Wellness and Fitness

Explore the pool and build water safety skills with preschool swim lessons

Our swim lessons for preschoolers teach water safety techniques and basic water skills to help your child adapt to the pool in a fun and safe environment.

We offer four-week and eight-week sessions for most levels. Four-week classes meet twice a week; eight-week classes meet once a week.

Lessons are available at both fitness center locations.

Choosing a Level

Pick an appropriate level based on age and current swimming ability. Please see the class descriptions below to determine which level will be best for your child.

Still not sure which level to register your child for? Contact our Aquatics Manager for help.

Peninsula & Middle Peninsula

Sarah Duhamel, Aquatics Manager
Call: 757-875-7525 (Peninsula) or 804-693-8888 (Middle Peninsula)
Email: sarah.duhamel@rivhs.com

Registration

To register, visit the back desk of the Peninsula center and the front desk of the Middle Peninsula center. Please note:

  • You must register in person.
  • Payment in full is required at time of registration.

Check back for our upcoming Peninsula & Middle Peninsula 4-week and 8-week registration dates! 

Pricing

Member: $48
Nonmember: $80

Preschool Class Levels

Explore below to learn the primary focus and class schedule for each level.

In the Sunfish class, your child will be introduced to the pool in a fun and encouraging setting. Instructors work with each parent and child in the water to teach water safety skills and techniques for adapting to and exploring the water.

Things to Know

  • Eight-Week Lessons
  • Water safety and level 1 skills are the primary focus.
  • Only one parent or guardian allowed in the water at a time.
  • As your child's confidence grows, parents may be asked to leave the pool for portions of class.
  • This class is for children who are afraid or may need additional assistance from a parent.

Through songs and games, children will learn basic water skills, including water adjustment, breath control, supported kicking, entering and exiting the pool independently, and safety skills.

Things to Know

  • Four-Week Lessons
  • Eight-Week Lessons
  • Class is structured with 45 minutes of instruction and 5 minutes of play time.
  • Parents are out of the water for this level.
  • This class is for children new to lessons. All skills are supported by the instructor.

The Otters class utilizes songs and games to teach children basic water skills, including unsupported kicking, floating, gliding, combined stroke, and safety skills.

Things to Know

  • Four-Week Lessons
  • Eight-Week Lessons
  • Class is structured with 45 minutes of instruction and 5 minutes of play time.
  • Parents are out of the water for this level.
  • This class is for children who are not afraid of water or putting their face in. Children are able to do floating skills without assistance.

Barracudas will expand on basic water skill development through songs and games. New skills include breath control with bobbing and rotary breathing, introduction to front crawl, introduction to back crawl, elementary backstroke, dolphin kick, and advanced safety skills.

Things to Know

  • Eight-Week Lessons
  • Class is structured with 45 minutes of instruction and 5 minutes of play time.
  • Parents are out of the water for this level.
  • This class is for children who can swim independently on their front (not under water) and on their back for 5 yards.

More Info

Closed Classes: We reserve the right to close programs to prevent overcrowding.

Wait List: If you are placed on a waiting list, please do not pay for the class. You are not officially enrolled. The Aquatics Office will call you when a spot becomes available for your child.

Inclement Weather: The pool will close during thunderstorms and will reopen 30 minutes after the last clap of thunder or flash of lightning.