Star Hill Family Athletic Center | 100 Gerber Dr. Tolland, CT 06084 | 860-871-8800

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Star Hill 2023 Swim Instruction Programs

Swim Lessons

6-week sessions 

If you are interested in PRIVATE lessons for children or adults, please email Hannah at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for availability.

WSI (Water Safety Instructor) Course:

The purpose of the American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor course is to train instructor candidates to teach courses and presentations in the American Red Cross Swimming and Water Safety program by developing their understanding of how to use the course materials, how to conduct training sessions and how to evaluate participants’ progress. This certification is the gold standard and provides the most comprehensive training for swim instructors.

Please also note that this is a blended learning course: online work will be required to complete this certification. At registration, please provide an email that can be used to access blended learning materials and certification upon completion. 

Prerequisites: Must be at least 16 years of age and be able to swim at a Learn to Swim level 4 ability.

Please register with STUDENT’S EMAIIL. They will receive an email with information regarding the course from the WSI Instructor, Samantha Charette. 

eLearning can begin after registration and must be completed prior to the end of the course (April 13th, 2023) 

In- person Learning:

Star Hill Family Athletic Center

100 Gerber Drive, Tolland, Ct 06084

Monday, 4/10 - 8:00am - 3:00pm (includes break for lunch) 
Tuesday, 4/11 -  8:00am - 3:00pm (includes break for lunch) 
Wednesday, 4/12 - 8:00am - 3:00pm (includes break for lunch) 
Thursday, 4/13 -  8:00am - 3:00pm (includes break for lunch) 

Star Hill Members: $350.00

Non-Members: $400.00 

Upcoming Swim Lesson Session Dates

Swim lesson sessions will be Saturdays for 6 weeks

Winter 1   January 7th - February 11th

Cost of Winter 1 Group Lessons

No refunds will be offered 2 weeks before the start of each session

Star Hill Members   Non Members    
    $75/session                 $95/session    

Group Lesson Schedule

See level descriptions below

Time Swim Level Max. Class Size
9:30am - 10:00am Preschool (3-5 yo) 4
10:05am - 10:35am    Beginner One (6-10 yo) 4
9:30am - 10:00am Beginner Two (7-12 yo) 6
10:05am - 10:35am Intermediate Three (7-13 yo) 6
9:30am - 10:00am Intermediate Four (7-13 yo) 6
10:05am - 10:35am Advanced Five (7-13 yo) 6

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Swim Level Descriptions

Level Description
Preschool For Beginners. Goals: Learn to perform basic safety skills.  Learn basic swim strokes and kicks.  Learn to swim assisted on front and back.  Assisted floating.  Jump in pool (4 ft) to instructor and swim.  Submerge face and  retrieve sinking ring (3 ft deep)

Beginner Level 1

For Beginners. Goals: Learn to perform basic water safety skills.  Independently swim 30 ft on back and front.  Assisted front & back floats.  Jump in shallow end (4 ft) & swim.  Submerge head & retrieve sinking ring (4 ft). 

Beginner Level 2

Pre-Req: Beginner 1. Goals: Learn to perform intermediate water safety skills.  Independently swim the length of pool (75 ft).  Intro freestyle & backstroke,  solo pencil dive & jump.  Learn underwater swim.  Sinking ring (5 ft).  Intro tread water & streamline push-off.
Intermediate Level 3 Pre-Req: Beginner 2. Goals: Learn to perform advanced water safety skills.  Confidently swim 1 lap of freestyle & backstroke.  Learn  the breaststroke & elementary backstroke.  Jump in pool, tread water, retrieve rings & swim.  Underwater swim (15 ft). Learn open turn and diving from the side of the pool.
Intermediate Level 4 Pre-Req: Level  3.  Goals: Learn to perform basic dryland rescue.  Confidently swim 2 laps of freestyle & backstroke, 1 lap of breaststroke & elementary backstroke.  Underwater swim (25 ft).  Learn butterfly & flip turn.  Dive off starting blocks. 
Advanced Level 5 Pre-Req: Level 4. Goals: quickly perform dryland rescue.   Swim laps of freestyle & backstroke, 2 laps of breaststroke & elementary backstroke.  Learn side stroke, underwater swim (25+ ft).  Improve butterfly stroke.   Dive off diving board.

Registration  Links

We will establish a waitlist for Preschool, Level 1, Level 2 & Level 3 classes.  If there is enough interest in those levels we will open a 2nd group either at the same time or during the 11:10-12:15pm hour.  So please register even if those groups appear to be full.

Winter Session 1 - January 7th - February 11th (classes will be held on Saturday mornings)

Swim Lessons - Preschool 1/7/2023 Register
Swim Lessons - Level 1 1/7/2023 Register
Swim Lessons - Level 2 1/7/2023 Register
Swim Lessons - Level 3 1/7/2023 Register
Swim Lessons - Level 4 1/7/2023 Register
Swim Lessons - Level 5/Advanced 1/7/2023 Register

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Attention Parents & Guardians: We know scheduling conflicts occur when you have kids.  But due to the nature of the swim lesson program, and the close watch we keep on instructor/student ratios, we, unfortunately, cannot offer make-up classes for missed time by students during your swim lesson session (unless you are enrolled in Private Lessons).  We will schedule a make-up lesson if Star Hill cancels a lesson due to weather or issues with the pool.  We apologize for any inconvenience this causes.  Thank you.

All participants must have a signed waiver on file with Star Hill Family Athletic Center.

 Click here to view and print waiver form.

 Click here to view and print guest registration and waiver form.

 Click here to view and print team roster - waiver form 

 Click here to view and print Conduct Policy

Facility Hours

Monday - Friday 
5:00am to 8:00pm 

Saturday & Sunday 
8:00am to 2:00pm

For pool and group fitness class availability please see the pool and class schedules. 
For dome and track availability - Weekday open times are abundant.  If you are planning to visit the dome/track in the evening (after 5pm) and/or the weekends, we recommend that you call ahead for open times.
Monday to Thursday
8:30am to 12 noon