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The City of Spokane Parks & Recreation's Aquatics Division operates six municipal swimming facilities throughout Spokane. We offer a variety of programs designed for youth and adults including Swim Lesson programs for youth as well as American Red Cross Lifeguard Training, Water Safety Instructor and various other programs to help you keep cool, active, and entertained during the hot summer months. See below for program descriptions and to register.

Swim Lessons - Registration Opens March 1

Swim lessons provide instruction to help swimmers of all ages and abilities develop their swimming and water safety skills. It is designed to give students a positive learning experience. Swim lessons teach aquatic and safety skills in a logical progression. The objective is to teach people to swim and to be safe in, on and around the water.

Tadpole | Parent Child | Previously Parent/Toddler | Ages 6 – 36 months

Tadpole participants become acquainted with the aquatic environment through activities surrounding climbing out of the pool, floating on front and back, and arm and leg movements. Parents gain knowledge to safely orient their child to the water. Child must be accompanied by an adult in the water. More information (PDF 2.9 MB).

Seahorse | Beginner | Previously Pre-school | Ages 3-5

Seahorse participants become familiar with the aquatic environment through playful instruction comprised of basic swimming skills. Students establish confidence and acquire skills such as submerging in water, supported floating, and supported arm and leg movements, which are the building blocks of a successful swimmer. More information (PDF 243 KB).

Penguin | Intermediate Beginner | Previously Level 1 | Ages 5-8

Penguin participants learn basic aquatic skills in a supportive environment. Students gain greater independence and learn skills including blowing bubbles, alternating leg and arm movements in a forward motion, front and back glides, opening eyes underwater, and entering and exiting the water independently. Prerequisite: demonstration of Seahorse skills. More information (PDF 162 KB).

Turtle | Advanced Beginner | Previously Level 2 | Ages 5-9

Turtle participants gain success through instruction of fundamental aquatic skills. Students participate in activities including holding breath underwater, rolling from front to back, treading water, jumping independently into the water, changing direction while swimming front or back crawl. Prerequisite: demonstration of Penguin skills. More information (PDF 213 KB).

Stingray | Intermediate | Previously Level 3 | Ages 6-10

Stingray participants build on their swimming skills through stroke development. Students develop skills in rotary breathing, coordination of arms, legs, and breathing during front and back crawl, and headfirst entry into water. Elementary backstroke, dolphin kick, scissor kick, and breaststroke skills are established. Prerequisite: demonstration of Turtle skills. More information (PDF 207 KB).

Seal | Intermediate Advanced | Previously Level 4 | Ages 7-11

Seal participants build confidence through continued refinement and advancement of aquatic skills. Students strengthen skills such as swimming underwater, open turns and stroke improvement of front and back crawl, breaststroke, sidestroke, and butterfly. Prerequisite: demonstration of Stingray skills. More information (PDF 213 KB).

Barracuda | Advanced | Previously Level 5 | Ages 8-12

Barracuda participants continue to improve stroke coordination through advanced instruction of swimming techniques. Students learn to surface dive, flip turns, and sculling. Further skill progression in front and back crawl, breaststroke, sidestroke, and butterfly. Prerequisite: demonstration of Seal skills. More information (PDF 709 KB).

Jr. Lifeguarding Camp

2 Weeks | Ages 10-15yrs. Participants learn what it takes to be a Spokane Aquatics Lifeguard by introducing them to water safety, rescue skills, first aid, CPR, health and wellness, and sustainability. Camp participants will learn the ins and outs of pool operations beyond what happens on deck. Through games and fun activities, swimming and diving skills will be refined and endurance increased. This camp goes beyond fun, it will prepare your child to take a lifeguard class or join our Aqua Ducks Novice Swim Team. Prerequisite: demonstration of Barracuda skills. Please note that this camp does not certify your child to become a lifeguard. If you are interested in becoming a certified lifeguard, visit our lifeguarding course page. $96

Private Swim Lessons | All Ages

Need individual attention for swimming lessons? Private lessons are offered at all six aquatic facilities. Lessons are tailored to individual needs, skill level, and schedule. Instruction offered for all skill levels and ages. Fee includes 30 minute individual instruction. Contact Aquatics Office at 509.625.6960 to schedule.

Novice Swim Team - Registration Opens March 1

Aquaducks | Novice Swim Team | Ages 6+

The Aquaducks program is designed to introduce youth to the enjoyment of competitive swimming. The focus will be introduction of new stroke techniques while building endurance. All four Olympic strokes, starts, and turns will be introduced and practiced. The Aquaducks program is eight weeks in length, Monday through Thursday, with optional swim meets throughout the summer. Team practices are held at Comstock, Shadle, and Witter Aquatic Centers. Prerequisite: minimum 6 years old, ability to swim crawl stroke 50 yards.

American Red Cross Courses - Registration Opens March 1

Lifeguard Training Course | Ages 15+

If you are looking for the perfect summer job, this course is for you. As a certified lifeguard you will be responsible for ensuring people's safety in and around the water. This course will cover CPR- PR, First Aid, and lifeguarding. Textbooks required. Prerequisite: minimum 15 years old; pass all pre-course tests.

Water Safety Instructor | Ages 16+

Learn to teach all ages water safety, survival and swimming skills. This course will train instructors to teach American Red Cross swimming and water safety courses and will cover all topics necessary to become a successful Water Safety Instructor. Textbook required. Prerequisite: minimum 16 years old; pass all pre-course tests.

Water Workout - Registration Opens March 1

AquaFit | Ages 14+

Come experience an ongoing aqua class with a mixture of deep and shallow water exercises. You can expect to experience aerobic, balance, muscle toning and core strengthening types of routines on a rotating basis. Come burn some calories in a fun and refreshing environment! Provides a safe and challenging workout for all abilities, from injury rehab to avid swimmers.

Aquatic Facility Operator

The Aquatic Facility Operator (AFO) program is designed for pool operators and management staff in aquatic facility operation and management. This two day training program is designed to educate individuals on the systematic approach to pool operations including pool chemistry, management, pool safety, and risk reduction.

Doggie Dip

The last splash at City pools is just for the dogs! City of Spokane Parks & Recreation is partnering with SpokAnimal C.A.R.E. to have fun and raise funds for the High Bridge Dog Park with their annual Doggie Dip event.

Dog owners can bring $10 to the pool the day of each event (drop-ins welcome!). Dogs must be well-mannered, healthy, and attended to by an owner who has proof of an up-to date rabies vaccination. Only dogs in the pool during Doggie Dip.

2022 Doggie Dip Schedule:
  • Sunday 8/28, 3–4:30 p.m. - Comstock
  • Monday 8/29, 5:30–7 p.m. - Shadle
  • Tuesday 8/30, 5:30–7 p.m. - Hillyard
  • Wednesday 8/31, 5:30–7 p.m. - A.M. Cannon
  • Thursday 9/1, 5:30–7 p.m. - Liberty