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Aquatic Classes & Activities

Swim Lessons 

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.  

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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. Requests for private and semi-private lessons will be accepted at the following link:  
Please click here to request private or semi-private swim lessons

Adaptive Swim Lessons

Swimming skills are modified or adapted to accommodate individual abilities, needs, and goals, regardless of age. Lessons are created for, but not limited to, those with physical, cognitive, behavior, communication and/or sensory disabilities. We aim to foster independence while providing positive recreational and education experiences.

  • Dates: Thursdays January 10-February 14
  • Session 1: 4-4:30 (ages 5-7)
  • Session 2: 4:30-5:00 (ages 8-12)
  • Fee: $48  
  • Registration Code: ASWIM
Water Aerobics 
Morning Water Aerobics Class

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 - 12:00 pm

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 - 9:45 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 am - 12:00 pm

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. 

H2O Blast

Monday, Wednesday 5:30-6:30 pm

Instructor: Tonya McNeill

Come join us for fun and blast your daily stresses away while you increase muscle definition, burn calories, and improve flexibility in the water.  You will discover a variety of of different workouts- with and without equipment- both in the leisure and lap pools - that will help you focus your energy, push you past your limits and challenge you to improve your overall wellness. Aqua shoes are recommended.

First Aid/CPR/AED 

This class teaches skills that participants need to know to give immediate care to a suddenly injured or ill person until more advanced medical care arrives. The majority of coursework is done on the computer, and the hands-on skills will be practiced in the classroom. This is a 2-year certification course for Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED from the American Red Cross. Course number 1203030

  • Session 1
    • Date: Wednesday, January 17
    • Time: 1:00-3:30 pm
    • Register by January 9
  • Session 2
    • Date: Sunday, February 18 
    • Time: 10:00 - 12:30 pm
    • Register by February 11
  • Session 3
    • Date: Wednesday, April 10 
    • Time: 5:00 - 7:30 pm
    • Register by April 3
  • Fee: $65  
  • Age: 12 & Over
  • Location: CRC Party Rooms
  • Registration Code: 1203030
Lifeguard Training 

Learn 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.

May contain: boy, male, person, teen, lifeguard
  • Call Liz  to schedule a swim pretest prior to registration: 970-497-8575
  • Dates: Monday February 19-21
  • Time: 8:30 am - 2:30 pm
  • Location: Montrose Rec Center
  • Fee: $25 - to be completed after successful completion of the course.
  • Age: 15+
  • Registration Code: 1103016

More classes may be added as needed. If you have any questions call Liz  or James at 970-249-7705.

Swim Instructor Course 

As a swim instructor, you have the opportunity to change lives in swimmers of all ages. The Montrose Recreation has a high demand for this position, and hours are very flexible. This class provides the training needed to teach children and adults how to swim according to American Red Cross guidelines, and earn Red Cross certification. A Swimming pretest is required

  • Dates: April 15-18
  • Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Fee: $60(Partial refund may be issued after 3 months of experience)
  • Age: 16+  
  • Registration Code: 3103017
Duck Derby 
May contain: rubber duck at a pool

Chase your winter blues away by getting your ducks in a row to race around the lazy river! Participants can decorate their rubber ducks to give them the edge across the finish line. Prizes will be awarded in the following categories: best dressed duck, most daring duck, and fastest duck. Proceeds will go towards the Luis Estrada Swim Lesson Scholarship fund.

Date: Saturday, February 10

Time: 11 am

Location - CRC Lazy River

Fee: $10/duck, includes 1 rubber duck and a day pass to the Recreation Center (each additional duck is $5)


Kayaks, Scuba and Paddleboards 

Participants must make a reservation in advance by contacting the Aquatics Coordinator at 970-497-8575. Equipment must be cleaned prior to coming to the CRC.

  • Date: Ongoing  
  • Days: Saturdays
  • Time: 9:00 - 11:00 am
  • Location: CRC Pool
  • Fee: CRC Admission + $5/boat, paddleboard or tank
Recreational Swim Team 

This is an opportunity for your child to learn team dynamics, challenge themselves physically, improve swimming skills, and have fun. This is  for individuals who have passed Level 4 swim lessons or can swim a  minimum of 50 yards of front crawl, backstroke, breast stroke, or a combination. Endurance is a primary focus as participants prepare for a fun meet at the end of the summer.

Watch for details in our Summer Guide!

  • Session 1: 
  • Session 2:
  • Time: 10:45 - 11:45 am
  • Fee: $65 for one session/$110 for both
  • Location: CRC Lap Pool
  • Registration Code: 4118025
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