About OHAC Swim School
Orchard Hills offers a large variety of lessons based on the Red Cross curriculum for any level of ability and needs or disabilities. We provide a a safe, comfortable, and fun atmosphere required to become a confident and a capable swimmer.
Our certified water safety instructors are experienced, engaged, and caring. They also recognize the importance of safety skills and water safety rules while using variety of innovative equipment, teaching tools, and toys!
Our group classes maintain a 4:1 student to instructor ratio, except for classes requiring a parent in the water which hold an 8:1 student to instructor ratio.
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Due to the unknown pool capacity limits we have decided to revise our Summer Swim Lesson Program. We will not be offering group classes. Instead, we have expanded our Private/Semi-Private Special. Click below to learn more!
Class Descriptions and Prerequisites
(for ages 6 months – 3 years)
Little Nemos is a parent and child class. It is a great way to get your child
comfortable and learn some basic water skills through play,
song and socialization with other children.
(for ages 18 months – 3 years)
Prerequisite: Children must have taken Little Nemos and instructor
recommends moving up or comfortably demonstrate the following skills;
kicking on own, able to submerge, comfortable on back with ears
submerged, & hold onto the side independently.
Big Nemos is an advanced level parent and child class with a more
aggressive approach to swimming skills for older toddlers/preschoolers.
Children will learn short distance independent swimming after submersion,
back floating, and returning to side. We also introduce different
types of floatation devices that help in learning to swim.
(for ages 3 – 5 years)
Mini Minnows is a class for children who are just starting to learn to swim
on their own without a parent. Your child will use a flotation device
while in this class which we provide. Basic skills will be taught including wall
walking, reaching, kicking, blowing bubbles, doggie paddle and floating on back.
Children do not any need prior swimming experience, but need to be able to sit
and wait turn on pool edge without parent and follow
simple directions. (scooping hand,splashing, toes, etc)
(for ages 4 – 8 years)
Prerequisite: Children must be able to submerge face comfortably
and swim in a horizontal position with minimal
assistance from a floatation device.
Guppy Gills is an advanced level class for children who are building confidence,
and are ready to start swimming on their own without any flotation device.
They will learn breath control, arm extension, arm circles, and kicking structures.
Beginner 1 & 2
(for ages 5 + years)
Prerequisite: Children must be able to swim independently
without the use of a floatation device 3-5 body lengths,
without touching the bottom of pool.
They also must be able to submerge their face comfortably.
This class is for any child who is comfortable in the water and
is ready to start developing strokes. Skills taught will include basics of front crawl,
elementary backstroke, dolphin kick, treading water,
underwater swimming, and front and back recovery. (goggles required)
(for ages 6 - 9 years)
This is a beginner class for children who need to build confidence in the water
due to lack of exposure or experience. Basic floatation skills will be emphasized,
in addition to breath control, arm extension, and kicking structures.
Floatation devices will be used as necessary.
Intermediate 3 & 4
(for ages 6 + years)
Prerequisite: Children enrolled in this class must be able to do
one pool length of the front crawl stroke with rotary breathing.
Skills taught in Intermediate classes include the back crawl, sidestroke,
breaststroke, open turns, advanced treading water technique, and survival skills.
Building up endurance is also a prime component of this class. ( goggles required)
Advanced 5 & 6
(for ages 7 + years)
Prerequisite: Children must be able to do at least one length of the
front crawl and one length of the back crawl and able
to perform the basics of the breaststroke.
Advanced 5 & 6 classes are for those who wish to perfect their
stroke techniques as well as work on endurance.
Children will also learn a basic butterfly, and flip turns.( goggles required)
(for ages 7+ years)
Prerequisite: Children must pass Advanced 6 or
have instructor approval to entering.
This class will build on the skills taught in Advanced 6, such as stroke technique
and efficient turns. Students will work on strength and endurance in a non-competitive setting. (goggles required)
Prerequisite: For those who are in level 3 - 6 here
at Orchard Hills/Red Cross Program or equivalent.
They must be able to perform a basic front crawl,
back crawl, breast stroke, and dolphin kick.
Orchard Hills Swim Club will provide an opportunity where
swimmers can develop stroke/speed techniques, endurance,
and competitive skills in a fun, encouraging environment among their peers.
It is a great alternative for those who don’t have time to commit to a swim team
or want to learn what a swim team workout entails. All Students must wear
swim caps and everyone must bring their own goggles and be ready to work hard!
A “mini meet” is held at the end of each session.
*One piece swim suit required for females, no rash guards (swim shirt) for male or female.
Private and Semi-Private Swim Lessons:
Private Lessons (one student / one instructor)
Private Lessons are also available and can be arranged with our certified experienced instructors
$46 per half hour/Member $56 per half hour/Public
Semi-Private Lessons (two students / one instructor)
Please note that we do not pair you with other students.
$60 per half hour/Member $70 per half hour/Public
Contact us at to arrange private and semi-private lessons.
Adult Swim Lessons:
Swimming is a skill that can be learned at any age. It is never to late to learn to swim. For adults, the most common obstacle when learning to swim to overcoming the fear of the water. Adults usually do not need as many lessons as children to learn to swim either! We teach adults to swim in private and semi-private lessons.
Please contact Terri Ruggiero at email@example.com for additional information.