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The City of New Orleans

Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu



About NORDC Pools

NORDC operates two indoor pools open all year round - Joe W. Brown and Treme.  Enjoy our indoor pools no matter how gloomy the weather may be!  There are also many outdoor pools open during the summer.

NORDC offers instruction, and recreational opportunities to individuals of all ages, abilities, and aquatic interests including swim lessons at all levels, aqua fitness classes, and lifeguard certifications. Pools have regular hours for open and lap swimming. NORDC facilities are fully accessible, and staffed with friendly, professional lifeguards who ensure a safe and positive aquatic environment. 

For everyone’s enjoyment, health, safety, and protection, please take a few moments to review the pool rules which include requirements for bathing attire and flotation devices.  To read the pool rules click here

How to Register

Spring Session 2 (April 12 - June 6) - Registration is Closed

All participants of aquatics programs at NORDC pools must have a current and completed release/registration form on file.  Registration does not guarantee enrollment. NORDC has the right to cancel, combine, and otherwise move classes and instructors as necessary per the director of aquatics.

Class Descriptions

Jump to:  Swim Lessons   Aqua Fitness    Lifeguard Program

Swim Lessons

Parent & Child Swim Lessons / Water Babies (6 months - 36 Months) 

Helps young children get ready to swim by emphasizing fun in the water. Parents and children participate in several guided practice sessions that help kids learn elementary swimming skills, including water entry, bubble blowing, front kicking, back floating, underwater exploration and more.

  • Parent Child Water Babies Level 1 (PCWB1) Children learn basic skills through fun activities, such as blowing bubbles and playing with water toys.
  • Parent Child Water Babies Level 2 (PCWB2) Parents work with their children to practice floating, kicking and swimming back to the side of the pool. 
Parent & Child Swim Lessons / Nemo (2-5 years old)

If your child loves the water or isn’t quite ready to be on their own with an instructor, Nemo is the class for you! The skills taught are the first level of the preschool program but with games and songs that are age appropriate. 

Preschool Lessons (3-5 years old)

Learn water safety, survival skills and foundational swimming concepts in a safe and fun environment. Skills are age-appropriate, allowing students to achieve success on a regular basis.

  • Preschool Aquatics Level 1 (PS1) Helps participants feel comfortable in the water and begin to develop fundamental skills such as breath control.
  • Preschool Aquatics Level 2 (PS2) Builds on Level 1 skills and gives the participant success with fundamental skills such as floating and basic locomotion.
  • Preschool Aquatics Level 3 (PS3) Builds on Level 2 skills and improves the participant’s coordination of simultaneous arm and leg actions and alternating arm and leg actions
School Age Lessons (6-12 years old) 

This program is designed for students to progress through the levels at their own pace, mastering the skills in one level before advancing to the next. Each level of the Learn-to-Swim class includes training in basic water safety, helping others in an emergency, and stroke development.

  • Level 1: (SA1) Introduction to Water Skills There are no prerequisites for this course. The objective of Level 1 is to help students feel comfortable in the water and to enjoy the water safely.  Level 1 participants learn to: enter and exit the water safely, submerge mouth, nose and eyes, exhale and open eyes under-water, roll over from front to back and back to front with support, explore floating front and back with supports, explore swimming on front and back using arm and leg actions with support, and use of life jacket.
  • Level 2: (SA2) Fundamental Aquatics Skills Student must have passed or show competency in Level 1 skills. This level marks the beginning of true locomotion skills.  Level 2 participants learn to: enter water by stepping or jumping from the side, exit water safely
    using ladder or side, submerge entire head, blow bubbles (bobbing), open eyes underwater, float on front and back, front and back glides, change directions, roll over from front to back and back to front, tread water, and swim on front, back and side using combined arm and leg actions.
  • Level 3: (SA3) Stroke Development  Student must have passed or shown competency in Level 2 skills. Level 3 participants learn to: Jump into deep water, dive in, bob with the head fully submerged, rotary breathing, front and back glides, float on front and back in deep water, change from horizontal to vertical position on front and back, front and back crawl, butterfly-kick and body motion.
  • Level 4: (SA4) Stroke Improvement Student must have passed or shown competency in Level 3 skills. The objective of level 4 is to develop confidence in the strokes learned and improve other aquatic skills. Level 4 participants learn to: perform standing dive, swim underwater, feet-first surface dive, open turns on front and back treading water, front and back crawl, breaststroke, butterfly, and elementary backstroke.
  • Level 5: (SA5) Stroke Refinement Student must have passed or shown competency in Level 4 skills. The objective of level 5 is to provide further coordination and refinement of strokes. Level 5 participants learn to perform the following: standing shallow dive, tuck and pike surface dives, front and back flip turns, front and back crawl, butterfly, breaststroke, elementary backstroke, sidestroke, and survival swimming.
  • Level 6: (SA6) Swimming and Skill Proficiency Student must have passed or shown competency in Level 5 skills. The objective of level 6 is to refine the strokes so students swim them with ease, efficiency, power and smoothness over greater distances.
Teen  Swim Lessons (12 - 15 years old)

