The beach is open to all Nottingham residents from 9 am to 7 pm, Memorial Day through Labor Day, weather permitting. One or two lifeguards are on duty Monday-Friday 9 am-5 pm July 1-August 9 when the beach is open. During swim lessons, we also offer arts & crafts at the picnic area, free of charge.
In the summer of 2013 we will offer two swim sessions with a fee of $10 each. Both sessions are subject to space availability and are open to Nottingham residents only.
Session 1: July 1 through July 19
Session 2: July 22 through August 9
All lessons are on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, at the following times:
9:45 AM – 10:15 AM: Level 3A
10:25 AM – 10:55 AM: Level 2A
11:05 AM – 11:35 PM: Level 1A
11:45 PM – 12:05 PM: Bubble Blowers 1 (6mos-2yrs)
12:10 PM – 12:30 PM: Bubble Blowers 2 (2yrs-5yrs)
1:10 PM – 1:40 PM: Level 1B
1:50 PM – 2:20 PM: Level 2B
2:30 PM –3:00 PM: Level 3B
3:10 PM – 3:40 PM: Level 4
3:50 PM – 4:20 PM: Level 5
4:30 PM – 5:00 PM: Level 6
Schedule is subject to change.
Please note there is no difference in skills between the A and B sections of each level.
Please take a moment to read the current swim level descriptions before registering your child!
American Red Cross Swim Levels - revised in 2012
Bubble Blowers 1 (6 months-2 years) & 2 (2 years - 5 years)
Prerequisites: There is not a prerequisite for this level. 6 months – 5 years.
Course Description: Bubble Blowers is for children and their parents. Skills taught include floats, glides, kicks, arm movement, blowing bubbles, exploring underwater, and lifejackets. All skills are performed with the assistance of parents in the water with their child.
Level 1: Introduction to Water Skills
Prerequisites: Participants must be at least 4 years old at the start of the lessons.
Course Description: Level I is an introduction to the water. Skills taught at this level include: putting faces in the water, fully submerging your body, blowing bubbles, floating with support, exploring different arm and leg movements in the water, kicking with kickboards, and safety information.
Level 2: Fundamental Aquatic Skills
Prerequisites: Completion of all Level 1 skills.
Course Description: New skills taught in Level 2 include: swimming underwater, retrieving objects underwater,gliding independently, rolling over from the stomach to the back, independent back float, an introduction to treading water, swimming on the back, front and side, as well as safety information.
Level 3: Stroke Development
Prerequisites: Completion of all Level 2 skills.
Course Description: Students begin to develop their swimming strokes in Level 3. New skills taught include: rotary breathing, front crawl, dolphin kick, back crawl, elementary back stroke and safety information. To graduate, Level 3, swimmers must complete a 75 yard swim while performing the front crawl, back crawl and elementary back stroke.
Level 4: Stroke Improvement
Prerequisites: Completion of all Level 3 skills.
Course Description: In Level 4, students build upon the fundamentals learned in Levels 1-3. New skills taught include: stream line gliding, survival floating, breaststroke, butterfly,and side stroke. To graduate, Level 4 swimmers must complete a 100 IM and 25 yards of side stroke.
Level 5: Stroke Refinement
Prerequisites: Completion of all Level 4 skills.
Course Description: In Level 5, students begin to swim greater distances, while perfecting their strokes. New skills taught include: frrt first and pike surface dives, survival swimming and personal water safety information.
Level 6: Personal Water Safety
Prerequisites: Completion of all Level 5 skills.
Course Description: In Level 6, students learn self-rescue techniques in addition to building endurance in their swimming and how to assist in emergencies.
Registration forms are available at the Recreation Department office, or can be downloaded above and brought to the office or mailed to Nottingham Recreation Department; PO Box 114; Nottingham, NH 03290.