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Community Education offers swimming activities for all ages, interests and abilities. Safety is our first priority and lifeguards are on duty for all Community Education aquatic activities. Our online catalog features course information, including class descriptions, locations, schedules and fees. We are proud to be partnering with American Red Cross, American Safety and Health Institute and Make a Splash.

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Questions? Call 952-431-8777 or email

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Learn to love to swim!
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We're hiring! Training available.
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Develop your competitive swimming skills.
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Log rolling: experience the fun and challenge!

Swim Lessons for All Ages

Learn to Love to Swim: Swim Lessons for All Ages and Abilities

Learn to swim in District 196 Community Swim Lessons. Our caring and dedicated instructors are Red Cross-trained to help you and/or child enjoy developing swimming and water safety skills in our positive learning environment. Community Swim Lessons are offered for children ages six months and older, teens and adults. Lessons are also available in formats for youth with special needs and in a women-only format.

Course descriptions and comparisons to other swim lesson programs

Key elements of learning include

  • Effective lesson planning
  • Teaching techniques appropriate to students’ abilities including explanations, demonstrations, and skill practice
  • Balanced group and individual practice time
  • Individual attention to students with positive and constructive feedback

Instructors and Aides are trained in

  • Principles of water safety
  • Sciences of hydrodynamics and exercise physiology
  • Principles of motor learning
  • Proper techniques for swimming and diving
  • Effective skill progressions to teach swimming and diving
  • Class management and teaching techniques

Well-rounded curriculum includes

  • Basic skills for water adjustment
  • Four competitive strokes: Front Crawl (Freestyle), Back Crawl (Backstroke), Breaststroke and Butterfly
  • Two resting strokes: Elementary Backstroke and Sidestroke
  • Other skills including: Safety skills, treading water, surface dives, underwater swimming, diving, and competitive starts and turns

Open Swims/Log Rolling

Bring your friends and family for fun in the pool at Open Swim. Locker rooms are available for changing. Women-only swim environment is also available.

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Open Swim Guidelines

  • Family rate applies to parents/guardians and children. This rate does not apply to extended family.
  • We are not responsible for any lost or stolen articles. Please leave valuables at home.
  • All swimmers unable to swim the width of the pool must be accompanied by an adult or be able to stand on the bottom of the pool (48”).
  • Only U.S. Coast Guard approved flotation devices may be used in district pools.
  • No inner tubes, air mattresses, full-face masks, or snorkels are allowed at open swims.
  • The use of photography and videography devices is prohibited in the locker rooms.
  • Additional pool regulations may be posted at the pools.

Key Log Rolling: A Traditional North Woods Pastime

Calling all LumberJacks and LumberJills, ages 7 through adult! Come experience the fun and challenge your skills! Log rolling improves core strength, balance, footwork, agility, and cardio...but mostly it’s just fun! With the help of the yellow resistance fins (like training wheels) no prior skill or experience is necessary. Wear swimwear, rash guards or spandex style athletic wear. Participants must be comfortable being in the water.

Log Rolling classes: Develop your skill in four class sessions.

Learn to Log Roll at Open Swim: Learn the basics during the first half-hour of open swim. 

Log Rolling at Open Swim: Purchase a wristband to participate in the log rolling for the last hour of open swim.

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Competitive Swimming & Diving

Join the REVolution for competitive swimming for grades three and up!

Our goal is to equip swimmers at all levels with the skills and conditioning needed for competitive swimming. During the school year practices are scheduled five times per week at Valley Middle School of STEM (VMSS). During the summer practices are scheduled four times per week, Monday through Thursday evenings at a District 196 pool. Meets are scheduled during practice time. Swimmers are encouraged to attend at least three times per week and swim in inter-squad meets. Parents and siblings are invited to get involved as volunteers for swim meets.

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Develop your skills for competitive diving!

Introduction to Springboard Diving

Learn basic diving skills, progressing from diving from the side of the pool to the basic front dive with approach and hurdle from the diving board.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Intermediate 1 swim lesson or equivalent skills.