Swim lessons are not just for the young and old! Join us for these age appropriate, confidence boosting lessons that will teach your teen a lifelong skill!

T.O.W.: Terrified of Water (16+ years old)

T.O.W. is for adults who have no previous swim lesson or aquatic experience. We understand that each adult has their starting point in the water. We work with you to get past your fears and conquer the world of aquatics! 

Adult Swim Lessons (16+ years old)
  • Adult Beginner (AB) Learning the Basics is for people who are not afraid of the water and want to learn how to swim. Learn how to float, move in the water and begin building the foundation for
    aquatic success.
  • Adult Intermediate 1 (AN1) and Adult Intermediate 2(AN2) Improving Skills and Swimming Strokes is split into two levels. Adult Intermediate 1 (AI1), the focus is on endurance and form for the following strokes: Front Crawl, Back Crawl, Breaststroke and Backstroke while also working on safety survival skills such as treading water. In Adult Intermediate 2 (AI2), the focus is on perfecting the strokes learned in Adult Intermediate I and also learning the Sidestroke and Butterfly.
  • Adult Advanced Swimming (AAS) Swimming for Fitness is a class for adults who know how to swim but might need a refresher on their training or are just looking for a more structured practice time. This class focuses on endurance and perfecting strokes so that they are as efficient as possible.

Aqua Fitness Classes

Fit and Flex 

Welcome to this spunky exercise program! The class will include light cardio exercises that help to build endurance but will focus on exercises to help coordination, balance and strength.

H²0 Mix

This class fuses together several of your favorite aqua class formats to create a memorable experience. We’ll mix it up with noodles, kick boards and other equipment to target the whole body while having a blast. Both low and high intensity cardio will be included.

Hydro Fit

This ultimate endurance class is based on muscular strength and interval training. Challenge yourself through different stations in the pool utilizing a range of aquatic equipment. This aqua workout will leave you fitter, stronger and more energized. 

Lifeguard Program

The Junior Lifeguard program (11 - 15 years old)

The Junior Lifeguard program teaches many of the skills it takes to be a lifeguard. This is a great opportunity for your child to learn leadership skills, team work and most importantly have FUN, all within the aquatic environment. 

Lifeguard Prereq  Challenge (15+ years old)

If you aren’t sure if you have what it takes to become a certified lifeguard come try it out! During these 2-hour long sessions, all of the lifeguard prerequisites will be practiced and then completed as a part of an assessment. Any time left over will be utilized for tips on how to improve swimming skills for the lifeguard class. There is a 6 person limit per class so please sign up as soon as possible.

Becoming a Lifeguard

Lifeguarding is a great job for young adults to learn job skills, earn some money and meet great people.  NORDC will be hiring over 100 lifeguards for the summer season. There is plenty of time to prepare for the summer session with the opportunities available for classes.

Requirements to become a lifegard:

  • Able to swim 300 yards
  • Able to tread water for 2 minutes with no hands
  • Able to perform a timed event which will include sprinting 15 yards, getting a 10lb brick off the bottom of the deep end, swimming back to the shallow end and climbing out of the pool with the brick.

If you are interested in becoming a lifeguard view our employment page for application and job description. NORDC lifeguards are required to be at least 16 years old.

For lifeguarding opportunities, check out our employment page for more information.

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Last updated: 5/20/2015 4:56:00 PM

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