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AMERICAN RED CROSS LEARN-TO-SWIM PROGRAM
The City of Burbank follows the American Red Cross Swimming and Water Safety Program guidelines. Group classes are held at McCambridge Swimming Pool and Verdugo Aquatic Facility, Monday-Thursday for two weeks (8 classes). There are five, two-week (8 classes) sessions held in the summer. Some lower level classes only meet twice a week (M/W or Tu/Th) for four-weeks (8 classes). Activities, dates, and fees are subject to change. Each child needs to be tested to determine which level is appropriate for those attempting to register for Level 2 or higher.

Swim Lessons sabrinaAmerican Red Cross Learn-to-Swim teaches aquatic and safety skills in a logical progression. The objective is to teach people to swim and to be safe in, on, and around the water. Child must meet the prerequisite and age requirements (if required) by the date of the first class.

The Parent and Child Aquatics consists of two separate age levels. The Level B class are for those who are either not tall enough or confident enough to be on their own for level 1. The Learn-to-Swim Level 1-6 instruction classes are structured to help swimmers of all ages and abilities develop their swimming and water safety skills.

For children to be enrolled in a Learn-to-Swim Level that is higher than level 1 they must first be evaluated during one of our evaluation sessions or posses proof of passing the previous level. 

Children that successfully complete the requirements for their Learn-to-Swim Level class will be promoted to the next Level, provided they are enrolled in the subsequent Learn-to-Swim session. Please note that the there is no guarantee that the new level class will be scheduled at the same time or location. In the event that a class is not available, a refund will be processed per aquatics refund policy.

Learn to Swim Classes (Group and Private) (summer schedule available by April 6)

Aqua Exercise Classes (offered year round, see Recreation Guide)

Recreational Swim Team and Water Polo
 

American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim Classes 

Parent and Child Aquatics—Level A
This introductory class is designed for infants/toddlers and their parents. All children must have one-on-one adult supervision in the water at all times. Level A introduces basic skills to parents and children. Parents are taught to safely work with their child in the water, including how to appropriately support and hold their child in the water and how to prepare and encourage their child to participate in the skills. Swim diapers or swim pants must be worn by by those under 3 and those who are not toilet trained.
Age: 6 months – 36 months
Prerequisite: One adult/parent must accompany each child. Unaccompanied siblings are not permitted in the class or in the swimming pool during class.
Fee:  $35 Resident / $45 Non-Resident

Parent and Child Aquatics—Level B
The objectives are to orient young preschool children to the aquatic environment and help them gain basic aquatics skills in each category at the most rudimentary level. This level helps children develop comfort in, on, and around the water. Swim diapers or swim pants must be worn by participants who are not toilet trained.
Age: 3-5 years
Prerequisite: One adult/parent must accompany each child. Unaccompanied siblings are not permitted in the class or in the swimming pool during class.
Fee:  $35 Resident / $45 Non-Resident

Learn-to-Swim - Level 1 - Introduction to Water Skills
The objective of Level 1 is to learn basic personal water safety information and skills to keep the student feel comfortable in the water and to enjoy the water safely. Students start developing positive attitudes, good swimming habits, and safe practices in and around the water. This level marks the beginning of independent aquatic locomotion skills.
Age: Child (3-6 years), Youth (7-12 years), Adult (13+ years)
Prerequisite: Children must be at least 3 years of age or a height of 36” to the chin.
Fee:  $35 Resident / $45 Non-Resident

Learn-to-Swim - Level 2 - Fundamental Aquatic Skills
The objective of Level 2 is to give students success with fundamental skills. Students will learn to float without support and to recover to a vertical position. This level marks the beginning of true locomotion skills; simultaneous and alternating arm and leg actions on the front and back that lay the foundation for future strokes.
Age: Child (4-8 years), Youth (7-12 years), Adult (13+ years)
Prerequisite: Level 1 completion certificate or skills equivalent
Fee:  $35 Resident / $45 Non-Resident

