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Please note the above link will take you to the general GROUP LESSON TAB, however, be sure to check out all of the tabs  






KRA Group Swim Lesson Mission: To develop basic swimming skills, a knowledge of water safety and a love of swimming in children ages 3 years and older.


The KRA Board is very excited to start our 2nd season of the Group Swim Lesson Program which is all themed around FISH of course! As the home of the Kanawha Firefish, we now have a fish-oriented group lessons theme that we think the kids will love. The kids will start as Blue Minnows and advance through five levels including Orange Goldfish, Purple Puffer Fish, Green Angel Fish and Red Rainbow Fish. We hope that the kids will have fun while learning to swim. As a community non-profit association, a big part of our purpose is to teach swimming because it is a fundamental safety and life skill. We want all KRA kids to know how to swim and swim well. We hope you will enroll your child for all sessions!


How to I know what level my child is for lessons?

Lessons will be taught at five different proficiency levels ranging from blowing bubbles to swimming full lengths of freestyle and backstroke without assistance.. We also will have group swim lesson assessments the week of May 20. Please sign up for an assessment using the sign up genius link.


What time are lessons offered?

We are offering multiple sessions and levels throughout the summer. Ideally, your child can attend all of them and progress over the summer. Group swim lessons will be offered in the morning and afternoon to accommodate different family schedules and some lessons will be scheduled during swim team practices so that younger siblings can take lessons while older children are in swim practice.  


Who is teaching the lessons?

Our staff is comprised of five talented instructors many of whom are  Kanawha swimmers, college swimmers  or former Kanawha swimmers. We have so much home-grown talent in these kids and they can offer a lot to the next generation of Kanawha swimmers. We’ve selected these enthusiastic, positive individuals because of their abilities to interact well with kids, knowledge of swimming technique and water safety and their love for Kanawha and swimming.


Who is the Coordinator of the Group Lesson Program?

Maria Vinson will once again serve as the Coordinator of the Group Lessons Program. She currently attends and swims for  Roanoke College. She is also a Douglas Freeman High School graduate and a former member of the KRA swim team.  She joined the Kanawha swim team when she was five years old. She loved swimming  so much that she progressed to swimming year-round with NOVA when she was 10. She was also a NOVA swim lesson instructor and a former Assistant Swim Team Coach for Kanawha. 


How do I register and pay?

All of this is done online  at www.kraswimteam.com to keep it simple for you. Just click on the 2019 LESSON REGISTRATION BUTTON.

 Registration will open for each session on the Friday evening prior to the start of each session.

We will  make classes available to all students so do not feel like you need to rush onto the system on Friday night. Remember you can see the schedule of classes on www.kraswimteam.com, click on the Lessons Tab and then Lesson Schedule.

Remember even if a class is wait listed you can still register your student. For wait listed classes we will simply add another class at the same time in order to accommodate all students.


  We will continue to seek input for enhancements and changes that reflect the needs of our membership so please feel free to reach out to our new group swim lesson coordinator with any suggestions.

MARIA VINSON (804) 432-7576 or mkvinson1@gmail.com

If you are unable to reach Maria & need immediate attention please contact


Tracy Collier (804) 564-6870 or tracy.collier76@gmail.com


We look forward to a great 2019 Summer Season!