Per the California Regional Stay Home Order, drowning prevention classes, including swim lessons, are an essential service. We are able to provide one-on-one private instruction or semi-private lessons for members of the same household. As an additional precaution, 8 feet of physical distancing must be maintained.
In compliance with the Temporary Targeted Safer at Home Order for Control of COVID-19 from the LA County Health Department and orders from the Pasadena Department of Public Health, group swim lessons are temporarily suspended effective December 1st. We will announce updated session dates and registration dates as soon as we can. We will honor eligibility for participation in pre-registration for those who were registered during the Holiday Session. Please check back for more information!
The water is a great equalizer amongst our diverse community and we want everyone to be able to enjoy the water safely. It is our mission to make sure that every person is water safe. Quality swim lessons save lives.
Until physical distancing restrictions ease up, instructors will be teaching from the pool deck, maintaining 8-foot distance at all times.
For more information or to register: Please call Swim Lessons Customer Service at (626) 564-0330 x 601.
Winter 1 Session – Tentative
January 4th – January 31st
Open Registration: TBD
Winter 2 Session
February 1st – February 28th
Open Registration: TBD
Due to pool space limitations, instructors will be teaching from the pool deck. Lesson participants must either be able to safely stand, be in the water independently or have a parent/guardian in the water with them.
We offer private lessons for our clients whose needs would be better met by one on one instruction. Private lessons allow our instructors to tailor lessons to their individual client’s needs.
Cost of private lessons: $42/half hour lesson
Providing consistency, reliability, and getting results is the hallmark of our private lessons program.
The Rose Bowl Aquatic Center believes that children and adults generally learn better in groups. We recommend and encourage group lessons. However, we do offer 30-minute private lessons by appointment only to children and adults whose needs would be better met by individual instruction. Private lessons clients will be matched up with an instructor that best meets the needs of each individual swimmer.
To schedule private lessons, a private lessons packet must be read, filled out, and returned to the Swim Lessons Department via email, fax, or in person. Once this packet is submitted to the Swim Lessons department, you may contact a coordinator to discuss the days and times available for scheduling. To obtain a private lesson packet please click on the link above or you can pick one up at the front desk.
All payments must be made through the Swim Lessons Department at the time of scheduling any private lessons. Private lessons may be purchased one month at a time. The payment is to reserve the time slot for the amount of lessons purchased. There are no guarantees that the time slot you purchase will be open for future months that have not been paid for.
Cancellations/ Rescheduling & Make-Ups
Cancellation of private lessons must be made 12 hours in advance. Make-up lessons may be scheduled if notification of an absence is made at least 12 hours in advance. In the case of a last minute cancellation due to illness, a doctor’s note will be needed to obtain credit for the missed class. In the event that any lessons were cancelled on behalf of the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center due to events or circumstances that were beyond our control (i.e., contamination, lighting) you will be entitled to a make-up lesson/s. Once you have scheduled private lessons and paid for them, no refunds will be issued. To cancel private lessons please call the Swim Lessons Customer Service at (626) 564-0330 ext. 411.
Procedures on Day of Lesson
Your instructor will be waiting for you on the pool deck. Please feel free to discuss details about your child’s lessons with your instructor at the end of the lesson. You may discuss how much longer private lessons may be necessary and when moving back into group lessons may be beneficial.
Due to pool space limitations, instructors will be teaching from the pool deck. Both lesson participants must be of the same household and must either be able to safely stand, be in the water independently or have a parent/guardian in the water with them.
Semi-private lessons are available to swimmers who are similar in age and swimming ability.
Cost of semi-private: $50/half hour lesson or $25/individual
In order to foster a life-long love for the water, it is vital for babies and toddlers to learn at their own pace. Practicing patience, building trust, and offering encouragement are the keys to your babies swimming success.
Experience tells us that babies will swim when they are ready. Our experienced instructors only teach safe, positive, and effective methods to teach parents and infants how to swim happily and safely!
Parent/Infant Swim Classes are for children 6-18 months old.
Parent Infant Beginner – Rubber Ducky
Infant must be 6 months old or be able to hold their head up on their own.
This level is a priceless parent infant bonding class that allows children to be stimulated in a new environment and eventually feel comfortable being in the water. Parents will learn to interact with their child safely in the water.
Parent Infant Intermediate – Baby Beluga
Child must be comfortable putting their face in the water on their own. Child must be able to blow bubbles voluntarily.
This level is a priceless parent infant bonding class, in which the infant already feels comfortable in the water. Parents will be encouraged to allow their infants to voluntarily put their face in the water and blow bubbles. An instructor will facilitate group activities that promote safe water exploration for infants.
