Group Swim Lessons

Group Swim Lessons

Year round group swim lessons are for ages 3-17 yrs. old. Sunshine Swim & Fitness Center has developed a unique and time proven group swim lessons program.  Offering small group classes allows for the instructor to provide more individualized attention to each participant. Beginning levels have a maximum of 3 students, 4 swimmers intermediate levels and up to 6 in advanced classes. Our instructors clock in over 20 hours of swim lesson training specific to our programs prior to teaching classes at our facility, it is also important to us they are regularly observed and evaluated throughout their time on deck. We love what we do and want to be sure your swimmer(s) have a great experience!

If you are looking for one-on-one classes, tailor-made for your swimmer, check out our private lesson program.

Group Swim Lessons

Listed below are the group swim lesson levels and what skills the students will be working on in class.

We strongly recommend scheduling a swim assessment before registering for group swim lessons.  During the FREE swim assessment, swimmers will be evaluated to determine which swim level they will best be suited for.  Assessments take up to 7 minutes per swimmer and must be scheduled with the office in advance.

*Please understand, if you choose not to complete an assessment and during the first lesson, we determine that your student is not appropriate for the level you selected, we will need to find a class that is more suitable. We will do our best to place your child in a class similar to the time and days you selected,  but are not able to make that guarantee.


Sunshine Swim Center Elk Grove Beginning Swimmers


Tadpoles (ages 3-5): New to the water environment, these little swimmers will learn how to navigate in the water submerging themselves, blowing bubbles, and floating in front and back positions with heavy assistance from the instructor. Class stays close to the wall and sits on the stairs. (3 students maximum per class)

Frogs (ages 3 and up): Swimmers will learn how to propel themselves through the water, float on their backs independently, learn basic safety rules and jump into the pool and swim to the side.  Class stays close to the wall and sits on the stairs.(3 students max. per class)

Sea Stars (ages 3 and up): Gaining more independence in this level, students will be swimming distances of up to 15 feet independently.  Using both their arms and legs in a coordinated effort to travel farther distances and well as learn to rescue roll to take breaths. (3 students max. per class)


Sunshine Swim Center Elk Grove Intermediate Swimmers


Goldfish (ages 3 and up): Swimmers in this level will be working on the development of their freestyle technique; still rolling over to take breaths, learn the basics of using a kick board for distance and practice swimming with no goggles on for portions of the class.  The target swimming distance is 7 yards for this level. (4 students maximum per class)

Sunfish (ages 4 and up): Swimmers will learn the progression of freestyle side breathing (front crawl breathing). Swimmers will continue to work on rotation and floating skills, and be introduced to treading water. Students will swim distances of up to 12 yards.  (4 students maximum per class)

Blowfish (ages 5 and up): Swimmers will learn: freestyle/front crawl with side breathing, introduction to backstroke, shallow dives as well as from the top of the wall. Continuing with the use of the kick board swimmers will be aiming for 25 yards. Students will be swimming distances of 15 yards or greater without the kick board in the level.  (4 students maximum per class)


Sunshine Swim Center Elk Grove Advanced Swimmers


Otter: Swimmers will be focusing on learning backstroke, continuing working on side breathing and more advanced safety skills such as deep water bobbing and treading water for 30 seconds. (4 students maximum per class)

Sting Ray: At this level of swimming, students will now be expected to swim distances greater than 50 yards at a time without stopping.  In this process it is necessary to learn how to complete flip turns at the walls, dives, alternate breathing, and tread water for a minute.  (6 students maximum per an instructor)

Flying Turtle: Swimmers will learn the basics of breaststroke and butterfly in this level. Swimmers will continue to work on alternate (side) breathing as well as learn to transition from one stroke to another within a given set. And build endurance and stamina for all competitive strokes.

Clinics: Age group (8th grade through 12th grade) Swimmers must be able to effectively demonstrate  50 yards (2 laps) of freestyle and backstroke; incorporating flip turns/cross over turns at each wall and 25 yards of correct breast stroke and butterfly to participate in swim clinics.  These lessons are 55-minutes in duration.  (12 students maximum per instructor)​. 

*Clinics are offered through the Sunshine Gator Swim Team Program year round or in November/ December and January in preparation for high school swim.


** Group classes for beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels will be offered during the winter months in 2019. 

All pricing is based on (8) 25-minute lessons. The $25.00 Annual Membership Fee per swimmer (January 2019-December 2019) will be added to your first payment of the year.

*Purchase 4 sessions of group swim lessons at once for a 10% discount. Session can be divided between family members. 

Sunshine Swim Center Elk Grove Tadpole, Frog, Sea Star

– $129.00


Sunshine Swim Center Elk Grove Goldfish, Sunfish, Blowfish, Otter, Sting Ray, Flying Turtle

– $89.000


Sunshine Swim Center Elk Grove Clinics

 – $159.00
Clinic pricing is based on (8) 55-minute lessons. Clinics are part of the swim team program. * Currently offered only in the winter months.  If you are interested in a more long-term program, please consider the Sunshine Gator Swim Team.

