IMPORTANT NOTE: As we monitor evolving health guidelines due to COVID-19, as well as complete construction on our impending VFW Aquatic Facility, details for our Pools & Aquatic offerings in 2021 are not finalized. The information on this page, at present time, is information from last season's pool offerings. Please stay tuned. We will announce on social media when we have details finalized for the 2021 season. 

Sign-up for Swim Lessons in De Pere!

The De Pere Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department Swim Lesson Program helps swimmers of all skills and abilities develop their swimming and water safety skills. The program is designed to give students a positive learning experience while progressing steadily through the skills. Each level includes swimming skills as well as water safety lessons both for pools and open water.

Swim Lessons

At this time all traditional and 9-week swim lessons have been canceled.  Legion pool will offer Semi-Private & Private Swim Lessons.  How to register for offered lessons is listed below.

Lessons will be canceled due to severe weather

Starting June 29

See below for swim lesson level descriptions.

  • Levels:  Parent/Child - Level 3:  Parent must be in water with child (1:1 Ratio)
  • Levels:  4, 5/6 - Parents are encouraged to be in water, but not required
    • Parents or others will not be allowed on deck or inside the fenced areas to watch
  • All instructors will teach from the deck
  • All participants must arrive ready to swim
  • Enter the pool by the steps or by slide in entry
  • All participants will not be able to change after lessons and exit through gate on deck
  • Participants can bring their own toys/equipment as teaching trainers appropriate for their level
  • DIAPER POLICY:  Children who are not toilet-trained are required to wear swim diapers under appropriate swim wear.  Removing diapers for swimming is not acceptable
    • i.e. rings, floatable toys, dive sticks, etc.
  • Social distancing will be required at all times

Semi-Private Swim Lessons

These lessons will give participants specialized instruction to improve or master their swimming skills.  Lessons are 30 minutes long with a maximum of three participants per class (minimum of two).  To register, please see information below.  Any additional questions call the Recreation Supervisor at 339-4066.  Lessons will depend on instructor availability and pool space.

Click here to sign up for Private/Semi Private Swim Lessons

Legion Pool
#5352.1220  Package of 4
#5362.1220  Package of 8

Package of 4-30 minute lessons:
Fee:  $34 Res / $49 Non Res / $26 Senior Citizen Res

Package of 8-30 minute lessons:
Fee:  $61 Res / $76 Non Res / $46 Senior Citizen Res

Private Swim Lessons

Private lessons are one-on-one instruction designed to meet the needs of the individual participant.  Lessons are 30 minutes long.  To register, please see information below.  Any additional questions call the Recreation Supervisor at 339-4066.  Lessons will depend on instructor availability and pool space.

Legion Pool
#5332.1220  Package of 4
#5342.1220  Package of 8

Package of 4-30 minute lessons:
Fee:  $74 Res / $89 Non Res / $56 Senior Citizen Res

Package of 8-30 minute lessons:
Fee:  $142 Res / $157 Non Res / $107 Senior Citizen Res

Sign up for Semi-Private & Private Swim Lessons

  1. Registration may be completed via online, walk-in at De Pere Community Center/Legion Pool, or by calling 920-339-4097 and providing the following information:
    • Paren'ts Name
    • Child's Name
    • Cihld's Age
    • Phone & Email
    • Ability/Last Level Completed
    • Availability (Month/Day/AM or PM)
  2. Payment must be made at time of registration.
  3. The Recreation Dept. will share your information with swim staff.
  4. Based on availability, instructor will call listed parent to set up lesson schedule.
  5. At the end of the season, a full refund will be issued if the registered participant's lesson was not able to be accommodated.


  1. All lesson schedules must be arranged with swim instructor at the time of initial contact.  The agreed upon schedule is a commitment between instructor and participant - only one make-up class will be allowed per lesson package.
  2. Available Times (based on pool schedule and instructor availability)
  3. You may only enroll in one lesson per person at a time.  Additional session must be signed up through the Community Center office.
  4. LESSONS ARE NOT GUARANTEED.  If accommodations can't be made a full refund will be issued.

Swim Levels

Below is a breakdown on swim levels. If you are unsure what level to enroll in, contact the Parks and Recreation Supervisor at 920-339-406 and he/she will help you choose the appropriate class.

LEVEL 1A (ages 3-4 years old): Blowing bubbles, putting face in water, back and front float with assistance, front crawl arm action, exit water on their own, games that assist with water acclimation and basic water movements (kicking, arm action, breath control). Focus is on water acclimation, fun and comfort in the water.

LEVEL 1B (ages 5-6 years old, or passed 1A): Enter & Exit water independently, front and back float with support, 3 bobs, blow bubbles, front and back crawl with assistance. Focus is on skills needed to progress to Level 2 while having fun in the water.

LEVEL 2: Fully submerge head & hold breath for 3 seconds, jump into water, 10 bobs, front float and back float unassisted 5 seconds, front & back glide 2 body lengths, front and back crawl unassisted 5 yards, retrieve a submerged object 2 times assisted.

LEVEL 3: Enter water by jumping in from the side into deep water, retrieve a submerged object 2 times unassisted, front & back glide 5 body lengths, tread water for 30 seconds, front crawl with rotary breathing 15 yards, back crawl 15 yards, elementary backstroke kick 15 yards, head first entry from the side in a sitting & kneeling position.

LEVEL 4: Front crawl with rotary breathing 25 yards, back crawl 25 yards, elementary backstroke 15 yards, breaststroke & sidestroke (scissors) kick 15 yards, front and back open turns, tread water for 2 minutes (using two different kicks), standing front dive from side of pool, feet first surface dive, survival swimming for 30 seconds.

LEVEL 5: Front crawl with alternate breathing 50 yards, back crawl 25 yards, elementary backstroke 25 yards, sidestroke and breaststroke 15 yards, dolphin kick 15 yards, tread water for 5 minutes (using two different kicks), tuck and pick surface dives, long shallow dive, survival swimming for 1 minute.

LEVEL 6: Front crawl and back crawl 100 yards, breaststroke and sidestroke 25 yards, butterfly 15 yards, front and back flip turns, open turn (sidestroke), tread water for 6 minutes (1 minute w/o hands, 2 minutes w/ hands x 2), speed turn and pull out for breaststroke, surface dive & retrieve an object from the bottom (8-10 ft. deep).

GOGGLES: For levels 1-3 we do not recommend goggles because children need to learn to be comfortable in the water without any aids. However, with the upper level classes, goggles are recommended as students are expected to spend a significant amount of time doing a variety of skills with their faces in the water. Goggles will help to reduce eye irritation. Please note: mask type goggles with the nose piece attached are strictly prohibited. Masks such as these inhibit breath control and underwater nasal exhalation which is imperative for successful completion of the swim skills learned in the upper levels.

CLASS PROGRESSION: Please verify your child’s next class level with their current instructor. Swimmers do not automatically advance to the next level.

Swim lesson cancellations and make-ups

The pool will be closed if unsafe weather conditions exist (lightening, unseasonable cold, hard rain) and is up to the discretion of the park and recreation staff.  The program cancellation line is (339-4067) will be updated if lessons are canceled during the week.  You are also encouraged to follow the De Pere Parks, Recreation & Forestry Facebook Page, which also posts updates on pool closures.