Avalon Swim Lessons 2023

Swim Lesson Prices

$50 Member / $60 Non-Member per week (4 lessons).

Instructors offer private lessons and adult private lessons upon request. *Scheduled private lessons missed will result in a lesson fee.*

Instructors: Anne Van Lenten and Ashley Cryer

Questions contact: ARASwimLessons@gmail.com 

Registrations for swim lessons will be administered through CommunityPass (registration buttons are shown below).  If you are not an Avalon member, please create a CommunityPass account to register.  Payment is due at time of registration.  If you are having trouble getting things setup in CommunityPass, contact us.

Classes must have a minimum of 3  participants.  

2023 Sessions

Week 1 June 19th – June 22nd
Week 2 June 26th – June 29th
Week 3

July 3, July 5th – July 7th

*Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday*

Week 4 July 10th – July 13th
Week 5 July 17th – 20th
Week 6 July 24th – 27th
Week 7 July 31st – Aug. 3r


Swim Lesson Registration

Lesson Levels

Level 1

9:00 -9:30

Mon. – Thurs.

ages 3 -5

Level 2

9:30 – 10:00

Mon.- Thurs.

ages 3 -8

Level 3

10:00 – 10:45


ages 5-10

This level is for swimmers who have never had lessons or are not comfortable doing the skills listed below.

Skills taught:

  • Get face/eyes wet unassisted
  • Blows bubbles
  • Submerses head completely under water
  • Comfortably floats on back with or without instructor’s help
  • Kicks on kickboard, but with help
  • Kicks on back, but with help
  • Jumps from the side to the instructor
  • ½ length of pool-proper freestyle kicking on a kick board without an instructor
  • ½ length of pool-proper backstroke kick with arms at side without an instructor
  • Streamline to and from the wall unassisted
  • Retrieves object 3 feet underwater

This level is for swimmers who are comfortable in the water.

Skills taught:

  • ½ lap rifle drill backstroke with a single arm
  • ½ lap rifle drill backstroke with both arms, every 6 kicks
  • ½ lap kicking on side while holding kickboard; rolling face in, blowing bubbles (left and right)
  • ½ lap kicking on side while supported by coach rolling face in, blowing bubbles
  • ½ lap each kicking on left and right side with an extended arm (freestyle breathing position) unassisted
  • ½ lap single arm catch up freestyle (rotary breathing) unassisted
  • Intro to diving

This level is for swimmers who have mastered Level 1 & 2 skills and can serve as a bridge to pre-team or swim team.

Skills taught:

  • Demonstrated mastery of all Level 2 skills; progress to 25 yards
  • Flips in water/flip turns
  • 25 yards legal breaststroke kick with kickboard
  • 25 yards legal breaststroke kick with arms (2 kicks/1 pull with glide)
  • 25 yards legal breaststroke (1 kick/1 pull with glide)
  • 25 yards legal butterfly kick with board
  • 25 yards legal butterfly with one arm pull/2 kicks
  • Streamline diving from block



About the Instructors

Anne Van Lenten has been involved in the swimming world since infancy. She grew up swimming for her local swim team, The Dahlgren Sharks,was a founding member of the the RAYS USS swim team, a lifeguard, a Red Cross water safety instructor, and a JRAC swim coach. Currently, she is a second grade teacher in Hanover County Public Schools, a USS referee, starter, chief judge, and strokes and turns official, a NCAA and VHSL swim official, JRAC Vice President of Swim and a parent of a W&L Collegiate swimmer, a former DSF high school/summer swimmer, and a NOVA swimmer. Anne enjoys being a part of  the Avalon swim family as the swim lesson coordinator and as a swim instructor.

Ashley Cryer has been a member of the Avalon Gators swim team since 2011, a member of the Tuckahoe Tiger Sharks, and the DSF high school swim team. She is a certified YMCA swim instructor and returning Avalon swim instructor. She is a graduate of DS Freeman High School and will be attending The University of Virginia in the Fall of ‘23. Ashley has a passion for helping children learn water safety through having fun in the wate