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10/9-2021 UPDATE:
Currently enrolled families who are KEEPING their same spot for Fall 2 have been sent an email with registration instructions. Please register your children in our new system for both Fall 1 and Fall 2, BY WENDESDAY, OCTOBER 13TH.

10/2/2021 UPDATE:
Fall 2 Schedule & NEW Registration Program
We are preparing our Fall 2 class schedule, and would like your input! Emails were sent out to all current swimmers last week containing this information, so if you didn’t receive an email, please let us know. Registration will be changing in the future as we are moving to a new registration program soon. It will allow for more continuous registration, allowing you to keep your spot the whole year if you’d like! Due to this change, if you are an existing swimmer and would like to KEEP your same spot from Fall 1 to Fall 2, please respond to the email and let us know by October 6th and we will place you on the schedule. If you would like to CHANGE your class day/time/instructor, please let us know by October 6th and we will place you into a new class after that date. Please note – we will register swimmers keeping their same spot before we register swimmers making a change. After we have all existing swimmers placed, we will open for general public registration around October 13th. Please let us know your response before the October 6th deadline!

There will be some overlap between our old and new registration programs during the Fall 1 and Fall 2 sessions. At some point we will ask you to login to the new registration program, create a username and password, and register for your existing Fall 1 and future Fall 2 classes. Our hope is that in the future, we can copy the entire registration from one session and continue it for the next session. There will be a spaced-out registration process as follows, and as described above:

1st - Existing swimmers keeping same spot

2nd - Existing swimmers changing spots

3rd- General public registration


The dates for the Fall 2 Session are as follows:

Sunday: October 31 - December 12
Monday: November 1 - December 13
Tuesday: November 2 - December 14
Wednesday: November 3 - December 15
Thursday: November 4 - December 16
Friday: November 5 - December 17
Saturday: November 6 - December 18

*We will be closed November 22nd - November 28th for Thanksgiving!

Please respond to the email by Wednesday, October 6th at Noon if you would like the same time as before, or if you would like to make a change. If we don't hear back from you by then, you will have a chance to register when registration opens up to the public

Locker Room Policy Change / 1 Parent/Guardian Exceptions:
Due to the colder weather approaching, we will begin allowing use of our locker rooms for changing clothes after lessons. The showers will remain closed for the time being. We will still end lessons 5 minutes early to give you a chance to wrap in a towel and head to your car, use one of the on-deck changing stations, or go into the locker room to change out of your suit. Please exit the locker rooms into the pool area and head out the side pool door.

We have had several questions regarding allowing more than 1 parent/guardian per family at lessons. If you would like an exception, please send us an email and we will let you know if it’s possible. There are several times throughout the week when the pool is less crowded and we can allow more spectators on deck and still allow proper social distancing.

8/24/2021 UPDATE:
Do your kids start school this week or next week, and you will miss lessons? Please let us know ahead of time! We use those spots for makeup lessons and free trials. We are close to 100% full for swim lessons, so lesson spots are in high demand.

Please call, text or email us at least a couple hours before your missed lesson if you will be out sick. We would appreciate notification several days prior to any planned absences, such as school starting. We are unable to provide you with a makeup lesson if you contact us after you've already missed your lesson. Thanks for your cooperation & understanding!


8/13/2021 UPDATE:
Fall 1 registration is just around the corner! Mark your calendar for Monday, August 16th at 9PM. Fall 1 will run from September 13th through October 30th. The costs for this 7 week session are $119 for Parent-Tot, $178.50 for Age Group and $189 for Swim Team.

Monday: September 13 - October 25
Tuesday: September 14 - October 26
Wednesday: September 15 - October 27
Thursday: September 16 - October 28
Friday: September 17 - October 29
Saturday: September 18 - October 30

Please note that in most cases we can place siblings together in the same class even if they are at different levels. If you need help with registration, email is the best way to reach our office staff. Please contact us at LittleStrokesSwim@gmail.com to find the perfect spot for your family! The Fall 1 schedule is available on the "Schedule and Pricing" bubble. Scroll to pages 3 and 4.

