Swim Lessons

Arena Sports Swim

Group Swim Lessons: Sea Otters (6 yrs) through Sharks (7-13 yrs)  – August 31st – October 25th
Fall registration is open! Instructor to student ratio is 2:1. Tadpoles, Ducklings and Turtles will NOT be offered. 

Private Lessons Now Available
Private lessons are available for all ages. Request your private swim time by filling out the form below.

Pre-Competitive Lessons – Registration is Open
Our Pre-Competitive lessons will help prepare your child for swim team. We are offering some new class times. View the schedule below. 

  • Come prepared to swim, as showers are closed until further notice and locker rooms are only available for bathroom use. We will have minimal access for changing after lessons.
  • Check in at the Issaquah Fitness front desk.
  • Spa, hot tub, saunas and steam rooms are closed until further notice.
  • Family swim is not available.
  • Staff will be cleaning the facility with hospital-grade disinfectant throughout the day and thorough cleanings will be done each evening.
  • We have modified the facility flow and equipment spacing to ensure that everyone has ample space.
  • We will be doing daily wellness checks of our staff members.
  • Instructors will be wearing face coverings and PPE, in accordance with government guidelines.
  • We have upgraded our pool’s UV disinfecting system to one that kills 99.99% of all bacteria and pathogens.
  • Masks are required for everyone ages 5 and older while not in the pool. 

Our unique curriculum is designed to teach the fundamentals of swimming in a fun, safe environment. You’ll experience low ratios and personal attention from our enthusiastic instructors. Join us in our beautiful, heated pool for group, private, semi-private or pre-competitive classes. Arena Sports Swim Lessons are perfect for all ages and abilities! 

  • 4:1 ratio (Swimmer: Instructor)

  • 25-minute lessons

  • 8-week sessions – attend one lesson per week

  • Toddler ages: 6 months – 3.5 years

  • Preschool ages: 3.5 – 6 years

  • Youth ages: 6 – 13 years

  • 45-minute to 1-hour lessons

  • Lessons are 1-7 days a week (summer session only)

  • Levels available: beginner, intermediate and advanced

  • Prepares swimmers for a swim team

  • Learn swim competition regulations and expectations

  • An assessment is required by our Pre-Comp coaches or a swim manager

  • 1-on-1 with instructor

  • 8-week sessions

  • Open enrollment through out the session

  • 30-minute lessons

  • Schedule frequently changes

  • 2-on-1 with instructor

  • 8-week sessions

  • Open enrollment throughout the session

  • 30-minute lessons

  • Offered 7 days a week (depending on instructor’s availability)

  • Participants must be close in age with similar swim abilities

Want to continue to practice your swimming skills in our beautiful, heated pool? Ask about an Arena Sports Family Swim Punch Pass. Get 20 visits for a discounted rate!

Teaching Confidence One Lesson at a Time

Try A Free Class

Wondering if Arena Sports Swim is the right fit for you? Give us a try! New customers can sign up for a free class to experience the program firsthand. We think you’re going to love it!

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Register Today

We have open enrollment so you can register any time using our convenient, online process.

Summer: July 20th – August 30th

Summer Schedule

Fall: August 31st – October 25th

Fall Schedule
Group/Pre-Competitive Registration
Private/Semi-Private Registration

Make-Up A Class

Missed a swim class? No problem! We understand life gets a little busy. Make-up classes are available during the session. Simply go online, select your class type, preferred location and an available day and time.

Schedule a Make-Up Class

Group Swim Lesson Class Descriptions

tadpole

Tadpoles
Parent/Toddler

Introduce your child to the water and gain comfortability. We will practice the fundamentals of swimming through song-singing and games. This class has an instructor guiding you and your child through the class. We encourage all parents to have: closeness, skin contact, eye contact, smiles and enthusiasm with their little swimmers! This will help in gaining trust in the water.

ducks

Ducklings
Preschool Level 1

The goal of Preschool 1 is to introduce your child to the water and develop the fundamentals of swimming, independently from their caretaker. In Preschool 1, we will focus on the foundation to their swimming such as bubbles (breath control), floating, kicking and gliding with assistance. Safety and fun is an important element and learning how to be safe when they are around water in the community.

turtle

Turtles
Preschool Level 2

The goal of Preschool 2 is to start building up on their swimming foundation. They will begin to independently perform basic fundamental skills such as floating, kicking and gliding. In Preschool 2, swimmers will begin to do their combined arm strokes and leg actions, on their front and also introducing new strokes such as elementary backstroke and backstroke.

otter

Sea Otters
Preschool Level 3

The goal for Preschool 3 is to develop an independent and efficient preschool swimmer. In this level, they will master the front crawl stroke, elementary backstroke, and backstroke. They will also be introduced to whip kick and dolphin kick, transitioning into more advanced strokes.

stingray

Sting Rays
Preschool Level 4

The goal for Preschool 4 is to gain skill and technique towards further distances and endurance swimming. This class will prepare swimmers for intermediate youth level classes, through side breathing of the pool width and backstrokes by themselves. They will be introduced to new strokes such as breaststroke and butterfly.

