Swim Lessons

As part of our commitment to promoting safety in the community, we offer Learn to Swim classes at the Danbury Community Center pool to keep your family safe when enjoying summer fun. Our courses are taught by American Red Cross certified instructors who are trained to make you feel comfortable, no matter your background and experience, while keeping you safe and teaching you to swim. Before you beat the heat at the Danbury Community Center pool or spend the day cruising on Candlewood Lake, make sure you are a confident swimmer with lessons from the DCC!

Swim Courses by Age

boy swimming in yellow shirt and goggles

The DCC is proud to announce that we have expanded our swim lesson offerings and now include lessons for all ages, including children as young as 6 months old! Children will be placed in the appropriate class based on age and skill level. All swim lessons offered by the Danbury Community Center are free to eligible children through the DEEP Free Swim Lessons program. For adult, infant, and students not eligible for the program, we partner with Hudson Valley Swim as a provider. 

The DCC swim lesson age groups are:
Toddler: 4 years
Kinder: 5 years - 6 years
Youth: 7 years - 12 years
Teen: 13 years - 17 years
Adult: 18 years+

Connecticut Institute For Communities and the Danbury Community Center are excited to announce a new partnership with the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CT DEEP) to provide free swim lessons to eligible children 4 - 17 years old. 

Eligibility Criteria

All students must be between 4 & 17 years old AND one of the following must be true:

  • Eligible recipient of SNAP benefits
  • Be recommended by a State Agency or Pupil Service on behalf of a Board of Education
  • Live in a Qualified Census Tract (QCT) as determined by the department of Housing and Urban Development (Qualified Census Tracts must have 50 percent of households with incomes below 60 percent of the Area Median Gross Income (AMGI) or have a poverty rate of 25 percent or more)