PACC Swimming Lessons

Offering Group & Private swim lessons.

When you’re surrounded by lakes, swimming lessons are a must. The PACC teaches children to swim with lessons offered throughout the year.  Children may begin swimming lessons once they are at least 43 inches tall.

Scroll down to see Red Cross description of each level.

Current Learn to Swim Offerings

Swimming lessons will be offered Saturday mornings March 14-April 25th (no class April 11th).  For 6 mornings at 45 minutes each, register for levels 1-6, or you and your child can attend Parent/Child water classes together!  Register through the member portal at the top right of the home page or stop in to register in person.  You do not need to be a member to have a member portal created, just give us a call to set up your profile!  $50/members $70/non-members.  Call for details and any questions!

Group Swim Lessons



*Non-Members – $70


Private Swim Lessons (30 min)



*Non-Members – $35
Per child/adult for each 30 minute session.

Lifeguard Training


Requires pre-class independent study

An American Red Cross course. Once certified, you may be qualified for many lifeguarding jobs across the country. Makes a great part-time job! Includes class materials/certification costs.  Call for next opportunity at the PACC, or visit the Red Cross website for offerings in the area.

Water Safety Instructor Class


Requires pre-class independent study

Love to swim? Learn to teach others via American Red Cross swimming lessons by getting your WSI!
Contact the PACC Aquatics Director for more information on upcoming classes.


Level 1 - Introduction to Water Skills

Objective: To help students feel comfortable in the water and to enjoy the water safely
Requirements: None
Skills Covered: Entering and exiting the water safely, learning to submerge mouth, nose and eyes and breath control, front and back float and recovering to a stand, changing direction in the water, swimming 5 feet on front and back.

Level 2 - Fundamental Aquatic Skills

Objective: To give students success with fundamental skills
Requirements: Students entering this level must possess a Level 1 certificate or demonstrate all the Level 1 skills
Skills Covered: Entering water by stepping or jumping in from the side, submerging entire head, blowing bubbles, open eyes underwater, front and back glide, swim 15 feet on front and 10 feet on back, swim on side, life jacket use

Level 3 - Stroke Development

Objective: To build on skills in Level 2 through additional guided practice
Requirements: Students entering this level must possess a Level 2 certificate or demonstrate all the Level 2 skills
Skills Covered: Jump into deep water, head first entry from sitting or kneeling, submerging and retrieving an object, bobbing, survival float for 30 seconds, treading water for 30 seconds, front crawl 15 yards, butterfly 15 feet, back crawl 15 yards, elementary rescues, safe diving, check-call-care

Level 4 - Stroke Improvement

Objective: To develop confidence in the strokes learned thus far and to improve other aquatic skills by increasing endurance through swimming greater distances
Requirements: Students entering this level must possess a Level 3 certificate or demonstrate all the Level 3 skills
Skills Covered: diving, underwater swimming, feet-first surface dive, 1 minute of survival floating, treading and back floating, 25 yards of front crawl, breaststroke and back crawl, 15 yards of butterfly and elementary backstroke and sidestroke, compact jump from height in a lifejacket, throwing assists and caring for conscious choking victim

Level 5 - Stroke Refinement

Objective: Coordination and refinement of strokes
Requirements: Students entering this level must possess a Level 4 certificate or demonstrate all the Level 4 skills
Skills Covered: Shallow dive, tuck and pike surface dives, 2 minutes of survival floating, back float and treading water, flip turns on front and back, 50 yards front and back crawl, 25 yards butterfly, breaststroke, elementary backstroke and sidestroke, 2 minutes of survival swimming, rescue breathing

Level 6 - Swimming and Skill Proficiency

Objective: Refine strokes so students swim them with more ease, efficiency, power and smoothness over greater distances; includes “menu options” – Personal Water Safety, Fitness Swimmer and Fundamentals of Diving
Requirements: Students entering this level must possess a Level 5 certificate or demonstrate all the Level 5 skills
Skills Covered: 500 yards continuous swim using 100 yards each of front & back crawl, 50 yards each of breastroke, elementary backstroke, sidestroke & butterfly and 100 yards choice of any of those strokes, survival floating and back floating 5 minutes each, feet first surface dive & retrieve an object from 7 feet, Cooper 12-minute swim test 


Perham Area Community Center
620 3rd Avenue SE Perham, MN 56573



Mon- Fri 5:30 am - 9 pm
Saturday 8 am - 7 pm
Sunday 12 noon - 7 pm


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The PACC is closed in compliance with the Executive Order of the Governor of Minnesota.  

This includes no 24/7 Access.  We will remain closed until we are allowed to open as listed in Phase 3 of re-opening plans for the State of Minnesota. 

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