orcas

Orcas
Youth Level 1

Our goal for Youth level 1  is safety and swimming fundamentals. Your child will be introduced to the water through fun and games. In this level they will practice swimming fundamentals such as bubbles (breath control), floating, kicking and gliding. Developing comfortability and confidence will be the main focus of this level for your child.

penguins

Penguins
Youth Level 2

Our goal for Youth level 2  is safety and swimming fundamentals. In this level your child will be introduced to front stroke and side breathing techniques, breaststroke kicks and dolphin kicks. They will also continue to master the front and back floats, elementary backstroke, and backstroke independently.

dolphin

Dolphins
Youth Levels 3-4

Our goal for Youth Levels 3 and 4 is stroke development. They will learn basic skills to begin building on a foundation for advanced swimming. In this level, they will be introduced to side breathing, breaststroke, elementary backstroke, backstroke, and butterfly, also building on endurance for swimming farther distances.

shark

Sharks
Youth Levels 5-6

Our goal for Youth Levels 5 and 6 is that swimmers will join this class with a basic understanding of all the strokes. The instructor will build on what they have already learned and perfect their stroke, with the end objective of this class as joining our PRE-COMPETITION swim class.

swimmer

Pre-Competitive

This class prepares your swimmer for swim team by learning regulation and legal expectations during a swim competition.

Group Swim Lesson Class Descriptions

Arena Sports Swim Lessons - Tadpoles Group Class Level

Tadpoles (6 months – 3 years)
Parent/Toddler

Introduce your child to the water and gain comfortability. We will practice the fundamentals of swimming through song-singing and games. This class has an instructor guiding you and your child through the class. We encourage all parents to have: closeness, skin contact, eye contact, smiles and enthusiasm with their little swimmers! This will help in gaining trust in the water.

Arena Sports Issaquah Swim Lessons - Ducklings Group Swim Level

Ducklings (3 – 6 years)
Preschool Level 1

The goal of Preschool Level 1 is to introduce your child to the water and develop the fundamentals of swimming independently from their caretaker. In Preschool Level 1, we will focus on the foundation of swimming using bubbles (breath control), floating, kicking and gliding with assistance. Safety and fun are important elements, as well as learning how to be safe when they are around water in the community.

Arena Sports Swim Lessons - Turtles Group Swim Class Level

Turtles (3 – 6 years)
Preschool Level 2

The goal of Preschool Level 2 is to start building on their swimming foundation. They will begin to independently perform basic fundamental skills such as floating, kicking and gliding. Beginning on their front side swimmers will begin their combined arm strokes and leg actions. Then we will introduce new strokes like the elementary backstroke and backstroke.

Arena Sports Issaquah Swim Lessons - Otters Group Swim Level

Sea Otters (3 – 6 years)
Preschool Level 3

The goal for Preschool Level 3 is to develop an independent and efficient preschool swimmer. In this level, they will master the front crawl stroke, elementary backstroke and backstroke. They will also be introduced to whip kick and dolphin kick, transitioning into more advanced strokes.

Arena Sports Issaquah Swim Lessons - Stingray Group Swim Level

Sting Rays (3 – 6 years)
Preschool Level 4

The goal for Preschool Level 4 is to gain skill and technique towards further distances and endurance swimming. This class will prepare swimmers for intermediate youth level classes through side breathing (pool width) and backstrokes by themselves. They will be introduced to new strokes such as breaststroke and butterfly.

Arena Sports Swim Lessons - Orcas Group Swim Level

Orcas (7 – 13 years)
Youth Level 1

Our goal for Youth Level 1 is safety and swimming fundamentals. Your child will be introduced to the water through fun games. In this level they will practice bubble blowing (breath control), floating, kicking and gliding. Developing comfortability and confidence will be the main focus for your child.

Arena Sports Issaquah Swim Lessons - Penguins Group Swim Level

Penguins (7 – 13 years)
Youth Level 2

Our goal for Youth Level 2  is safety and swimming fundamentals. In this level your child will be introduced to front stroke, side breathing techniques, breaststroke kicks and dolphin kicks. They will also continue to master the front and back floats, elementary backstroke and backstroke independently.

Arena Sports Issaquah Swim Lessons - Group Swim Lesson Level Dolphins

Dolphins (7 – 13 years)
Youth Level 3-4

Our goal for Youth Levels 3 and 4 is stroke development. They will learn basic skills to begin building a foundation for advanced swimming. They will be introduced to side breathing, breaststroke, elementary backstroke, backstroke and butterfly.  Kids will also build endurance for swimming farther distances.

Arena Sports Issaquah Swim Lessons - Group Swim Lesson Level Sharks

Sharks (7 – 13 years)
Youth Level 5-6

Our goal for Youth Levels 5 and 6 is that swimmers will join this class with a basic understanding of all the strokes. The instructor will build on what they have already learned and perfect their stroke. The end objective of this class is joining our Pre-Competitive swim class.

Arena Sports Swim Lessons - Pre-Competitive Swim

Pre-Competitive (6 – 13 years)

This class prepares your swimmer for swim team. They’ll learn regulations and expectations of competitive swimming.

