Swim Lessons

Swim Instructor Teaching toddler how to swim in pool

Swim Lessons Save Lives

According to the CDC, participation in formal swimming lessons can reduce the risk of drowning, the second leading cause of accidental death among children age 1 - 4 years.

Pleasant Hill Recreation & Park District offers a wide variety of swim lessons from 6 months to adults.

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June 2, 2020

Dear Parents,

I was hoping to be able to deliver some better news this week about swim lessons. Unfortunately, Rec & Park will be unable to hold June swim lessons due to current Contra Costa Public Health Services (CCHS) orders still in effect.

Accordingly, we will be automatically refunding your swim lesson registration fees the same way you paid, either by check or credit card. If you would prefer to have your fees put on your account to apply to any upcoming Rec & Park class or activity, please contact our Customer Service team at cservice@pleasanthillrec.com. Due to the volume of refunds, please give us a week or so to complete the refund process. We appreciate your patience.

While we wait for CCHS health orders to lift, I am actively working with my colleagues in Contra Costa County and across the State to develop protocols to meet all the County’s public health safety requirements and standards for municipalities. This includes protocols to ensure the safety of our lifeguarding staff in the event of an in-water rescue or other emergency care. The safety of our participants and our staff are a top priority. The minute CCHS gives the green light to offer swim lessons, we will be ready to dive back in. I hope that will be later this summer. I wish I had a more definitive timeline to give you.

To help you prepare for swim lesson classes, I encourage you to visit the Aquatic section of our Virtual Recreation Center at pleasanthillrec.com/152. We have lots of fun pre-swim lesson activities, like bathtub swim lessons, to try at home.

Please follow us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter @pleasanthillrec.com for the latest updates on our programs, including swim lessons. You can also see updates to swim lessons at https://pleasanthillrec.com/236.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me or our Customer Service team at cservice@pleasanthillrec.com or 925-682-0896.

Stay well,

Korey Riley
Aquatics Services Manager

Swim Lesson Schedule

Click on the Lesson Schedule for your age group. This will take you directly to the online catalog that lists class dates and times available for easy registration. If you have questions, please contact us at (925) 682-0896 or customerservice@pleasanthillrec.com


All classes are 25 minutes long.
All June lessons are canceled. We hope to be able to hold lessons later this summer.  Please see the note above for more information.

Parent Tot GROUP Lesson Schedule

Tiny Tot GROUP Lesson Schedule

Tiny Swimmers GROUP Lesson Schedule

Pre-School GROUP Lesson Schedule

Youth GROUP Lesson Schedule

Adult/Teen GROUP Lesson Schedule

PRIVATE Lesson Schedule

Click HERE for a 2020 Summer Swim Lesson flyer (PDF).

Click HERE for a 2020 Late Summer Swim Lesson flyer (PDF).

Schedule Planning Tip
Please plan your schedule carefully. There are no make-ups or refunds for missed classes. 

Please speak to the lesson manager at the first session if you have any special requests or information 
regarding your child’s swim lessons. Lesson managers supervise lessons on the pool deck; they 
will assist with any of your concerns.

Swim Lesson Questions?

Contact the District Office at 925-682-0896. 

Age / Ability Levels

Parent / Tot: 6 months - 4 years

Parent and child participate together and receive instruction in water adjustment, swim readiness skills, and water safety. Swim attire: tight-fitting “swim pants” and swimsuit. No disposable or cloth diapers.

Tiny Tot: 3 - 4 years

Child must be ready to learn without parent participation. Skills: water adjustment, elementary aquatic skills and water safety. Ratio 3:1

Tiny Swimmers: 2.5 - 4 years

Child must be comfortable in the water and able to take at least one breath on their own. Skills: Elementary aquatic skills, stroke development and water safety. Ratio 2:1

Pre-School: 4 - 6 years

Child must be ready to learn without parent participation. Skills: water adjustment, elementary aquatic skills, stroke development and water safety. Abilities may vary. Ratio 4:1

Youth: 6 - 12 years

Students will learn a variety of strokes, personal safety skills and diving techniques. Beginning students will learn elementary aquatic skills and water adjustment. More advanced students will refine their skills and learn how to incorporate swimming into a lifelong fitness program. Ratio 4:1

Adult/Teen: 12+ years 

New strokes and techniques for stroke improvement will be taught. Skills: floating, kicking, crawl stroke, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, sidestroke, elementary backstroke, diving, and turns. Ratio 5:1

Private: 3.5 years - Adult

One-on-one instruction for all ability levels.