Swim Lessons

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  • G.T. Bray Aquatics Center
  • (941) 742-5923 ext. 6021
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The Aquatic staff is dedicated to water safety and swim instruction. Our program is progression based where children learn and advance through skill levels at their own pace. Every level is taught with an emphasis on water safety while learning basic swimming skills. Each instructor is trained and certified through the American Red Cross. Anyone, ages three and up, are encouraged to learn how to be safe in and around the water.

Swim Lessons at John H. Marble Pool

School of Fish Swimming Lesson program is provided at the John H. Marble Pool. Visit their website for details.

Swim Lessons at G.T. Bray Aquatics Center

The G.T. Bray Aquatics Center offers a variety of different swim lesson options for people of all ages. From group sessions to private lessons, there is something available for everyone!  Please contact us for further information at (941) 742-5923 ext. 6021.

If you have any questions about the appropriate level for your child please consult our level guide from the drop down menu or call the Aquatics office.  These resources can usually give you an idea of where to place your child; please use good judgement and sign your child up for the appropriate level.  If they are not in the appropriate level they will be moved from the class; an opening in the appropriate level is not guaranteed.

Register online

Registration can also be done in person at the G.T. Bray Recreation Center.

*In the event of inclement weather, the swim lesson staff will attempt to make up a missed lesson but no make up lessons are guaranteed.  

Level Descriptions

Parent/Child swim class: This class is geared towards helping your child become more comfortable in the water and to prepare them for more advanced levels in the future.


Preschool swim class: 

Beginner-  Participant requires assistance in the water at all times. This level focuses on blowing bubbles, learning to kick, and going underwater and how to use their arms.

Advanced – Participants must be able to independently swim (at least) 1/2 the length of the pool and comfortably float on their back. This level will focus on being comfortable swimming with their face in the water, extending their arms out and learning elementary backstroke.

Youth Levels - Ages 6 years and older 

Level 1: This class is for beginners. Participants will learn how to blow bubbles, gliding floating and arms.

Level 2: In order to participate in this level students must be able to swim on their back. This level introduces treading, rotatory breathing standard backstroke and diving.

Level 3: In order to participate in this level students must be able to swim on their back. This level introduces treading, rotatory breathing standard backstroke and diving.

Level 4: In order to participate in this level students must be able to breathe to the side (technique can be perfected). Students will learn breaststroke, butterfly kick and be introduced to starting blocks.

ADVANCED: In order to participate at this level students must be able to swim breast stroke and be able to swim 2 laps consecutively. In this level participants will work on stroke refinement. Learn flip turns and butterfly.


Youth Swim Lessons
$35 / participant / (6) 30-minute sessions

Adult Swim Lessons
$24 / participant / (4) 45-minute sessions

Private Swim Lessons
$25 / participant / (1) 30-minute one-on-one session

Additional Information & Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know what level to put my child in?

If you are unsure about what level your child should be in, an Aquatic Center staff member will be available to help. We will ask some basic information about your child’s swimming ability and place them in what we feel is the appropriate level. We always encourage parents, when they are in doubt, to sign up for the lower level. We would much rather graduate a child into the next level, than move them back to a lower level.

If you have any further questions or concerns about what level to register your child in, please email michael.ross@mymanatee.org or call (941) 742-5923, ext. 6021.

Do I have to pay for the whole summer of sessions or can I pay as I go?

This is a personal preference; some parents will place their child in lessons the whole summer and pay for all sessions up front. Other parents will wait and pay for sessions as they go along. Please keep in mind that we keep a ratio of 6 students to 1 instructor. So there is a chance that a class may be full when you go to sign up.

What if my child misses a class because we are going on a trip or vacation over one of the scheduled days?

If your child misses a class and that class was not cancelled by the Aquatics department, then you are not eligible for a make up.  We understand that children do occasionally miss classes for personal reasons; we try to repeat skills across multiple classes to account for these occurrences, but do not offer make-ups for personal missed classes.

Do I need to be in the water with my child?

No. The only level we need a parent or guardian in the water with the child is in the parent-child class.  Seating is available around the pool deck to observe the lesson.  We ask that parents keep their distance so that not to distract their child during the lesson.

What supplies does my child need for classes?

Your child just needs to be prepared with a swimsuit, Goggles (no snorkel masks), and a towel.

My three year old child can swim like a fish, can I put them in a higher level than preschool?

We will assess these kinds of swimmers on a case by case bases. 

Do I need to bring my child to their lesson if it is raining at my house?

Yes.  Florida’s weather is often unpredictable and it could be raining in one part of town and bright and sunny just down the road. Many times these summer storms move in and out very quickly. We ask that each child show up at every scheduled lesson. If the pool is closed for unsafe weather, we will call you to cancel the lesson and offer a make up date or try to conduct outdoor exercise and education classes. If any future weather cancellations happen beyond the makeup date, those classes may be made up, but no further make-up is guaranteed ( this includes if the make up date is cancelled).

Does my child stay in the same level for the whole session?   What level do I Put them in if I sign up for another session?

A child may stay in a level for a whole session or they may move up to a different level. Each level has advancement goals and when a child reaches those goals they are able to move up to the next level, even in the middle of a session. Encourage your child with praise and recognition for all of their swimming accomplishments, even if they don’t move up to the next level as quickly as you had hoped. When you sign up for a new session, whatever level your child was in last is the level they will be put in.

How can I get more information regarding swim lessons?

For more information, contact Michael Ross at (941) 792-5923 ext. 6021 or email michael.ross@mymanatee.org