All Byron Park District aquatic activities are held in the Byron High School Swimming Pool which is open to the entire community! The Byron High School pool is the perfect pool for lap swimming, water walking, open swim and group usage. The Byron High School Swimming Pool is a six lane 25 yard indoor pool equipped with a one meter diving board. Pool depth ranges from 4 ft. to 12 ft. Numerous activities including swim lessons, water aerobics and the Tiger Sharks Swim Team are offered year round.
Lifeguard Training Class
The American Red Cross Lifeguard Training course teaches lifeguard candidates the skills and knowledge needed to prevent and respond to aquatic emergencies. Upon successful completion of written and skill tests, participants will receive a Lifeguarding, First Aid, and CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer certifications. The lifeguard course is now a blended learning course, which combines online learning with in-person skills sessions. Participants will receive the link for the online learning website by the first class date. Please register early as we need a minimum of four participants to hold the class.
Group Swim Lessons
Why our curriculum works!
The Byron Park District's swim lesson curriculum combines expertise from the American Red Cross, Swim Lesson University, World Aquatic Babies & Children Network and USA Swimming Agencies. This curriculum has a greater focus on earlier progression of the front crawl stroke utilizing in-line body positioning (face in water) with a delayed focus on the backstroke. Plus, all instructors complete a comprehensive child-centered training program, in which they learn the progressions of each stroke and interactive teaching techniques! The Byron Park District will strive to schedule the same instructor with the same students each session, but we may substitute instructors teaching when the regularly scheduled instructor is unavailable.
In this class, parents are taught to safely work with their child including how to support and hold their child. This class aims at increasing a child's comfort level in the water, building a foundation of basic swimming skills and breath control. Skills are taught through song and games.
Swim diapers required.
Swim 101 - Fundamentals
This class helps participants feel comfortable in the water while learning fundamental swimming skills. Skills covered include breath control, first-time submersion, front & back kicking with equipment, in-line kicking on front and front stroke with pop-up breathing. 3-4 students per instructor.
Swim 102 - Fundamentals
This class is the same as Swim 101, but designed for students, 6-9 years of age, who have more developed motor skills. 3-5 students per instructor.
Swim 201- Stroke Development
The pre-requisite of this course is the ability to perform the skills in Swim 101/102. This class focuses on the formal strokes of front crawl (freestyle) with side breathing and introduces the backstroke. 3-5 students per instructor.
Swim 202 - Stroke Development
This class is the same as Swim 201, but designed for students, 7-12 years who have more developed motor skills and can swim longer distances and duration. 3-6 students per instructor.
Swim 301- Supplemental Strokes
This class teaches the elementary backstroke, sidestroke, various treading kicks, survival floating and diving. Students will also work on swimming longer distances using the front crawl and backstroke. 3-6 students per instructor.
Private Swim Lessons
Private lessons are a great way for your child to get individual attention. Our instructors will create a lesson plan to meet each participant's individual goals. Private instruction is scheduled during our open swim times. (See open swim times on page 4). Fee is $20/$25 for a 30 minute lesson and $25/$30 for a 45 minute lesson. A minimum of four lessons will be scheduled. Additional siblings enrolled in the same private lesson will receive half off the regular price. Contact Renita Krusey, Recreation Program Manager at 815-234-6492 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss scheduling options.