Learn-to-Swim - Level 3 - Stroke Development
The Level 3 class builds on the skills learned in Level 2 by providing additional guided practice. Students will be exposed to survival float, front crawl, elementary backstroke, scissors and dolphin kicks, headfirst entries, and treading water. Students will gain the ability to demonstrate the front crawl and elementary backstroke for at least 15 yards and tread water for at least 30 seconds.
Age: 5+ years
Prerequisite: Level 2 completion certificate or skills equivalent
Fee:  $35 Resident / $45 Non-Resident 

Learn-to-Swim—Level 4 - Stroke Improvement
The objective of Level 4 is to develop confidence in the strokes learned in Level 3 and to improve other skills. Breaststroke is introduced and elementary backstroke is learned. Students will gain the ability to demonstrate the front crawl for at least 25 yards.
Age: 6+ years
Prerequisite: Level 3 completion certificate or skills equivalent
Fee:  $35 Resident / $45 Non-Resident
 
Learn-to-Swim - Level 5 - Stroke Refinement
The Level 5 class provides further coordination and refinement of key strokes. Students will be able to swim using front crawl, back crawl, breaststroke, elementary backstroke, sidestroke and butterfly using arms, legs, breathing, and timing. Students will gain the ability to demonstrate the front crawl for at least 50 yards.
Age: 7+ years
Prerequisite: Level 4 completion certificate or skills equivalent
Fee:  $35 Resident / $45 Non-Resident
 
Learn-to-Swim - Level 6 - Swimming and Skill Proficiency
The Level 6 class refines the strokes so students swim them with ease, efficiency, power and smoothness over greater distances. Level VI is designed with "menu" options. Each of these options focuses on preparing students to participate in more advanced courses such as Water Safety Instructor and Lifeguard Training. These options include personal water safety, lifeguard readiness, fundamentals of diving, and fitness swimming.
Age: 7+ years
Prerequisite: Level 5 completion certificate or skills equivalent
Fee:  $35 Resident / $45 Non-Resident
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Stroke Proficiency 

Designed for adults 18 years and older who want to learn to swim. This course is designed for the adult swimmer that has basic knowledge of front and back strokes but would like to improve. Breaststroke and butterfly will be taught during class. Additional stroke refinement for front crawl will be covered. This course is ideal for swimmers looking to gain an edge in triathlon swims or for those wishing to add to their swimming knowledge.
Prerequisite:A 25-meter swim of both front and back crawl must be completed prior to enrollment
Fee: $35 Resident / $45 Non-Resident 



FITNESS

Aqua Fitness
Stay cool this summer while toning muscles and strengthening your cardiovascular system in this exercise class done in the pool. All muscle groups will be worked against the resistance of the water in this fun, relaxing class.
Fee:   varies depending on number of classes - please refer to the link above
Age:    16+ years
Location:  Verdugo Aquatic Facility

 

Swim Conditioning 
The swim conditioning is open to youth swimmers who have completed their Level III certification and are capable and comfortable swimming 25 yards or more. Swimmers will not compete in meets. Fee includes a coached practice Monday-Thursday for 10 weeks. 

Swimmers must be tested prior to registration.

Fee: $100 Resident / $110 Non-Resident 
Prerequisite: Must have completed Level 3 certification
Location: TBD


 

TEAM SPORTS

Swim Team
The swim team is open to youth swimmers who have completed their Level III certification and are capable and comfortable swimming 25 yards or more. Swimmers are expected to participate in preliminary swim meets. Those with qualifying race times will be eligible to compete. Fee includes team photo, t-shirt, and swim cap. Participants are responsible to pay additional fees for swim meets and swimwear. May not have held a US Swimmer's card in the last 12 months. Parents are required to volunteer a minimum of 4 hours at a swim meet. Sign-ups will be available during the class and at the Parent Meeting.
No Class on July 3.

There will be a parent's meeting TBD. A water test and registration will be done at this time.

Fee: $160 Resident / $170 Non-Resident
Prerequisite: Must have completed Level 3 certification
Location: TBD

Introduction to Water Polo
The water polo team is open to swimmers, ages 10 and younger, who have completed their Level II certification and are capable and comfortable swimming 25 yards or more.   
Fee: $65 Resident / $75 Non-Resident 

Prerequisite: Ages 5 to 9 years old and completed Level 2 certification
Location: McCambridge Pool

There will be a parent's meeting TBD. A water test and registration will be done at this time.