Parent Preschool – Sea Otters
Entry Level Requirement: Child must be 18 months – 3 years old. Child must be showing signs of wanting to swim out of their parents hands when in the water.
This level is designed for avid toddlers that want to explore the water more freely while still having their parents by their side. They will be introduced to important swimming and survival skills. Depending on how receptive the toddler is, they may even begin to swim short distances on their own.
Preschool 1 Beginner – Pufferfish (Parent/guardian must be in the water with child)
No Entry Level Requirement
This level is designed to introduce the inexperienced or fearful child to the water.
Preschool 1 – Starfish (Parent/guardian must be in the water with child)
No Entry Level Requirement
This level is designed to help students feel comfortable in the water and to enjoy the water safely. Children will learn how to enter and exit the pool, hold their breath, blow bubbles, and put their face in the water. They will also learn to float on their belly, back and learn a front glide.
Preschool 2 – Seahorse (Parent/guardian must be in the water with child)
Entry Level Requirement: Child must be able to float on their belly unassisted and do a front glide for 5 feet.
This level introduces true locomotion skills. Children expand on their front glides to learn how to travel through the water without support. Breath control is introduced and taking a voluntary breath is practiced until mastered.
Preschool 3 – Clownfish (Parent/guardian must be in the water with child)
Entry Level Requirement: Child must be able to swim 10 feet unassisted and take one breath, then continue to swim.
The objective of this level is to increase confidence and water independence. Children will learn to come up for a breath independently and rhythmically. They will become comfortable with distance and deep water swimming. Change of direction is mastered and diving to the bottom of the shallow pool to retrieve an object is introduced. Children also learn how to enter and exit from the side of the pool deck.
Preschool 3 Endurance – Penguin (Parent/guardian must be in the water with child)
Entry Level Requirement: Child must be able to swim 15 feet unassisted with multiple breaths.
The objective of this level is to develop the endurance necessary for Preschool 4. Children will practice swimming 20-25 feet with multiple breaths. Children will be introduced to side breathing with assistance, rainbow arms with assistance, and kicking on their back with assistance.
Preschool 4 – Spotted Seal (Instructor will teach from the deck or in the water, maintaining 6-foot distance at all times).
Entry Level Requirement: Child must be able to comfortably swim 20 – 25 feet unassisted with multiple breaths.
This level is introduces the three strokes – Freestyle, Elementary Backstroke, and Backstroke. Treading water, recovery to a swimming position, and change of direction is mastered.
Preschool 5 – Dolphin (Instructor will teach from the deck or in the water, maintaining 6-foot distance at all times).
Entry Level Requirement: Child must be able to swim 25 yards of Freestyle and Backstroke correctly, comfortably, and without assistance. Child must be able to swim Elementary Backstroke comfortably. Child must be able to retrieve an object from a 5 foot depth without assistance.
The level refines the Freestyle and Backstroke technique. Endurance will increase as swimmers practice strokes in 50 yard increments. Breaststroke dolphin kicks, and treading water with an egg beater kick are introduced.
Preschool 6 – Hammerhead Shark (Instructor will teach from the deck or in the water, maintaining 6-foot distance at all times).
Entry Level Requirements: Child must be able to swim 50 yards of Freestyle and Backstroke. Child must be able to swim 25 yards of Breaststroke. Child is familiar with the butterfly kick. Child can tread water using an egg beater kick.
The objective of this level is to prepare students to join a formal swim team. The four competitive strokes are mastered: Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke, and Butterfly. Swim team prep such as racing starts, racing dives, and flip turns, will be covered.
School Age 1 – Turtle (Parent/guardian must be in the water with child)
No Entry Level Requirement
The objective of this level is to help students feel comfortable in the water and to enjoy the water safely. Children will learn how to enter and exit the pool safely, hold their breath, blow bubbles, and put their face in the water. They will learn how to float on their belly, float on their back, and how to do a front glide.
School Age 2 – Octopus (Parent/guardian must be in the water with child)
Entry Level Requirement: Child must feel comfortable submerging their face in the water. Child must be able to float on their belly unassisted and do a front glide for 5 feet.
The objective of this level is to introduce true locomotion skills. Since children already know how to glide, they can now travel through the water with the use of their arms and legs. They will learn how to flutter kick and swim with a basic paddle stroke. They will master floating on their belly and their back. They will continue to work on their front glide and will be taught how to back glide. They will practice treading water. Breath control and taking a voluntary breath is practiced until mastered.
School Age 3 – Manta Ray (Instructor will teach from the deck or in the water, maintaining 6-foot distance at all times).
