The City of Allen Aquatics division has an excellent lineup of programs for all ages! For more information about any classes or programs listed you can find descriptions in the LIFE in Allen activity guide or call Don Rodenbaugh Natatorium front desk at 214.509.4770.

For the Ford Pool swim lesson rainout hotline, please call 214.509.4790.

Swim classLearn To Swim at Any Age

The City of Allen Learn to Swim program helps swimmers of all ages improve their comfort in the water and learn correct stroke techniques — all in a safe way! Instructors are American Red Cross certified and trained aides may assist classes.

Please check our schedule of classes, as our offerings and times change from season to season. Below is an outline of classes:

Parent / Child Aquatics

For parents and their infants ages 6 months to 4 years. Help your child become comfortable in and around the water and introduce them to basic water safety skills, such as blowing bubbles, submerging, floating, kicking and gliding. This is a great class if you want to be in the water with your child and help prepare them for the Minnows classes.

Minnows (ages 3-5) and Sharks (ages 6-12)

Students are evaluated on the first day of class and then grouped with other students who are similar in skill and comfort level in the water. Instructors will work with students to master the full range and progression of skills outlined by the American Red Cross. We want our students to have fun and become safe swimmers!

Adapted Aquatics

Part of our Special Needs Adapted Program for children and adults with special needs or disabilities. Experienced and specially credentialed instructors will introduce children, parents, caretakers and adults of all ages to a safe aquatic environment, giving them the opportunity to improve their recreational swimming and water safety skills. Parents or caretakers are welcome to be in the water to assist. Adapted Aquatics punch cards: $60 Member/$76 Non-Member for 8 classes. A free assessment must be completed before signing up for an Adapted Aquatics punch card. Call 214.509.4770 for more information or to schedule a free assessment.

Adult Aquatics

For anyone age 13 years or older that wants to learn how to swim. Multiple instructors are prepared to help you in small groups focus on what you want to achieve, whether it's basic skills like submerges and floating or more refinement on the six major strokes and their mechanics. Cost of registration includes a one-month swim pass so you can practice your skills between class sessions when it's convenient for you.

Competitive Stroke Clinic

Want to swim like a pro but need lots of practice first? Competitive Stroke Clinic is like being on a swim team without the swim meets! Students must meet prerequisites and demonstrate proficiency of the four major strokes as coaches will work with them on refinement, building endurance and reducing times. Practice is in the competition pool and there are three levels: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced. For ages 8-15.

City of Allen Swim Team (COAST)

City of Allen Swim Team (COAST) is a summer-only swim program, part of the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation, and sponsored by the City of Allen Parks and Recreation Department. COAST participates in weekly meets with other area TAAF teams with the opportunity to advance to the TAAF State Games of Texas.

Diving for Beginners

With a participant-to-instructor ratio of 6-to-1, expect plenty of individualized attention as divers learn basic skills such as take-off, hurdle, jump, forward and back dives. Pre-requisite: Student must be able to demonstrate safe, head-first entry from poolside in 12-feet deep water, swim to surface and swim unassisted to wall or ladder.

Learn Lifesaving Skills

Our American Red Cross education and certification classes are offered year-round. Some classes may have prerequisites that must be met in order to continue in the class.

American Red Cross Lifeguard Training

Learn how to ensure others are safe in, on and around the water and know how to respond in the event of an aquatic emergency. Minimum age 15.


For youth ages 11-14 who want to learn the skills needed to become a lifeguard when they're older. Get a head start with GuardStart! (Summers only.)

CPR / First Aid

Don't just be a bystander, learn CPR and First Aid, and you can be the one to save a person's life.

Lifeguard Instructor / Water Safety Instructor

Learn how to teach lifesaving or swimming and water safety skills to others and help build a safer aquatic community for everyone. Minimum age 16.

Special Events

We host special events throughout the year that let families and kids get wet and have fun! Check out our Dive-in Movies, annual Duck Derby, and Kids' Triathlon or Dog Days at Ford Pool.