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 20

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.

Need help picking a lesson? View our placement guide.

Tadpole | Parent Assist | Ages 6 – 36 months

Water orientation class for younger children. Parents (one adult per child) required to be in the water with children. The goal of this class is to introduce water adjustment skills in a safe and friendly environment. Climbing in and out of the pool, floating on front and back, kicking, and arm movement. All swimmers in diapers must be in swim diapers.

Seahorse | Preschool | Ages 3-5 Years

Through games and play, the goal is to introduce preschool aged kids to water and teach them how to safely navigate this exciting new environment. Students will work on submerging underwater, blowing bubbles with mouth and nose, supported floating, and introduces leg movements.

Level 1 | Penguin | Ages 5-8 Years

A great place for school-aged kids who are new to lessons or are nervous/afraid around water. The primary goal is to develop comfort and confidence. Students review and master all Seahorse skills, work on floating independently on front and back, refine their kicking, and are introduced to crawl stroke arms.

Level 2 | Turtle | Ages 5-9 Years

Students must be able to demonstrate Level 1 skills to be in this class. Students will continue to develop comfort and confidence, especially underwater and floating. This class focuses on a lot of new skills: kicking and rolling, crawl stroke, and backstroke.

Level 3 | Stingray | Ages 6-10 Years

Students must be able to demonstrate Level 2 skills to be in this class. This class is a challenge! There will be a lot of work on side breathing with crawl stroke, will refine backstroke, and introduces treading water. Students should pass this class before joining our Aqua Ducks Swim Team.

Level 4 | Seal | Ages 7-11 Years

Students must be able to demonstrate Level 3 skills to be in this class. Get ready to swim some laps: in addition to working on crawl stroke, backstroke, and treading water endurance, students will be introduced to breaststroke kick and elementary backstroke.

Level 5 | Barracuda | Ages 8-12 Years

Students must be able to demonstrate Level 4 skills to be in this class. This class is designed to prepare students for swimming for fitness or for continuing to our Jr. Lifeguard class. This class is designed for stroke refinement and endurance, working on crawl stroke, backstroke, breaststroke, elementary backstroke, and introducing butterfly.

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 20

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 20

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 20

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.

2024 Doggie Dip Schedule

Comstock: Sun. 8/25, 3 - 4:30 p.m.
Shadle: Mon. 8/26, 5:30 - 7 p.m.
Liberty: Tues. 8/27, 5:30 - 7 p.m.