8/2/2021 UPDATE:
Fall 1 Schedule & Registration
We are currently building our Fall 1 Session schedule, and need your input! If there is a particular date/time/instructor that would work best for your family, please send us an email and we will try to work something out ahead of time! In most cases we can place siblings together in the same class even if they are at different levels. Email is the best way to reach our office staff, so please contact us at LittleStrokesSwim@gmail.com to find the perfect spot for your family! All requests must be received by Wednesday, August 4th.

We anticipate opening up registration at 9:00pm on Monday, August 16th for anyone who doesn't email to request a specific spot before August 4th. Fall 1 will run from September 13th through October 30th. The costs for this 7 week session are $119 for Parent-Tot, $178.50 for Age Group and $189 for Swim Team.

Monday: September 13 - October 25
Tuesday: September 14 - October 26
Wednesday: September 15 - October 27
Thursday: September 16 - October 28
Friday: September 17 - October 29
Saturday: September 18 - October 30

8/2/2021 UPDATE:
Face Mask Requirement Update
Due to the recent surge in the delta variant of COVID-19, we will once again require that masks are worn the entire time in the pool area while watching swim lessons. Even if you are fully vaccinated, you may not remove your mask while seated in the chairs on deck. We also ask that any adult Parent-Tot participants wear a face covering in the pool. We've found that disposable masks hold up better with getting splashed vs. cloth masks. Disposable masks are available in an emergency, so please ask if you forget yours!

Until further notice: Masks are required for ages 2+ at all times when not actively swimming. Parent-Tot adult participants must wear a face covering in the water.

7/26/2021 UPDATE:
We have added Ms. Liv onto the Summer 2 schedule on Thursday, Friday and Saturday! An updated schedule is available on our website.

6/23/2021 UPDATE:
Twice a week is twice the fun! Is our 6-week Summer 2 session too long but you still want your child to get in a full session of swim lessons before school starts?  Check out our new 2 day a week, 3 week long session with Ms. Grace! Ms. Grace will be teaching lessons from 9am-1pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays from July 26th through August 12th. Pick a time and your child(ren) will swim at the same time on both days, for 3 weeks! The cost is the same as our longer 6-week session, $153 for Age Group lessons, ages 2+. This offer does not apply to Parent-Tot lessons or Swim Team. Send an email to LittleStrokesSwim@gmail.com to register! We are building the schedule based on requests, so feel free to create your own class level. Siblings are more than welcome to be in the same class even if they're in different levels. 

6/16/2021 UPDATE:
General public online registration for our Summer 2 Session will begin Monday, June 21st at 9PM. Summer 2 will run from July 24th through September 3rd. Summer 2 is a 6-week session and the costs are $102 for Parent-Tot, $153 for Age Group and $162 for Swim Team. You can find the Summer 2 schedule by clicking on the Schedule and Pricing button; scroll to pages 3 and 4.

We will be adding more classes onto the schedule after registration opens, in case something doesn't work out for your family initially!

6/15/2021 UPDATE:

If you are currently in lessons and would like to pre-register for the upcoming Summer 2 Session, please send us your preferred day, time and instructor by THURSDAY, JUNE 17th at 2pm. In most cases we can place siblings together in the same class even if they are at different levels. Email is the best way to reach our office staff, so please contact us at LittleStrokesSwim@gmail.com to find the perfect spot for your family! Requests submitted after Thursday at 2pm cannot be honored and will need to register during the general registration period.

We will be adding more classes onto the schedule after registration opens, in case something doesn't work out for your family!


5/24/2021 UPDATE:

Summer COVID Masking Updates
Due to the change in Dane County orders, we will be updating our masking requirements for fully vaccinated individuals at the start of our Summer 1 session on June 7th. Face coverings are still required for ages 2+ when not in the pool. If you are vaccinated, you do not need to wear a face covering in the pool area once seated, but do need to wear a face covering entering & leaving the facility or in the bathroom. We will still ask Parent-Tot participants to wear a face covering in the water despite vaccination status. Instructors will wear a face shield during lessons, and will wear a mask when working around the pool. Our office staff will wear a mask when working the door or around the building, but will not wear a mask when seated behind the desk.

