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!  

Look before you leap!
Swimming in a safe place is important.

  • You should always swim in a supervised area with a lifeguard on duty
  • If you have a backyard pool, you should always swim with a buddy with a parent or adult watching

Things to look for before jumping in:

  • Water depth, waves or moving water
  • Water temperature
  • Objects on the bottom
  • Toys
  • People
  • Rocks, sticks or plants
  • Sharp objects or trash
  • Animals if in open water environments
  • Warning flags if on the beach

Wade social -May