For ages 6 months to 13 years
Geneva Park District is an independent authorized provider of Starfish Swimming, a nationally recognized swim instruction curriculum developed by the Starfish Aquatics Institute (SAI). The Starfish Swimming curriculum is designed for students ages 6-months to 13-years. Benchmarks are established at each stage in the program that combines both swimming and safety skills. Students participate in experiential learning activities that allow them to explore the water in a creative and comfortable environment. Correct swimming techniques are taught from the very beginning, providing an easy transition to swim team.
StarBabies™ & Startots™
Starfish Swim School™ for Preschool
Starfish Swim School™ for Youth
Starfish Stroke School™
We do allow parents to watch their children as they participate in swim lessons, however, we do
require that you stay on the north side of the pool deck away from the water (This is a zero
tolerance policy and no exceptions will be made). This policy is in place to help avoid parent
coaching and to insure that the participants’ attention is focused on the instructors. Parents
may sit at poolside during the first and last day of the session.
Always assume swim lessons will run. We strive to always run lessons to maximize the amount of
instructional time your child will have. However, the weather is at times not cooperative and
lessons may be cancelled. Class cancellations will be made 30 minutes prior to the start time.
If bad weather hits when classes are in the water, and the class is less than half over, we will
schedule a make-up class.
If you have a question about whether or not class is running, please call 630-232-0747. Due to a
large number of calls, an automated attendant may pick up. If you listen to the message and
navigate into the swim lesson hotline there will be updated information regarding your classes.
Lesson Cancellations are also posted on our Twitter feed, which appears at the top of the
aquatics page. You may also follow @GPD_SunsetPool for the latest updates and weather
cancellations at Sunset or Mill Creek Pool.
In most cases classes run Monday-Friday during the first week of the session, and
Monday-Wednesday of the second week. We reserve the last two days of the second week for make-up
classes if necessary.
Lessons that are canceled by Geneva Park District that cannot be made up will result in a
prorated refund or free daily pool pass per child. No prorated refund will be issued for lessons
missed for personal reasons.
The Geneva Park District strives to communicate participant progress with parents through report
cards that will be distributed at the final lesson of each session. These report cards will
evaluate the child’s progress and inform the parent of skills that should be improved upon.
Parents are also welcome to ask the Swim Lesson Coordinator for a verbal progress report
throughout the session or by voicemail at 630-232-0747.
All swim lessons are taught in a structured group setting. The motivation and inspiration that students get from watching peers excel and learn new skills has proven to be a powerful tool in teaching children how to swim. All children will be given individual attention, but since it is in a group setting that cannot be constant.
First Day of Class
There will be a brief orientation held for parents on the first day of class to explain how lessons will run and to introduce the swim lesson instructors. All students will then enter the pool deck and be placed into their testing groups. Once testing is complete, each child will be placed into a specific group and receive a colored wristband identifying their current swim level.