Central Ohio SwimAmerica

LEarn to Swim in Westerville

Our first priority in teaching swimming is to make everyone safe in and around the water. Second, swimming provides for one of the best forms of fitness for all ages. And, third, by becoming comfortable around the water and skilled in basic swimming techniques, one finds the aquatic world is filled with a multitude of recreational activities that add to the overall enjoyment of life.

COVID-19 Restrictions: As we start the school year our "group" lessons will be limited to two swimmers per class. We are now in the second phase of our return to splash plan and instructors are able to be in the water like normal. We ask that families limit the number of additional family members that attend to watch the lessons so that we can minimize the number of people on the pool deck. Swimmers should be accompanied by one adult and please avoid bringing additional siblings if possible. All parents/swimmers are expected to wear masks into the facility, however masks are not to be worn while in the pool. If the local COVID-19 restrictions lighten, increased class sizes will be considered at that time. We will communicate, in advance, any changes in structure to all registered families.

Group lesson Formats for 2020-21

School Year GROUP Lesson

Due to the COVID-19 restrictions in place, we will not be offering a Pre-Paid School Year program (previously the STAR program) this year. Families may choose to register for the School Year program where you will be billed monthly with an option to cancel (with no penalty) if done by the specified date each month. Initially, the number of spots in the school year program will be extremely limited. If class sizes are able to expand, additional school year spots will be offered.

School Year Group Lesson Registration Process

Interested families will register to a waitlist using our Jackrabbit class management platform. We will maintain that waitlist through the school year and use the following prioritization for acceptance to the program: last year’s Westerville Aquatic Club (WAC) families will receive first priority registration, followed by SwimAmerica STARS families (from the 2019-20 School Year), then followed by families who participated in individual sessions during the School Year 19-20 and Summer 2020, and finally new families. We expect that spots will be extremely limited initially, with hopes that we will be able to increase the class sizes as the school year progresses.

Single Session Group Lesson

During sessions where we may have additional instructors or pool space available, single session group lessons will be offered. Registration will only be for the month specified, and there will be no guarantee of the spot being available in subsequent months. Registration for any subsequent sessions will be done on a first come first serve basis.

Single Session Group Lesson Registration Process

If we determine that we are able to provide any Single Session/Single Month Group Lessons, registration will open on the Monday approximately 2 weeks before the session begins. Please find the specific dates below. We will communicate this availability to families on the waitlist for schoolyear lessons, and it will open on the Jackrabbit system on the specified date. These spots will be very limited and we expect they will go quickly if they are available.

Group Lesson Schedule

The following will be the expected schedule for lessons throughout the year. Additional days/times will be added if pool/staff availability allows.

Saturdays @ JC Pool: 12:20 PM, and 1:00PM

Sundays @ Oakstone Pool: 1:30PM, and 2:10PM

All classes will be 30 minutes.

Planned 2020-21 Session Dates

October 2020 Session

10/10 – 10/25
Single Session Registration Opens 9/14 (if available)
Next Session Cancellation Deadline 10/16

*Oct 2020 will be a 3-week session due to a late start. Session cost will be prorated to $35

November 2020 Session

10/31 – 11/22
Single Session Registration Opens 10/19 (if available)
Next Session Cancellation Deadline: 11/20

December 2020 Session

12/5 – 12/20*
Single Session Registration Opens 11/23 (if available)
Next Session Cancellation Deadline: 12/18

*Dec 2020 will be a 3-week session due to Christmas. Session cost will be prorated to $35

January 2021 Session

1/9 – 1/31
Single Session Registration Opens 12/21 (if available)
Next Session Cancellation Deadline: 3/5


We expect to take an extended break after the January Session to allow our instructors to compete in Local, State, and National Championship events.

April 2021 Session:

3/27 – 4/25*
Single Session Registration Opens 3/8 (if available)
Next Session Cancellation 4/16

*April 2021 is scheduled over 5-weeks; however, we will have an 'off' week due to Easter with no classes 4/11/ & 4/12

Group Lesson Pricing

$50 per 4 week session (30 minutes, 1x per week class). Some sessions are 3 weeks long and will be prorated to $35.

SwimAmerica Policies

Payment, Cancellation and Refund Policy

•Payment in full is due at time of registration. Payments for the school year program will be processed after the monthly cancellation deadline.

•Class change requests will be accepted at any time and are subject to availability. A change fee of $12.00 will apply after the time of registration (monthly swimmers may be changed/cancelled ahead of the monthly cancellation date).

•Refunds minus the $12.00 fee or 10% of the total refund - whichever is greater - will be granted while there are still spots available for the class you are cancelling, and, if it is requested one (1) week in advance of registration closing. No refunds will be issued after the time a class closes out.

•Refund or credit requests will be considered within one (1) week of registration closing based on medical or other emergency situations involving the swimmer.

•Absolutely no refunds will be issued within 48 hours of the session start date.

•Parents assume full responsibility for their child's readiness for group swim lessons.

E-mail Jim Peterfish, Central Ohio SwimAmerica Program Director, regarding credits or refund requests.