Swim Lessons


To Swim School at the Wilfred R. Cameron Wellness Center! We offer year-round swim lessons for all ages and stages. Classes are available Monday through Thursday and Saturday to both members and non-members of the Wellness Center. We also offer private and semi-private lessons, scheduled at your convenience. Our comprehensive collection of programs will satisfy every level of swimmer.

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Parent and Child Classes (6 months – 3 years)


Parent & child to instructor ratio is 8:1. Class time is 25 minutes.

Infant (6 months – 2 years):

This interactive class is designed for little ones to become comfortable in and around the water. Emphasis is placed on learning through fun. By using songs, games and colorful equipment we introduce: floating skills, breath control, gentle submersions, and survival skills.

Toddler (2 years – 3 years)

After gaining comfort and confidence in the water, children in this class will start learning the basic body positions and movements necessary for swimming. Parents will continue to assist children in the water by encouraging alternating arm and leg movements, front and back floating with minimal support, and face and head submersion.

Preschool Classes (3 – 5 years)


Student to instructor ratio is 4:1. Class time is 25 minutes.

Level 1

This introductory class is for children who are new to swimming or nervous in the water. Our goal is to develop confidence, breath control and proper body position with instructor assistance. Graduates will be able to do relaxed bobs, front float, get in the ready position, jump to teacher from the wall and relax in an assisted back float.

Level 2

This class is for children who are comfortable in the water and will go underwater willingly and happily. In this level the focus is on learning proper breathing techniques, improving floating skills, kicking strength and survival skills. Graduates will be able to back float for 10 seconds, streamline with straight leg kicks, propulsive kicks on back, rollovers and turnarounds.

Level 3

This level is for children who are able to swim independently and are ready to learn the basics of all four competitive strokes. Graduates will be able to swim freestyle with rollovers for 15 yards, side swimming, elementary backstroke, dolphin kicks, and breaststroke kicks.

Youth Classes (6 – 13 years)


Student to instructor ratio for Levels 1 and 2 is 4:1. Class time is 25 minutes.
Student to instructor ratio for Competitive Swimming and ACS is 6:1. Class time is 25 minutes.

Level 1

The focus of this level is to build confidence and learn basic water safety skills through fun and games. Students will gradually be introduced to independent movement in the water with arm and leg actions on front and back. Graduates will be able to back float for 10 seconds, streamline with flutter kicks for 10 yards, and use alternating and combined kicks on the back.

Level 2

This class focuses on introducing all four competitive strokes. Students will build endurance in preparation for swimming greater distances. Graduates will be able to swim 15 yards of freestyle with rotary breathing, backstroke, breaststroke kick and dolphin kick.

Competitive Swimming

In this class, emphasis will be placed on refining technique in all four competitive strokes. Graduates will be able to swim 25 yards of freestyle and elementary backstroke, perform open turns, and tread water for 2 minutes.

Advanced Competitive Swimming

Hones all six strokes so students swim greater distances with ease, efficiency, power and smoothness. Prepares students to compete with confidence at a high level. Graduates will be able to swim a continuous 100 IM, perform flip turns, and tread water for 1 minute with hands out of the water.

Private Lessons


Student to instructor ratio is 1:1. Class time is 30 minutes.

Private swimming lessons provide the greatest flexibility and 1-on-1 attention for swimmers of any age and ability.

Semi-Private Lessons


Student to instructor ratio is 2:1. Class time is 30 minutes.

Semi-Privates offer great flexibility and personal attention, plus it's more fun to swim with a friend! Swimmers are responsible for providing their own co-participant.



Click here to Register or Register at the Wilfred R. Cameron Wellness Center Front Desk

For additional information about Swim Lessons please contact Katie Stache, BS, ACSM-CPT, Aquatics and Activities Supervisor at 724.250.5242 or

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Swim Lessons

Are you part of the swim school at the Washington Health System Wilfred R Cameron Wellness Center? If not, join us for our upcoming 8-week session of children’s group swim lessons starting Tuesday September 5th – October 28th 2017. Classes are available for Parent/Child  (ages 6 months to 3 years), Preschool (ages 3-5), Youth (ages 6-13) and Competitive. For information call 724-250-5242. 

“The staff is teaching me how to swim and I love Friday and Saturday's getting to swim with my Grandma. I think you're doing an amazing job here at CWC.” – Jayden McLean

“Miss Amy helped my granddaughter feel so comfortable in the water when she was terrified. We are leaving for vacation and she is so excited to practice with her mom now!” – Katherine

“My son has been going to the wellness center for swim lessons for the past 5 years and we absolutely love it there. The instructors are so patient and caring with the children and the structure of the classes and small teacher to student ratio make it a great environment to learn in. We recently started privates with Miss Katie and I couldn’t ask for a better teacher. He looks forward to going because she makes it so fun and he has improved so much with his strokes in just a few sessions!” Kristi Drake

Adapted Private Swim Lessons

The Washington Health System Wilfred R. Cameron Wellness Center is excited to offer   Adapted Private Swim Lessons! Adapted swim lessons are for children ages 6 months-14 years old with physical or cognitive disabilities. These private lessons are adapted specifically to each child’s needs. The lessons emphasize water safety skills and proper swimming concepts.

“Miss Mary is amazing at adapting her instructions for my daughter. These are the only adaptive swim lessons for miles around and very effective!”

“Miss Mary works on getting my son comfortable in the water and is teaching him to swim! She is doing a beautiful job and I could not be happier. He loves to swim now!”

Swim Club

Want to mix up your lap swimming routine and learn new swimming tips? Participate in our Swim Club and each week there will be new swim workouts available on the Aquatics Bulletin Board.  Whether you are a beginner or advanced swimmer, you can always improve your technique. The swim club is here to facilitate learning at your convenience.

“The swim club workouts have helped me increase the number of laps I swim and has provided tips to help improve the efficiency of my stroke. Thank you! “– Kathleen Progar