Updated Policies and Procedures due to COVID-19 Pandemic
Please click here to view our new safety measures when entering Dublin Community Recreation Center.
Masks are required to be worn when entering, exiting and walking through the facility. Masks are not permitted to be worn in the swimming pools.
Please arrive to swim lessons ready to swim. Showers and water fountains will not be open and limited space is available in the locker rooms for changing. However, restrooms will be available.
Swim instructors will be required to wear a mask while teaching from pool deck. If instructors need to enter the water to demonstrate skills, participants will be asked to move to the wall while the instructor demonstrates.
To ensure physical distancing is occurring within the class and the surrounding area, all participants in levels 1 -3 must have a parent/guardian/care-giver in the water to help enforce physical distancing from others and aid with skills being taught.
Each swim lesson participant will be provided his or her own swim lesson equipment that will be physically spaced on the wall and sanitized before and after each class.
Due to the limited capacity on the pool deck, Levels 4, 5 and Adult are only permitted one parent/guardian/care-giver, per swim lesson participant. Observers will be permitted to sit on one of the benches located behind the class spot in the lap pool area. Each participant will have a bench to leave belongings on while in swim lessons.
Additional observers will not be permitted for Parent and Child through Level 3 swim lessons. Only the parent/guardian/care-giver participating in the course with the child may attend.
During swim lessons, in the Leisure pool only, there will be no open swim permitted. Each household will have a bench or chair to leave belongings on while in swim lessons.
Instructor to student ratios will be closely monitored to ensure the safety of all participants and quality programming. To ensure physical distancing is occurring within the class and the surrounding area, class ratios have been reduced to the following:
- Parent/Child Levels 2-3: 1 instructor:5 pairs
- Levels 1 -3: 1 instructor:2 pairs
- Levels 4, 5 and Adult: 1 instructor:4 participants
*Pairs indicated will require a parent/guardian/care-giver in the water to help aid with skills of swimmer and enforce physical distancing from other participants.
Swim lesson sessions will be four weeks in length, meeting once a week. Class lengths have been adjusted to better align with facility time blocks to ensure cleaning/disinfecting is occurring between each class.
- Parent/Child Levels 2-3 and Preschool Levels 1-3: 30 minutes with 15 minutes of exploration
- Learn to Swim Levels 1 – 5 and Adult: 45 minutes
*During exploration time, parent/guardian/care-giver will be able to work on skills learned or play games with their swimmer within their designated class space. Instructor will be present to assist and provide feedback to participants.
Due to our updated safety measures, lesson ratios, more individualized teaching and program length fees will be the following per session:
- Resident and School District $54.00
- Non-Resident $66.00
Update Jan. 25, 2021 — The winter 1 swim lessons have been canceled due to the extended Stay-At-Home Advisory issued by Franklin County Public Health and Columbus Public Health.
Check back for future opportunities.
Having more than 20 years’ experience offering year-round swim lessons, we continually strive to be the best swim program in central Ohio. Our instructors go through over 32 hours of intensive classroom and in-water training before taking an exam to be certified as a Water Safety Instructor through the American Red Cross. Additionally, all instructors are CPR certified and BCI background checked. Our instructors are regularly assessed through in-service trainings to ensure lesson quality and consistency.
The mission of City of Dublin Aquatics is to serve the community by providing facilities that exceed industry standards in safety, and premier programming for our residents. Drowning prevention is key to our mission. By working with the American Red Cross we provide a standard of excellence in teaching children and adults water safety.
Where to Begin?
To determine the best starting point in our program, we encourage parents to complete an online assessment. Those who wish to have an in-water assessment can contact our Aquatics Programs Coordinator at 614.410.4597 to schedule an assessment.
Instructor to student ratios are closely monitored to ensure the safety of all participants and quality programming.
Swim lesson sessions are either seven or eight classes in length. Participants meet one time a week during the school year and two or four times a week during the summer.
- Parent/Child & Preschool Classes: 30 minutes
- Learn To Swim Classes: 45 minutes
- Adult Classes: 1 hour
Parent and Child
Age: 6 months – 3 years
Ratio: Levels 1, 2, 3 – 1:15; Level 4 – 1:4
Levels 1 – 4: Familiarize young children with the water and prepare them for the American Red Cross Preschool courses. These levels are not designed to teach children to swim or to survive in the water on their own but to get them acclimated with water.
