Aquatics Programming

The newly renovated Mary H. Soderberg Aquatic Center features indoor pools, diving, an accessible, zero-entry pool, water slides, a playground, and a hot tub. We are open to the public too! Public access requires a day pass purchased at the front desk.  Explore our locally recommended aquatics program to learn more about:

  • Swimming lessons for all ages and skill levels, with discounts for Skaneateles Community Center members, from certified local instructors
  • Open swim opportunities in our leisure pool, water playground, and 25-yard indoor competition pool
  • Swimming birthday parties and group events
  • Low-impact cardio aquatics group fitness classes, including Shallow Aqua Fitness and Deep Aqua Fitness

*All swimmers must pass a swim test to enjoy the waterslide, please see a lifeguard to schedule.   

Private Swimming Lessons

Build confidence in the water with one-on-one private swimming lessons in Skaneateles, NY. Each lesson is led by certified Aquatics instructors who are skilled in teaching swim strokes, breathing techniques, and general water safety. Students can range from beginners all the way to advanced swimmers looking to compete. 

Classes are 30 minutes long (private lesson, 1:1:). We accept all ages and swimming ability levels. We use the American Red Cross Learn to Swim Program and all instructors are certified Water Safety Instructors.

Members: $30 / 30 minute session
Non-members: $40 / 30 minute session

 Contact Briana Barner to schedule your first session: bcutting@skancc.com

Aquatics Swim School

Year-round swim lessons for all ages and abilities.

Our swim lesson program helps each student develop water confidence and safety while learning the foundations of proper swim technique. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned swimmer, we have a swim program tailored to help you along your swim journey.

Swimming lessons are held in 30 minute sessions once/week. Sessions will run continually with a monthly fee of $100 for members and $150 for non members. (4 lessons per month/once per week.

Parent & Child Swim Lessons (6 months – 3 years)

This Parent & Child Swim class is designed as a baby or toddler’s first introduction to swim lessons and gives caregivers the opportunity to bond with their child in the pool and help them adapt to the water. At this age, babies and toddlers are beginning to develop control over their bodies, and swim lessons begin to create confidence for young children in the water, while guiding caregivers in water safety practices.

In this class, you will:

  • Bond with your baby or toddler
  • Help your baby/toddler adjust to the water
  • Develop confidence when handling your child in the water
  • Learn how to safely submerge your child under the water
  • Help your child begin safe and proper breath control
  • Introduce your child to rollover and back float
  • Help your child begin to turn and reach for the pool’s edge

Tuesdays 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Saturdays 8:30 am – 9:00 am

Pre School: 3yrs-4yrs 

Our preschool class is designed for children to become comfortable and confident in the water. Children will learn how to use controlled movements and breath control as they coordinate their swim strokes. Children will be placed in a class level based on their ability, and will progress through these skills:

  • Hold breath underwater
  • Roll over independently and float on back
  • Float on back while moving
  • Get to the pool’s edge and climb out
  • Learn controlled movements while swimming
  • Learn how to breathe while performing swimming skills
  • Be introduced to freestyle and backstroke
  • Perform front floats and kicks with control
  • Master breath control with nose and mouth
Level 1
Tuesdays 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm
6:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Thursdays 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Saturdays 9:15 am – 9:45 am
Level 2
Tuesdays     4:45 pm – 5:15 pm
Thursdays   4:45 pm – 5:15 pm
Saturdays    9:15 pm – 9:45 pm
Level 3
Thursdays   4:00 pm – 4:40 pm
Saturdays   10:45 pm – 11:15 pm

School Age Learn to Swim: 5yrs+

Our school-aged swim class is designed to equip children with the skills they need to be considered independent swimmers. 

