Red Cross Swimming Lessons

Red Cross Swimming Lessons are available each season through Delano Community Education. Please see below for some frequently asked questions.

To register, go to our Course Catalog and find Swimming Lessons under the Aquatics header.

Learn to Swim - Level Descriptions



140 Elm Ave – Delano Community Education Building or
700 Elm Ave – Tiger Activity Center

Children may begin taking lessons at 18 months with an adult (Aqua Tots). When children are between the ages of 2-3, they may enroll in Tadpoles (with an adult). These classes are 30 minutes in length. Preschool classes are recommended for children 4+ years.

You child may be placed on a waitlist for a class because we keep a certain ratio of instructors to students. If needed, try selecting a different time slot for more availability.

Yes, you must be at least 15 years of age to take the Red Cross Lifeguarding course. You must be at least 16 years of age to take the Red Cross Water Safety Instructor course. Please contact Community Education to let them know of your interest so that we can form a class.

The ratio varies by level. For Preschool A, B, C, Level 1, 2 the instructor to student ratio is 1:6. For Levels 3, 4, 5, 6 the ratio is 1:8. Please keep in mind that some classes may have more/less students where another instructor or aide will be assisting.

Please enter the building through the High School Main Entrance. 
Once inside, go up the stairs and head right. Take the first hallway on your right. You will pass the High School Gym and Gymnastics Rooms and then you will see the Boys and Girls locker rooms on the right side of the hallway (please enter through the locker room doors).

If you are looking for the Family Locker Room; travel further down the hallway until you come to an opening where you will see a tiger on the floor. The entrance to the Family Locker Room will then be a little farther in front of you and to the right (please enter through the locker room doors).

We prefer that parents/caregivers stay in the pool area during class in case children need help in the restroom or other assistance.

Any students that are not participating in swimming lessons are to be supervised at ALL times. This means no loitering in the hallways, locker rooms, or running on the pool deck.

Proper swim attire

Pool diaper, if necessary

Goggles are recommended for levels 3 and up

Long hair should be pulled back and band aides/bobby pins should be removed

Please inform your instructor. There is no make-up day for missed classes.

All of the skill levels have a specific curriculum developed by the Red Cross. Once a child masters the curriculum at their level, they are recommended to move up to the next level. Red Cross cards and certificates will be handed out after each session with a suggested level to register for future. *Note: Many children need to take classes more than 1 time to pass with the strength and endurance necessary for the next level.

Yes, private lessons are available to children and adults of all abilities. Please contact Community Education for more information and availability.

We do not make-up the day during the summer sessions. We make every effort to schedule a make-up day if there were to be a pool/weather issue during the school year.

Yes, Delano has both a Girls and Boys Swimming & Diving Teams. You must be entering 7th grade to join. The girls swim in the fall and the boys have a winter season.