River Valley Athletic Club is dedicated to providing the best swim training in the St. Croix Valley, through superior instruction by a professional staff of knowledgeable instructors in a fun atmosphere where learning is enjoyable and meets the needs of every student.

River Valley Athletic Club's robust swim program is open to both RVAC members and guests. Our program provides American Red Cross swim lessons to swimmers of all ages and abilities. Whether in a group or individual setting, we offer experienced Red Cross certified instructors to help swimmers reach their goals while learning important skills to keep safe in and around the water.  

By registering for RVAC swim lessons, participants, or their parents/guardians agree to RVAC Swim Lesson Policies.

Preschool Lessons - 30 minute classes

Parent/Child Swim (Age 1 year – 5 years – previously known as Preschool Level 1)

This program builds swimmer readiness by emphasizing having fun in the water with a parent.

Preschool Level 2 (Age 3 – 5 years)

Children must be able to submerge their head under water and be in the class without a parent in the water. They will learn kicking, front & back floating, beginning swimming skills, water safety and water fun.

Preschool Level 3 (Age 4 – 5 years)

Must be able to swim independently at least 25 feet. Will work on swimming skills on their front and back, underwater swimming, water safety and basic safety rules. Most advanced level for preschool swimmers.

School Age Lessons - 45 minute classes

Level 1: Introduction to Water Skills (Age 6+)

Learn to enter and exit the water safely, open eyes underwater and retrieve objects, swim on front and back using alternate arm action, float on front and back, follow basic water safety rules, breath control, and use a life jacket.

Level 2: Fundamental Aquatic Skills

Review skills from Level 1 and also learn to enter water by stepping or jumping from the side, swim on side, tread water, submerge head, perform front and back glide, and swim on front and back using combined strokes.

Level 3: Stroke Development

Students review skills from Level 2 and also learn to bob with head submerged, survival float, butterfly kick and body motion, breaststroke kick, scissors kick, tread water, rotary breathing, perform front and back crawl, reaching assist, and HELP and Huddle positions.

Level 4: Stroke Improvement

Students develop confidence in the skills learned in Level 3 and also learn open turns on front and back, swim on side using scissors kick, safe diving rules, perform a throwing assist, breaststroke, butterfly, elementary backstroke, swim underwater, tread water and care for choking victim.

Level 5 : Stroke Refinement

Students learn further coordination and refinement of strokes from previous level. They also learn to tread water using two different kicks, survival swimming, perform rescue breathing, front flip turn, backstroke flip turn, sidestroke, pike surface dive and tuck surface dive.

Level 6: Swimming and Skill Proficiency

Level 6 is designed to focus on preparing students to participate in more advanced courses including Water Safety Instructor and Lifeguard Training Courses. This level refines the strokes so students swim with ease, efficiency, power and smoothness over great distances.

Junior Swim Team - 45 minute classes - $150

Non-competitive class for kids interested in improving technique and building strength. Coach Tara Noer will focus on the four competitive strokes, butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, and freestyle. Kids must have shown proficiency in Red Cross Level 4 or above.