In this class, your child will:

  • Gain the skills needed to be considered an independent swimmer
  • Breathe on side while swimming freestyle
  • Be introduced to breaststroke with arm and leg coordination
  • Perform independent surface dives

Instructors will conduct an evaluation and place your child in the proper level based on their abilities.
Evaluations are conducted every Friday at 5:00pm

Level 1
Thursdays 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm
6:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Tuesdays     5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Saturday      10:45 am – 11:15 am
Level 2
Tuesdays 4:45 pm – 5:15 pm
Thursdays 4:45 pm – 5:15 pm
Saturdays 10:00 am – 10:30 am
Level 3
Tuesdays 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Thursdays 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Saturdays 10:00 am – 10:30 am

Sign Up Today!

Swimming lessons will run continually with a monthly fee of $100 for members and $150 for non members. (4 lessons per month/once per week)

Please sign up at the Skaneateles Community Center front desk.

Questions? Please contact: Paul Hon | phon@skancc.com | 315-685-2266

Lifeguard Certification

Earn your lifeguarding certification from the American Red Cross. Our courses reflect the latest techniques based on science and best practices to ensure that you are properly trained and prepared for emergencies in and around the water.

All classes are held at the Skaneateles Community Center.

Sign up at the front Desk or Please contact our Aquatics Director, Paul Hon | phon@skancc.com | 315-685-2266

2024 Lifeguarding Certification Dates
Certification times are as follows: Friday 5pm-9pm, Saturday 9am-6pm, Sunday 9am-5pmJune 7-9, 2024
June 21-23, 2024
July 12-14, 2024
July 26-28, 2024

Price: $300
$400 Certification with waterfront certification

Lifeguarding Recertification
Re-certification times are as follows: Sunday 9am-5pmJune 7-9, 2024
June 21-23, 2024
July 12-14, 2024
July 26-28, 2024

Price: $250

CPR Certification/Re-certification
Certification/Re-certification times are as follows: Sunday 9am – 12pmJune 7-9, 2024
June 21-23, 2024
July 12-14, 2024
July 26-28, 2024

Price: $100

Sign up at the front Desk or Please contact our Aquatics Director, Paul Hon | phon@skancc.com | 315-685-2266

Pool Hours

Competition Hours

Monday-Thursday
5:30 am – 12:30 pm & 3:00 – 7:00 pm

Friday
5:30 am – 12:30 pm & 3:00 – 6:00 pm

Saturday-Sunday
8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Leisure Hours

Monday-Thursday
9:00 am – 12:00 pm & 3:00 – 5:30 pm

Friday
9:00 am – 12:00 pm & 3:00 – 5:30 pm

SaturdaySunday
12:00 – 4:00 pm

Please note: Water Works are available upon request. The slide is open 2:00 – 4:00 pm on weekends, depending on guard availability. Please call ahead for the most up-to-date information.

Lightning Swim Team

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 1, 2024 – August 30, 2024

Practice times will be:

  • Monday -Friday 5:30pm-7:00pm

Sign up at the front Desk or Please contact our Aquatics Director, Paul Hon | phon@skancc.com | 315-685-2266

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SPLASH Celebrate Birthday Party

SPLASH Birthday Party Bash

Put on a party hat and blow out the candles—it’s time to party!

Our experienced birthday party specialist will work with you to coordinate all the details, taking the headache out of planning. When it’s time for the party, our trained lifeguards will host your personalized Splash Party, ensuring a safe, enjoyable celebration. We take the stress out of party planning, so you can focus on making memories.

Included:

  • 1hr Private Party Room
  • 1hr Pool activity
  • 12 Birthday Gift Bags
  • Party supplies & Cleanup

Member: $320/12 guests
Non-Member: $350/12 guests

**$12 for each additional guest

$100 Non- Refundable Deposit due upon booking.

To reserve your date for a Splash Birthday party, please contact Brianna Harris, Membership Director, 315-685-2266 Ext 6898 or bharris@skancc.com

HoneyBee Cafe Birthday

Our very own Honey Bee Café offers food options for birthdays. Pickup is available at Skaneateles Community Center. No delivery or pick up required. 

To view menu options and place an order, go to: https://scc-honey-bee-pizza.square.site/ 

Questions? Please contact Jillian Moczara, The Concessions Manager at jmoczara@rosamondgiffordzoo.org

Aquatics Staff

Paul Hon
Paul Hon
Aquatics Director