Entry Level Requirement: Child must be able to comfortably swim 20 feet unassisted with multiple breaths. Child can do a front and back glide.
The objective of this level is to increase confidence and water independence. Change of direction and diving to the bottom of the shallow pool to retrieve an object is mastered. Students are introduced to aspects of Freestyle and Backstroke. Treading water, recovery to a swimming position, and change of direction are mastered. Water safety is achieved!
School Age 3 Endurance – Polar Bear (Instructor will teach from the deck or in the water, maintaining 6-foot distance at all times).
Entry Level Requirement: Child must be able to tread water. Child must be able to swim 30 feet using the ½ noodle doing rainbow arms. Child must be able to kick on their back using a kickboard or noodle for 30 feet.
The objective of this level is to develop the endurance necessary for School Age 4. Students will be taught to swim Freestyle and Backstroke without assistance. They will learn how to circle swim, and how to swim with fins. They will be taught a safety stroke (Elementary Backstroke) for in the event that they are too tired to finish the lap.
School Age 4 – Crocodile (Instructor will teach from the deck or in the water, maintaining 6-foot distance at all times).
Entry Level Requirements: Child must be able to swim 50 yards of Freestyle and Backstroke. Child must also be able to swim 25 yards of Elementary Backstroke.
The objective of this level is to allow students to develop their natural rhythm when swimming Freestyle and Backstroke. They will become comfortable with distance and deep water swimming. Students will be taught a new stroke: Breaststroke.
School Age 5 – Killer Whale (Instructor will teach from the deck or in the water, maintaining 6-foot distance at all times).
Entry Level Requirement: Child must be able to swim 100 yards of Freestyle and Backstroke with proper form. Child must be able to swim 50 yards of Breaststroke.
The objective of this level is to learn 2 new strokes: Sidestroke and Butterfly. Endurance and stamina will continue to increase as students practice swimming 100+ yards of each stroke. Treading water with an egg beater kick will be taught.
School Age 6 – Great White Shark (Instructor will teach from the deck or in the water, maintaining 6-foot distance at all times).
Entry Level Requirements: Child must be able to swim all 4 competitive strokes with proper form and efficient technique. Child must be proficient with deep water and distance swimming. Child must be able to tread water.
The objective of this level is to prepare students for a formal swim team. The four competitive strokes are mastered: Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke, and Butterfly. Swim team prep such as racing starts, racing dives, and flip turns will be covered.
Junior Adult Swim Lessons 13 to 17 years of age.
Classes are 60 minutes long!
No Entry Level Requirement
Whether a complete beginner or an experienced swimmer, this class allows teens to comfortably learn how to swim amongst their peers. As they build their confidence, they will master breath control, learn how to float, kick with proper form, and will eventually be taught true strokes.
Adult Swim Lessons 18 years of age and Up
Classes are 60 minutes long!
Adult – Beginner
No Entry Level Requirement
This class is designed to introduce the fearful or inexperienced adult to the water. Adults will learn how to relax and feel comfortable in the water. Once a certain level of comfort is achieved adults will be taught breath control, how to float on their belly and back, glide, and then progress to a basic paddle stroke. Freestyle will be taught and practiced until mastered. Adults will also learn to float on their back while kicking.
Adult – Intermediate/ Advanced
Entry Level Requirement: Adult must be able to comfortably swim 150 yards of Freestyle. Adult must also be able to float on their back while kicking. Adult must feel comfortable swimming in a depth where they are not able to stand on the pool floor.
This course covers refining Freestyle and increasing one’s endurance from 150 yards to 400+ yards of Freestyle. Adults will be taught a progression of new strokes: Backstroke, Breaststroke, and Butterfly. Adults will begin to develop more strength and power as they swim. Once the class starts swimming sets, they will learn open turns and flip turns. Water safety is achieved!
Triathlon Training – Beginner
No Entry Level Requirement
When training for the swimming portion of a triathlon, it is important to first feel comfortable in the water. This class will not only teach you how to feel comfortable, but will provide you with enough stroke proficiency to complete any desired distance. Typically, adults are most efficient when swimming Freestyle, so that stroke will be emphasized throughout the course of the class.
Triathlon Training – Intermediate/Advanced
Entry Level Requirement: Must have previously completed a triathlon.
This course is designed to provide Triathletes with an experienced coach while they train for their next Triathlon. Long distance swimming will be emphasized while the instructor breaks down everyone’s stroke so that they swim as efficiently as possible.
Levels are first separated by age, then by current skill set. We have the class level descriptions listed above under Group Lessons. We also offer free 5-10 minute assessments so that we can place patrons in the appropriate level. If you would like to schedule an assessment, please call (626)564-0330 ext.601 and ask to speak with either the Director of Swim Lessons or the Swim Lessons Coordinator.
