim instructors. You may only register for one class. We will schedule as many students as we have instructors and space to accommodate. You will receive a phone call if a spot is available for a child.

Click here for summer private swim lesson schedule and fees.


ORD Swim Team

Grades: K (5 yr) - 9

Required:  Children must be able to swim at least one length of front crawl/freestyle and backstroke (25 yards). Strokes must use proper techniques (i.e. face in water with proper breathing) and without use of floats, etc.

Open to boys and girls who are NOT currently participating on a competitive swim team/club. Participants must be required grade during the 2017-2018 school year. Coaches will work on proper stroke development of the four competitive strokes (front crawl/freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly), increasing each child’s fitness level, flexibility and stamina. This program is not a substitute for swimming lessons.

Swimmers will be asked to participate in at least two swim meets, July 7 and July 21 at Oshkosh West High School.

Click here for summer swim team schedule and fees.

Adam Gundlach Memorial Swim Meet

Ages: 3 & up

This is a FUN event for all swimming abilities!

July 21, 2017
8:30 - 11:30am
West High School Pool

Events will include front crawl, backstroke, breaststroke, inner tube race, noodle race and life jacket race for boys and girls. Must be able to swim at least one length (25 yards) with or without use of a life jacket.

Must be age as of July 21, 2017.

Registration forms will be available at swim lessons and the ORD office beginning Monday, June 12. The deadline to register is Friday, July 14. Late registrations will NOT be accepted. 

Adult Beginner Swim Lessons

Get ready for summer! Basic swimming skills and pool safety instruction for the adult beginner.

Click here for summer lesson schedule.

Private/Semi Private Swim Lessons

Available to any person age 3 or older wishing to work on swimming skills 1-on-1 with one of our certified swim instructors. Each lesson is 30 minutes. No more than 8 lessons will be scheduled per session. Lessons are offered September through April.

Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at (920) 424-0242 any time after September 1 to schedule your lesson(s).


Water Aerobics

Cardiovascular conditioning and spot toning done in the water. This class offers less stress on the joints and back. You do not have to swim to enjoy this class.

Click here for summer schedule of Water Aerobics Classes.

Recreational Swimming

North High School: 1100 W. Smith Avenue, Phone 920-424-4020 ext. 2755
Use Door #1 at SouthEast Corner of building facing Smith Avenue

  • Lap Swim offered on Saturdays late January through March from 3 - 4 PM
  • Open Swim offered on Saturdays late January through March from 1 - 3 PM