Waterloo Swim School Programs

Thank you for choosing Waterloo. Through our programming, your child will learn not only life-saving skills but also the ability to swim for fitness throughout his/her life. You are truly giving your child a chance to be fit for life.

We are excited to NOW be able to provide an indoor facility with a teaching pool for our Learn to Swim programs and then the ability to grow into our Olympic size pool to further improve swimming technique and endurance. Our teaching pool is maintained at a very comfortable 88*F while the training pool at 80*F.

Our Program was developed years ago based on getting results of kids to learn to swim. Over the years we have fine-tuned the classes to make improvements as we developed new methods and techniques for teaching swimming skills.

Each Learn to Swim and Stroke School class has four parts to it: Greeting, Warm-Up, Skill-work and Reward. Our instructors make sure each student feels welcome to the class and ready to learn new skills and/or grow current skills. Each class has multiple skills that need to be mastered prior to graduating to the next class. Each instructor has the capability to teach individual skills to each student in the class – so you might see each student working on different skills. Our reward system at the end of the class is for students that work hard and/or attempt new skills. We have found that this reward-based multi-skill class environment has yielded quicker results than solely focusing on one skill at a time.

Our Core Lesson Program is Weekly Classes

Weekly swim lessons build the foundation for a life-saving & lifelong skill. The more consistently your child swims, the faster and greater the progress. Your swimmer will gain skills and build strength while enjoying their lessons. Skills are learned over time as good habits are created. Waterloo teaches swimmers the correct techniques to prepare them for the next level.

A couple FAQ on our Weekly Lessons

  • All lesson classes are 30 minutes in length
  • We encourage swimmers to take a lesson at least once per week…with more than once per week to help your child’s progression
  • Your lessons start when you sign up. When you are ready to start lessons with Waterloo, then register.
  • Questions on which class, program or group – come in for an Evaluation. Scroll down HERE for the latest evaluation times.

Why Choose Waterloo Swimming?

  • We create a fun yet challenging environment for the swimmers to learn in
  • Trained instructors…this is what we do year round
  • Each level & lesson has multiple skills being taught…giving the swimmers a chance to progress in other areas besides just one skill
  • Indoors…warm pool…relaxing place for parents to wait…why not Waterloo?

Swimming Programs We Offer

Group Lessons

  • Waterloo Babies and Toddlers: For babies six months to 18 months, with an adult. For toddlers 18 months to three years with an adult.
  • Learn to Swim: Basic water safety and learn to swim unassisted on their front and back. We want the student to be comfortable in the water, have a beginning level of endurance for swimming, understand water safety.
    • Blue: For our very beginning swimmers over three years of age. We focus on teaching safety and developing a comfort for having their face in the water.
    • Orange: For beginning swimmers who can swim a short distance with their face and eyes down in the water. We continue to focus on confidence and developing lifesaving skills such as back floating and breathing skills.
    • White: For students who can get three breaths in a row, by themselves. We focus on really learning the freestyle and backstroke through arm stretching techniques, kicking and body positioning.
    • Novice 1: For students with a solid freestyle and backstroke skills. We work on over the water arm recovery, side breathing, and backstroke arms positioning. Breaststroke is introduced.
    • Beginning Lessons for Older Children For beginning swimmers over seven years of age.
  • Stroke School: Learn the four competitive strokes, racing starts, flip turns, and how to read clock.
    • Novice 2: For students who have the skill and endurance to swim 25 yards freestyle with side arm breathing, 25 yards backstroke and mastery of breaststroke.
    • Intermediate: For students who can swim 50 yards freestyle and backstroke; and 25 yards legal breaststroke. Continue to build endurance and technique and complete legal butterfly. Flip turns are introduced. Students will also learn how to read the pace clock. Upon completion, you have given your swimmer the gift of fitness for life in swimming. You may choose Swim Fit or Swim Team as your next program.
  • Blitz Lessons: These classes meet M-Th during specific weeks of the year. This can be a great way to jump start learning, work around vacation schedules, or provide a great refresher if your child has not been swimming year round. Please note that there are NO MAKE UPS for Blitz lessons, nor are passes given to the Family Fun Swim Night.

Private Lessons

Children learn a great deal from each other, so we generally recommend that children take group lessons. However, if you would prefer private lessons, we can set it up. Private lessons are $50 per thirty-minute lesson. You may buy a package of six lessons for $250. We also offer 30 minute private lessons with a USA Swimming coach for $75 per thirty minutes or a package of six lessons for $375.

Semi-Private Lessons

Two students per instructor. Semi-private lessons work best with two students who have the same swimming ability and are similar in age. You are responsible for providing the two students as we cannot guarantee the ability to find a second student of the same age and ability. The cost is $35/child per thirty-minute lesson, or a package of six lessons for $175 per child. We also offer 30 minute semi-private lessons with a USA Swimming coach for $50 per thirty minutes.

Adult Lessons

Private, Semi-Private and Group lessons available for customers over 15 years of age who want to learn how to swim or improve their swimming ability.

