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 per session. Participants wishing to enroll in an additional class must wait until completion of the original class.

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

Parent/Child

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.

Pre-School 3 & 4

Formerly 3 & 4 Year Old Beginner and Advanced

Ages:  3 - 4

Prerequistes:

  • 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

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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.

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Beginner 1 - Intro to Basics

Formerly Level I – Introduction To Water Skills

Prerequisites:

  • 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

Discover SCUBA (NEW)

Ages: 10+

Students will have an opportunity to learn some basic scuba skills, play in the water implementing skills taught and will even get their photo taken underwater. This is a great way to be introduced to scuba diving without the expense. Participants should be comfortable in the water and in good health. This class is taught by a certified Scuba instructor.

Padi Open Water Scuba Course (NEW)

Learning to scuba dive is an adventure of a lifetime. This course provides you with the basic knowledge needed to start scuba diving. Students should be in good health, comfortable in the water and able to swim.

As part of the class, students will need to complete a 200 yard swim and a tread/float in deep water for 10 minutes. Class is comprised of classroom and in water pool training. For final certification, 4 open water dives (lake or ocean) must be done with a PADA Instructor. Your instructor can give you a referral form if you would like to do the dives on a tropical vacation. The dives can also be scheduled with your instructor here in Wisconsin. Cost will depend upon where you do your dives. There will be home study components as well.

Students will receive a letter from the instructor a few weeks before class is to begin to give specific instructions on picking up class materials and items needed for class. This class is taught by a certified
scuba instructor. Questions regarding class content may be directed to Diver’s Realm, 920-831-0126.

Recreational Swim

Recreational Swim is offered at Oshkosh North High School on Saturdays. Use Door #1 at the southeast corner of the building facing Smith Avenue. 

Daily Fees:

  • 3 & Under Free
  • Youth (ages 4-17) $1.25
  • Adults (ages 18-54) $2.25
  • Adults (55 and over) $1.25

Lap Swim Fees:

  • All ages $1.50