To register for swim lessons we will need to create an account for you and your family. The account can be made online or over the phone by providing basic information. Patrons may register for a class online, or over the phone at (626)564-0330 ext. 601. We will need a form of payment to complete the registration and hold your spot. All major credit cards, cash, and checks are accepted. Full payment must be made at the time of registration.
Group lessons are a more economical option. Some children learn better in a group setting. Private lessons are aimed for those swimmers who learn better in a one-on-one setting or those with specific goals in mind.
There are no registration or membership fees.
Prices vary from session to session. The cost for each 30 minute lesson is $16.00 but we do charge for the full session in advance. Please look for the current swim times and prices online or at the front desk.
No, there are no discounts for siblings or twins.
Pre-Registration occurs 3 days prior to the Open Registration date. It is for those who are enrolled in the current session. Pre-Registration provides an opportunity to select classes before they open to the general public.
We offer lessons for children 6 months and older. The earlier a child is introduced to the water, the more comfortable he/she is likely to be in the water in the future.
All swimmers learn at their own pace. The more consistent the lessons are, the faster children will learn. Parents who use positive encouragement, especially if children are hesitant or show fear of the water, are key in helping their children learn to swim.
Children should swim two or more times a week. Consistency is key! The more opportunities your child has to practice, the faster they will learn.
It is best to swim year round. If children continue to swim year-round, they will have the best opportunity to build their swimming skills. If they take a break, their swimming skills will most likely regress.
On the first day of class, please arrive 15 minutes early. A Waiver of Liability must be signed at the time or registration for each individual who will be at the Center. Once you enter the Center, proceed to the locker rooms to shower off and use the restroom. We have chairs available to sit at during lessons. A designated waiting areas will be identified for swim lessons.
Yes. One parent/guardian per participant may be at the Center. Parents/guardians must remain on the pool deck in the designated space during their children’s entire swim lesson if they are not in the water with their child.
In the event a swimmer is not able to finish the session, once the lesson department is notified, the remaining days of the session will be credited toward their RBAC account. If there is a doctor’s note with dates the swimmer must be out of the water, then an RBAC credit will be issued toward the swimmer’s RBAC account.
Credits are offered if the swimmer cannot finish out the session, or if there is a doctor’s note. The doctor’s note must be on letterhead with the swimmer’s name and dates they cannot be in the water. We have a no refund policy.
Yes. If there is an instructor that you feel is a good fit for your child’s learning abilities you can request that teacher at the time of your next registration. The request is not a guarantee; however, if the instructor is available we will try to make that accommodation.
There is a set staff for our Private Lessons. These instructors have been at the center the longest and hold the highest levels of expertise. If you would like your group lesson instructor to teach private lessons for your child, this will only be possible if we are able to schedule the private lesson before or after one of their group lesson shifts.
Yes. If you can provide a letterhead document from the school stating the swimmer’s name and date of missed class due to being sent home sick from school we can provide a credit to your RBAC account for that day.
No. Instructors will offer information on your child’s level as it becomes necessary but we do not advise you switch levels midsession. It is more beneficial for your child to get extra practice increase endurance before moving to the next level.
Yes but it is important to mention that the only way to register someone off of a waitlist is if someone un-enrolls from that specific class. This happens on occasion but not very often. Rather, our recommendation would be to register for a class that is open. We offer many levels each half hour, so you should be able to register for a class either 30 minutes before or after your first choice of class. You can check availability with the office as frequently as you would like to see if the time you prefer is available. If it is, we will be able to assist you with transferring your class time.
No. Due to pool space we recommend that only one parent be in the water at a time with your child; however, if you would like to switch or take turns being in the water with your infant that is okay.
Yes. All infants and children who are not potty trained must have a swim diaper upon entering the water.
Lessons are taught in the recreational pool.
No. When classes are cancelled because of a contamination, a credit will be put onto your RBAC account to use towards future lessons. Make-ups are not allowed for classes cancelled because of a contamination.
No. Floatation devices are not permitted as they will not provide children with the ability to practice true swimming skills.
The swim lessons department offers $5 assessments to determine what level a patron should be placed in. After you complete the assessment, a $5 credit will be placed on your Rose Bowl Account. You will then be able to apply that credit towards your swim lesson registration. Missed assessments will not receive the credit. The assessment will be 5-10 minutes long. If you would like to schedule an assessment, please call (626)564-0330 ext. 601 and ask to speak with either the Swim Lessons Director or Coordinator.