Swim Lessons

Our swim lesson skills in each level are changing for our lessons beginning in 2022 in order to help smooth out the learning curve. Please look over the Swim Lesson Level Descriptions on the left side of this page and ensure that you are selecting the correct level for your kiddo.

Because of quickly rising COVID cases and a shortage of qualified lifeguards and swim instructors, we have canceled Session A of swim lessons running January 10 - February 5, and are only offering provisional registration for Session B of swim lessons running February 14 - March 5 at this time. We have postponed registration for Sessions C & D until February 24.


What is provisional registration?

It's a free registration that reserves your spot for you if we are able to run the class. Provisional registrations will hold spots for the first 6 people enrolled. Everyone after that will be signed up on the waiting list.

We will send out follow up information to all provisionally registered people on Monday, January 31, with more information. Please be certain that you have a current email address in our registration system. If a final decision has been made to run the classes, all people provisionally registered will have through Sunday, February 6 at 5 p.m. to complete their payment for their spot. At that time, the spot will no longer be reserved, and will be offered to the first person on the waiting list.

Provisional Swim Lesson Registration for Winter Swim Lessons Session B:

Resident RegistrationOpen Registration
January 20, 2022January 20, 2022
Walk-in or online beginning at 7 a.m.Walk-in or online beginning at 1 p.m.
Call-in at 8 a.m.
(within legal Brighton city limits with proof of residency)
Call-in at 2 p.m.


Swim Lesson Registration for Winter/Spring Swim Lessons Sessions C and D:

Resident RegistrationOpen Registration
February 24, 2022February 24, 2022
Walk-in or online beginning at 7 a.m.Walk-in or online beginning at 1 p.m.
Call-in at 8 a.m.
(within legal Brighton city limits with proof of residency)
Call-in at 2 p.m.

Please call the Brighton Recreation Center for more information at 303-655-2200

If the class you want to get registered for is unavailable, there is a huge benefit to signing up for the waitlist! If we have sufficient people on the waitlist and sufficient staff, we will open another class, combine classes with a similar swim level, or change a class with low/no registration to the level that is needed.

Swim Lesson Registration

Swim lessons are held at: Brighton Recreation Center, 555 North 11th Avenue

Please review our refund policy (below) before purchasing your swim lessons.

• All group swim classes must have at least three registrants. Classes that do not reach the minimum enrollment of three participants are subject to either cancellation or combination with similar-level students on waitlists.

• Registration deadline for all lessons is five business days before each session begins. You will not receive a refund after this time has passed.

• Class maximums are set for quality and safety reasons.

• Fees must be paid at time of registration.

*Note: A parent or legal guardian may only register their child(ren) under age 18.

Swim Lesson Quick Tips

• There is no sure way to predict how quickly your child will progress. It's very possible that your child will need to repeat a level to accomplish the benchmark skills to move on to the next level. It does not benefit your child to enroll them in a level they are not prepared for, and if your child cannot be safely incorporated into a level that is too advanced for them, you may be unenrolled.

• Pollywogs are similar to Level One while Guppies are similar to Level Two. Minnow is an advanced pre-school level that incorporates skills from both of Level Two and Beginner Level Three. The reason for the preschool separation is to avoid huge age differences and ensure that everyone is getting developmentally appropriate direction.

• If you want your child to be safe around the water, sign them up for swim lessons now!

• Contact aquatic management for any questions or concerns regarding your child's swim level placement including future registration.

Refund Policy

  • We are not able to issue cash refunds.
  • Refunds of $25 or less will be issued as a household credit only.
  • Cancellations made by the Recreation Center will be issued a 100% refund.
  • Any refund to a credit card or by check disbursement will be assessed a $5 service fee per activity, unless the cancellation was made by the Recreation Center. For a 100% refund, the refund must be requested as a household credit.
  • Refund requests must be received 5 business days prior to the start of the program; after the refund request deadline we will not issue refunds EXCEPT for illness. Credit may be given if the participant or parent/guardian is unable to participate due to illness. A doctor's note may be requested in the event of a cancellation due to illness.