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Aerial view of Mountainside Water Playground

Expanded American Red Cross
Learn-to-Swim Program

Do you have trouble fitting in swim lessons for your children in your busy Summer schedule? Now you can incorporate your child’s and adult swim lessons into your Summer vacation!

Our instructors are trained and certified by the American Red Cross, so our unique 6-level instructional approach is unlike anything else being offered. Each level includes training in basic water safety and helping other in an emergency, along with swimming skills presented in a logical progression.


There are six learn-to-swim levels. Each level builds on skills learned in the previous level. Children who have not participated in Red Cross lessons previously will be placed appropriately based on their current swimming skills.

Lessons meet at the Mountainside Pool, unless otherwise noted.

For more information or to register for any of our swim lessons, please call 802-644-1046.

American Red Cross Swim Lessons
Offered Monday - Friday
$80 per 5-day session


Ages 3 - 5
9:15 am - 9:45 am

Ages 5 - Adult
Levels 1 & 2, 9:15 am - 9:45 am
Levels 3 & 4, 8:30 am - 9:00 am
Levels 5 & 6, 8:15 am - 8:45 am

Private Swim Lessons
Offered daily by appointment, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
$40 per 30 minute session


Parent & Child Swim Lessons
Offered daily by appointment, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
$40 per 30 minute session


Become part of your child's swimming development — participate in guided practice sessions that help children learn elementary skills, water entry and more. Swim diaper under snug fitting swim attire is required for children not toilet trained.
SelkieMermaid Lessons
Ages 7 & older
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Meets at Notchville Park
$40 per 60 minute lesson, $108 for 3 lessons, includes monofin and beautiful mermaid tail rental.


Right here at Smugglers' a magical opportunity awaits! Imagine swimming with the ease and grace of a seal! Your body as one fluid muscle, gliding through the weightlessness of the underwater wonderland. Join us on this great adventure and learn the safest way to swim like a mermaid, from Red Cross certified instructors and lifeguards. The giggles and glow of enormous fun await you! As a bonus, come out of these classes with a stronger core muscle group!

NEW! Private lessons and Mermaid Parties now offered at any pool at Smugglers'!

Instructor Elaine Fortin, a lifelong swimmer, now a retired software engineer for the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and Harvard University, is a Celtic harper and a wooden boat builder. She discovered mermaid swimming during a 2008 trip to the Galápagos. Elaine is a Red Cross Water Safety Instructor (swim instructor), Lifeguard and Adaptive Aquatics instructor.