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.

Swimming & Aquatics

Swim Lesson Participant Information

Please Read Carefully Before Registering

Fees are as follows: Resident-$15; Resident (Free or reduced lunch program qualifiers)-$10; All non-residents $20.

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 (6/22/18 or 7/6/18) 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 8 for Levels PC, 1 - 6. Maximum class size for Pre-School 3 & 4 year old classes is 6.

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.

Pre-School 3 & 4

Formerly 3 & 4 Year Old Beginner and Advanced

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 pre-school 3 & 4 class schedule.

Older Beginner

Ages 10 - 14

For the child who needs to work on beginner skills (Beginner 1 or 2) 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.

Adult Beginner

Ages 18+

GET READY FOR SUMMER! Basic swimming skills and pool safety instruction for the adult beginner.

Click here for the Adult Beginner swim class schedule.

Beginner 1 - Intro to Basics

Formerly Level I – Introduction To Water Skills


  • 5 years of age minimum
  • Passing of Pre-School 3 & 4 (formerly 3 & 4 year old Beginner or 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 Beginner 1 class schedule.

Beginner 2 - Swimming Fundamentals

Formerly Level II - Fundamental Aquatic Skills

Prerequisite: Passing of Beginner 1 (formerly Level I)

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

Click here for summer Beginner 2 class schedule.

Advanced 3

Formerly Level III - Stroke Development

Required:  Passing of Beginner 2 (formerly Level II)

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

Click here for summer Advanced 3 class schedule.

Advanced 4

Formerly Level IV A & B

Required:  Passing of Advanced 3 (formerly Level III or Level IV A)

This level works to strengthen all strokes. Breaststroke, sidestroke, butterfly and turning are introduced. Begin endurance work.

Click here for summer Advanced 4 schedule.

Swimmer 5 - Stroke Refinement

Formerly Level V

Required: Passing of Advanced 4 (or former Level IV-B)

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

Click here for Swimmer 5 summer class schedule.

Swimmer 6 - Fitness and Safety

Formerly Level VI A & B

Required: Passing of Swimmer 5 (or former Level V or Level VI A)

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

Click here for Swimmer 6 summer class schedule.

American Red Cross Lifeguarding Course

This course is designed to teach the student basic lifeguarding skills needed to become a certified lifeguard. Certification in CPR for the Professional Rescuer and AED is included. A pre-course swimming skills test will be administered on the first day. Satisfactory completion of this skills test must occur to continue with the course. Participants must attend all class sessions. You must be 16 years of age before you can legally work as a lifeguard.

No classes currently being offered.  Check future Activity Guides for the next offering. 

American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Course

This course is designed to teach students how to teach youth and adults to learn to swim, refine strokes and teach safety skills. A pre-course swimming skills test will be administered on the first day. Satisfactory completion of this test must occur to continue with the course. Students must attend all scheduled classes. You must be 16 years of age by the last day of this course.

No classes currently being offered.  Check future Activity Guides for additional offerings.

Private/Semi-Private Swim Lessons

Ages: 3-17

Available to any person age 3-17 wishing to work on swimming skills 1 on 1 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.

FEES: Approximate cost for the session: $64.59 - $71.05. An additional $15 resident/$20 non-resident program fee will apply. This offering is exempt from the family fee cap and reduced rate.

*Class will be held on Friday, June 29 for classes scheduled on Wednesday, July 4.

Click here for summer private swim lesson schedule and fees.


ORD Swim Team

Grades: K (5 yr) - 9

Open to boys and girls who are NOT currently participating on a competitive swim team/ club.


  • 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.
  • Participants must be required grade during the 2018-2019 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.  Swimmers will be asked to attend one practice each day. Practice will be cancelled on July 4. 

Swimmers will be asked to participate in at least two swim meets, July 6 and July 20 at Oshkosh West High School.

This program is not a substitute for swimming lessons.

FEES: Resident – $25 per swimmer Non-Resident - $30 per swimmer

Practice begins for all RETURNING members on June 11.

Click here for summer swim team schedule.

ORD Swim Team Pre-Season Stroke Clinic

Pre-Season Stroke Clinic

Open to all ORD Swim Club returning swimmers. This clinic will work on fine tuning strokes, turns and starts before the season begins. Swimmers may come to one, two or all three days. See schedule below. All days will meet from 5:30 – 7:00pm at West High School Pool.

Monday 6/4/18: Freestyle/Backstroke
Tuesday 6/5/18: Breaststroke/Butterfly
Thursday 6/7/18: Starts/Turns

Click here for summer swim team schedule.

ORD Swim Team Try It Days

For all NEW swimmers to the ORD Swim Team. Skill evaluations will be done on June 11 and 12 at West High School Pool from 12:30 – 1:30pm.

New swimmers need to attend only ONE Try It Day session. 

Participants must meet the minimum requirements to participate on the team. A parent or adult guardian needs to be present. After evaluation is completed and swimmer is accepted, swimmer may begin to attend regular practices.

Click here for summer swim team schedule.

Adam Gundlach Memorial Swim Meet

Ages: 3 & up

This is a FUN event for all swimming abilities!

July 20, 2018
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 20, 2018.
  • The deadline to register is Friday, July 13. Late registrations will NOT be accepted.

Registration forms will be available at swim lessons and the ORD office beginning Monday, June 11.