For a listing of Aquatic Division fitness classes, Learn-to-Swim classes and aquatic training classes at all facilities, please consult the Lawrence Parks and Recreation Activities Guide or view current classes at the department’s Online Registration site where you can also enroll in courses.

Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department offers a number of aquatic classes and training classes, including: fitness, lifeguard training and learn-to-swim programs at all of its facility locations in Lawrence.

Water Aerobics

Water aerobic exercises allow you to get the same benefit as a regular aerobic workout, but water aerobic workouts are more enhanced. The biggest benefit is water aerobics allow you exercise every muscle and joint in the body at the same time. As you workout, the water cools off your body for a refreshing workout.

Aquatics Fitness Classes

You do not need to know how to swim in order to take advantage of water aerobic exercises. Water aerobics are generally performed in water that is no deeper than chest level. As with any exercise program, we encourage you to consult your healthcare professional or physician before you start any exercise program.

Lifeguard Training

Lawrence Parks and Recreation offers American Red Cross Lifeguard Training and CPR for the Professional Rescuer. The purpose of American Red Cross Lifeguard Training courses are to teach Lifeguard candidates the skills and knowledge needed to prevent and respond to aquatic emergencies. The course content and activities prepare candidates to recognize and respond quickly and effectively to emergencies and prevent drownings and injuries.

Lifeguard Classes


The Learn-to-Swim program is offered throughout the year to individuals from infant to adult at various levels. Classes are taught by certified American Red Cross Water Safety Instructors.

Learn-to-Swim Classes

Special Events

Lawrence Parks and Recreation hosts special events throughout the year for children and families, as well as special savings days.

Aquatics Special Events