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
SWIM LESSON OFFERINGS INCLUDE CLASS 1, 2 & 3 (SESSION A) AND CLASS 4, 5 & 6 (SESSION B)
Fees are as follows: Resident-$15; Resident (Fee for reduced lunch program qualifiers)-$10; All non-residents $20.
Participants may enroll in a maximum of one class per session. Participants may not register for 2 classes in the same session.
If you are unsure what level to register your child for, please call the ORD office 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 per class for Parent/Child and Levels 1-6. Maximum 6 per class for Pre-School 3 & 4.
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 waitlist.
Registrations will NOT be accepted at the pool site.
NOTE: Pool temperature and maintenance is regulated by the high school maintenance staff, not the Oshkosh Recreation Department. The water temperature is maintained as best as possible between 78-80ºF, which is within state health code standards. Please keep this in mind when attending our classes.
If you have any questions or concerns, please speak with your 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.
Pre-School 3 & 4
Formerly 3 & 4 Year Old Beginner and Advanced
Ages: 3 - 4
Continuing ORD Student: passing of Parent/Child and 3-4 years old
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.
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.
Beginner 1 - Intro to Basics
Formerly Level I – Introduction To Water Skills
- 5 years of age minimum OR
- 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.
Beginner 2 - Swimming Fundamentals
Formerly Level II - Fundamental Aquatic Skills
Continuing ORD Student: 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.
Formerly Level III - Stroke Development
Continuing ORD Student: 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.
Formerly Level IV A & B
Continuing ORD Student: 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.
Swimmer 5 - Stroke Refinement
Formerly Level V
Continuing ORD Student: Passing of Advanced 4 (or former Level IV-B)
This level continues to strengthen all strokes and refine proper techniques.
Swimmer 6 - Fitness and Safety
Formerly Level VI A & B
Continuing ORD Student: Passing of Swimmer 5 (or former Level VI A)
This level works to perfect all strokes, turns and dives. Four types of turns are taught.
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 Veronica Robinson at 424-0242 any time after September 1 to schedule your lesson(s) today.
FEES: Approximate cost per lesson: $11.30-$12.11
A $15 resident/$20 non-resident program fee will be assessed for each session scheduled.
This offering is exempt from the family fee cap and reduced rate.
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 precourse 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.
FEES: Resident: $150.00
This course is exempt from the family cap/reduced rate.
Course fees will be refunded to those hired at the ORD and successfully employed for the 2020 summer season (June – August). Details provided at the time of hire.
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.
FEES: $25 Resident/$30 Non-Resident This class is exempt from the family fee cap and reduced rate.
Padi Open Water Scuba Course
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.
Course Only: $190 Resident / $195 Non-Resident This offering is exempt from the family fee cap and reduced rate.
Training materials fee is approximately $125. This fee will be paid to Diver’s Realm at the time materials are picked up.
Cost for certification dives will depend upon where you do your dives.