The Ludlow Community Center/Randall Boys & Girls Club offers the use of our pool without a membership. Come enjoy the beautiful six lane, twenty-five yard swimming pool with warm but refreshing water, in a well supervised, safe and friendly atmosphere. The costs are as follows: $5 for ages 18 and over; $3 for under 18. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult in the pool area. Children in diapers must wear swim diapers, plastic pants, and a bathing suit. For more information about Open Swim times or other programs, please call the Ludlow Community Center at 413-583-2072.
Please contact our Aquatic Director for more information on classes:
Swim Lessons Level Descriptions
Preschool 1: ages 3-4
No water experience. Beginner level for ages 3-4. Child will become familiar with the water without the parent. Skills include introduction to front kicks, blowing bubbles, breath control, underwater exploration, front/back glide, coordinated arm strokes, kicks and arm strokes on back, short breaths of air, introduction to lifejackets, and pool rules. (Child must be able to swim on ones front and take at least three breaths of air while traveling a distance of 10 feet from the wall before moving to Preschool 2).
Preschool 2: ages 4-5
Advanced preschool class for ages 4-5. (Child must have the correct kick with legs extended behind them, attempted coordinated arm stroke and take at least three breaths of air while traveling a distance of 10 feet from the wall to be in this class). Skills include front/back kicks, under water exploration, front/back glide, coordinated arm strokes and kicks on front/back, rotary breathing, and elementary backstroke. (Child must be able to swim five yards with coordinated arm stroke and rotary breathing and five yards on back to be considered for the next level).
Preschool 3: ages 4-5 (must complete Preschool 1 & 2 first)
Focuses on coordinating arm and leg movements and improving upon skills learned in Levels 1 and 2.
Level 1, 2 (Introduction to Swimming and Fundamental Aquatic Skills)
Ages 6-up. No water experience necessary. Learn basics of swimming including entering/exiting the water, holding your breath underwater, supported and unsupported front/back float, flutter kicking, alternating arm strokes front/ back, submerging in chest deep water, coordinated arm stroke front/back, and explore deep water. (Exit Skills: 1-Step into chest deep water, move into a front float, return to standing position, then move to a back float position for five seconds and return to standing position. 2-Push off and swim using a combination of arm/leg actions for 15 feet on the front; push off and swim using a combination of arm and leg actions for 15 feet on the back.)
Level 3 (Stroke Development)
Must pass Level 2. Skills include jumping in deep water, head-first entries, retrieving an object from the bottom, rotary breathing, front/back glide for distance, treading water for 30 seconds, changing body position in deep water, front/back crawl, elementary backstroke, and butterfly kick. (Exit Skills: 1-Jump into chest-deep water, swim front crawl for 15 yards with face in and rotary breathing, maintain position by treading water or floating for 30 seconds and swim back crawl for 15 yards.)
Level 4, 5 (Building Stroke Development and Stroke Refinement)
Must pass Level 3. Skills include diving from side, long shallow dive and glide, swimming underwater, floating for time, open turns and flip turns from wall, treading water for time, front/back crawl, breaststroke, butterfly, elementary backstroke, surface dives, survival swimming for time, and swim all strokes for distance. (Exit Skills: 1-Perform a shallow dive into deep water, swim front crawl for 50 yards, maintain position on back for two minutes and swim elementary backstroke for 25 yards. 2-Swim breaststroke for 25 yards, tread water for two minutes and swim back crawl for 50 yards.)
Level 6 (Swimming Skill & Proficiency)
Stroke & Turn Clinic
Program Dates & Times: September 10-27, 2018, Monday-Thursday from 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Registration: August 13 - September 7, 2018
The Stroke & Turn Clinic is to help develop and refine the different strokes of swimming. Our coaches and volunteers will break down each of the strokes: freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly. We will also be spending time on starts and turns.
This clinic is not a swim lesson. It is for children already participating on a team, can swim the required strokes and want to improve their competitive skills.
*Clinic must have at least 10 participants to run. If fewer than 10 people register, a refund will be offered.
Private Swim Lessons
Consists of a 1/2 hour one-on-one lesson with an experienced instructor and is taught according to American Red Cross Standards. Lessons must be booked at least one week in advance and booked in person at the front desk. Payment is due in full at the time of registration.
Cost per lesson:
Program Dates & Times: September 12-27, 2018, Wednesdays & Thursdays from 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Registration: August 13 - September 7, 2018
Kayak Club is a one-of-a-kind clinic designed to teach swimmers the basics of lake kayaking. Swimmers will learn basic paddling skills, rescues, and other maneuvering techniques. This class will give swimmers the necessary skills to kayak in a lake or other bodies of water.
The entire 6 lane pool will be utilized. Kayak Club will take place two times a week for three weeks, totaling six classes all together.
No prior kayaking experience will be needed. Swimmers must be between the ages of 8 and 15 to participate and be comfortable swimming proficiently in the deep end of the pool.
*Space is limited to 10 participants. At least 5 participants must register to hold the program.
Lifeguard Recertification Course
REGISTRATION: March 30 - April 13
COURSE DATES & TIMES: Monday, April 16th 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
COSTS: Members $150 Residents $160 Non-Residents $170
*There are a limited number of spaces available! Spots will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis.
The American Red Cross Lifeguard program gives participants the knowledge and skills needed to prevent and respond to aquatic emergencies. The course includes the latest science in first aid, CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer, emergency cardiac care, as well as the latest life-guarding rescue skills and safety protocols. Recertification will be valid for two years.
In order to participate in the class candidates must be 16 years of age or older at the start of the class and have a valid lifeguard certification. Contact Aquatic Director Brie Engelbrecht for details.
**Mandatory attendance for all classes in order to pass course. No refunds will be given for failure of prerequisites.
CPR & First Aid Classes
Red Cross First Aid, CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and AED (automated external defibrillator) training and certification meets the needs of workplace responders, professional rescuers school staffs, professional responders, and healthcare providers, as well as the general public.
Participants must be 12-14 years old, be able to swim 100 yards continuously (50 yards Freestyle with rotary breathing, 50 yards Breaststroke), and retrieve 10lb brick from 7ft deep and swim on back for 10 yards. Course content includes preventing aquatic emergencies, supervising others around water, developing swimming skills, responding to emergencies, providing care, making decisions, becoming a leader, being part of a team, serving the customer, getting a job, gaining lifeguard experience, and providing community service. Upon completion, participants will be able to meet the prerequisites for American Red Cross Lifeguard Training.
Credit will only be given if registration is canceled at least 5 business days prior to the start of the program/event. No credit will be given for classes missed when registering for a session. If the Ludlow Community Center/Randall Boys and Girls Club cancel a program due to low registration or inclement weather, a refund will be given to those who registered.