- Swim Lessons
- Lifeguard Training
- First Aid/CPR/AED
- Swim Instructor Course
- Water Aerobics
- Kayaks, Scuba
- Water Safety Fair
- Recreational Swim Team
Private & Semi-Private Swim Lessons
Private Lessons offer a one-to-one instructor/student ratio. Semi-Private Lessons offer a one to two instructor/student ratio. Students must sign-up together as there is no waitlist. Private lessons are offered during public swim hours and must be arranged through the Aquatic Coordinator.
Public Swim Lessons
All swim courses and instructors are certified by the American Red Cross. Not all courses are available each lesson time. Please check the schedule for specific course sessions and times. Class sizes are limited, so please register early! Also, private and semi-private lessons are available. Please click on Swimming Lesson in the left column for a full list of classes offered.
Learn All The Skills Necessary To Become A Professional Lifeguard This course teaches CPR, First Aid and all the rescue techniques. This class is offered to individuals 15 years and older. This will be a blended learning course with instruction both online, and in the pool. Participant must be available to attend all in-person training sessions Required pre-test is a 300 meter swim (12 lengths), two minute water tread without hands and retrieving a ten pound brick from the bottom of the pool 9 feet or deeper. Successful candidates will be strongly looked at for employment as a Lifeguard for the MRD.
- Call Liz to schedule a swim pretest: 970-497-8575
- Session 1
- Friday, January 13: 4:00 - 9:00 pm
- Saturday, January 14: 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
- Sunday, January 15: 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
- Session 2
- Monday, March 27: 8:30 am - 1:00 pm
- Tuesday, March 28: 8:30 am - 1:00 pm
- Wednesday, March 29: 8:30 am - 1:00 pm
- Location: Montrose Rec Center
- Fee: $25 - to be refunded after 3 months of successful employment
- Age: 15+
More classes may be added as needed. If you have any questions call Liz - 970-497-8575.
First Aid/CPR/AED for the Lay Responder
The purpose of this class is to help participants recognize and respond appropriately to cardiac, breathing, and first aid emergencies. The courses in this program teach skills that participants need to know to give immediate care to a suddenly injured or ill person until more advanced medical care arrives. A majority of coursework is done on the computer, while the hands-on skills are practiced in the classroom. This course offers a new 2 year certification for Adult and Pediatric CPR/First Aid/AED and is taught by a certified American Red Cross Instructor.
- Fee: $65
- Age: 12 & Over
- Location: CRC Party Rooms
- Session 1
- Wednesday, January 18
- 1:00 - 3:30 pm
- Register by January 11
- Session 2
- Saturday, February 18
- 9:00 - 11:30 am
- Register by February 10
- Session 3
- Wednesday, April 12
- 5:00 - 7:30 pm
- Register by April 5
AMERICAN RED CROSS WATER SAFETY INSTRUCTOR COURSE
This class provides the training needed to teach life saving swimming skills to both children and adults. Participants develop their understanding of how to use class materials, how to conduct swim lessons and water safety presentations, and learn to evaluate the progress of participants.
Successful completion of this course results in a 2 year American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor certification.
- Session 1:February 17-19
- Times: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Session 2: Saturdays, April 1- 29
- Times: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Age: 16+ - *Must be able to demonstrate Level 4 competency on the front crawl, back crawl, side stroke and butterfly.
- Fee: $60 to be refunded after 3 months of successful employment with the MRD.
Make A splash with Water Exercise!
Whether you are just beginning to start an exercise regimen, or want to beat the boredom out of your usual workout, Water Aerobics is a fantastic solution. Water aerobics offers remarkable cardiovascular benefits and works out the entire body without putting stress on the bones and joints. People are able to work out longer and consequently burn more calories due to the cooling effects of the water. Experts say that this type of exercise is superior because of the multi-dimensional resistance the workout provides. In addition, studies have shown that being in the water causes the body to release chemicals similar to those released in deep meditation. You get great physical and mental benefits, all in one workout!
