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Youth Programs

Halloween Party 2018!

Join Prairie Life for a fun indoor trick-or-treat event! Everyone is encouraged to dress in their Halloween best! We will have trick-or-treating, tons of games and prizes, a costume contest , and delicious snacks and drinks! Bring as many friends as you would like! Both members and non-member are welcome at the same rate. NEW this year, ADULT beverages to the parents that come in costume! No charge for the parents! * Parental Supervision Required Friday, October 26, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Tickets purchased in advance $10.00 and $15.00 at the door.

Code Ages Dates Time Day(s) Registration
YP638 All Oct 26 - Oct 26 6:00P - 8:00PFr Oct 3 - Oct 26 Register

School Age Camps

No School Day Camps

No School Day Camp Members Full day $50 8:30AM-4:30PM (Early Drop Off and Late Pick Up available through coordination with Youth Programs Director) It’s time to celebrate no school days at Prairie Life! All days are themed!! Camp includes swimming, 2 snacks, lunch and so much more!

Code Ages Dates Time Day(s) Registration
YP63014 5-12 Jan 14 - Jan 14 8:30A - 4:30PMo Aug 29 - Jan 11 Register
YP630318 5-12 Feb 18 - Feb 18 8:30A - 4:30PMo Aug 29 - Feb 15 Register
YP630418 5-12 Mar 15 - Mar 15 8:30A - 4:30PFr Aug 29 - Mar 14 Register
YP630326 5-12 Apr 26 - Apr 26 8:30A - 4:30PFr Aug 29 - Apr 25 Register

Tae Kwon Do

Tae Kwon Do

Grand Master Greg Ferry has been dedicated to the disciplines of Martial Arts since he began his training in 1977 under an original Korean Master. His many years of experience have earned him several high rankings and honors which make him one of the most well respected Martial Artists in the United States today. He is currently an 8th degree Grand Master in the ITF style of Tae Kwon Do. Grand Master Ferry also holds a black belt in WTF Tae Kwon Do. His other rankings include a black belt in Hapkido and a brown belt in Gracie-style Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. In addition to his rankings, Master Ferry has earned the Samurai Award for lifetime achievement from the International Federation of Jiu Jitsuans. He is a 2006 inductee for Master of the Year within the World Karate Union Hall of Fame, and has held several rankings for national competition. Master Ferry owns and operates Central Iowa Martial Arts in Des Moines, Iowa. *Tuesdays and Thursdays 6:30pm to 7:30pm Saturdays 10:30am to 11:30am* Cost-$60 per month for members 2nd person in family $40 and $30 per person in family thereafter. $80 per month for guests 2nd person in family $50 and $40 per person in family thereafter.*

Code Ages Dates Time Day(s) Registration
FIRST 5 and up Jan 1 - Dec 31
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FIRST

Times for this class vary per day the class meets. Below are the times this class meets.
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Day(s)
6:30P - 7:30P
Tu, Th
10:30A - 11:30A
Sa
Jan 1 - Dec 31 Register
SECOND 6-90 Jan 1 - Dec 31
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SECOND

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Time
Day(s)
6:30P - 7:30P
Tu, Th
10:30A - 11:30A
Sa
Jan 1 - Dec 31 Register
THIRD 6-99 Jan 1 - Dec 31
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THIRD

Times for this class vary per day the class meets. Below are the times this class meets.
Time
Day(s)
6:30P - 7:30P
Tu, Th
10:30A - 11:30A
Sa
Jan 1 - Dec 31 Register

Youth Swimming Lessons

Youth Master Swim

Upgrade your swim workouts in technique, endurance, and drills for all four strokes swimming 1500 yards and more. Class meets Monday at 4:45, for 8 weeks. HOLIDAY SESSION IS ONLY 7 WEEKS AND WILL BE PRO RATED. Prerequisites are required and include: Able to swim 50 yards of freestyle, breaststroke, back crawl, and elementary backstroke. Tread for a time span of 1-minute minimum Entry knowledge of sidestroke and butterfly Prerequisites will be tested at the beginning of day 1. If a participant is not able to complete our prerequisites they may not continue. Minimum of 3 participants

Code Ages Dates Time Day(s) Registration
Holiday YMS Fish 5 + Nov 5 - Dec 17 4:45P - 5:30PMo Oct 3 - Nov 5 Register
Monday YMS Fish 5+ Jan 7 - Feb 25 4:45P - 5:30PMo Dec 3 - Jan 7

Fish 1

This level is intended for children at least 3 years old. Before entering Fish 1 kids should be able to be comfortable working with an instructor and comfortable putting their face in the water. The primary goals of Fish 1 are to gain a greater level of confidence in the water and to learn basic water safety. Kids will practice blowing bubbles, kicking their feet, and floating on their backs. All swimming in this level is done with the assistance of an instructor. This class has a capacity to ensure proper instructor to participant ratios. Once the class is full, participants will be placed on a standby list. ***There will be a $5 fee (per lession) for participants registered on a membership qualified for free group swimming lessons who do not attend. There are no make up classes for missed lessons. All other participants registered who do not attend will be charged full price of the session.*** Guests fee of $6 per class is included in the non member price. If you are registered and are unable to attend notify Carl Swauger via email 48 hours prior to the start of the session at cswauger@prairielife.com.

