We offer youth swim lessons for various ages and skill levels.
Parent Tot: A class for children ages 6 months to 4 years old, accompanied by a parent, and ready for fun in the water! Participates focus on water adjustment activities, acclimation, building a healthy relationship with water, and supported movements.
Pre-Level 1: Pre-Level 1 is an introduction swimming lessons for 3 to 5 year olds. Water adjustment and skills involving movement in the water will be taught along with skills for basic forms of swimming and appropriate water safety skills.
Level 1: Level 1 is designed for the non-swimmer ages 5 years and older. Participants orient themselves with the aquatics environment and create a strong foundation to aquatics and safety skills.
Level 2: Level 2 is designed for students to expand on fundamental swimming and safety skills.
Level 3: Level 3 is designed to increase swimming skills and practice non-swimming rescue skills.
Level 4: Level 4 is designed to develop confidence in strokes and safety skills beyond the preceding levels.
Adult Beginner: Adult beginner is an introduction to swimming for adult non-swimmers at North Commons water park. Water orientation and stroke skills involving movement in the water will be taught along with skills for basic swimming and water safety.
Learn about Minneapolis lakes, the wildlife they support and the importance of water quality.
Call 612-313-7725 for more information.
Log rolling is a sport with strong historical roots in the Midwest, but is new and unique to many.
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July 7, 2018
This event offered three distances; 1, 2, and 3 mile courses. The loop course started and ended at Nokomis Main Beach. Great practice for training triathletes or a peak race for endurance swimmers!
Final Results [PDF]
August 26, 2018
This event offered two distances; 1.5 mile and 2.4 mile swims closed the open swim season for some and tuned up Ironman athletes for their end of season.
Final Results [PDF]
Have fun learning the basics of sailing through our adult and youth sailing lessons.
Learn to row for free on the Mississippi River in collaboration with the University of Minnesota women's rowing team.
You can practice on the boathouse rowing machines and train in the rowing tank before training in the water with the barge. Finish with the real thing: rowing an eight-person shell.
East River Flats Park - University of Minnesota Boathouse
This course provides the essential training necessary to work as a professional lifeguard. Upon successful completion of the course, participants will receive certifications in Lifeguarding/CPR for the Professional Rescuer/First Aid/AED.
Participants must attend all portions of the course to be eligible for certification. All participants must complete the pre-course swim test, which includes a 300-yard continuous swim and simulated water rescue requiring a surface dive to a depth of 7-10 feet. The purpose of the pre-course test is to ensure that the participant demonstrates comfort in the water, along with enough speed, strength and endurance to perform a combination of basic skills that are required and built upon throughout the course. No refunds will be given to those who do not successfully complete course.
*The Lifeguard Training Scholarship Program covers the full fee of the course. In order to qualify for the scholarship, the participant must agree to work for the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board as a full-time lifeguard during the entire summer of 2017. The class will initially be paid in full by the participant at the cost of $200.00. The employee will sign a form that will tie them to the agreement to work 4 – 5 days per week/32 – 48 hours per week (less if inclement weather). Upon successful employment with the MPRB, the participant will receive a full reimbursement.
Phillips Aquatics Center
2323 11th Ave. S
Minneapolis, MN 55404