Swim Policy


The philosophy of the aquatic staff of the Canton Park District is to establish (2) goals:
* To deliver quality swim instruction to all ages or levels in order to enhance the individual’s aquatic recreational activity.
* To encourage the aquatic public to gain life-safety skills to be used in and around all bodies of water.

The aquatic staff of the Canton Park District has been trained to follow the American Red Cross swimming guidelines.  Each level of instruction is designed as a progression approach to swim instruction, building on previously acquired skills.  Participants will move from level to level of instruction only when they have mastered their current placement.  Our staff will be available to make ongoing changes as students gain skills.

There are no age restrictions for any of our classes.  However, expectations vary greatly from pre-school to youth lessons.  Staff/child ratios increase as participant’s progress through the various levels.  Once the child advances to our youth programs class expectations change.  Children are expected to follow directions, wait their turn and trust their instructor when new skills are introduced.  Finally, for your convenience private swim lessons are available.  


Lessons are held Monday – Thursday of each session.  Prices are as follows for the 2023 season:

Pre-school     (4-17) (Ages 3-5) $35 10:00 – 10:30 a.m.
(Ages 3-5) (Ages 6 &🡱) $45 10:35 – 11:05 a.m.
Session 1 June 5 – June 16
Session 2 June 19 – June 30
Session 3 July 10 – July 21
Session 4 July 24 – August 4
Evening Session 1 June 19 – June 30
Evening Session 2 July 10 – July 21
Evening Session Times 7:05 – 7:35 p.m.

Private Lessons Each session is 45 minutes long and scheduled with the facility manager

2 Lessons:  $35 4 Lessons:  $65

Lesson Make-Ups:

In the event that classes are canceled by the Canton Park District, Friday will be used as a make-up day.  No make-ups are available when the participant chooses not to attend.  If an extended medical condition prevents participation, a refund may be given or make-ups may be arranged with the facility manager.

Lesson Placement:

If a child is not enrolled in the correct level, the teaching staff will try to make corrections on the first day of the session.  The final day of the class is a testing day when students will be tested on their skills to see if they are ready to progress to the next level.

Parental Observation:

In order for your children to learn as much as possible, parents are encouraged to remain as separate from their children as possible during swim lessons.  Please deliver and pick up your children at the pool deck.  No shoes or strollers will be allowed on deck.  Showers are required before swimmers enter the water.  An adult should be available during the entire lesson in case assistance is needed to take the child to the bathroom during class time.

Refund and Change of Class Policy:

After a session begins, participants will only be given a pro-rated refund when a medical condition for withdrawal is submitted in writing to the Park District. If a class activity is canceled due to lack of enrollment, a full refund will be issued.  If participants withdraw from classes with a minimum one week notice a refund will be given less a $10 processing fee per class registration.