To clarify - if you are fully vaccinated, you may remove your mask in the pool area when seated at least 6' apart from others, starting June 7th. Face coverings are required for fully vaccinated people when entering and leaving the building/pool area, or in the bathroom.


4/14/2021 UPDATE:
If you are currently in lessons and would like to pre-register for the upcoming Summer 1 Session, please send us your preferred day, time and instructor by WEDNESDAY, APRIL 21st. In most cases we can place siblings together in the same class even if they are at different levels. Email is the best way to reach our office staff, so please contact us at LittleStrokesSwim@gmail.com to find the perfect spot for your family! Requests submitted after Wednesday, April 21st cannot be honored and will need to register during the general registration period.

General public registration will open on Monday, April 26th at 9PM! Schedule coming soon. Summer 1 will run from June 7th through July 17th. Summer 2 will run from July 26th through September 3rd. Both are 6-week sessions and the costs are $102 for Parent-Tot, $153 for Age Group and $162 for Swim Team.

4/11/2021 UPDATE:
We are in the process of building a new website, and are in need of pictures! Instead of using stock photographs, we thought it would be great to showcase local talent! If you fancy yourself to be a photographer, please send us your best work. They can be pictures of your awesome swimmer, the pool, a pair of goggles, our fantastic instructors teaching, the facility – anything you can think of to photograph would be great. Check your email or the Facebook post for the Dropbox link!

If we end up using one of your photos on our website, you will get a $5 credit per photo! There will be a release form to sign for any pictures we use. Now’s the chance for you and your children to be famous! We can’t wait to see what wonderful photos we receive. Please name the photos with your full name, so we can be sure to give you recognition. Thanks in advance for all of your help, we couldn’t do it without the help of our swimmers and their families!!

3/3/2021 UPDATE:
Throughout the past year we have been working hard to make sure we have a clean, healthy environment for our swimmers, family members, and staff. The document on the Schedule & Pricing button explains what will remain the same, and what will change when we reopen for Spring Session. Please take the time to read through it, as there are new procedures in place, and new guidelines to follow. Most of these are the same as they were last summer:

- 1 parent/guardian allowed per family, Parent-Tot may have 2
- come dressed to swim, leave wearing swim suit
- no locker rooms except bathroom emergencies & Parent-Tot
- face coverings required for ages 2+ when not in the pool, including Parent-Tot parents
- maintain 6’ social distance
- bring your own goggles & water bottle
- classes end 5 minutes early for cleaning
- limited capacity
- stay home if you’re feeling ill or have a fever
- no parents/guardians during swim team

If you have any questions, please let us know!


1/11/2021 UPDATE:
We are excited to announce that we will resume our “normal” swim lessons beginning March 7th with our Spring Session! General public registration for our long, 12-week Spring Session will begin on Monday, February 1st. If you are interested in pre-registering for the upcoming Spring Session, please send us an email with your preferred day/time/instructor and we will help you find a spot. Email is the best way to reach our office staff, as they are only in the office checking the phone once or twice during the week. Our email address is LittleStrokesSwim@gmail.com. We are building the schedule based on requests, in the hopes that everyone can find a spot perfect for their family! Please keep in mind that most of our instructors can teach all level classes, so feel free to put your children in the same class together even if they are in different levels.

The cost for this 12-week long session will be $204 for Parent-Tot, $294 for Age Group Lessons, and $324 for swim team. Since this is a longer than normal session, you may choose to pay for the session in 2 payments. The first payment is due before lessons start on March 7th, and the second is due by April 17th.

When we reopen for lessons, we will still have these same rules and regulations in place:
- Maintain 6’ social distance
- Masks required for ages 2+
- Classes end 5 minutes early for cleaning
- Bring your own goggles
- One parent/guardian per family
- One-way traffic through the facility
- Wait outside until the doors open for your class
- Come dressed to swim as locker rooms are closed except for bathroom emergencies and Parent-Tot classes

It is our hope to be able to loosen these regulations as the year progresses, and we whole-heartedly appreciate everyone who has diligently followed our strict guidelines. The health and safety of our staff, our swimmers, and their families is of the utmost importance!

