Swim Lessons

Swim Lesson Information

Group swim lessons are offered at the outdoor Ranch House Pool in two-week sessions from June – August each summer. Lessons are offered between 10am – 12pm on Mondays – Thursdays with Friday as a make-up day for inclement weather. The 2019 swim lesson schedule will be posted in the spring. A sample lesson schedule from 2018 is included below. Please note that these times and dates will change slightly for 2019.

Sample Swim Lesson Schedule (from 2018)

You can register online for group swim lessons. Sign up for an open course to secure your spot. If your first choice of lessons is not available, check into other times for the same level to secure a spot in the course. If you are unable to participate in any desired course, place your name on the wait list. KCRMD will add courses if there is sufficient demand and staff are available. The wait list will be watched closely to add classes where needed and/or options provided to those on the wait list when and where space is available.

Swim Lesson Descriptions

Parent Tot – Ages 6 months up to 3 years
Our smallest swimmers will develop comfort in the water in a fun family environment. For ages 6 months to 3 years with a parent/guardian. Infants and toddlers will play games, sing songs, and develop basic skills to prepare them to swim on their own. Child must attend class with a responsible individual 16 years or older, one child per adult. Swim diapers are mandatory.


Guppies 3-5
For children who are ready to explore the water on their own! Your guppies will play games while working on basic water skills to help them become more comfortable and safe in the water away from their parents or guardians. Advancement from the Guppies level involves entering the water, following simple instructions from the instructor, blowing bubbles, and floating and kicking on their front and back with assistance.


Turtles 3-5
Turtles will build their swimming skills by continuing to practice their Guppy skills, learning proper entry and exit from the water, putting their face in the water, simple arm strokes on their front and back, and submerging their head.



Clownfish 3-5
Clownfish will start to move around the pool more during their lessons as they learn to monkey crawl on the wall, float without assistance on their front and back, submerge their head to retrieve underwater objects, kick on their front and back without assistance, and work further on simple arm strokes.



Octopus 5-12
Getting bigger and increasing their swimming abilities, our Octopus group will work hard with instructors to master many skills, including front and back floats, glides, coordinated arm and leg movements for front crawl and backstroke for 10 yards, flutter kicking 25 yards, and jumping in from the side to swim to the instructor. Octopus students will be introduced to breathing techniques, whip kick, and elementary backstroke. Has your little one mastered these Octopus skills? They are ready to become a dolphin!

Dolphins 5-12
Exploring the water more and more, our Dolphin class will focus on refining several skills while being introduced to new ones on the way. To graduate from the Dolphin level your swimmer will be able to complete a variety of skills including jumping into deep water from the pool deck and the diving board, swimming 25 yards front crawl, 25 yards backstroke, 10 yards elementary backstroke, 10 yards of breaststroke, 25 yards dolphin kick, and treading water proficiently.

Sharks 5-12
The Sharks are the big fish in our pools! This level focuses on building a well-rounded swimmer by developing their abilities and enhancing individual stroke proficiencies. To complete the Sharks level, swimmers will be able to dive off the deck from kneeling and standing positions, swim 50 yards of front crawl and backstroke, swim 25 yards of breaststroke, and swim 10 yards of butterfly.

Please note that it is common for students to repeat levels before moving up. Class levels may be combined based on enrollment numbers. Instructors will teach to the abilities of each student. Classes may be cancelled if minimum enrollment is not met.

Private & Semi-Private Swim Lessons

Perhaps your swimmer requires one on one or smaller class size to learn to swim. Private and semi-private lessons provide an opportunity for your swimmer to work closely with an instructor on the swimmer’s specific needs. Arrange your lesson with a swimming instructor you are familiar with or contact Sara Heisdorffer at sarah@kcranch.org. or 303-979-4070. Private and semi-private lessons are available at all three KCRMD pools. Please purchase private lessons at the Ranch House or Community Center before the lesson.

Private Swim Lessons
Resident: $24 per half-hour
Non-Resident: $30 per half-hour

Semi-Private Swim Lessons
(for 2+ swimmers of similar skill level)
Resident: $15 per half hour, per participant
Non-Resident: $20 per half hour, per participant

For more information on swim lessons, contact Sara Heisdorffer at sarah@kcranch.org. or 303-979-4070.

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