Learn-to-Swim Program

The Edgar May Health and Recreation Center provides small group swimming lessons that allow participants to build confidence and attain skills in a safe and fun environment.  By maintaining low instructor-to-student ratios, swimmers are able to receive more individualized instruction and support.

All EdgarMay instructors are American Red Cross WSI certified.


Our next 5-week session of Youth Learn-to-Swim Lessons will begin September 8, 2020


Parent and Toddler Class


Parent and toddler classes are designed to help your toddlers develop swimming readiness and become comfortable in the water. Children must be at least 6 months old by the start date of the class to enroll. At least one parent must accompany their child in the water. Children who are not toilet-trained must wear a swim diaper (NO disposable or cloth diapers). 



The purpose of this class is to help students feel comfortable in the water. The student will lean basic water safety rules, submerging their mouth, nose and eyes underwater and picking up a submerged object. They will also learn supported swimming on their back and front, exhaling underwater and supported floating on their front and back.

Level 1: Learn-to-Swim Class

Tuesdays AND Thursdays @ 4pm

Saturdays @ 10am

The goal of this class is to overcome anxiety and learn proper breath control, comfort with submersion, independent floating on the stomach and back, independent kicking to and from the wall, roll to the back as a place of safety, and elementary backstroke.

Level 2: Fundamental Aquatic Skills

Tuesdays AND Thursdays @ 4:30 pm

Saturdays @ 10:30

The purpose of this class is to give students fundamental skills. This class teaches the student to move in the water with their head submerged. They will learn the front and back glide, treading water, bobbing in the water, the jellyfish float and using a combined stroke on front and back.

Level 3: Stroke Development

Tuesdays AND Thursdays @ 5:00 pm

Saturdays @ 11:00

This class will build on the skills learned in level 2. The student will perfect their front and back crawl, kneeling or standing dive and rotary breathing in a horizontal position. The student will also learn the survival and back float, the butterfly kick and body motion.

Pre-Swim Team:
Stroke Improvement

Tuesdays and Thursdays @ 5:30 pm

Saturdays @ 11:30 am

The purpose of this advanced class is to allow children to fine tune the four strokes, back and front crawl, breast stroke, and butterfly.  Students will continue to improve each part of the stroke including kicks, pulls, and head position.


Private swim lessons are offered to those individuals who desire the benefits of one-on-one aquatic instruction. Whether to improve specific techniques, gain overall confidence, or focus on more advanced skills, private lessons are tailored  to the individual. All instructors are certified by the American Red Cross.


The EdgarMay has private instructors available most days of the week.  Please email or call 802-885-2568 to schedule private lessons.

Thurdays mornings

If you are an adult who would like to learn to swim, improve your technique, or are afraid of the water, we have a class for you. We also offer lessons for adults on Thursday mornings (or by appointment).