In the meantime, we have decided to keep with the current plan of private pool rentals for families/bubbles who still want to get out and enjoy the water in a safe way. Thanks to all of the families who have rented out the pool since Thanksgiving. You have helped us keep our doors open while staying healthy and safe, and we can’t thank you enough. For those of you that haven’t come in for a pool rental yet, it’s not too late to have your own, private family escape! Shoot us an email and we will get you all set up. You can use credits on your account towards a private pool rental, and professional swim lessons instruction is available during rentals as well! The cost is $100/hour and there is a 1-hour minimum reservation. We are currently limited to 10 people from your family, pod, or bubble but that can change if Dane County releases new orders.

Thank you for your continued support, it means the world to us. We’ll get these kids back in the pool soon!

Sincerely, Bill & Rachel Tygum


11/18/2020 UPDATE:

Have the WHOLE POOL to yourself! Little Strokes is now open for private lessons and private rentals! The entire pool will be reserved just for you, as we will only allow one rental at a time. The pool is available for reservations of 1 hour or longer, whether it be for family swim time or socially distanced private lessons. Take advantage of having a lifeguard present, while kicking back and having a beverage pool-side!! Email us to reserve a time! LittleStrokesSwim@gmail.com

11/16/2020 UPDATE:

At this time, we feel it necessary to suspend our group lessons program from Thanksgiving until the end of January. That will allow anyone who had increased contact over Thanksgiving, the holidays, or winter break time to return home, get tested, and quarantine if positive.

During the time between Thanksgiving and when lessons resume in January, we will be momentarily shifting our business model. Our pool will be available to families and swim teams to lease out for an hour at a time. This has been a popular request as most area school pools are shut down, and now that we have a lot of time available, we are happy to provide this service!

What options are there for your family? You can lease the pool by the hour for family swim time, for your small study group to get some exercise, or for your children to have NON-CONTACT swim lessons with a staff member. If your child is able to swim independently (5+ Swimmer, Stroke Development, or Swim Team), our staff will be socially distanced on the pool deck to provide instruction. If your child is unable to swim independently (Parent-Tot, 2-4 Beginner & Swimmer, 5+ Beginner), we ask that you are in the water with your child while our instructor guides you both from the side of the pool.

We hope that much smaller groups of people and fewer employees in the building will help prevent the spread of Coronavirus while still allowing families to enjoy the water. The pool will be available for rental starting November 30th, please email us at LittleStrokesSwim@gmail.com if you are interested in reserving a spot.

GROUP LESSONS REMINDERS
Just a few reminders before you arrive at the pool!

- Each swimmer should come ready to swim, dressed in their swimsuit and wrapped in a towel. Please rinse off and go to the bathroom before arriving at the pool. Locker rooms will not be available for changing, with the exception of Parent-Tot where necessary and in emergency situations. During colder weather, on-deck changing stations will be available for a quick, 1-minute change into warmer clothing. Children and parents/guardians will be allowed into the pool once the previous lesson has cleared out and staff have cleaned.

- Classes will end 5 minutes early to allow for cleaning.

- Each swimmer will provide their own goggles. Goggles are available for purchase at the front desk. We will have sanitized backup goggles available to use in a pinch.

- 1 parent/guardian allowed per family, with the exception of Parent-Tot where you may have 2 if necessary. If you have back-to-back lessons, you may bring both children in. As long as we are under capacity, siblings may come inside provided they sit on the same chair as their parent/guardian.

- While in the parking lot and building, maintain a 6’ social distance from others.

- Everyone ages 2 and up not swimming in the pool is required to wear a face covering of some sort - face mask, face shield, bandanna, etc while in the facility. Reusable, reversible face masks sewn by Mr. Bill’s wife are available for purchase. Disposable face masks are available as needed.

- Swim team swimmers will rotate through dryland exercises and swimming throughout the practice to allow for social distancing. Please fill up your labeled water bottle before arriving to limit use of the water fountain. Parents will not be allowed on deck during swim team as the deck will be used for dryland workouts. Chairs will be provided outside


While some things might be different, here’s what will remain the same:
 We will still have the best professional swim instructors whose passion is teaching children to swim
 We will still have the same proven instruction methods, teaching the 4 competitive strokes
 We will still continue to keep our pool clean with chlorine, UV light filtration, and numerous chemical checks throughout the day
 We will still have fun!