High School Swim Clinics November, December and January

Fall Session Four:    October 28 – November 21

Winter Session One:     November 25 – December 19 ( NO Class on  11/28/19 Thanksgiving Day)
Winter Session Two:     January 6 – January 30  

Cost: $159.00 – Class meets Monday through Thursday for 4-consecutive weeks.
For swimmers ages 13-18.  This program is great conditioning for swimmers looking to prepare for the high school swim season.  No experience necessary.


Group and Private Lessons continue in the winter months.  The pool is enclosed November through May to keep the cool weather elements out and the pool temperature at a comfortable 86 degrees.


Weekday Winter Group Swim Classes – meet Monday & Wednesdays or Tuesdays & Thursdays for 4 consecutive weeks

Winter Session One:     November 25 – December 19 (T/Th class prorated for 11/28/19 Thanksgiving Day)
Winter Session Two:     January 6 – January 30
Winter Session Three:  February 3 – February 27

Winter Session Four:    March 2 – March 26  

Class times Offered (Winter)

Weekdays AM (Monday and Wednesday)

Tadpole 10:00a

Frog  10:00a

Sea Star 10:30a

Goldfish  10:30a

Sunfish 11:00a

Blowfish 11:00a

Otter 11:30a

StingRay 11:30a

Weekdays PM

Parent/Tot 6:00p (Monday/Wednesday Option Only)

Tadpole 4:00p (Tuesday/Thursday Option Only)

Frog  4:30p, 6:30p

Sea Star 4:00p, 6:00p

Goldfish  4:30p, 6:30p

Sunfish 4:00p, 6:00p

Blowfish 4:30p, 6:30p

Otter 4:00p, 6:30p

StingRay 4:30p

Flying Turtle 6:00p


Weekend Winter Group Swim Classes – Meet Saturday & Sunday for 4 consecutive weeks

Winter Session One:     November 30 – December 22
Winter Session Two:     January 11 – January 26 ( January weekend session only 3 weeks long; prorated classes)
Winter Session Three:  February 1 – February 29 

Winter Session Four:    March 1 – March 29 (March weekend session is 5 weeks long; price to reflect extra classes)

Tadpole  10:00a

Frog  10:00a

Sea Star 11:00a

Goldfish  11:00a

Sunfish 11:30a

Blowfish 11:30a

Otter 12:30p

Stingray 12:30p


Weekday Summer Group Swim Classes – (June and July) meet Mondays through Thursday for 2 consecutive weeks.

Summer Session One:      June 3 – June 13  
Summer Session Two:      June 17 – June 27

Summer Session Three:   July 8 – July 18

Summer Session Four:     July 22 – August 1

Class times Offered 

 Tadpole  10:00a, 11:30a, 4:00p, 6:00p, 7:00p

Frog  10:30a, 11:00a, 12:00p, 12:30p, 3:00p, 3:30p, 4:00p, 4:30p, 6:30p, 7:00p, 7:30p

Sea Star  10:00a, 12:00p, 3:00p, 4:00p, 6:00pm, 6:30p, 7:00p, 7:30p

Goldfish  10:30a, 12:30p, 4:30p, 6:00p, 6:30p, 7:00p, 7:30p

Sunfish  11:00a, 3:00p, 3:30p, 4:00p, 4:30p, 6:00p, 6:30p

Blowfish  10:00a, 11:30a, 3:00p, 6:00p, 7:00p

Otter 10:30a, 3:30p, 6:30p, 7:30p

StingRay 11:30a, 7:00p

Flying  Turtle  12:30p, 7:30p

Sea Turtle & Flying Fish are now a combined class and is called Flying Turtle


Weekend Summer Group Swim Classes – (June and July) meet Saturday & Sunday for 4 consecutive weeks.

*When looking for these classes in the registry, search for (class name)S/SU

Summer Session One Weekend Only:      June 6 – June 30  
Summer Session Two Weekend Only:      July 6 – July 28


Class times Offered

 Tadpole  9:30a, 12:00p

Frog  9:30a, 11:00a, 12:00p

Sea Star  9:00a, 11:30a

Goldfish  9:00a, 11:30a

Sunfish  10:00a

Blowfish  10:00a

Otter 10:30a

StingRay 10:30a

Flying  Turtle  11:00a

Preparing for Swim Lessons

For many children feeling rushed or unprepared, coupled with a new environment; like the swimming pool can be stressful. Please be punctual.  Swim classes begin promptly on the hour and every half hour.  Your students will be greeted at the pool gate by their instructor.  It is important that they are prepared by having their swim caps on/hair tied back, shoes and cover-ups removed, and goggles in hand.

