Swimming Lessons

Indoor Pool Recreation 6 Henry Law Ave.
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(603) 516-6441

7 Days a Week, Hours Subject to Change


LessonPicOct2014medium.jpgAll new!  More Swim Lessons!

The Dover Recreation Department has changed their yearly format on when swim lessons will be offered.  This change will double the amount of lessons that we will be offering in each season.  We will now offer two sessions in each season!  We believe by doing this we will see a much greater degree of skill retention and greater success as children will be more consistently swimming and receiving instruction.  Our prices will remain the same as we continue to offer the same high quality lessons that our patrons have come to expect with many of the same instructors that you have come to be comfortable with through the years.


Lesson Information

2017 - 2018 Swim Lesson Information

Our Infant/Toddler class is for children ages 6 months to 3 years. This is a wonderful course that may help your child to become more comfortable in and around the water. Parents and children go in the water together and under the direction of an instructor to learn simple exercises and skills. 

Our American Red Cross Preschool program is for children ages 3 - 5 years old. It is broken down into Beginner and Advanced Preschool. The main difference between the levels is that in the beginner class the children work on skills with support (noodle, barbell, instructor, etc.). The advanced preschool is for those children that are performing these skills more independently. Our American Red Cross Learn to Swim program is for children ages 5 and up. This program is broken up into levels 1-6. Please see skill section for a breakdown of the critical skills of each level. We will take registration until the class if full. 


These skills will give you an idea of what level to register for. Any questions? Please call us at 516-6441!

Level 1: Fully submerge face, front and back floats, swim on front and back for 5 yards unassisted. 

Level 2: Back and front floats 5 seconds independently, swimming with a combined arm and leg action for 5 yards. 

Level 3: Swim 15 yards with rotary breathing, kneeling and sitting dives, butterfly kick and body motion help, HELP and huddle positions. 

Level 4: Front crawl for 25 yards, entire butterfly stroke, treading water. 

Level 5: Breaststroke 25 yards, front crawl 50 yards, shallow dive, pike and tuck surface dives and sidestroke. 

Level 6: Swim 50 yards of each of the 6 strokes, flip turns, survival swimming, 500 yards continuous swim using all of the 6 strokes. 

Registration Information

Please view the 2017-2018 brochure for registration dates for each session.

Dover Residents MUST bring proof of residency. The following are the only acceptable forms: valid driver's license, car registration, or apartment lease. All registrations must be in person and each person may only register members from one family.


Fees: $50/residents; $70/non-residents

Age Requirements:
Infant/Toddler: 6months - 2 years
Preschool (Beginner&Advanced): 3 - 4 years
Levels 1-6: 5 and over

Miscellaneous Information

Classes will be filled on a first come-first serve basis. Please remember that each class takes place on both days that are listed. For example, if you sign your child up for the Saturday/Sunday session, the class takes place on both Saturday and Sunday. Feel free to call with any questions regarding availability of a class or registration procedure.

Please note:
Children ages 3 and under are required to wear a swim diaper while swimming in the Dover Indoor Pool. Swim diapers are available at the pool for $2 each. Please remove all street shoes before entering the pool area. Failure to remove street shoes presents a cleanliness and sanitary issue. You are more than welcome to bring an alternate pair of shoes, flip-flops, or clean deck shoes. Thank you for your cooperation!

Changing Facilities:

Children 6 and over are required to use same-sex locker rooms. If parents are uncomfortable with this, there is a changing stall located in the lobby. See the desk attendant for further assistance.

No refund given after activity begins. All persons participating in Dover Recreation programs do so at their own risk and without recourse to the City of Dover, its agents, officers or employees. A $10 non-refundable administration charge is included in all fees.