Here are the changes you will notice:
Swimmer Expectations
 Each swimmer should come ready to swim, dressed in their swimsuit and wrapped in a towel. Please rinse off and go to the bathroom before arriving at the pool. Locker rooms will not be available for changing, with the exception of Parent-Tot where necessary. Children and parents/guardians will be allowed into the pool once the previous lesson has cleared out and staff have cleaned.
 Each swimmer will provide their own goggles. Goggles are available for purchase at the front desk. We will have sanitized backup goggles available to use in a pinch.
 Swimmers will stay near their parent or in a spot suitable for social distancing when not swimming in the water. We will maintain social distancing between swimmers during lessons.
 Swim team swimmers will rotate through dryland exercises and swimming throughout the practice to allow for social distancing. Please fill up your labeled water bottle before arriving to limit use of the water fountain. Parents will not be allowed on deck during swim team as the deck will be used for dryland workouts. Chairs will be provided outside.
 Celebrations and rings will be limited; Parent-Tot toys and magic carpet rides will be eliminated for the time being. Parents are allowed to bring in one small toy to Parent-Tot class for their child to use if they would like.
 Classes will end 5 minutes early to allow time for swimmers and parents to leave the pool, and for staff to wipe down frequently touched surfaces between classes.
 Swimmers will leave the facility still in their swimsuits, wrapped in a towel, using the marked exit in the pool area.

Parent/Guardian Expectations
 If you or someone in your house is sick, feels unwell, or has a fever, please stay home.
 1 parent/guardian allowed per family, with the exception of Parent-Tot where you may have 2 if necessary. Parents and guardians in the Parent-Tot classes will remain in the same place in the pool throughout the lesson, instead of moving around freely. The instructor will evenly space out the pairs of Parent-Tots.
 Everyone not swimming in the pool is required to wear a face covering. Reusable, ecofriendly face masks sewn by Mr. Bill’s wife are available for purchase.

Parent/Guardian Expectations continued
 While in the parking lot and building, maintain a 6’ social distance from others.
 We ask that you sanitize your hands before entering and before leaving the building. While we will have some hand sanitizer available, please bring your own if possible since supplies are limited.

Employee Expectations
 Employees will take a COVID-19 test every 2 weeks
 Temperature checks will be performed before each shift
 Employees are required to stay home if they exhibit any symptoms of COVID-19 or feel unwell
 Employees are required to wear a face covering and will try to maintain 6’ social distance when interacting with parents & guardians outside of the pool. Instructors will wear a clear face shield while teaching lessons.

Facility Expectations
 Chairs have been reconfigured to allow for social distancing
 Locker rooms will remain closed with the exception of Parent-Tot classes needing to change diapers.
 One-way traffic will be indicated on the floor, and everyone will exit from the door in the pool. Please follow the signs posted throughout the facility.
 Staff will clean and sanitize the facility throughout the day, and will wipe off chair arms and other frequently touched surfaces between lessons.



For years the basic standard of teaching swimming answered only to the system designed and executed by the Red Cross. However, the top-tier swimming that is found at the competitive levels has evolved well beyond what this system has to offer its students. The cutting-edge fluid mechanics of the strokes that are so readily evident in the Olympic competitions are lost upon this system of teaching. The techniques that the Olympians use, however, are every bit as applicable and useful to a two-year old as they are to a top level athlete, and as a benefit, the more a child understands about how to move efficiently in the water the safer he or she is. Bearing these things in mind, the answer becomes clear: change the system of instruction to reflect the latest understanding of what is the most efficient way to swim.

Founded by former athletes and coaches, Little Strokes has effectively done this with a unique progression system developed from years of teaching, combined with Little Strokes open secret: the most experienced and qualified instructors in the business. Being able to boast teachers who are themselves; athletes, coaches, and teachers, means that the instructors not only have the tools to teach the science of swimming, but the fundamental understanding to realize its potential in every child.