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Fall Aquatics COVID-19 Update

For the safety of our staff and participants, fall aquatics activities will not be offered at this time.

We hope to see you in our pools once it is deemed safe to be indoors without face coverings. Future updates regarding the status of our aquatics program will be posted on Facebook and We appreciate your understanding.

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Milwaukee Recreation understands how important swimming is as a lifelong skill, so we make sure people throughout the area are afforded every opportunity to learn. Each year, Milwaukee Recreation serves over 7,400 kids and adults in the community with a wide variety of acquatic lessons, activities, events, and more.

Swim lessons and other aquatics-related activities not only improve one's level of personal safety in the water; they can also reduce stress, increase mobility, and promote self-confidence.

We invite you, your friends, and your family to take advantage of the many aquatic activities available through Milwaukee Recreation. Check out the right side of this page for additional swim sessions and aquatics job opportunities!

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  Children's Swim Lessons

Milwaukee Recreation is proud to be an authorized provider of the American Red Cross Learn to Swim Program. Lifeguards and swim instructors are Red Cross-certified, and trained to provide quality swim instruction. Class size is limited to 10 students per instructor to ensure a quality experience. Our semi-private lesson program offers more individual attention with only four students per instructor. It is the goal of Milwaukee Recreation to offer affordable opportunities to every family. Our eight-lesson, youth swim program is offered for just $36; this price is reduced for those families who qualify for free/reduced lunch programs. The semi-private program has a premium non-reducible fee. Please see the current program guide for details.

  Parent/Child Aquatic Programs

Milwaukee Recreation offers aquatic classes for those as young as six months old! Infant classes - for children six to 18 months - orient your little one to the pool environment through songs, games, and activities. For toddlers 18-36 months, check out our Lil' Squirts class that will start to teach primary aquatic skills. Preschoolers ages 3-4 are ready to learn more in Tiny-Tot and can graduate to Advanced Tiny-Tot (ages 4-5) when they can submerge their head and kick independently with a board. All parent/child courses require a parent or person 16 years or older to accompany the child in the water for each swim class. Our affordable eight lesson program will only cost you $32* and again is eligible for discount if your family qualifies. Please see the current program guide for details.

*The Advanced Tiny-Tot class has a $36 fee.

  Lifeguard Training

American Red Cross Lifeguard Training will give you the skills and knowledge needed to prevent and respond to aquatic emergencies. This course includes water rescue skills, first aid, and CPR PRO. Several prerequisites will be tested on the first day of class, such as: swimming 300 yards non-stop (using breaststroke and front crawl), submerging 10-12 feet underwater to retrieve a 10-lb. brick, and treading water for 2 minutes without your hands. Successful participants from this class may be considered for immediate summer employment opportunities. You must be at least 15 years old to particpate. Register here, using the activity code 2RAQ0601. Read here for more Lifeguarding information

  Competitive Swim

Competitive swim is a great way to become a team player, meet new friends and have fun while working out. Our age-group swim clubs offer the beginning and experienced swimmer opportunities to compete against other swimmers of similar ability throughout the Milwaukee area. Our youngest competing category is 8 & under while our oldest category serves youth all the way through high school. Competitive swim is currently being offered at MacDowell, South Division and Riverside High Schools. You are welcome to try the program for one week before joining.

For those who are interested in joining a swim team but lack experience, you will want to join the swim academy for your first season. Swim academy starts those interested in swim team as early as age 4. The only requirement for the academy is to be able to kick (with board or noodle) one 25 yard length of the pool on both the front and back. Older students (through age 12) will work on strokes, starts, turns and learning the "lingo" of the competitive swim world. Please see the current program guide for details.

  Masters Swim

Adults who miss the competitive swim ambiance from earlier days or are simply looking for a program to stay in shape or train for a triathlon should join the Master's Swim Team. Currently coached by an extraordinarily talented team of professional swimmers, the masters’ program will give you the chance to work on refining your strokes, build endurance and compete if you are interested in doing so.  We have several options to accommodate your schedule; workout 2 or 4 days a week in the early morning or join one of our “weekend warrior” options and swim on Saturday mornings. Click here for more information,

  Triathlon Training


Milwaukee Recreation is excited to have a group of triathlon focused adults train at Riverside High School 3 seasons per year.  Join Triathlon Cross-Training in the winter to work on strength and endurance through stair climbing, weight lifting, indoor cycling and swimming.  Continue into the spring with our Triathlon Prep course which gets athletes outdoors running and biking while continuing to improve swim skill in the pool.  The summer allows the program to meet twice a week for TRI-TRAINING and works all 3 sports in different combinations.  Classes are best suited for novice and amateur level triathletes. Click here for more information.


Experienced coaches will personally train and teach each student (11-18 years old) based on their ability and comfort level on how to swim, bike and run in preparations for a triathlon.

We work with every pre-teen and teen based on their personal levels of ability.  T2 (Teen Triathlon) Training will also include the following dry-land fitness exercises, not limited to: spinning, jogging, core strength, bosu ball, jump rope, and stair climbing. Coaches will incorporate other exercise to meet the abilities of all participating youth.  Click here for more information.

  Adult Lesson Program

In a current California study, almost half of 1000 adults surveyed said they did not feel comfortable in, on or around water.  More so, less than 5 percent of all adults surveyed indicated they could swim a continuous 400 yards.  Milwaukee Recreation is pleased to offer lesson programs that teach hundreds of adults each year how to swim. Choose from a standard course which offers one instructor for every 10 participants or select a "fear factor" semi-private lesson which can give you the personalized attention needed to overcome anxiety of being around water.  Both beginners and intermediate adult swimmers are encouraged to enroll. Please see the current program guide for details.

  Aquatic Fitness Opportunities

With multiple pool locations on all different sides of town, you won't need to travel far to attend your favorite water aerobics class. Choose from shallow water exercise, aqua-ZUMBA, cardio splash, deep-water aerobics, aqua boot camp or YoQUA Fusion.  We also offer aquanatal classes for expectant mothers. Each one of these classes will help you get in shape, or stay in shape without the impact of land aerobics. We provide the equipment and instructors; you bring your energy and enthusiasm!  Please refer to current Activity Guide for course descriptions and offerings.

  Open Swim

Bring your family and friends to the pool to enjoy our FREE Community Swim Program!  Visit for more site-specific information.

  Lap Swim

Keep yourself in shape by logging your miles in the pool.  Available at Hamilton High School, Madison High School, and Riverside University High School.  A $2 per swim fee is payable at the pool or a 10 punch pass for $15 may be purchased at the sites Recreation Office. Visit for more site-specific information.


Phone: 414-647-6050

Aquatics Training and Job Opportunities

If you would like to earn extra money and advance your swimming skills while protecting the safety of others, sign up for one of our Lifeguard Training Classes. Or, if you think you'd like to teach others to swim enroll in a Water Safety Instructor Course. These American Red Cross courses are typically offered in Fall, Winter and Spring. Employment opportunities are available for individuals who successfully complete each course and become certified according to the American Red Cross criteria. Join the Milwaukee Recreation aquatics team!

For more information, call 414-647-6075 or email

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