Swim School


Swim School (Session 4) Registration Opening October 16

Vision: Water Safety, fitness and fun for all citizens

Mission: Inclusive and equitable access to swimming, water safety, therapy, and fitness instruction to all members of the community.



The APS Swim School is based on an innovative and learner focused approach developed by Starfish Aquatics Institute. This program, and its learner-focused curriculum uses an “ages and stages” format which facilitates the acquisition of skills across different skill levels and age and is a proven approach to help pre-school, youth and adults develop a foundation of swimming and safety skills with a focus water safety and self-rescue.  Below, please find a brief description of the different courses (levels) to help you determine the best fit for your student.

B&T Swim School (Babies & Toddlers (6 months to 3 years old): The purpose of this course is to foster in very young children a high comfort level in the water while at the same time train the adults in water safety and drowning prevention.  This course does not teach children to swim or to survive in the water.  The focus in on confidence building, fun and loving experience.  The course is organized into five (5) learning phase that include trust and comfort, body positions, submersion, air recovery and rollover and forward movement.  One adult must be in the water, and a second adult is welcome.

Pre-K Swim School (3-5 years old): In Pre-K, students will develop a high comfort level in the water and a readiness to swim.  Children who are developmentally ready, will learn functional swim skills.  Instructors use a creative, fun activities in the water to introduce the children to fundamental skills including submersion, body position and air recovery, direction change, forward and rotary and integrated movement as well as important water safety and self-rescue skills.  Session are 30 minutes in length

Swim School (6-13 years old):  Pre-requisite: Children under 6-years old mut be assessed to by an instructor.  Instructors use age-appropriate, self-paced but challenging learning activities to allow students to develop core swimming competencies – submersion, body position and air recovery, direction change, forward and rotary and integrated movement.  The course is organized into five (5) learning phases (or grades) and benchmarks include submersion, jumping in, recovery, float, and kick, change directions, glide, and move using overarm pull with kick.  Safety benchmarks include using a lifejacket, assists, treading water and survival float.  At the completion of GREEN Phase, the swimmer will be ready to enroll in STROKE SCHOOL (Intermediate Grades

Stroke School (6-13 years old): Pre-requisite: Completion of Swim School GREEN phase or equivalent skill level.  Stroke School curriculum builds on fundamental skills acquired in Swim School and develops endurance, freestyle refinement, and learn stroke technique for backstroke, butterfly, and breaststroke This course is structured into five (5) learning phases – Freestyle, Backstroke, Butterfly, and endurance.  During the Green Phase swimmers will learn starts and turns, training methods and water safety skills.  After completing the GREEN Phase of Stroke School, the swimmer will be ready to enroll in the Swim Academy or join a Swim Team

Swim Academy: Pre-requisite: Completion of Stroke School GREEN phase or equivalent skill level.  Students in the Swim Academy will work on refining swim strokes, starts, and turns, and develop an understanding of basic training principles such as using a pace clock and racing strategies; Additional skills may include an introduction to Springboard Diving and other aquatics activities such as Water Polo, etc

Adult Swim School (14+ years old): Students will work in group of similar skill level.  Groups will focus on developing core swimming competencies or endurance, and stroke refinement for freestyle, backstroke, butterfly, and backstroke.  Training concepts, and turns will be included


Water Polo is an exciting, fast-paced team sport played in deep water, and participant quickly improve fitness and endurance levels.

Water Polo – Level 1 (7+ years old):  This course will introduce swimmers to the fundamental skills needed to become a proficient Water Polo players.  Skills learned include treading water, throwing and shooting.  Participants will receive technical instruction and finish with a 2v2 scrimmages Students must be able to swim 25 yards freestyle without stopping and tread water for 90 seconds.

Water Polo – Level 2 (7+ years old): This course will build on the skills gained in Level 1 and challenges participants to increase fitness, endurance and ball handling skills.  Technical/tactical training in single hand catching, shooting options and 3v3 offense and defense will be introduced.  It is preferred that players have completed Level 1 or have some experience with the sport.  Students must be able to swim 50 yards freestyle without stopping and tread water for 3 minutes.


Spring Board Diving – Level 1 (6-13 years old):  This course will introduce participants to diving safety, proper use of the spring board and fundamental dives based on the student demonstrated skill level.  Students must be able to swim 25 yards and tread water for 60 seconds.

Spring Board Diving – Level 2 (6-13 years old): This progressive course will continue to build on fundamental concepts of diving and introduce more dives based on the students experience and demonstrated skill level.  We recommend the student complete Level 1 or have experience diving in another program.  Students must be able to swim 25 yards and tread water for 60 seconds.