Code Ages Dates Time Day(s) Registration
Monday 5:55 F1 3+ Jan 7 - Feb 25 5:55P - 6:25PMo Dec 3 - Jan 6
Tuesday 5:55 F1 3+ Jan 8 - Feb 26 5:55P - 6:25PTu Dec 3 - Jan 7
Wednesday 5:20 F1 3+ Jan 9 - Feb 27 5:20P - 5:50PWe Dec 3 - Jan 8
Thursday 4:45 F1 3+ Jan 10 - Feb 27 4:45P - 5:15PTh Dec 3 - Jan 9
Saturday 10:00 F1 3+ Jan 12 - Mar 2 10:00A - 10:30ASa Dec 3 - Jan 11

Fish 2

This level is intended for children 4+. Before entering Fish 2, kids must be able to blow bubbles, put their face in the water, and be able to float on their back with the assistance of an instructor. The primary goals of Fish 2 is to introduce basic water skills. We will putting our faces in the water, kicking our feet, and using our arms to swim. We will also work with kids to begin learning introductory backstroke. In this level kids will practice pushing off the wall short distances to the instructor. This class has a capacity to ensure proper instructor to participant ratios. This class has a capacity to ensure proper instructor to participant ratios. Once the class is full, participants will be placed on a standby list. ***There will be a $5 fee (per lesson) for participants registered on a membership qualified for free group swimming lessons who do not attend. All other participants registered who do not attend will be charged full price of the session.*** Guests fee of $6 per class is included in the non member price. There are no make up classes for missed lessons. If you are registered and are unable to attend notify Carl Swauger via email 48 hours prior to the start of the session at cswauger@prairielife.com.

Code Ages Dates Time Day(s) Registration
Monday 5:20 F2 3+ Jan 7 - Feb 25 5:20P - 5:50PMo Dec 3 - Jan 6
Tuesday 4:45 F2 3+ Jan 8 - Feb 26 4:45P - 5:15PTu Dec 3 - Jan 7
Wednesday 5:55 F2 3+ Jan 9 - Feb 27 5:55P - 6:25PWe Dec 3 - Jan 7
Thursday 5:20 F2 3+ Jan 10 - Feb 28 5:20P - 5:50PTh Dec 3 - Jan 9
Saturday 10:35 F2 3+ Jan 12 - Mar 2 10:35A - 11:05ASa Dec 3 - Jan 11

Fish 3

This level is intended for children 4+. Before entering Fish 3, kids must be able to push off the wall short distances to an instructor, be comfortable transitioning from their stomach to their back, and able to float on their back without help of the instructor. The primary goals of Fish 3 are to learn to transition from stomach to back to breathe in freestyle. In this level we will introduce the basics of breaststroke. This class has a capacity to ensure proper instructor to participant ratios. Once the class is full, participants will be placed on a standby list. ***There will be a $5 fee (per lesson) for participants registered on a membership qualified for free group swimming lessons who do not attend. All other participants registered who do not attend will be charged full price of the session.*** Guests fee of $6 per class is included in the non member price. There are no make up classes for missed lessons. If you are registered and are unable to attend notify Carl Swauger via email 48 hours prior to the start of the session at cswauger@prairielife.com.

Code Ages Dates Time Day(s) Registration
Monday 4:45 F3 4+ Jan 7 - Feb 25 4:45P - 5:15PMo Dec 3 - Jan 6
Tuesday 5:20 F3 3+ Jan 8 - Feb 26 5:20P - 5:50PTu Dec 3 - Jan 7
Wednesday 4:45 F3 4+ Jan 9 - Feb 27 4:45P - 5:15PWe Dec 3 - Jan 8
Thursday 5:55 F3 5+ Jan 10 - Feb 28 5:55P - 6:25PTh Dec 3 - Jan 9
Saturday 11:10 F3 4+ Jan 12 - Mar 2 11:10A - 11:40ASa Dec 3 - Jan 11

Fish 4

This level is intended for children 4+. Before entering Fish 4, kids must know freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and elementary backstroke. They should be comfortable transitioning from their stomach to their back for a breath during freestyle. In Fish 4, we work primarily on technique for freestyle, backstroke, and breaststroke. We will help kids learn to breathe to the side on freestyle, proper kicking for backstroke, correct arm pulls for breaststroke, and much more! This class has a capacity to ensure proper instructor to participant ratios. Once the class is full, participants will be placed on a standby list. ***There will be a $5 fee (per lesson) for participants registered on a membership qualified for free group swimming lessons who do not attend. All other participants registered who do not attend will be charged full price of the session.*** Guests fee of $6 per class is included in the non member price. There are no make up classes for missed lessons If you are registered and are unable to attend notify Carl Swauger via email 48 hours prior to the start of the session at cswauger@prairielife.com.