Aqua Aerobics - Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:00-9:00 am
Instructor: Marianne Goforth/Connie Pittenger
A full body workout designed to improve cardiovascular fitness, muscular endurance, strength, coordination, and flexibility. Various aqua equipment will be used to increase water resistance and promote higher fitness levels. Aqua shoes are recommended.
Splash Aerobics - Monday, Wednesday, Friday 11:00 am - 11:45 am
Instructor: Cheryl Yergler
A high energy aerobic and strength training class. Resistance bands and/or barbells are used to tone your muscles in this class. Aqua shoes are recommended.
The Deep - Tuesday, Thursday 8:00 - 9:00 am
Instructor: Irene Karten/Maggie Graff
This class uses interval training alternating periods of higher and lower intensity exercise. Pacing is increased until an aerobic threshold is reached, followed by a decrease in pace returning to regular target heart rate zone. Deep water is a non-impact exercise class using power for perfect body conditioning for the more athletic water participant.
Twinges in the Hinges - Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9:00 - 10:00 am
Instructor: Liz Gracesun/Connie Pittenger
A gentle non-impact exercise class designed to provide range of motion to every joint in the body. Additional benefits include strengthening and increased physical and cardiovascular endurance. This class is designed and endorsed by the Arthritis Foundation. Participation forms must be completed for this class. This class is taught by Liz Gracesun, Certified Arthritis Foundation Water Fitness Instructor.
Silver Sneakers - Tuesday, 11:00 - 11:45 am
Instructor: Jan Graves
This class which is endorsed by the Silver Sneakers program combines music, dance moves and special equipment to provide a full but gentle workout in the Leisure Pool area.
Kayaks & Scuba
The CRC allows clean kayaks, paddleboards, and scuba equipment into the pool for practice sessions. Participants must make a reservation in advance. Please pre-schedule times through the Aquatic Activities Coordinator at 249-7705 x 8575. Please clean your equipment prior to coming to the CRC.
- Fee: Regular admission price + $5/kayak, SUP or tank
- Time: Saturdays from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
- Reservations: Call Liz, 970-497-8575 or email@example.com
- Location: Montrose Rec Center
Water Safety Fair
This fun interactive fair will take children to different safety stations to learn water safety and earn fun prizes. Each participant will have their water safety passport "punched" at each station. Once complete, parents and children may enjoy a time of free swimming at the Outdoor Field House Pool.
Date: May 2023
Time: Stay Tuned for our event in May 2023
Location: MRD Field House - 25 Colorado Ave.
Recreational Swim Team
Back by popular demand, MRD is bringing back the recreational swim team. This is an opportunity for your child to learn team dynamics, challenge themselves physically, and have fun. This is for individuals who have passed Level 4 swim lessons or can swim a minimum of 75 yards of front crawl, backstroke, breaststroke, or a combination. Participants will develop confidence in strokes such as the front crawl, breaststroke, and butterfly. The basics of turning at the wall, as well as using the starting blocks will be included. Endurance will be a primary focus as participants prepare for a meet at the end of the summer.
2023 dates will be announced in April!
- Days: TBD
- Session I:
- Session II:
- Swim Meet: TBA
50 Mile Club
A club designed for individuals who like to challenge themselves. Participants track their lap swimming and receive special recognition for meeting the 50, 100, and 200-mile mark. Call the Rec. Center at 970-249-7705 for more information.
Marlin Swim Team
Do you want to experience that competitive element? The Marlin Swim Club offers all ages the chance to compete. Montrose Marlins is a private swim club operated by community volunteer parents and coaches. It is not a program that is administered by the Montrose Recreation District Aquatic Center. For more information visit the Marlins website.
This program is geared towards adults 19 years and older who wish to continue quality swim workouts with the possibility to compete in swim meets with people their own age.