2021 Swim Lessons

fishWeekday Lesson Schedule

Half hour lessons Mon.-Fri. for 2-week session.

  • Session 1: June 21-July 2
  • Session 2: July 5-16
  • Session 3: July 19- July 30


  • 10:00-10:30am                Hanson Pines Kiddie Pool
  • 10:40-11:10am                Hanson Pines Kiddie Pool

Minnow (Level 1)

  • 9:00-9:30am                    East Rochester Pool
  • 10:00-10:30am                Hanson Pines Pool
  • 10:20-10:50am                Gonic Pool
  • 11:00-11:30am                Gonic Pool 
  • 11:40-12:10pm                Gonic Pool – Session 1 and 2 only

Flounder (Level 2)

  • 9:40-10:10am                  East Rochester Pool
  • 10:40-11:10am                Hanson Pines Pool
  • 11:40-12:10pm                Gonic Pool – Session 3 only

Sunfish (Level 3)

  • 9:40-10:10am                  Gonic Pool
  • 10:20-10:50am                East Rochester Pool

Catfish (Advanced)

  • 9:00-9:30am                    Gonic Pool

Saturday Lesson Schedule

  • 30-minute lesson for an 8-week session.
  • June 26-August 14


  • This Class is Full          Hanson Pines Kiddie Pool
  • 10:45-11:15am                Hanson Pines Kiddie Pool

Minnow (Level 1)

  • 9:00-9:30am                    Hanson Pines Pool
  • 9:45-10:15am                  Hanson Pines Pool

Flounder (Level 2)

  • 10:30-11:00am                Hanson Pines Pool

Please note swim instructors reserve the right to assess participant’s skills and adjust class level as needed

Swim Level Descriptions


Ages 2-4. Water exploration for tykes just starting off in the water. Lessons take place in the wading pool at Hanson Pines. Parents must stay at pool BUT do not participate in lesson.

Minnow (Level I)

Minimum 4 years of age and 42” tall. Limited experience in the water

Must be able to :

  • Work comfortably without a parent.
  • Focus on directions and practice for at least 5 minutes. —Understand the concept of taking turns.
  • Stand in 3 1/2 feet of water.

Flounder (Level II)

Must be able to:

  • Fully submerge head with eyes open for at least 3 seconds.
  • Float on front and back with instructor’s support.
  • Fully submerge head and exhale before returning to the surface for more air at least 5 times.
  • Walk along the bottom of pool in chest deep water at least one width while using front crawl arm stroke with arms coming out of the water with each stroke.
  • Hold onto the poolside and do the crawl kick on the front and on the back.

Sunfish (Level III)

Must be able to:

  • Circle the side of the pool using a hand-over-hand motion.
  • Fully submerge and retrieve an object by hand in at least 3’ of water.
  • Push off from the poolside and glide motionless for 15’ on both front and back.
  • Hold a kickboard and demonstrate front and back crawl kicks one width of the pool.
  • Jump into deep water, return to horizontal position and swim the length of the pool without a kickboard, using a front or back crawl stroke with arms clearing the surface of the water with each stroke.

Catfish (Advanced)

 Must be able to:

  • Retrieve object on the bottom in chin deep water.
  • Bob completely underwater expelling air each time for 15 continuous bobs.
  • Tread water for 1 minute.
  • Swim at least one length of the front crawl, one length of the back crawl, and one length of the elementary backstroke without resting between lengths.
  • Demonstrate the dolphin kick, breaststroke kick, and the sidestroke kick using a kickboard for a least one length of the pool.
  • Tread water using two different kicks for a total of 2 minutes.
  • Swim the front crawl with rotary breathing with no lifting of the head.
  • Swim 100 yards of the front crawl, back crawl and elementary backstroke.

How to Register For Swim Lessons

  • Swim Lesson registration opens on May 17th.
  • Rec Office Business Hours
  • Rochester Recreation Office located in the Rochester Community Center
    • Registrations may also be mailed in with payment in the form of a check made out to the City of Rochester.
Rochester Rec & Arena
150 Wakefield St, Suite 1
Rochester, NH 03867
  • Registrations must be completed in the Rec Office no later than the Thursday prior to the class’ start date. Registrations are completed on a first come, first served basis. We cannot accept registrations at the pools.
  • Questions regarding swim lessons, call the Rec Office at (603) 332-4120 or email Art.Jacobs@rochesternh.net.


What You Need to Register

  • 2021 Swim Registration Form completed and signed by parent/guardian. Forms are available in the Recreation Office or on our website.
  • Complete payment. Cash or Check made to the City of Rochester (Partial scholarships are available to qualifying Rochester residents. Please contact Lauren Krans at lauren.krans@rochesternh.net for more information)
  • Rochester Residents must supply proof of residency (driver’s license, electric bill, lease, etc.). For registrations that are mailed in, copies of proof of residency are acceptable.

Lesson Rates

  • Rochester Residents:   $60/Session
  • Non-Residents:             $70/Session


Cash or check accepted. Checks can be made out to the City of Rochester.

Pool Locations

East Rochester Pool

Green Street
East Rochester, NH 03868

Located in the back of the Nancy Loud School 

Gonic Pool

Railroad Ave.
Gonic, NH 03839

Located near Gonic School 

Hanson Pines Pool & Kiddie Pool

24 Yeagley Way
Rochester, NH 03867

Near Spaulding High School