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 (white)—The core competency is trust and submersion. Safety skills include asking permission and safe water entry and exit.
Level II (red)—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 (yellow)—Forward movement and direction change are the focus. Safety skills include reach or throw assists and calling 9-1-1.
Level IV (blue)—Rotary movement is the core competency. Safety skills include the side glide air recovery position and treading water.
Level V (green)—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.
The Northbrook Park District is an authorized Provider of the Starfish Swimming Curriculum.
Competitive Stroke Clinic
Enhance and improve your swim strokes in a fun, competitive environment! Each session begins with 10 minutes of dry land warmups, followed by 50 minutes of water coaching by current or former GBN swim team participants. Instruction will focus on all four competitive strokes, personal goals and competitive starts and turns, appropriate to age and skill level. Students will learn the physical and mental benefits of swimming. Prerequisite: Students must be able to swim 50 yards continuously (two lengths of the pool) and one of the competitive strokes.
This program promotes safety and a basic introduction to diving. Divers receive specific goals to help their skill development and are encouraged to attempt new dives. Beginning diving teaches the three-step approach—front, back and front somersault dives. The instructor is Jessica Roby, who has coached divers at Glenbrook North High School for more than 20 years.
Get a good workout without the aching and soreness of traditional exercise. The buoyancy and resistance of the water allow you to improve your flexibility, strength and endurance without the pain of a high-impact routine. Water fitness is offered in both shallow and deep water formats; you don’t need to know how to swim.
Experience the exciting game of water polo. Students learn the basics of the game from treading water to shooting and swimming with the ball and strategy.