In order for all participants to get the maximum out of each lesson we ask that after you drop off your swimmer(s) to step back, find a comfortable spot in our observation area, and let the instructors begin the lesson.
To avoid clutter, and possible incidents, around the pool entrance please hold onto your swimmers towels, shoes and clothing.

What if my swimmer cries?

Sometimes when children are unsure of their environment they will cry.  If your child cries in class the best thing for you to do is support your child and their instructor by being patient and reassuring.  It is not easy, as a parent, to step away if you feel your child is distressed but we ask that you find a comfortable seat, preferably not in direct sight of your child, and allow your child, the instructor, and the other students to bond.  After the class is over encourage them for their effort and allow them to tell you about what they learned during class.  Other things that may affect your child’s experience in the water would be; being hungry, thirsty, overly tired, or just waking up from a nap; please take these factors into consideration when scheduling your lessons.

Safety First

Safety on the pool deck begins with sunscreen, hats for observers, and water to drink.  If you don’t bring these supplies with you our registration office has these items available for purchase. In each class we stress the importance of being safe; especially walking around the pool deck. There is a no tolerance policy for; horseplay, swinging, hanging or climbing over the pool fence, running around the deck, in the observation area, bathrooms or locker room.  Help us limit injuries caused by these activities by keeping a watchful eye on our children.  Your safety is our first priority.

Parking at our Facility

During our summer session our parking lot will be very busy. Please be cautious and patient when finding a parking spot.  There is no designated drop-off area at the facility entrance. We ask that you walk your children into Sunshine Swim Center.  We also request you pick them up
poolside and not have them walk out of the facility alone.  We have no way of monitoring the area outside of the facility.

Returned Checks

A reprocessing fee of $25.00 will be collected for checks that are returned due to insufficient funds. This payment in addition to the original payment will need to be made within 3 days of notification of Non Sufficient Funds. Students will not be allowed to participate until payment is made.

Refunds and Cancellations

There are no refunds for SSFC programs.

Group Lesson Make-ups/Cancellations:

Please do not assume class is cancelled if it is raining. Make ups will not be granted if you choose not to come to class. Rescheduling for missed classes is not available for group lessons.

If Sunshine Swim and Fitness Center cancels a class for any reason (such as lightning or accident in the pool) a make-up time will be scheduled for any classes that are stopped prior to 15 minutes into the lesson.  If Sunshine Swim and Fitness Center cannot provide a make-up time, a credit will be issued to the member’s Sunshine Swim and Fitness Center account.  All families affected by the pool closure will be sent an email to their “on file” email address notifying families of when the make-up class is scheduled for.  If a make-up time is scheduled, it is at the family’s discretion to attend the make-up class.  No credits will be given if the family does not attend the make-up class.  Also, partial credits will not be distributed for classes that exceed the 15-minute mark.

Private Lesson Make-ups/Cancellations:

A minimum of 24 hours notification is required for a make-up class to be granted; same day cancellations are not eligible for a make-up class.  During a (1-day a week) private lesson session only 1 make-up class will be granted for pre-scheduled missed day.  For a (2-day a week) private lesson session 2 make-up classes will be granted for pre-scheduled missed day.  Once your make-up class has been scheduled; that date and time will be the only opportunity for the make-up.  We are no longer granting rescheduling of make-up classes due to excessive cancellations and no shows.  For semi-private lessons the same criteria and restrictions apply.

Transfer of Classes/ Programs

There are No Refunds. If your schedule changes and you need to adjust your swim schedule you may transfer to a different day/time or session up until the close of business on the Thursday before the first day of the session you are scheduled for.  Attempting to drop a class after the final transfer date will result in loss of spot and no option for transfer or credit for class to your Sunshine Swim and Fitness Center account.  It is the responsibility of the family to contact the Sunshine Swim and Fitness Center for any changes in the enrollment of their swimmer(s) prior to the Thursday before the start of the session.  There are no refunds. 

Sunshine Gator Swim Team Cancellation Policy

A $100.00 cancellation fee will be charged to the family, on the credit card on file, if a family decides to discontinue attending practices at any portion of the season.  All cancellation requests must be in writing and be approved by the Sunshine Swim and Fitness Center management.  The Sunshine Gator swim team program is a 4-month commitment.  There are limited number of spots on the team, and once enrolled, the participating swimmer is agreeing to keeping the commitment of the full 4-months; being charge $169.00 at the first of every month of the season.

Questions and Concerns?

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your child there is a 5-minute transition period between the classes to briefly speak with their instructor.  You may also bring your questions and concerns to the attention of the managers on deck; Sara Vaughn and Kim Amali, to be addressed at anytime.

Can’t express how happy we are with the coaches, Kim and Sarah are awesome. They listen to your goals and then execute lessons to hopefully meet your expectations. They got my daughter ready for her first year of competitive swimming. You can’t put a dollar amount when your child smiles after swimming! E. Camarino

Register Now!

Sunshine Swim & Fitness Center online registration page. Here you can register for Swim Lessons, Summer Camp and Swim Team.

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