A coeducational day school serving students JK-12

Learn to Swim

Learn to Swim

Advancing the Abilities of All Swimmers

Since 1981, Latin's Learn to Swim program has helped teach children ages 4 - 12 the proper mechanics of swimming, including proper and efficient stroking, kicking and breathing techniques.
The staff for the program are skilled aquatic instructors who are experienced in advancing the abilities of all swimmers. These instructors — who are certified in some or all of the areas of water safety, first aid, lifeguarding and CPR — ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all participants. Instructors work under the Director of Aquatics, Danielle Carlson.

Skill Levels


2:1 swimmer to instructor ratio

Our most novice level, this class helps swimmers become comfortable in the water through basic skills and play. Swimmers in this class may have never taken swim lessons before. Some of the main skills covered in this class include:

  • Enter and exit water using ladder or side of pool
  • Blow bubbles through mouth and nose
  • Bobbing
  • Open eyes underwater and retrieve submerged objects
  • Front and back glides and back float
  • Recover to vertical position from a front glide and back float or glide
  • Roll from front to back and back to front
  • Tread water using arm and hand actions
  • Alternating and simultaneous leg actions on front and back
  • Alternating and simultaneous arm actions on front and back
  • Combined arm and leg actions on front and back


2:1 swimmer to instructor ratio

Building upon the beginner skills, this class teaches fundamental stroke progressions while helping swimmers become more confident and independent in the water. Some of the main skills covered in this class include:

  • Enter water by stepping or jumping from the side
  • Fully submerge and hold breath
  • Bobbing
  • Open eyes underwater and retrieve submerged objects in deeper water
  • Front and back glides and floats
  • Roll from front to back and back to front
  • Change direction of travel while swimming on front or back
  • Tread water using arm and leg actions
  • Combined arm and leg actions on front and back
  • Explore deeper water


4:1 swimmer to instructor ratio

In this 45 minute class, swimmers swim the 25 yard length of the pool. Instructors do a combination of in water demonstration to small groups, as well as coaching from the side of the pool. This is the highest level of lessons before the developmental level of the swim team. Some of the main skills covered in this class include:

  • Enter water by jumping from the side
  • Headfirst entry from the side in sitting, kneeling, and standing positions in the deep end
  • Rotary breathing
  • Change from vertical to horizontal position on front and back
  • Tread water
  • Push off in a streamlined position then begin flutter and dolphin kicks on front and back
  • 25 yards to 50 yard efforts of freestyle, backstroke and elementary backstroke
  • Freestyle and backstroke open turns
  • Swim under water
  • Introduction to breaststroke and butterfly • Introduction to flipturns
  • Beginner 10:30 - 11:00 a.m.
  • Intermediate 10:30-11 a.m. OR 11:00 - 11:30 a.m.
  • Advanced 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
2017-18 CALENDAR
  • October 28
  • November 4, 11, 18
  • December 2, 9, 16
  • January 20, 27
  • February 3, 10
*If your child misses a class, we are unable to offer makeup sessions.

Registration and Payment

2017-18 Learn to Swim online registration will open online September 15, 2017. Please Click HERE to register. Follow the Teamunify prompts. You will receive a confirmation e-mail when your registration is complete.

The cost of each level is $300. Payment can be made via Visa, Mastercard or Discover.

Early registration is advised. Because each program has limited capacity, registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration remains open until each program fills.

Full payment is due at the time of registration. Tuition is non-refundable. Swimmers will not be able to participate if there is an unpaid balance. Tuition is not refunded if swimmers miss class.
Cancellation Policy

In case of a swimmer’s withdrawal from the program, the Aquatics department must be notified in writing before October 27, 2017 or full payment will still be due.

Latin reserves the right to cancel a program if unforeseen circumstances occur. Notification of cancellation of a program will be done as early as possible and pro-rated refunds will be issued.

Contact Us

Danielle Carlson '06 is the aquatics director. Danielle is a Latin Class of 2006 alumna, and served as an assistant teacher in the lower school. She also has helped coach for Latin. She earned her bachelor’s degree in education at Colby College, and her master's degree in Early Childhood Education from DePaul University.

Danielle still holds Colby's school record in the 400 individual medley and was part of the 800 freestyle relay record team. While swimming for Colby, Danielle also was recognized with a Collegiate Swimming Coaches Association of America honorable mention and academic All-American Honors.

For more information, contact us at 312.582.6517.