Log Rolling School (6-13 years old):  Students will learn the art of log rolling.  Log rolling, as a sport, began in the late 1800’s during the great logging when the timber industry used rivers to move logs to the mills. Thousands of logs floating down rivers frequently jammed, so men were hired to prevent the jams. As soon as the men stepped onto the logs, the logs would spin, dumping them into the water giving birth to the expression “It’s as easy as falling off a log!” In order to stay dry (and alive), the river men had to learn to roll the logs.  Log rolling is a fun and exciting way to be active, and develop balance and strategy skills.


SKWIM SCHOOL (7 year and older):  SKWIM is a new relatively new aquatics activity that incorporates concepts of water polo, frisbee and swimming into a fun and easy to learn water activity for all ages.  Look for the introduction of SKWIM School a little later this year.

Aquatics School Schedule – Fall 2021 Session 4

Fall 2021 will include four session of 8 classes each.  Classes are scheduled in series of 8 lessons that meet either on Monday & Wednesday, Tuesday and Thursday, Saturday or Sunday.  (For example: A course will meet on, at the same time and location every Monday & Wednesday for 4 weeks). Students must select one course and attend sessions schedule for that course.  Groups progress together and our instructor teams are different.  Student will learn better if working with the same classmates and the same lead instructor.



Please register for each sessions you wish to attend, by selecting the first day of class for the course you wish to take. For example:  Session 1 – Pre-K class at 6:00 pm on Mon & Wed at Wakefield -start date September 13; or Swim School on Tue & Thu at Yorktown at 4:15pm Starts on Sept 14.  These start dates are the only “bookings” you need to make.

Start by setting up a SET UP A SELF-SERVICE ACCOUNT  for each individual child/participant.  (Please include child’s first and last name, address, and date of birth.  We also need a parent/guardian name, email and phone number.) 

Once the account is set up:

    1. Go to our Self- Service Portal
    2. Log in to the child’s/participant’s account.
    3. Advance the Calendar to the START date of your class (see above) to see the schedule of courses starting on that day.  
    4. Select your Course from the SCHEDULE page (on the right of our screen).  Be sure to select the desired pool and start time. (ie: Sept 13 -WL Pre-K 5:00pm  
      • Select “BOOK”
      • You you will be prompted to “buy a package”.  Please select either a Child or Adult Swim School as appropriate (Purchase a child package for B&T).
      • You will be prompted through the purchasing process.
    5. Once you have purchased the package, Select Book.
    6. A new window will open indicating you have booked your session successfully. 
      • An invoice will be emailed to you and will serve as your receipt.
      • You may confirm your registration by selecting “MY SCHEDULE” from the Drop-Down Menu.  Note that only the first lesson date will appear on “my schedule” until your registration is confirmed.
    7. You will receive a confirmation, and additional information about your course a few days before the start of the course.

If you have any questions, please call 703-228-6263 or 703-228-6264. We anticipate our phones may be a little busy during the first few days of registration.  Your call will be returned in the order it was received, and within 24 hours.  Thank you for your patience.


In-person registration will be available as follows:

  • Wakefield: November 1 and 3 (5:30-7:30 pm)
  • Washington-Liberty: November 9 (5:30-7:30 pm)
  • Yorktown:  November 16  (5:30-7:30 pm)


  1. You may RESCHEDULE (subject to space availability) or CANCEL your booking on-line until three (3) days before the start of the course
  2. Log in to the participant’s account and select “MY SCHEDULE”
  3. Select “CANCEL”
    • A credit will be added to you account and may be used to book another swim school session.
  4. Select another session from the schedule listing to book a new class. Your credit will be applied to the new booking.


The APS Swim School sessions are 8-Lessons of 30 to 45 minutes (depending on the Course).  Lesson are schedule either twice/week on weekday or once/week on weekends.

B&T, Pre-K, Swim and Stroke, Academy & Diving $42.25 ($5.25/lesson) $49.30 ($6.16/lesson) $45.75$5.71/lesson
Water Polo School* $44.00 ($5.50/lesson n/a n/a
Fitness School (Water Aerobics)** n/a $54.80 (6.85/lesson) $50.40 ($6.30lesson)

*Fees are adjusted to cover equipment costs unique to the program (balls, caps, barbells, etc).

All Swim School package sales are final.  If your plans change or you find the program does not meet your child’s needs, you may contact us by email to request to cancel your registration.

Please note that refunds will NOT be issued for any reason, after the second lesson of the series is complete.  There will be NO makeup classes or refunds due to inclement weather including electric storms that may cause the pool(s) to close.  Refunds will be issued if APS must cancel the course or a lesson due to events and circumstances within APS control.

Income-based fee reduction is available.  Please access the  Fee Reduction Form download it to complete and submit it via email to helena.machado@apsva.us.  Be sure to include a scan or picture of the supporting documents. We will work to turn it around in 24 hours.