Swim Lessons

Harbor Swim School

Our approach to learning to swim is similar to our belief that “fitness is a lifelong pursuit.”  Rather than focusing on passing and failing, we believe that swim school students are always learning and improving, without end.  We strive to help our students become comfortable and confident in the water so they can easily learn new strokes, skills and techniques.  We guarantee that we will provide the best learning environment possible.

Why Harbor Swim School?

The most important factor that differentiates our program from others is our desire to individualize instruction for each participant. Kids learn at different rates and even within the same level you will find kids with varied abilities or who pick up on things faster than other kids. This is normal child development and will never change, so instead of trying to find three children who are at the exact same spot in their learning, we feel it is better to have instructors who are trained, just like your kids’ school teachers, to teach multiple kids of varying abilities at the same time. 
In addition, we know that learning to swim is only one reason to put your child in an activity.

What We Believe

Our curriculum includes safety objectives and behavioral objectives that will help your child not only become a better and safer swimmer, but a more confident and brave person.  
In order to facilitate this curriculum, it is extremely important to create the best learning environment possible. Starting with our first session, you will notice a calm pool environment so that each student gets the best chance to listen to their instructor and practice their swimming skills. 
Finally, safety is an important issue for all parents, especially at the pool, and we feel the same way! The Swim School has a certified lifeguard on the deck during all of our group lessons and we will be addressing pool safety with all of our students, regardless of their age or level.

Sign Up

The link below will take you directly to our upcoming online swim lesson schedule. Please call 831-6500 if you have questions.


Our program offers lessons for children as young as six months into adulthood.  Levels listed below.

Group Lesson Fees

7 Weeks X 30 Minute Lesson

  • Members: $99
  • Non-Members: $127

7 Weeks X 45 Minute Lesson

  • Members $121
  • Non-members: $171

No. During adult swim hours, only adults can be in the pool area including the warm pool and the hot tub.

Online registration is available through our MindBody site.  Please call the front desk at 608.831.6500 or contact Kathy Peterson to sign up for private lessons or if you have specific questions about Harbor Swim School.

In addition to the regular men’s and women’s locker rooms by each of our pools, Harbor has two family changing rooms for your benefit.  All kids over the age of 4 with a parent of the opposite gender should use one of the these family changing rooms.  Kids who are 4 and younger with a parent of the same gender may use the regular locker rooms.  All persons entering the water must shower beforehand.

All parents and spectators must watch lesson from the far side of the pool.  We have benches or chairs for you in each pool area that are close enough to see but far enough away to allow the kids in the class to focus completely on their instructor and the skills being taught.  If you would like to workout, please just let the instructor know where in the club you will be in case of emergency.

Only Harbor members are allowed to use the pool/hot tub/facilities when not in a class.  If you would like to spend some extra time in the pool, daily guest passes are available for purchase at the front desk.

We are happy to welcome non-members in to Harbor Swim School.  Please make sure to check in with the front desk staff when you arrive for your lesson.  Unfortunately, non-members are not allowed to use the pools outside of lessons.

At this time, we do not offer make up lessons for a child’s absence or illness.  If you wish to make up the lesson, private lesson rates will apply.  Please contact Kathy Peterson with questions.

One-on-one or semi-private instruction is available for all age and ability levels. To enroll in private lessons please fill out an intake form at the front desk or online here.

30 Minute Lesson:

Members: $35
Non-Members: $50
Additional Person $10

Pack of {5} 30 Minute Lessons:

Members $150
Non-members: $175
Additional Person $50

Pack of {10} 30 Minute Lessons:

Members $275
Non-members: $335
Additional Person $100

Group Lessons

Group lessons are typically held in our warm, salt water pool. Classes are limited to four swimmers in Paddleboat and Rowboat and 5 swimmers in Sailboat, Skiboat and Yacht level.


Parent & Child: A class for children age 6 months to 3 years designed to acclimate them to the water.  Children must wear swim diapers if not potty trained.  Tugboat schedule.


PreBeginner: Children must be at least 3 years of age (or have prior approval from Kathy or Rachael).  Children must be able to attend class without a parent present and follow instructor rules.  Paddleboat Schedule.


Beginner: Children must be able to go underwater comfortably.  Rowboat Schedule.


Novice: Children must be able to float independently on stomach and back and demonstrate rotary breathing.  Sailboat Schedule.


Intermediate: Children must have mastered rotary breathing and can swim free-style and backstroke across pool.  Skiboat Schedule.


Advanced: Children must have knowledge of the four competitive strokes and be able to do legal breaststroke and butterfly kick.  Yacht schedule.

Swim Team Classes

Stroke Technique

Designed for competitive swimmers ages 6-11 years. Kids must have passed Skiboat level and be able to perform legal breaststroke and butterfly kicks. Class will focus on improving stroke and turn mechanics.  Stroke Technique Schedule.

Stroke Endurance

Designed for competitive swimmers ages 9 years and older.  Kids must have at least one season of competitive swim experience.  Class will focus on maintaing proper stroke mechanics for longer distances.  Stroke Endurance Schedule.

Swim Training

For tweens.  Designed for competitive swimmers ages 12 years and older who would like a structured swim workout.  Swimmers should be proficient in all 4 strokes.  Swimmers should expect to swim a minimum of 2000 yards per day.  Swim Training Schedule.

Private Lessons

One-on-one or semi-private instruction is available for all age and ability levels. To enroll in private lessons please fill out an intake form at the front desk or online below.

Swimmers Name (required)

Parent/Guardian Name
(if applicable; necessary for all swimmers under 18 years of age)

Email Address (required)

Contact Phone Number

Day Availability

Time Availability

(interests, goals, injuries, etc...)

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Fitness is a
Lifelong Pursuit

We truly believe Harbor Athletic Club is a club for all reasons. Whether your reason is to increase your fitness level, learn to relax by taking yoga, feel recharged in group exercise classes, or just want to stretch your muscles in the warm water pool, you can find it at Harbor.