Outdoor Swimming Lessons
For Youth swim Instruction classes, the Northbrook Park District is an independent Authorized Provider of Starfish Swimming®, a swim instruction program from the nationally recognized Starfish Aquatics Institute®. Classes are offered at Meadowhill Aquatic Center with a ratio of 1:6 for ages 5-14.
More swimming opportunities include Parent/Tot, Pre-school, Private, Semi-Private, and Adult lessons.
Swim Lesson Program
Children are tested at the beginning of each session and grouped by ability, progressing through the levels as they master the skills.
Level I – The core competency is trust and submersion. Safety skills include asking permission and safe water entry and exit.
Level II – The core competency is body positions and air recovery. Safety skills include the back float air recovery position and proper use of life jackets.
Level III – Forward movement and direction change are the focus. Safety skills include reach or throw assists and calling 9-1-1.
Level IV – Rotary movement is the core competency. Safety skills include the side glide air recovery position and treading water.
Level V – The core competency is integrated movement, incorporating the side glide air recovery position with forward movement. Safety skills include further endurance in treading water and the survival float.
Level VI – After students achieve the benchmarks in Level V, they refine freestyle and learn stroke technique for backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly.
Class offerings consist of Beginner, Intermediate and Private Lessons.
Additional Aquatic Programs
Junior Lifeguarding–for children interested in learning the same lifeguarding techniques as the Northbrook Park District lifeguards, for ages 12-15.
Water Fitness is a class for adults who want to stay in shape with a water workout. This program meets in during the summer, Monday-Friday at Meadowhill Aquatic Center. Different class options include: Daily, Saturdays only, 10 Classes, 20 Classes, and the entire season of Water Fitness.