• Who is this for?: Ages 3 and up
  • Fees: $0.00
  • Non-Resident Fees: $20
  • Day: Mondays through Thursdays
  • Date: Various - See Registration
  • Time: Various - See Registration
  • Location: Classes 1-3 OWHS Pool Door #20; Class 4 Pollock Community Water Par, 1550 Taft Avenue
  • When is this offered?: Both Summer and School Year

Swim Lesson Participant Information

Important!  Please read carefully before registering! 

Online Registration for Summer 2024 begins on Monday, April 29.

  •  There are 4 classes throughout the summer season.  They take place Mondays through Thursdays during the following weeks:
    • Class 1 runs from 6/3 - 6/13
    • Class 2 runs from 6/17 - 6/27
    • Class 3 runs from 7/1 - 7/11
    • Class 4 runs from 7/22 - 8/1
  • Participants may initially enroll in a maximum of one class per season. See registration information for registration dates and instructions.  Participants may not register for two classes in the same season. 
  • 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 your child has 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.
  • Registration is a 2-part process:
    • Part 1 - We approve your child's registration, meaning we ensure that your child is signed up for the right swim level.  If that is the case, you will receive an email Notification that your child has been approved.  This is only the first step and does NOT guarantee that your child is registered.   
    • Part 2 - We go on to complete your child's Registration.  If there is a spot available in the Class in which you have enrolled your child, you will receive another email Notification that confirms Registration.  If there is not an available spot, you will receive an email Notification that states that Registration is Pending.  We will contact you if a spot becomes available.
  • If you are going to miss the first scheduled day of class, please notify the ORD Office at (920) 424-0150, prior to the first day!
  • Registrations are NOT accepted at the pool site.
  • The Oshkosh Recreation Department Swimming Lessons are held at Oshkosh West High School, Door #20 for Classes 1 - 3, and at the Pollock Community Water Park located at 1550 Taft Avenue, for Class 4. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please speak with the Head Instructor at your lesson site or call the ORD at (920) 424-0150.

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 78-80℉, which is within state health code standards. Please keep this in mind when attending our classes. 
Swim the Rainbow

ORD Swim Lesson Levels


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

Ages:  3 - 4 only 
Continuing ORD Student-passing of Parent/Child and 3 or 4 years of age or former 3 & 4 Beginner

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.


Beginner 1 - Intro to Basics

Required:  5 years of age minimum 
Continuing ORD student: passing of Pre-School 3 & 4 or formerly 3 & 4 year old Advanced (no matter age)

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

Required: passing of Beginner 1 or former Level I

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

Class size is limited. Maximum 6 for Levels PC, 1 - 6.


Advanced 3

Required:  Passing of Beginner 2 (formerly Level II)

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

Class size is limited. Maximum 6 for Levels PC, 1 - 6

Advanced 4

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.


Swimmer 5 - Stroke Refinement

Required: 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

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.


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.


Individual Swim Lessons for Youth