NCCC to offer Red Cross swim lessons

SARANAC LAKE — North Country Community College will offer American Red Cross Swim Lessons for youth at the Sparks Athletic Complex pool in Saranac Lake.

The swim program’s goal is to teach young people to swim and to be safe in, on and around the water. It’s also designed to give students a positive learning experience.

The following classes will meet on Monday evenings on the following dates: Jan. 29; Feb. 5, 12, 26; March 5, 12; and April 9, 16.

≤5 to 5:30 p.m. — Infant and Child Aquatics (3 years and under) with parent. $50.

Infant and Child Aquatics prepares young children to 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.

-5:35 to 6:05 p.m. (early class is full) and 6:10 to 6:40 p.m. — Level I: Intro to Water Skills $50

Level 1 is designed for 3 to 6 year olds who are comfortable in the water on their own, with a flotation device. Instructors work carefully with participants to develop skills without a flotation device.

-6:45 – 7:15 p.m. Level II – Fundamental Aquatic Skills $70

Those 5 years old and older will enjoy Level II’s introduction to strokes, floating and treading. Comfort in deep water for short periods of time without flotation is the only prerequisite. Swimmers will learn both front and back strokes and begin piecing it together to cover short distances.

-7:20 to 7:50 p.m. Level III: Stroke Development $70

These swimmers will be getting their first taste of the elementary backstroke, sidestroke and breaststroke in addition to working on breathing and diving. There is also more emphasis placed on distance swimming, though fun remains a key component.

-7:55 to 8:25 p.m. Level IV: Stroke Improvement $70

Level four introduces the butterfly and continued refinement of the breast stroke, front crawl, sidestroke and diving.

For questions regarding placement into levels, contact Debbie Fox:

For more information on Red Cross Swim Lessons, contact the NCCC Registrar’s Office at or 518-891-2915 ext. 1689. The registration form is located on the college’s website,, Academics tab, Center for Lifelong Learning, Course Registration (Registration Form).