Youth Aquatics

The DRC offers youth aquatic classes in the form of American Red Cross swimming lessons.

Classes and swimming lesson levels vary by season. Some classes are held at Rock River Rapids Aquatic Park during the summer.

For questions or concerns, please contact Donita Grinde-Houtman, Aquatic Programs Coordinator, by phone at 316.788.3781 or by email at


Determining what level of swim lessons your child would be best suited in can be difficult. The DRC has put together a cheat sheet below to help. If you know the correct level, browse our swimming lessons to register.
**Choosing the Correct Swim Level**

water safety Tips - with wade S. Turtle!  

Know about boating before you go floating

Boating is fun but it can be dangerous.  Learning about boats and understanding the safety rules of boating will help you stay safe.

  • Boating safety equipment includes:
  • At least 1 lifejacket for each person
  • Whistle, horn or bell
  • Oars or paddle
  • First aid kit
  • Flashlight
  • Compass
  • Bailing device
  • Map
  • Blanket

Before shoving off:

  • Inspect the boat, motor (if necessary), safety equipment, and lifejackets to ensure they are in good working condition
  • Give a float plan to a responsible friend or family member not joining you for your trip
  • Know and comply with your local, state or federal boating regulations
  • Always put your lifejacket on prior to loading the boat and keep it on at all times

What to do in an emergency:

  • Perform a reaching or throwing assist for someone who has fallen overboard
  • Climb back into the boat or hold onto the boat if you fall out
  • Use the HELP or Huddle position to stay warm if unable to hold onto the boat
  • Only swim to the shore if it is very close

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