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Preschool Aquatics
Ages 4-5
Tuesdays - Fridays from 5:15-6:00 pm
Make-Up Classes on Saturdays from 10 am-12 pm 

Preschool Aquatics (Swimming Course for Children): Children ages 4 and 5 learn water safety, survival skills and foundational swimming concepts in a safe and fun environment. Skills are age-appropriate, allowing students to achieve success on a regular basis. Course length varies by swimmer. Courses typically meet for 30 minutes over 8-10 sessions.

  • Level 1: Helps children become comfortable in the water and basic water safety
  • Level 2: Builds on Level 1 and introduces fundamental skills, such as kicking
  • Level 3: Focuses on coordinating arm and leg movements and improving upon skills learned in Levels 1 and 2.

Ages 6 to Adults
Tuesdays - Thursdays from 5:15-7:00 pm
Make-Up Classes on Saturdays from 10 am-12 pm

Our six-level Learn-to-Swim program is unlike anything offered by other learn to swim programs. The program is designed for children over 6 years all the way up to adults, and students progress through the levels at their own pace, mastering the skills in one level before advancing to the next. Each level of our Learn-to-Swim class includes training in basic water safety and helping others in an emergency, in addition to stroke development. Course length varies by swimmer. Courses typically meet for 8-10 sessions of 30-45 minutes each.

  • Level 1: Introduction to Water Skills
  • Level 2: Fundamental Aquatic Skills
  • Level 3: Stroke Development
  • Level 4: Stroke Improvement
  • Level 5: Stroke Refinement
  • Level 6: Swimming and Skill Proficiency

Parent / Child Aquatics
Ages 6 Months - 3 Years Old
Tuesdays - Fridays: 5-5:30 pm
Make-Up Classes on Saturdays from 10 am-12 pm

Parent and Child Aquatics helps young children get ready to swim by emphasizing fun in the water. Parents and children participate in several guided practice sessions that help kids learn elementary swimming skills, including water entry, bubble blowing, front kicking, back floating, underwater exploration and more. Course length: Varies by Swimmer. Courses typically meet for 30 minutes over 7-10 sessions.

  • Level 1: Children learn basic skills through fun activities, such as blowing bubbles and playing with water toys
  • Level 2: Parents work with their children to practice floating, kicking and swimming back to the side of the pool

The cost is $40 for 2 weeks (Government Rate is $32 for 2 weeks)

City of Sumter Aquatics Center Swim Team

The City of Sumter Aquatics Center is an official USA Swim Team.  The Stealth's are eligible to compete in official USA Swim South Carolina meets as well as participate in local and the City of Columbia League events. Swimmers advance from developmental to advance levels of competition. The Swim Team uses a team concept that emphasize safety, fun, fitness and friendship for the entire family. The Swim Team is supervised by American Red Cross certified lifeguards and USA Swim certified coaches. Interested boys & girls ages 6 to 18 should contact the City of Sumter Aquatics Center at (803) 774-3998 for more information.

Junior Lifeguard Program

  • Ages 11-14
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 am-12 pm
  • Swim Test Required

This program will provide a foundation of aquatics and leadership knowledge, attitudes and skills for future successful completion of the Red Cross Lifeguard Training Course. Volunteer opportunities at the Aquatics Center available during and upon completion. Must attend class and pass test to receive certification & volunteer.

Swim Camp (Ages 6-12)

Monday - Friday from 9 am-12 pm
Limited to 40 Campers so be sure and register early!
If class schedule is full, a waiting list for drop-ins will be available.

$360 for 10 Week Session (Government Rate: $288)

Our Aquatics Center Staff love to have fun and they know that learning about the importance of water safety and how to swim in an atmosphere with friends, water and sunshine is TRULY SUMMER FUN! Camp includes group swim lessons, fun & safety, innovative games, guest speakers, camper surprises and more!