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Indoor Swim Lessons

We are offering year-round indoor swim lessons using a nationally recognized swim instruction curriculum, Starfish Swimming®, at the new Lenexa Rec Center starting in September. This is a new program for us, and we will begin using Starfish Swimming® for outdoor swim lessons in 2018.

The Starfish Swimming® curriculum is designed for students ages 6 months to adults. Benchmarks are established at each stage in the program that combine both swimming and safety skills. Students participate in experiential learning activities that allow them to explore the water in a creative and comfortable environment.

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Group Lessons

Starfish Swimming® allows children to learn at their own pace. Children will be evaluated at the start of each session to be placed with kids with like abilities. Instead of selecting specific skill levels, you’ll sign up for a swim lesson session based on your child’s age group and general needs.

All children ages 6 months to 3 years will enroll in StarBabies™ and StarTots™. Starfish Swim School® teaches swim basics and safety skills. Stroke School™ refines stroke technique for kids who have established basic swim skills. 

StarBabies™ and StarTots™ (ages 6 months to 3 years)

The purpose of this course is to foster in very young children a high comfort level in the water while at the same time training parents and caregivers in water safety and drowning prevention. This course does not teach children to become advanced swimmers or to survive in the water; it does provide a confidence-building, fun and loving experience.

Sign up for StarBabies and StarTots

Starfish Swim School® (ages 3 to 12)

Students work toward the development of five core swimming competencies and receive awards for each achievement. Children progress at individual rates with the opportunity to learn core swimming skills and progress to advanced strokes. Learning is self-paced, but challenging. (Formerly pre-beginner and/or levels 1-3.)

You will sign your child up for their age-appropriate swim school: 3 to 5 years or 6 to 12 years. 

Sign up for Swim School: Ages 3 to 5

Sign up for Swim School: Ages 6 to 12

Starfish Stroke School™ (ages 3 to 12)

After students have achieved basic swim skills taught in Swim School®, they can move on to stroke school to further hone their swim skills. Students refine freestyle and learn stroke technique for backstroke, butterfly, breaststroke and more. (Formerly levels 4-6)

You will sign your child up for their age-appropriate swim school: 3 to 5 years to 6 to 12 years.

Sign up for Stroke School: Ages 3 to 5

Sign up for Stroke School: Ages 6 to 12

Swim & Stroke (Teen and Adult)

Sign up for Swim & Stroke Teen and Adult

Whether you are new to swimming or just looking for a refresher course, we have what you need. Our adult and teen swim lessons are intended to increase confidence and comfort in the water while teaching basic skills that include submersion, front and back float, and freestyle.

Swim Team/Sport Conditioning

Sign up for Swim Team/Sport Conditioning

The sport conditioning class is perfect for the tween or teen who wants to condition during the off-season or to supplement their current training. This class will consist of a warm-up, interval training, modified weights for the water, and a cool down. Water offers great resistance and low impact which in turn builds endurance, core strength, and overall body exercise.

Fees and Registration

Fees are $50 per member/$55 per nonmember per session. Tuesday/Thursday sessions last about a month. Saturday sessions last two months.

There are two ways to register for group swim lessons:

  • Online: Select the class you’d like to register for by clicking the “+” sign.

  • In person:

    • Lenexa Community Center, 13420 Oak St., 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

    • Lenexa Rec Center, 17201 W. 87th St. Pkwy. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.


Private and semi-private lessons

Registration for private and semi-private lessons has begun. Classes will start in September 2017. 

We offer private and semi-private lessons to give you or your child one-on-one attention with one of our swim instructors. They will work with you to customize a program to help you reach personalized swimming goals.

  • Private lessons allow for one-on-one instruction.

  • Semi-private lessons are available for two people at similar skill levels. You must register both participants at the same time. It is your responsibility to find the second participant.

Fees and registration

  • 30-minute private lesson: $20 for members, $22 for nonmembers.

  • 30-minute semi-private (2 people): $15 for members, $16.50 for nonmembers.

To register, please call 913.477.7100 or visit the Lenexa Rec Center (17201 W. 87th St. Pkwy.) or Lenexa Community Center (13420 Oak St.). 

  • After you complete registration, please allow five business days to be contacted for scheduling.

  • If you need to cancel your lesson, please email Lynn St. Thomas at lstthomas@lenexa.com no later than 24 hours before your scheduled lesson. If you cancel less than 24 hours in advance, you will not be eligible for a refund or to reschedule your class.