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Julius Boehm Pool

PO Box 1307
50 SE Clark St
Issaquah, WA  98027

425-837-3350
Fax: 425-837-3359

Office Hours
Monday - Friday
8 a.m.-9 p.m.
Saturday
Noon-5 p.m.
Online Registration

General Information
The City of Issaquah Parks & Recreation Department offers year-round swimming lessons for participants ages 6 months to adult. 
  • The pool is an indoor 40-yard pool divided by a bulkhead into a shallow end and a deep end. 
  • Participants will use a tot-dock if they are not tall enough to comfortably touch the bottom during lessons.
  • Levels are divided by age and ability.
  • Classes are 30 minutes in length unless otherwise indicated.
  • The maximum number of participants in class is five, unless otherwise indicated.
  • Participants ages 6 months - 3 years old are in Parent-Child classes.
  • Participants 2 ½ - 3 ½ years can take the Preschool Swimming Preparation class. 
  • 3 - 5 year olds are in Preschool Levels 1 - 5.
  • 6 - 15 year olds are in Youth Levels 1 - 6.
  • All participants will be required to take a placement test if they have not had swimming lessons at the Julius Boehm Pool in the last six months and are wanting to register above a Level 1.
  • Full payment is required at the time of registration.
  • Repeating levels is common.
  • There are no make-up classes.

Class schedules can be viewed online or in the Recreation Guide.

Issaquah Swim School Program Course Descriptions:

Glossary of swim lesson terms

Preschool Levels

Parent - Child, Age: 6 Months to 3 Years
Prerequisite: A parent or care giving adult is required to accompany each child.  Skills Taught: Safe entry and exit, exploring the pool with assistance, back floats and glides with assistance, front floats and glides with assistance, kicking on back and front with assistance, arm action on back and front with assistance, blowing bubbles with assistance, introduction to submersion, rolling front to back and back to front with assistance, using a lifejacket safely and safety rules. 

Preschool Swimming Preparation (PSP), Age: 2 ½ - 3 ½
Prerequisite: None. This class is for students not quite ready to take preschool swim lessons independently but want to start learning the basics. A parent or care giving adult is required to accompany each child in the water until the child has transitioned to the instructor lead class. 
Skills Taught: Water entry and exiting assisted, blowing bubbles and breath holding, wall walking, assisted back floating, assisted kicking on back, assisted finning on back, vertical introduction to front stroke. A focus of the class is also on listening skills and following directions. Participants may advance to Preschool 1 when 3 years old and comfortable being in the water independently with an instructor. 

Swim Lesson Preschool 1, Age: 3 - 5
Prerequisite: None.
Skills Taught: Enter/exit assisted using ladder or side, submerge face, wall walking, introduction to an assisted vertical kick, blow bubbles with face submerged three times (three seconds each), relaxed assisted five-second front float and relaxed assisted 10 second back float, relaxed assisted front and back glides, front and back arrows with kicking, assisted sculling on back, introduction to half arrows assisted, vertical front stroke drill, water safety rules and wearing a lifejacket.  

Swim Lesson Preschool 2, Age: 3 - 5
Prerequisite: Performance of Preschool 1 skills.
Skills Taught: Enter/exit water safely, submerge head, introduction to opening eyes underwater, vertical lift from hand movement assisted, rhythmic three-second bubbles five times with face submerged, assisted half arrows with bubbles, relaxed five-second front float and recover, relaxed 10-second back float and recover, relaxed five-second front and back glides with assisted recovery, roll from back float to front float and front float to back float with assistance, front and back arrows with flutter kick (five seconds each), half arrows with flutter kick assisted, sculling and kicking on back assisted, safety rules and lifejacket rescue skills. 

Swim Lesson Preschool 3, Age: 3 - 5
Prerequisite: Performance of Preschool 2 skills.
Skills Taught: Jump from side assisted, Open eyes underwater and retrieve object with head submerged, initiate front floats and glides, initiate back floats and glides, tread water for five seconds, bob rhythmically with bubbles to safety, introduction to ball float, half arrows with three-second bubbles five times, relaxed front glide with bubbles five seconds and recover, relaxed back glide 10 seconds and recover, front float roll to back float, back float roll to front float, back arrow with flutter kick 15 feet, assisted rolling arrows with bubbles, half arrow with flutter kick two body lengths, sculling with flutter kick 15 feet,  flutter kick on back with body roll, elementary backstroke assisted, introduction to backstroke, practicing skills using lifejackets and safe jumping rules. 

Swim Lesson Preschool 4, Age: 3 - 5
Prerequisite: Performance of Preschool 3 skills.
Skills Taught: Jump in from side, open eyes underwater, retrieve object chest deep, initiate all drills and strokes, tread water 10 for seconds, half arrows with three-second bubbles 10 times, vertical push-off drill in chest deep water, underwater push-off on front, front float five seconds then roll to back float 10 seconds, back float 10 seconds then roll to front float five seconds, ball float, rolling arrows 15 feet, half arrows with flutter kick and side bubbles 15 feet, half arrows with flutter kick and side bubbles and one arm stroking assisted, sculling on back with flutter kick 30 feet, elementary backstroke 15 feet, backstroke with body roll 15 feet, assisted survival floating, recognizing an emergency and how to call for help. 

