Aquatic Programs

American red cross swim lessons @ Lions club pool

Review the swim lesson level descriptions below and register your child for the level you believe he/she is ready for. Testing is conducted during the first class to ensure all participants are in the correct class. Students advance during the session if skills are passed. Note: Some students need more than one session to complete level requirements. Lessons missed due to personal conflicts or inclement weather are not made up.


Level 1 - Introduction to Water Skills
Learn water entry and exit and build your comfort in the water. You will learn very basic skills, including how to submerge your head. You will feel comfortable in the water and enjoy the water safely!


Level 2 - Fundamental Aquatic Skills
Gain success with fundamental skills! You will retrieve objects underwater, demonstrate front/back glide and flutter kick without assistance, plus learn basic rhythmic breathing and turning over. 


Level 3 - Stroke Development
Build on the skills you learned in Level 2 with additional guided practice. You will learn to open your eyes under water, bob, dive, front crawl, back crawl, elementary backstroke kick and how to change direction. 


Level 4 - Stroke Improvement
Develop confidence in your strokes and improve other skills. Learn deep water bobbing, rotary breathing, diving from poolside, elementary backstroke, breaststroke and sidestroke kick, front crawl and back crawl endurance (25 yards) and how to turn at the walls. 


Level 5 - Stroke Refinement
Further coordinate and refine your strokes. Learn stride jump entry, underwater swimming, endurance swimming on front crawl, back crawl, side stroke, breaststroke (50 yards), butterfly kick and open turns. 


Level 6 - Swimming & Skill Proficiency
Refine your strokes so you swim with ease, efficiency, power and smoothness over greater distances.






During the fall, winter & spring, American Red Cross Swim Lessons are offered inside the H-F Racquet & Fitness Club in its four-lane lap pool. Levels 1-5, plus adult lessons and Parent & Tot programs, are available. Club membership is not required! For program details, call 708-799-1323 or visit the Club's website here.


Summer Aquatics Programs are held at:

Lions Club Pool

1041 Ridge Road, 708-799-2223

  • Large main pool and a tot pool
  • Sand playground area
  • NEW 3-chute waterslide
  • Completely ADA accessible
  • Grassy sunbathing area and shade umbrellas
  • Concession stand

The pool can be rented for private parties. For more information on how to reserve this location for your event, call 708-957-7275.