Learn to Swim Programs

Waterloo Babies and Toddlers

Programming for our Waterloo Babies classes is focused on developing and nurturing a positive bond between baby and the water. The class is offered to babies as young as 6 months and up to 18 months. Some goals and skills that will be presented to our newest swimmers are:

  • Comfort and desensitization in water
  • Parent and child communication in and around water
  • Blowing bubbles and submerging eyes, nose, mouth, and ears
  • Kicking legs to create propulsion
  • Floating on back with an uncompromised airway
  • Breath control and submersion

Programming for our Waterloo Toddlers classes is focused on developing safe water practices and independent skill building for our swimmers preparing for the next step of learning: independent group lessons. The class is offered to toddlers ages 18 months-36 months and some goals and skills that will be presented to our developing swimmers are:

  • Parent and Child communication in and around water
  • Bubbles, breath control, and independent submersion
  • Kicking legs for propulsion: focus on independent propulsion technique
  • Floating and sculling on back: focus on survival and exit identification
  • Safe Entry and Exit from pool
  • Comfort working with an instructor and responding to instructor cues
  • Group lesson preparedness: introduce structure and prepare for parent-less lesson

For more more information on these classes please visit our FAQ page.

Goal:
Foster fun and basic swim skills, preparing the child for independent lessons.

Group lessons
Ages six months to three years
Six swimmers and a parent per instructor
30 minute class
$20 per lesson, billed monthly

Blue

For our very beginning swimmers over three years of age. We focus on teaching safety and developing a comfort for having face in the water.
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Goals:

  • Unassisted, Safe Entry, Safe Exits
  • Blow bubbles on surface
  • Pick-Up Objects under Water
  • Swim a short distance (horizontal, face and eyes down) with splashy kick
  • Submersions
  • Independent back float for 10 seconds

Group lessons
Ages three years and older
Four students max
30 minute class
$20 per lesson, billed monthly

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Orange

For beginning swimmers who can swim a short distance with their face and eyes down in the water. We continue to focus on confidence and developing lifesaving skills such as back floating.

Goals:

  • Float on back for 20 seconds / Float on stomach for 5 seconds
  • Kick on back/stomach ten feet to instructor
  • Relaxed submersions for five seconds
  • Pop-up breathing and Rollover breathing; 3 in a row (each)

Group lessons
Ages three years and older
Prerequisite: Blue level skills
Four students max
30 minute class
$20 per lesson, billed monthly

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White

For students who can get three breaths in a row, by themselves. We focus on really learning the freestyle breathing and stroke through arm stretching techniques. We teach backstroke kicking and body positioning.
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Goals:

  • Kicking on stomach in streamline with side breaths, 20 feet
  • Swim Freestyle with breaths, 20 feet
  • Kicking on back in streamline, 20 feet
  • Swim backstroke, 20 feet
  • Two minute back float

Group lessons
Prerequisite: Orange Level Skills
Four Students Max
30 minute class
$20 per lesson, billed monthly

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Novice 1

For students with a solid freestyle and backstroke skills. We work on over the water arm recovery, side breathing, and backstroke arms positioning. Breaststroke is introduced. We focus on being relatively water safe by the child having the endurance to swim 25 yards and the ability to tread water for three minutes and float on their back for three minutes.

Goals:

  • Freestyle with side breathing, 25 yards
  • Backstroke swimming, 25 yards
  • Tread water for three minutes
  • Tread water for three minutes
  • Float on back for three minutes

Group lessons
Prerequisite: White Level Skills
Four Students Max
30 minute Class
$20 per lesson, billed monthly

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Stroke School Programs

Novice 2

For students who have the skill and endurance to swim 25 yards freestyle with side arm breathing and 25 yards backstroke. In Novice 2, we work on endurance and continue to teach mechanics for efficiency in freestyle and backstroke. Breaststroke technique is continued and butterfly kick is introduced.

Goals:

  • Side Breathing Freestyle, 50 yards circle swim
  • Backstroke Swimming, 50 yards
  • Legal Breaststroke swimming with glide, 25 yards
  • Legal Flip-turns

Group lessons
Prerequisite: Novice 1 Level Skills
Four Students Max
30 minute class
$20 per lesson, billed monthly

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Intermediate

For students who can swim 50 yards freestyle and backstroke; and 25 yards legal breaststroke. Continue to build endurance and technique and complete legal butterfly. Flip turns are introduced. Students will also learn how to read the pace clock. We expect students to move through this class rather quickly to decide on Fitness or Competition. Six students maximum per class.

Goals:

  • Three times 50 yard freestyle with side breathing, minimal rest
  • Three times 50 yard backstroke, minimal rest
  • 50 yard Breaststroke with glide
  • 25 yard legal Butterfly
  • Legal Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke, Butterfly
  • Legal Flip-turns and Open turns
  • Legal Racing start off blocks: Hands first, and body follows hands into the water. Streamline kick to the surface
  • Repeat 25 yards on a set interval, staying on pace and reading the clock
  • Lane etiquette: circle swimming, ready position, how to pass someone in front of you..etc

Group lessons
Prerequisite: Novice 2 Level Skills
Six Students Max
30 minute class
$20 per lesson, billed monthly

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Family Fun Swim Events

Waterloo Swimming offers Family Fun Swim Events throughout the year to give you another opportunity to enjoy the water with your family. We will have our toys available for your children to enjoy. Our Deck Managers and Instructors will be onsite to help organize pool games. They will also be around to help correct any skills your children may be practicing, though no formal lessons will take place during these events.

Participants must be registered and paid for at least one day prior to the scheduled date. If you have a voucher due to a missed class, please let us know you are coming at least one day before the Family Fun Swim Event.

Open to our Families and their Friends! Family friends must complete a liability waiver.

Cost is $5.00 per child with an adult swimmer. The maximum fee is $20/family.

Waterloo Swimming
12332 Ranch Road 620 N
Austin, Texas 78750

Phone: (512) 401-3404

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