Arena Sports Swim FAQ’s

Group lesson participants are required to check in the first week only. Private lesson participants are required to check in every week. On the first day of class please arrive on the pool deck about 5 minutes early for classes in order to meet your instructor and find out where in the pool your class will be. You will need to know what level you are enrolled in and what time it starts. Once on the pool deck, look for signs and the Aquatic Lead staff to direct you to where your class is. There will be an Aquatic Lead  available during lessons to answer any questions you might have.

Please plan enough time before your lesson to give your child a snack and use the bathroom. Lack of doing so can affect your child’s participation and can cause them to be cold in the water.

Due to a high demand of towels, we are not able to provide towels unless you are an Issaquah Fitness member. Please remember to bring your own towel when you attend swim lessons.

Please stay seated on the benches against the wall during group lessons. This is meant to benefit your child’s swim lessons as well as their peers. Minimizing their distractions helps the teacher build a relationship with them, and can also take away their “audience” if they are struggling in class. Please do not move the benches; they have been placed in specific locations to maintain fire/emergency evacuation standards.

If your child is crying during class, we ask that you do your best to remain seated or even move yourself out of your child’s line of sight. We may ask you to leave the pool area to help get your child engaged in class. If your child is struggling during class, we recommend you give them options before arriving at the pool. Option A: “This is what I need to see if you want mommy/daddy to stay and watch.” Option B: “If you can’t do these things, mommy/daddy will have to sit in the locker room until your class is over, but I will be right back when class is done.”

Parents and caretakers, please avoid the following:

    • Do not stare worriedly at your child from your seat
    • Do not offer bribes
    • Please do not feel guilty for your upset child, all of our instructors are trained to work with upset children
    • Do not stop lessons completely because your child cried in the beginning
    • Do not be scared for your child
  • Do not hold their hand, wipe their face or give extra attention when they are upset in class

Instead, what you can do:

    • Prepare your child for the swimming experience before arriving at the pool
    • Sing songs from swim lessons and use the same specific swimming vocabulary when at the pool or in the bath
    • Visit the pool before swim lessons to watch other classes
  • Constantly offer support before and after lessons (but not during, this could reinforce undesired behaviors)
  • Swim Suit
  • Goggles are allowed but not required for Preschool-Youth Levels
  • Goggles are required for Youth 5-6 Sharks class and for Pre-Competitive
  • Please be sure to bring your own towel as Issaquah Fitness has limited towels for swim lesson participants.
  • Flip flops, deck shoes, shower shoes – nice, but not necessary
  • Swim diaper with protective cover is required, if student is not potty trained
  • Group lesson participants are required to check in the first week only. Private lesson participants are required to check-in every week.
  • Parents are asked to please sit on the benches and to not disrupt swim class. The instructor may ask you to leave the pool area for the swim lesson if they feel it will benefit your child’s lesson.
    • Children may not play/swim on the stairs before or after swim lessons unless it is family swim and their parent is in the water with them.

  • Swimmers must be 7 years or older to sit in the hot tub. Swimmers under the age of 3 years MAY NOT sit on the top stair OR put their feet in the hot tub. This is a Washington State health code violation. (During family swim times only)

  • If child is under 18, they must pass a swim test to be in pool without parent

If child passes swim test:

  • Between 8-17 years old, children must either pass a swim test or stand flat footed to be without a guardian. If the guardian is allowed to leave the pool deck, THEY MUST sign the Minor consent form.
  • Between 12 -17 years old (parent must communicate to Lifeguard, Front Desk or Aquatics Lead where the parent will be in case of an emergency). If a child under 17 doesn’t meet these criteria, a parent must be in the water and within arms reach.
  • Children under the age of 8, must have a parent on the pool deck at all times.

Parents are not allowed to leave the pool deck during swim lessons. To enjoy family swim after swim lessons, you must be an Issaquah Fitness member or have purchased a pass as an Arena Sports member. All children 8 years of age or older who have passed the swim test for Family Swim may have a parent/guardian 18 years of age or older sign them out on our “Minor Sign Out Sheet,” but you must stay in the facility. For all other rules and guidelines, please see our complete list located on our pool deck.

Please supervise your children in the locker rooms at all times. It is important to us that we are considerate of all members in the club. Placing belongings in lockers, picking up wet towels, respecting others’ privacy while they are changing can all contribute to this.

Group Lessons:

Make-ups are based on availability of your child’s current level, we do not allow makeup classes the first week of the session and must be made up during the current session they are enrolled in.

Private/Semi-Private Lessons:

Make-ups for privates are dependent on both the availability of the instructor as well as the student. You must make up the class within the current session. A notice of at least 24 hours in advance is required.

Dive-In Movie Night

Experience the pool in a whole new way! Float and swim with friends and family while enjoying a hand-picked kid’s-movie on the big screen. Pre-register at least 24 hours in advance at the front desk, online or give us a call at (425) 313-3131.

Details

  • Available for kids of all ages
  • $35+tax per family
  • Includes two slices of pizza and a water bottle
  • Pizza served at 6:00pm
  • Movie starts at approximately 6:25pm

Upcoming Dates & Movies

  • TBD