Swim Lessons

Group Lessons

Group Lessons consist of 6-weeks of 30-minute sessions, in a group of 3-8 students and 1 instructor, dependent upon age.

Pricing:

  • $65 CARC Members
  • $70 Non-Members

Which level do I sign my child up for?

Below you will find detailed descriptions about each level which will help you decide. If you are still not sure, give us a call and we will do our best to guide you. However, until we get your child in the water it is often impossible to tell exactly which level is best for them. Sometimes we are able to switch children to a different level but at other times maximum capacities in each class prevent us from doing so.

Policies

Late/Absence Policy: You are responsible for being on time to all class sessions. If your student is late, the instructor(s) will not schedule a make-up session or provide refunds. The same goes for classes that are missed entirely.

Cancellation of classes:

Cancellations of entire sessions will occur at least 24 hours before the first day of class. If an individual class has to be cancelled due to unforeseeable circumstances, the CARC will do everything we can to make up the class at a later date, but make up sessions are not guaranteed.

Healthy Swimming: We ask all parents to help us keep our pools healthy and safe for all users. In order to do this, we ask that all patrons with kids:

  • Per state law, please change diapers in a bathroom or a diaper-changing area; never on deck.
  • Wash your child thoroughly (especially the rear end) with soap and water before swimming.
  • Never swim or allow your child to swim with diarrhea. You can spread germs in the water and make other people sick.
  • For more info about healthy swimming, visit www.cdc.gov/healthyswimming

Parents: Parents may not leave the pool deck and/or viewing area during the swim lessons. They must be available to take a child to the bathroom if the child needs to go during a lesson as swim instructors and lifeguards cannot leave the other youth in order to take them

Appropriate attire: Swim diapers are required on all children who are not potty trained. Appropriate swim attire is expected. The lifeguards have the ultimate decision on what is acceptable and what is not. Any blow up toys or floaties are not allowed during swim lessons.

Locker rooms: There are locker rooms directly attached to the CARC pool area for your use during lessons. There is also a family locker room that should be used when the parent or guardian is the opposite sex of the youth.

Class Level: The instructors have the ultimate discretion on which class level is best for a youth and have the right to switch a child into a higher or lower level class.

Instructors: If you feel a swim instructor or other CARC staff does not provide a sufficient level of customer service, please contact the Programming office at (301) 387-3086. All patrons will be given the opportunity to fill out an evaluation form at the completion of the session.

Dropping Courses: Under no circumstances may a person who has a spot, “give” their spot to you. They must drop the course by contacting us and the first person on the waitlist to sign up will gain it.

Severe Weather Policy: In the event of lightning detected in the area of the CARC, the pool will close for 30 minutes. With each new lightning strike, the timer will reset.

Waitlist

If a class is full then you can be added to a waitlist. If a spot or spots become available you will be immediately notified via phone. Unfortunately there is no way of knowing for sure if anything will become open. Occasionally, if we get enough interest on a waitlist we will try to schedule another class. Under no circumstances may a person who has a spot, “give” their spot to you. They must drop the course by contacting us and the first person on the waitlist to sign up will gain it.

Registration & Current Schedule

The schedule and registration is posted on our online registration portal as well as our Facebook page. Current CARC members may request a username and password for the portal at any time. Guests must set up an account in person or over the phone to gain access to the portal.

Paper schedules are also available at the CARC. Registrations are accepted in person, online, and over the phone. Payment must be made at the time of registration.

Refunds & Transfers: Refunds are not given less than 48 working hours before the first day of class. Transfers are accepted up to 48 working hours in advance and are subject to the availability in other sessions.

Location

All lessons are held at the Garrett College Community Aquatic & Recreation Complex (CARC). Directions can be found here.

Physical Address:
695 Mosser Rd.
McHenry, MD 21541

For more information about Group Swim lessons please email angela.luby@garrettcollege.edu or call (301) 387-3786.

Private & Semi-Private Lessons

Whether you want to improve on your strokes, gain endurance, or learn how to swim for the first time, we’ve got the right swim instructor for you!

You will receive 30-minutes of one-on-one instruction (Private) or one-on-two/three (Semi-Private) aimed at meeting your individual goals, and you can work with your instructor to schedule sessions at times that fit your busy life.

Lessons are available for all ages and levels!

Location

All lessons are held at the Garrett College Community Aquatic & Recreation Complex (CARC). Physical address is 695 Mosser Rd, McHenry, MD 21541 but you can also find directions here.

Pricing:

Private
$25/lesson CARC Members
$27.50/lesson Non Members

Semi-Private (2-3 students)
(all students must be of similar age and ability)
$40/lesson CARC Members
$45/lesson Non Members

Scheduling of Lessons: Please complete a private swim lesson request form at the CARC front desk or online here.

Initial Appointment: The assigned instructor will contact you in about 1-2 weeks from the date of request to schedule. After three consecutive attempts to schedule the initial appointment with no response from the client, requests are cancelled.

Lesson length: Lessons are 30 minutes in length.

Late policy: You are responsible for being on time for your appointment. Your instructor is only required to wait 10 minutes. If your session begins late, it will only last until the end of the half hour that the session was scheduled.

Cancellation Policy: Clients must notify their instructor at least 24 hours in advance to re-schedule an appointment. Failure to do so will result in a forfeiture of the session. Your instructor is also responsible for giving 24 hour notice if he/she needs to cancel or re-schedule.

Severe Weather Policy: In the event of lightning within the area of the CARC, the pool must close for 30 minutes. With each new lightning strike, the timer restarts. We will do our best to notify via email, as soon as we see inclement weather headed our way.

Refunds: There are no refunds for sessions purchased.

Youth Policies: If you are purchasing the lessons for a child, please note that a parent or guardian must remain in the pool area and/or viewing with the child for the entire duration of the lesson.
Swim diapers are required for all children who are not yet potty trained.

Instructors: If you feel a swim instructor or other CARC staff do not provide a sufficient level of customer service, please contact the Programming office at 301.387.3086.

Registration: Please complete a private swim lesson request form at the CARC front desk or online here.

Instructors will be contacting you within 2 weeks to set up your first lesson. However, during busy seasons lessons it may take up to 4 weeks for your first lesson to occur.

For questions regarding one on one swim lessons, please angela.luby@garrettcollege.edu or call (301) 387-3786.