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Swim Lessons


Swim Lessons

The City of Goodyear is offering Swim lessons taught by Starfish Aquatics Institute (SAI) certified instructors. This swim lesson program starts at age 3 and requires parent involvement. You can help by providing for your child's safety around water at all times, maintaining enthusiasm and a positive attitude about learning to swim, ensuring your child attends each swim lesson (unless they are sick), discussing and applying water safety rules and practicing the fundamental skills your child is learning in class. We encourage purchasing a swim lesson participation book for $5 at the time of registration. Swim lesson fee per session: $30 ($40 non residents) Please review CDC's recommendations on healthy swimming.


Assessments are mandatory for Swim Lesson participation. Please bring a swim suit and towel. Assessments take 5 to 10 minutes per child. Registration will not be accepted at the assessments. There is no charge for swim assessments.

Swim Lesson Session Dates

Session 1: May 28-June 7, Residents register May 20, open registration May 21-24
Session 2: June 10-June 21, Residents register June 3, open registration June 4-7
Session 3: June 24-July 5, Residents register June 17, Open registration June 18-21
Session 4: July 8-July 19, Residents register July 1, Open registration July 2-5
Session 5: July 22-August 2, Residents register July 15, Open registration July 16-19
NEW!! Session 6: Saturdays only, August 17-September 21, Residents register August 5, Open Registration August 6-13
NEW!! Session 7: Saturdays only, September 28-November 2, Residents register September 16, Open Register September 17-24

Level Descriptions

Lessons are organized by age and ability. The Starfish Swimming is divided into the Swim School and Stroke School. The Starfish Swimming program is a benchmark program where participants must complete a safety benchmark and swim skill benchmark to progress in the program. Please see level breakdown below.

Starfish Swim School

(3 – 5 yrs, 5 – 8 yrs)

Starfish Stroke School 

(5 – 8 yrs, 9 – 12 yrs, 13 – 17 yrs, 18 )

White/Red: trust, submersion, body position

Red/Yellow: body position, air recovery

Yellow/Blue: forward movement, direction change

Blue/Green: rotary movement    

White Stage: freestyle, introduction to backstroke

Red Stage: backstroke, introduction to butterfly

Yellow Stage: butterfly

Blue Stage: breaststroke

Green Stage: endurance/swim team


At the end of each session instructors will issue your child a certificate of participation. On the back of the certificate will be a list of skills and benchmarks skills. The instructor will document the participant’s progress throughout the session and let you know if/when your child is ready to move up to the next level. Parents please discuss your child’s progress before registering for the next session. The safety and swim benchmark must be successfully completed before moving on.


No refunds, changes or transfers will be made 3 days prior to the 1st class of each session.  Make-ups will not be issued for absents (due to illness, vacation, etc.) or pool closures (due to weather or any unsafe condition caused by swimmers).


Last updated: 09/16/13

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City of Goodyear • 190 N. Litchfield Road • Goodyear AZ 85338 • Phone 623-932-3910 • Toll-Free 1-800-872-1749
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