Water Polo Team
The water polo team is open to swimmers, ages 9-14, who have completed their Level III certification and are capable and comfortable swimming 25 yards or more. Participants are responsible to pay additional fees for water polo games and swimwear.
No class on July 3.
Fee: $105 Resident / $115 Non-Resident
Prerequisite: Must be 9-14 years of age and completed Level 3 certification 
Location: Verdugo Pool

There will be a parent's meeting TBD. A water test and registration will be done at this time.


TRAINING CLASSES
Guard Start Program Level 1 
The Guard Start level 1 program is aimed towards an advanced young swimmer who wants to gain experience and knowledge int he area of lifeguarding. Participants will develop basic lifeguarding skills, water safety skills and improve overall swimming. No certificates will be issued at the completion of this course. Students must either possess a Level 3 completion certificate or sill evaluation for completion of level 3.  This class meets twice a week for four weeks.
Completion of this program does not guarantee future employment with the City of Burbank.
Fee: $70 Resident / $80 Non-Resident
Prerequisite: Must be 11-13 years of age
Location: TBD

Guard Start Program Level 2 
Want to be a lifeguard but not old enough to enroll in an American Red Cross Lifeguard Training course? Get a jump start on your future as a lifeguard with our Guard Start level 2 program! In this program you will learn prevention of aquatic incidents, fitness an swimming skills, response in an emergency, leadership skills, and professionalism as a lifeguard. Participants will have the opportunity to gain experience during our recreational swim hours. Students will be required to volunteer 10 hours during recreational swim shadowing the lifeguards. Students will also receive a shirt to wear during their volunteer hours. No certificates will be issued at the completion of this course. Students must either possess a level 3 completion certificate or skill level evaluation for completion of level 3.
Completion of this program does not guarantee future employment with the City of Burbank. 
Fee: $100 Resident / $105 Non-Resident 
Prerequisite: Must be 14-15 years of age 
Location: Verdugo Aquatic Facility

Lifeguard Training 
Comprehensive training is provided in this class for those who wish to become a lifeguard at a swimming pool. Participants must be present at all sessions, wear a swim suit, and bring a towel. There will be no make-up classes. A swim test will be administered the first night of class. Continuation of the class in contingent on the passing of this swim test. 
Completion of this program does not guarantee future employment with the City of Burbank. 

Fee: $200 Resident / $210 Non-Resident 

Prerequisite: Must be at least 16 years of age
Training includes:
Equipment-based rescue skills, victim recognition/surveillance skills, Lifeguarding, First Aid and CPR for the Professional Rescuer, Automated External Defibrillation (AED), Preventing Disease Transmission, and First Aid for Public Safety Personnel (Title 22).


LAP SWIM
Lap Swim
The lap swim program is currently year round. Lap swimming can tone your muscles and improve your cardiovascular fitness by participating in one of the best exercises available. Stop by to improve your stroke and swim to good health. Pay daily fee or purchase a pass at the swimming pool.

Lap swim schedule

REFUND POLICY
It is the City of Burbank's goal to provide quality classes and programs. In the event that a student is unable to participate in a class, a refund will be granted if the following guidelines are met:

  1. A $10.00 refund processing fee will be assessed for each class refund.
  2. Notification of withdrawal must be given to Aquatics/Registration Staff a minimum of two (2) weeks prior to the scheduled session start date.
  3. Notification given less than two (2) weeks prior to the session start date will result in a 50% refund for each class session.
  4. Once the session begins, no refunds will be issued.
  5. In the event that a session is canceled by the Park, Recreation and Community Services Department, a full refund will be issued.
  6. A refund check will be mailed in approximately 3-4 weeks

Aquatics Office - Verdugo Aquatic Facility
Office Hours: Monday - Friday 6:00 a.m.- 8:00 p.m. Saturday-Sunday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Telephone:  818.238.5330
Fax:  818.238.5336
32011 West Olive Avenue
P.O. Box 6459
Burbank, California 91510-6459

email: burbankaquatics@burbankca.gov 

 

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