Swim Lesson Preschool 5, Age: 3 - 5
Prerequisite: Performance of Preschool 4 skills.
Skills Taught: Tread water 20 seconds, vertical push-off drill in chest deep water 10 times, underwater push-off on front and back, push-off drill on side, underwater water swimming three strokes, front arrow and back arrow to ball float assisted, ball float to front and back arrows assisted, rolling arrows 30 feet, front stroke 30 feet, elementary back stroke 30 feet, backstroke with body roll 30 feet, breaststroke kick assisted, harmonic assisted, survival swimming 15 seconds and reaching assists from the deck. 

Youth Levels

Swim Lesson Youth 1, Age: 6 - 15
Prerequisite: None.
Skills Taught: Enter/exit water safely, submerge head for five seconds, open eyes underwater and retrieve object, rhythmic three-second bobs five times, half arrows with side breathing (three-second bubbles) assisted, relaxed front float and glides five seconds and recover, relaxed back float and glides 10 seconds and recover, roll from front float to back float and back float to front float with assisted rolls, front arrow with flutter kick five seconds, back arrow with flutter kick 10 seconds, half arrows with flutter kick 10 seconds, sculling and kicking 15 feet, elementary backstroke arms assisted, elementary backstroke kick assisted and lifejacket rescue skills.

Swim Lesson Youth 2, Age: 6 - 15
Prerequisite: Performance of Youth 1 skills.
Skills Taught: Jump in from side, open eyes underwater and retrieve an object chest deep 3 times, initiate all drills and strokes, tread water 15 seconds, bob rhythmically with bubbles to safety, rolling arrows with 3 second bubbles assisted, vertical push-off drill in chest deep water with bubbles, underwater push-off on front with bubbles, front float 5 seconds then roll to back float 10 seconds, back float 10 seconds then roll to front float five seconds, half arrows with flutter kick and side breathing 30 feet assisted, sculling with flutter kick 30 feet, elementary backstroke 30 feet, backstroke with body roll 30 feet, practice skills with a lifejacket, how to jump safety, recognizing an emergency, how to call for help and survival swimming 30 seconds. 

Swim Lesson Youth 3, Age: 6 - 15
Prerequisite: Performance of Youth 2 skills.
Skills Taught: Tread water 30 seconds, rolling arrows with 3 second bubbles 15 feet, push-off wall and glide on front (with bubbles) and back, underwater push-off on front with bubbles and 3 strokes, ball floats, back arrow to ball float to front arrow, front arrow to ball float to back arrow, elementary backstroke 25 yards, backstroke with body roll 15 yards, front stroke with side breathing 15 yards, breaststroke kick, harmonic 15 feet, survival swimming 1 minute, reaching assists and circle swimming.

Swim Lesson Youth 4, Age: 6 – 15
Prerequisite: Performance of Youth 3 skills.
Skills Taught: Tread water 1 minute, Underwater push-off with front and back glides and bubbles, rolling arrows 30 feet, tuck surface dives, float 30 seconds, sculling on back 25 yards, elementary backstroke 50 yards, backstroke 25 yards, front stroke with alternate side breathing 25 yards, breaststroke 25 yards, butterfly arm drills 15 yards, harmonic 15 yards, sidestroke (scissor) kick 15 yards, survival swimming 2 minutes and extension assists from land. 

Swim Lesson Youth 5, Age: 6 - 15
Prerequisite: Performance of Youth 4 skills.
Skills Taught: Shallow angle dives, tread water 3 minutes, feet-first and pike surface dives, float 1 minute, vertical kicking, sculling on front 25 yards, elementary backstroke 100 yards, backstroke 50 yards, front stroke 50 yards, breaststroke 50 yards, sidestroke 25 yards, butterfly 25 yards, open turns (frontstroke, backstroke, breaststroke), introduction to flip turns, survival swimming 3 minutes and throwing assists from land. 

Swim Lesson Youth 6, Age: 6 - 15
Prerequisite: Performance of Youth 5 skills. 
Skills Taught: Introduction to diving board skills, tread water for five minutes (or two minutes holding two pounds), endurance pre-test 10 minute swim, endurance post-test 10 minute swim, float two minutes, feet first sculling, elementary backstroke, 100 yards, backstroke 100 yards, front stroke 100 yards, breaststroke 100 yards, sidestroke 50 yards, butterfly 50 yards, butterfly and sidestroke open turns, front stroke and backstroke flip turns, extension assists in the water. 

Pre-Competitive Swimming, Age: 6 - 15
Prerequisite: Performance of Youth 5 skills.
Skills Taught: Practice drills for all competitive strokes, use of training equipment (pace clock, pull buoys, fins and kick boards), breaststroke pullouts, open turns and flip turns, 100 yards freestyle under two minutes, 100 yards backstroke under 2:15, 100 yards breaststroke under 2:30, 50 yards butterfly under 1:15, 500 yards continuous swimming, race starts from blocks, streamline with harmonic and pullout from wall and starting blocks, ability to read swim sets and send offs, swim a variety of sets totaling 1,200 yards in 45 minutes, effective dry land workouts. 

Diving, Age: 6 - 15
Prerequisite: Performance of Youth 3 skills and deep end swim test. 
Skills Taught: Standing take-off on dry land, approach and hurdle with take-off on dry land; sitting, kneeling, fall-in and standing dives from poolside and diving board; from the diving board - standing take-off, approach and hurdle with take-off, forward jump (tuck position), forward dive (layout, tuck, and pike positions), standing back dive (layout position); diving board etiquette and safety.