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!  WadeSTurtleStop-web

Think twice before going near water or ice!
What to do if you fall through the ice:

  • Try not to panic
  • Keep your winter clothing on
  • They trap air which provides warmth and flotation
  • Turn toward the direction you came from
  • Place your hands and arms on the unbroken surface
  • Kick your feet to help move you onto the ice
  • Lie flat on the ice and roll away from the hole
  • Move to a warm place, remove wet clothing and dry off
  • Warm up slowly by wrapping yourself in blankets or by putting on dry clothing
  • Drink warm liquids