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Divers Challenge - School Year Only

Learn springboard diving through individualized coaching on technique and form. This course is for divers who are able to perform a basic springboard dive with an approach and hurdle.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Intermediate 1 swim lesson or equivalent skills.

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REVolution Competitive Diving - Summer Only

Join the REVolution for a new experience in competitive diving. Register according to grade level in the coming fall. Divers that qualify as gifted athletes for high school diving may register for the high school session. Divers will be given the opportunity to have their dives judged in a competitive format.

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Adult Fitness & Training

Health and Wellness is fun in the pool!

Whatever your goals, whether seeking to maintain or improve your general health and fitness, recuperating from an injury or illness, or training to be at the peak of your ability, Community Education has a program for you to enjoy. Adult fitness opportunities are open to middle school-aged students and older when accompanied by an adult.

Drop-in fees: $7 or one swim pass. Ten passes for $55 and ages 55+ are $50. Swim passes are valid for adult fitness programs only. Passes are available at the pool during hours of operation or at the Aquatics Office located at Falcon Ridge Middle School. Pay by cash, check or credit.

Water Exercise

Adults of all ages and fitness levels love Water Exercise! Our instructor will lead you in an organized workout to music that develops both cardiovascular endurance and muscular strength. No pre-registration is required. Drop in at your convenience. Classes are also open to middle school-aged students and older when accompanied by an adult.

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Adult Lap Swim

Swim laps at your own pace to keep in shape all season long. Register or drop-in at your convenience.

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Certification Training

Water Safety Aide (ages 13+)

Do you seek employment as a swim instructor aide? This class is for you! CPR and First Aid training are included. Attendance at all class sessions is mandatory.

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Water Safety Instructor (ages 16+)

Become certified to teach American Red Cross Swim Lessons. Attendance at all class sessions is mandatory.

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Water Safety Instructor Re-entry (WSI)

American Red Cross Water Safety Instructors that have not met the requirements to renew the Water Safety Instructor (WSI) certification may do so with this course.

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Junior Lifeguarding (ages 11-14)

This course builds a foundation of knowledge, attitudes and skills for future lifeguards.

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Lifeguarding (ages 15+)

  • The Waterpark Module is included in all the Lifeguarding courses we teach and can also be added when renewing certifications
  • The Waterfront Module (for guarding at beaches) can be added to our Lifeguarding course or Lifguarding renewal courses 

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Renew your lifeguarding, first aid and CPR/AED for the professional rescuer with a lifeguarding renewal class.

Students must successfully complete all prerequisites, perform all required skills and pass the written test for certification renewal. Participants must present verification of current American Red Cross Lifeguard certification.

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Lifeguarding Instructor (ages 17+)

Become certified to teach American Red Cross Lifeguarding. Students that successfully complete the course will be provided the opportunity to become certified in Waterfront and Waterpark Lifeguarding also.

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Lifeguarding Instructor Review (ages 17+)

Renew your American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor certification (must be current). Attendance is mandatory. Lifeguarding Renewal (Code: QLGILGR) will be offered after completion of this course for those wishing to renew a basic Lifeguarding certification. Waterpark Skills Module (Code: QLGIWP for new certification, QLGIRWP for renewal) and Waterfront Skills Module (Code: QLGIWF for new certification, QLGIRWF for renewal) will also be offered. Register separately for these.

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CPR/AED for the professional rescuer, CPR for the lay rescuer and first aid certifications and renewals

Be prepared for an emergency! Earn certification in CPR/AED and/or First Aid for laypersons and professionals. Certifications by the American Safety and Health Institute are accepted as certifications given by the American Red Cross or American Heart Association

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Pool Rentals

Do you need a fun place for a birthday, anniversary or other special party? Rent one of the district's pools! It's the perfect, safe place to gather. Pools may be rented in the evenings and on weekends. Check out our rental rates and facility rental section for information and availability.

Pool Rental with Log Rolling: Includes instruction and time to play! Terrific for groups ... scout groups, church groups, athletic associations, birthday parties, and exercise groups!

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