Age: 3 – 5 years
Level 1 Swimmers learn the basics of swimming including bobbing, going underwater and jumping in. While being supported in the water, participants will also learn front and back floating, rolling over from front to back and back to front, gliding, flutter kick and front crawl arms.
Level 2 Builds on the basic aquatic skills learned in level 1, including more advance skills such as arm and leg action, and treading.
Level 3 Increases proficiency on basic aquatic skills learned in levels 1 and 2. Provides additional guided practice with increased distances and times.
Learn To Swim
Age: 6 – 14 years
Ratio: Levels 1 & 2 – 1:6; Level 3,4,5 – 1:8
Levels 1-3 See descriptions for Preschool Levels 1-3.
Level 4 This level takes place in the deep end of our competition pool, focusing on the improvement of freestyle breaststroke and backstroke. Basics on how to perform butterfly will be introduced.
Level 5 Swimmers are challenged with stroke refinement as well as endurance enhancement of strokes learned in level 4.
Designed to introduce the inexperienced or fearful adult to become more comfortable in and around the water. Swimmers will learn how to float and to start using combined arm and leg actions.
Building from Adult level 1, swimmers will develop confidence and endurance as novice swimmers and will be introduced to backstroke and breaststroke. For continuation of stroke refinement and endurance, please refer to our Healthy brochure for additional programs.
Adaptive Aquatics Program
Our adaptive aquatics program focuses on water safety, self-confidence, and other physical developmental skills. These classes are taught in a non-competitive environment, and each child progresses at his or her own pace. These classes are geared for children between 5 – 14 years of age with special needs, and we request that all participants be accompanied in the water by a parent or provider. Those interested in registering must call Jodi Shealy at 614.410.4574 for an inquiry of needs.
Notes for Online Swim Registration
Registration for all aquatic lessons is first come, first served using direct online registration, or in person registration at the DCRC on the dates listed. Payment is required at time of registration. We strongly suggest that you print a receipt when you register online. Direct online registration offers participants’ fast and convenient registration results. Registering for an alternative class if you can’t get into your first choice is encouraged, as space and numbers of instructors are limited.
- Keep your brochure close by when enrolling on-line. You will need a class schedule as found online or the brochure, so you have the correct program number.
- Incorrect household information may cause registration difficulties. Should you experience errors due to incorrect ages of your child or other household information, call 614-410-4550 to update your household information, then try again.
- To check the status of your enrollment, follow the instructions on the online registration information page.
Payment is due upon registration. You must use a Visa, MasterCard or Discover when registering online. If you prefer to use cash or check you must come to the DCRC to register. Please confirm the amount at the front desk. If you cannot attend your class you will receive a refund, minus a $15 administration fee, if requested before the deadline for that term. All other refund requests require a physician’s note and approval from the Aquatics Supervisor. To be placed on the wait list you must call 614-410-4550 or come to the DCRC and pay to be placed on the list. All efforts are made to get you into a class. Refunds are processed three weeks after the term begins to those who cannot be accommodated.
Please check the dates on the swim lesson schedule to determine if you are eligible for a refund. After the refund deadline you will only receive a refund with a doctor’s note that states your child cannot attend classes due to medical reasons. All refunds are charged a $15 administrative fee. Those who are on the waitlist will not be charged the $15 administrative fee.
In order to provide the best learning environment we suggest that family members observe swim lessons from the observation deck located off the upper level track. This allows for less distraction for students and provides a more comfortable environment for spectators. If you find your child continually trying to interact with you during their class, we encourage you to move out of the immediate area so that their attention remains focused on their instructor.
No make-up classes are offered for lessons missed by participants. If we must cancel a class, for any reason, every effort will be made to offer a makeup.
Inclement Weather Policy
DCRC facilities will maintain normal operating hours unless directed otherwise by the City Manager. All DCRC class/activity schedules will coincide with Dublin City Schools. Whenever schools are released early, all evening classes at the DCRC are cancelled. When school is cancelled, all daytime DCRC classes are cancelled, and a decision regarding evening classes (those after 5 p.m.) will be made by 3 p.m. Please call the Information Hotline at 614-410-4946, to find out about evening classes. All attempts will be made to make up missed classes, but there may not be enough time to do so.