Register for classes online during open registration under courses on the My Wellness portal.
If you would like to start a class mid-session we will prorate the registration fee. Just ask! 

Before your first class: 
Download the Aquababies Policy and Liability waiver that must be signed on the first day of class. Please bring in completed to speed up the registration process.  

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The award-winning Galter LifeCenter Aquababies program is a parent-child swim class dedicated to educating parents on water safety while acclimating their child to water in a safe setting. Our warm water pools and certified instructors create an ideal environment for introducing first-time swimmers to the water through creative games designed to progressively teach the fundamentals of swimming. Parents will learn the appropriate ways to hold their child in the water while their child develops motor skills related to swimming, such as supported kicking, back floats and jumps. At the end of the lessons your child will be ready to participate in Galter LifeCenter’s Learn-to-Swim program. 

Curriculum for the Aquababies program include:

Aquababies 1 (6 months-1 year)

  • Scooping
  • Jumping in the water
  • Underwater exploration
  • Kicking on back 

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Aquababies 2 (1-2 years)

  • Blowing bubbles 
  • Flipping safely from front to back floats 
  • Instructor assisted swimming skills 
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Aquababies 3 (2-3 years)

  • Water safety skills
  • Assisted swimming with an instructor
  • Pushing off the wall
  • Floating on front and back
  • Kicking on front and back
  • Blowing face-in bubbles

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All programs also use fun songs to match the activities!

For your reference:

  • Aquababies 1 and 2 are held in the East Therapy Pool.
  • Aquababies 3 classes are held in the East Pool.
  • Class size is 4 participants to 1 instructor. 
  • One parent per child will be allowed in the water at one time.
  • Each parent-child participant is allowed one free make-up class per session. Make up classes are held in the week following the end of the regular class schedule, at the same time and day as your current class.
  • Due to the popularity of classes, a $10 fee will be assessed in the event of a cancellation. 

For more information on our aquatics programs contact Vannessa Gabor at 773-878-9936, ext. 8015, or email

773-878-9936, ext. 8015 

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