Looking for Swimming Lessons in Madison?

For most parents, having their children learn how to swim is a high priority. For years MSCR has met this need by providing swim lessons and open swims for the public at the 5 indoor facilities owned and operated by Madison Metropolitan School District, plus our summer outdoor pool site.

Goodman Aquatic Center (at Camp Shalom, Verona-SUMMER ONLY) Please note this is NOT the Goodman Pool in Downtown Madison!

Through an inter-agency agreement with the Jewish Community Council and MSCR, programs are also offered during the summer only at the Goodman Aquatic Center, 7762 West Highway PD. Teens, adults and senior adults can also take swim lessons or receive private lessons. Come see the beautiful natural setting of this outdoor pool with water play features

Parent and Child Aquatics

Little Dippers
Ages 6 months - 2 years - Parent participation required. Provides experiences and activities for parents with children in the water, at least 6 months through 2 years to:

  • Learn to ask for permission before entering water
  • Learn how to enter and exit water safely
  • Feel comfortable in water
  • Explore submerging face into water
  • Learn buoyancy on front and back
  • Learn how to play safely

Shrimp Dip
Ages 3-4 Years - Parent participation required. Builds upon the skills learned in Little Dippers and provides experiences for parents and children in the water, ages 3-4 years to:

  • Establish expectation for adult supervision
  • Learn more ways to enter and exit water safely
  • Explore submerging in a rhythmic pattern
  • Front and back glides with assistance
  • Combined front and back stroke with assistance
  • Change body position in water


Preschool Aquatics - Ages 3-5 Updated August 2016

Shrimp Age 3 
Familiarizes children to the aquatic environment and helps them acquire rudimentary basic aquatic skills. Helps participants develop positive attitudes and safe practices in and around water.

Shrimp Age 4
Builds on and improves skills learned. Increases knowledge of water safety topics introduced in Shrimp Age 3.

Shrimp Age 5
Increases proficiency and builds on the basic aquatic skills. Reinforces water safety concepts and skills introduced in earlier levels and introduces additional water safety topics.

Learn–to-Swim - Ages 5 - 13

Level 1 – Introduction to Water Skills
Helps participants feel comfortable in the water. Prerequisite: Must be 5 years old. No swimming skills necessary. Skills/Activities: enter and exit water, blow bubbles through nose and mouth, submerging face, front and back floats and glides, alternating arm stroke with kicking with assistance. Next level based on Instructors recommendation: Youth Level 1 or 2

Level 2 – Fundamental Aquatic Skills
Gives participants success with fundamental skills. Prerequisite: Level 1 skills Skills/Activities: Front and back float and glides, retrieve submerged object, tread water, combined arm and leg action on front and back, finning arm action on back, independently and comfortably. Next level based on Instructors recommendation: Youth Level 3

Level 3 – Stroke Development
Builds on the skills in Level 2 through additional guided practice in deeper water. Prerequisite: Level 2 skills Skills/Activities: Jumping into deep water, sitting and kneeling dives, rotary breathing, survival skills, flutter, scissor, dolphin and breastroke kicks, front crawl and elementary backstroke. Next level based on Instructors recommendation: Youth Level 4

Level 4 – Stroke Improvement
Develops confidence in the skills learned and improves other aquatic skills. Prerequisite: Level 3 skills Skills/Activities: Standing dives, underwater swimming, survival swimming, open turns, treading water, front and back crawl, elementary backstroke, breastroke, sidestroke and butterfly, flutter and dolphin kicks on back. Next level based on Instructors recommendation: Youth Level 5

Level 5 – Stroke Refinement
Provides further coordination and refinement of strokes. Prerequiste: Level 4 skills Skills/Activities: Shallow – angle dives to front stroke, tuck and pike surface dives, submerge completely, flip turns, sculling, endurance swimming. Next level based on Instructors recommendation: Youth Level 6

Level 6 – Swimming Skill and Proficiency
Prerequisite: Level 5 skills Skills/Activities: Refines the strokes so participants swim them with ease, efficiency, power and smoothness over greater distances.

Swimming for Fitness - NEW! - See Memorial Class Listings for more information. For swimmers ages 8 -13 to gain a better understanding of stroke mechanics and technique while having fun and improving fitness.  Instructors work on stroke technique for freestyle, backstroke, butterfly, breast stroke and turns.  Swimmers must have a background of the four basic strokes and be able to complete 25 yards of each stroke on the first class day. 

For current listings check the MSCR Program Guide.

Swimming Pool Locations


East High School,
2222 E Washington Ave - Use Fourth Street entrance, look for door #3


La Follette High School,
702 Pflaum Rd - Enter door #10 and follow signs to pool


Lapham Elementary School,
1045 E Dayton St - Use entrance at Ingersoll & Mifflin
(School Year Only)


Memorial High School,
201 S Gammon Rd - Use Field House entrance on northwest corner of Jefferson/Memorial Parking lot


West High School,
30 Ash Street - Use Ash Street entrance, lower southeast corner


Goodman Aquatic Center (Outdoor Pool),
7792 W Highway PD, Verona 848-1822