MCC Swim Lessons

UPDATE: as of 6/17/2020 

We know how vital swim lessons and swim clubs are to ensuring children are safe around water. Especially as we head into summer, we know that it is our duty to protect children. Unfortunately, at this time sector rules do not allow or provide a means to offer swim lessons or swim club in a practical manner.  We will continue to monitor the situation and offer swim lessons or swim club when we can do so in a safe and effective format.

Swimming and Water Safety Program
The Mansfield Community Center is an authorized provider of the American Red Cross Swimming and Water Safety Program. Learning to swim is a valuable life skill for people of all ages. It is never too late to learn how to swim!

Proper swim lesson placement is instrumental in providing a successful enjoyable swim lesson experience and in ensuring participant safety in the water! Browse our swim lesson level descriptions to find the appropriate level for your child.

The Mansfield Community Center offers the following:

Infant and Preschool Group Swim Lessons
School Aged Swim Lessons
Adult Group Swim Lessons
Private Lessons (All ages)


The American Red Cross offers six comprehensive course levels that teach participants how to swim skillfully and be safe in and around the water. The prerequisite for each level is the successful demonstration of the skills from the preceding level.  Level 1 participants can begin at age5, or at age 4 with approval from the Recreation Supervisor of the Aquatics Department. The ARC swim lesson program is designed for students to move from each level to the next at their own pace and progression level. Expect students may stay in the same level for multiple sessions. Each level of the Learn-to-Swim program includes appropriate information about basic water safety in addition to the skills outlined below:


Parent and Child Aquatics (Age 6 months-2 years)

Children will have fun in the water while being exposed to basic swimming skills through games, songs, and activities. Each child must be accompanied in the water with one adult.


Preschool Aquatics (Ages 3 and 4)

Purpose: Familiarize children to the aquatic environment

Water Adjustment I participants learn skills centering on water acclimation and water comfort which include:  water entry, blowing bubbles, floating on front and back, gliding on front and back and exploring independent movement with combined arm and leg movement. This level is great for very beginner swimmers and children with water fear or apprehension.

Water Adjustment II participants build and improve skills learned in Water Adjustment I. These skills include:  becoming more comfortable with submersion and putting the face in while swimming, reinforcing and building the floating and gliding skills introduced in Water Adjustment I, and moving independently farther and stronger with combined arm and leg movement. 


Level 1: Introduction to Water Skills

Purpose: Helps students feel comfortable in the water.

Level  1 participants learn to:

Enter and exit the water safely, submerge nose, mouth and eyes, explore arm and hand movements, alternating and simultaneous leg and arm action on front and back, blow bubbles, bobbing 5 times, open eyes underwater and pick up submerged objects, float on front and back for five seconds, front and back glides with recovery for 2 body lengths, combined arm and leg swim on front and back, follow basic water safety rules and use a life jacket.


Level 2: Fundamental Aquatics Skills

Purpose: Gives students success with fundamental skills.

Level 2 participants learn to:

Enter water by stepping or jumping from the side, exit water safely using ladder or side, fully submerge and hold breath, open eyes under water and pick up a submerged object, float on front and back for 15 seconds, tread water for 15 seconds, perform from and back glide with recovery, roll over from front to back, back to front, swim on front and back using combined strokes front and back, bobbing 10 times, rotary breathing, and swim or move in the water while wearing a life jacket.


Level 3: Stroke Development

Purpose: Builds on the skills in Level 2 through additional guided practice.

Level 3 participants learn to:

Jump into deep water from the side, dive from kneeling or standing position, perform a survival float for 30 seconds, submerged and retrieve an object, bob with the head fully submerged 10 times, perform front and back glide using rotary breathing, tread water from one minute, perform freestyle 15 yards, perform elementary backstroke 15 yards, flutter, scissor, breaststroke and dolphin kicks, push off in streamlined position and begin kicking, change from horizontal to vertical positon on front and back and reaching assist from deck.


Level 4: Stroke Improvement

Purpose: Develops confidence in the skills learned and improves other aquatic skills

Level 4 participants learn to:

Swim underwater, perform feet first surface dive, tread water with 2 different kicks for 1 minute, freestyle 25 yards, elementary backstroke 25 yards, backstroke 15 yards, breaststroke 15 yards, butterfly 15 yards, sidestroke 15 yards, push off in streamlined position and begin kicking, perform open turn on front/back using any stroke, use safe diving rules, perform a throwing assist and reaching assist and to recognize recreational water illness.


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