Parks & Recreation offers swim lessons at the Huntsville Aquatics Center and the indoor pool at the Dr. Richard Showers, Sr. Center. Class schedules change seasonally and are posted on the Aquatics Center and Showers Center swim lessons calendars.


Aquatics Center – 2022 Summer Swim Lessons

Registration for 2022 Summer Swim Lessons will be May 24-26 from 8 a.m. to noon and 2-6 p.m. at the Huntsville Aquatics Center. Classes will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays from May 31 to June 30. Every effort will be made to adhere to the class schedules. In the event cancellations do occur, participants will receive prorated refunds.

The cost is $75 for 10 classes. Registration must be completed in person.

The Huntsville Aquatics Center is located at 2213 Drake Ave., Huntsville. Call 256-883-3700 for more information.

Morning Classes

  • Parent & Child Aquatics – 9:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
  • Learn to Swim Level 1 – 9:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
  • Preschool Aquatics Level 1 – 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
  • *Learn to Swim Level 2 – 10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Afternoon Classes

  • Preschool Aquatics Level 1 – 1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Learn to Swim Level 1 – 2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • *Preschool Aquatics Level 2 – 2:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
  • *Learn to Swim Level 2 – 2:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
  • *Learn to Swim Level 3 – 3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • *Learn to Swim Level 4 – 4:15 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
  • Adult Beginner – 6:10 p.m. – 6:55 p.m.

(* These classes require a swim evaluation before enrolling. Swim evaluations are not guaranteed during registration hours. Please call and reserve an evaluation time.)


Showers Pool – 2022 Summer Swim Lessons

Registration for 2022 Summer Swim Lessons at the indoor pool at the Dr. Richard Showers, Sr. Recreation Center will begin at 8 a.m. on Monday, May 23. Classes will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays from June 7 to July 7. The cost is $75 for 10 classes. Registration must be completed in person.

The Dr. Richard Showers, Sr. Recreation Center is located at 4600 Blue Spring Road NW, Huntsville. Call 256-851-4003 for more information.

Morning Lessons

  • 9 a.m. – Adult Beginner
  • 10 a.m. – Preschool Aquatics Level 1
  • 10:30 a.m. – Learn to Swim Level 1
  • 11 a.m. – Parent & Child Aquatics
  • 11:30 a.m. – Learn to Swim Level 2

Afternoon Lessons

  • 4 p.m. – Learn to Swim Level 1
  • 4:30 p.m. – Preschool Aquatics Level 1
  • 5 p.m. – Adult Beginner
  • 5:30 p.m. – Learn to Swim Level 2

Class Descriptions

Parent-Child Aquatics

Level 1-2 Introduction to Water Skills
An entry-level lesson that builds basic water safety skills for both parents and children, helping infants and children ages 6 months to 3 years become comfortable in the water. As the child progresses they will learn more advanced skills.


Preschool Aquatics

Level 1-Introduction to Water Skills
An entry-level lesson that gives children ages 4-5 a positive aquatic learning experience that emphasizes water safety, survival and fundamental swimming concepts. Children will learn age-appropriate skills that will help them feel comfortable and enjoy the water safely.

Level 2-Fundemental Aquatic Skills
Children ages 4-5 may be registered for this class if they have completed Preschool Aquatics Level 1 or if they can successfully complete the following skills:

  • Enter and exit the water independently
  • Submerge and blow bubbles for 3 seconds
  • Glide on front for two body lengths
  • Roll onto back, float for 3 seconds and recover

Level 3-Stroke Development
Children ages 4-5 can register for this class if they have completed Preschool Aquatics Level 2 or if they can successfully complete the following skills:

  • Glide on front two body lengths and roll to back
  • Float on back for 15 seconds and recover
  • Glide on back for two body lengths and roll to front
  • Swim three body lengths, roll to back and float 15 seconds
  • Roll to front and swim three body lengths

Learn to Swim

Level 1- Introduction to Water Skills
An entry-level lesson for children ages 6-12 that helps them to become more comfortable in the water. Participants will learn fundamental aquatic skills and how to be safe in and around water.

Level 2-Fundemental Aquatic Skills
Children ages 6-12 can register for this class if they have completed Learn to Swim Level 1 or if they can successfully complete the following skills:

  • Enter and exit the water independently
  • Submerge and bob five times
  • Front glide two body lengths, roll and float 5 seconds
  • Recover from a horizontal to a vertical position

Level 3 -Stroke Development
Children ages 6-12 can register for this class if they have completed Learn to Swim Levels 1-2 or if they can successfully complete the following skills:

  • Step into chest deep water and push off bottom
  • Tread or float for 15 seconds
  • Swim on front and/or back five body lengths and exit
  • Back float for 15 seconds, roll to front and recover
  • Glide and swim five body lengths and roll to back
  • Float 15 seconds, roll to front and swim five body lengths

Level 4-5 Stroke Improvement & Refinement
Children ages 6-12 can register for this class if they have completed Learn to Swim Level 3 or if they can successfully complete the following skills:

  • Jump into deep water and recover to the surface
  • Maintain position by treading or floating 1 minute
  • Rotate one full turn, find an exit and level off
  • Swim freestyle/elementary backstroke 25 yards
  • Glide (streamlined) and swim freestyle 15 yards
  • Change direction and elementary backstroke 15 yards

Adult Beginner-Introduction to Water Skills
An entry-level lesson for participants ages 12 and older. This class emphasizes water safety, survival and fundamental swimming concepts. Participants will learn skills that will help them feel comfortable so they can enjoy the water safely.

  • Phone:

    256-564-8026

  • Address:

    Parks and Recreation Office

    2411 9th Avenue SW

    Huntsville, AL 35805

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  • Email:

    james.gossett@huntsvilleal.gov

    James Gossett

    Parks & Recreation Director

  • Hours:

    Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.