Code Ages Dates Time Day(s) Registration
Monday 5:20 F4 6+ Jan 7 - Feb 25 5:20P - 5:50PMo Dec 3 - Jan 6
Wednesday 5:20 F4 4+ Jan 9 - Feb 27 5:20P - 5:50PWe Dec 3 - Jan 8
Thursday 5:55 F4 6+ Jan 10 - Feb 28 5:55P - 6:25PTh Dec 3 - Jan 9
Saturday 11:45 F4 6+ Jan 12 - Mar 2 11:45A - 12:15PSa Dec 3 - Jan 11

Fish 5

This level is intended for children 5+. Before entering Fish 5, kids must be able to properly swim a length of backstroke, freestyle, and breaststroke. In Fish 5, we will introduce butterfly. Kids will have the opportunity to practice skills that will prepare them for swim team, such as, flip turns, stream lines, and proper techniques for all four strokes. This class has a capacity to ensure proper instructor to participant ratios. Once the class is full, participants will be placed on a standby list. ***There will be a $5 fee (per lesson) for participants registered on a membership qualified for free group swimming lessons who do not attend. All other participants registered who do not attend will be charged full price of the session.*** Guests fee of $6 per class is included in the non member price. There are no make up classes for missed lessons. If you are registered and are unable to attend notify Carl Swauger via email 48 hours prior to the start of the session at cswauger@prairielife.com.

Code Ages Dates Time Day(s) Registration
Monday 5:55 F5 6+ Jan 7 - Feb 25 5:55P - 6:25PMo Dec 3 - Jan 6
Wednesday 4:45 F5 6+ Jan 9 - Feb 27 4:45P - 5:15PWe Dec 3 - Jan 8
Thursday 4:45 F5 6+ Jan 10 - Feb 28 4:45P - 5:15PTh Dec 3 - Jan 9
Saturday 10:35 F5 6+ Jan 12 - Mar 2 10:35A - 11:05ASa Dec 3 - Jan 11

Polliwogs 1

This level is intended for children at least 3 years old. This is the first level of group swimming lessons at Prairie Life. In this level, we work on getting the kids comfortable working with an instructor, comfortable with the water, and introduce basic swimming skills. The same skills are taught in Polliwogs 1 as in Polliwogs 2. Polliwogs 1 is intended for children who are less comfortable and younger. This class has a capacity to ensure proper instructor to participant ratios. Once the class is full, participants will be placed on a standby list. ***There will be a $5 fee (per lession) for participants registered on a membership qualified for free group swimming lessons who do not attend. All other participants registered who do not attend will be charged full price of the session.*** Guests fee of $6 per class is included in the non member price. There are no makeup lessons for missed classes. If you are registered and are unable to attend notify Carl Swauger via email 48 hours prior to the start of the session at cswauger@prairielife.com.

Code Ages Dates Time Day(s) Registration
Monday 4:45 PW1 3+ Jan 7 - Feb 25 4:45P - 5:15PMo Dec 3 - Jan 6
Tuesday 5:20 PW1 3+ Jan 8 - Feb 26 5:20P - 6:50PTu Dec 3 - Jan 7
Thursday 5:20 PW1 3+ Jan 10 - Feb 28 5:20P - 5:50PTh Dec 3 - Jan 9

Polliwogs 2

This level is intended for children at least 3 years old. This is the first level of group swimming lessons at Prairie Life. In this level, we work on getting the kids comfortable working with an instructor, comfortable with the water, and introduce basic swimming skills. The same skills are taught in Polliwogs 2 as in Polliwogs 1. Polliwogs 2 is intended for children who are more comfortable and older. This class has a capacity to ensure proper instructor to participant ratios. Once the class is full, participants will be placed on a standby list. ***There will be a $5 fee (per lession) for participants registered on a membership qualified for free group swimming lessons who do not attend. All other participants registered who do not attend will be charged full price of the session. Guests fee of $6 per class is included in the non member price. There are no make up lessons for missed classes. If you are registered and are unable to attend notify Carl Swauger via email 48 hours prior to the start of the session at cswauger@prairielife.com

Code Ages Dates Time Day(s) Registration
Tuesday 4:45 PW2 3+ Jan 8 - Feb 26 4:45P - 5:15PTu Dec 3 - Jan 7
Tuesday 5:55 PW2 3+ Jan 8 - Feb 26 5:55P - 6:25PTu Dec 3 - Jan 7
Wednesday 5:55 PW2 3+ Jan 9 - Feb 27 5:55P - 6:25PWe Dec 3 - Jan 8
Saturday 10:00 PW2 3+ Jan 12 - Mar 2 10:00A - 10:30ASa Dec 3 - Jan 11

Waterbabies

This level is intended for children 6 months - 3 years. In waterbabies, parents will work with babies in the water. The goal is to get babies more comfortable in the water before beginning group lessons. We play games, sing songs, and have fun while learning water safety. We will practice becoming comfortable kicking, splashing, and putting faces in the water to blow bubbles. Once the class is full, participants will be placed on a standby list for this reason there will be a $5 fee for participants registered who do not show up. Guests fee if $6 per class is included in the non member price.

Code Ages Dates Time Day(s) Registration
Tuesday 6:00 WB 6 Months + Jan 8 - Feb 26 6:00P - 6:30PTu Dec 3 - Feb 4

Youth Swim for Fitness

Youth Swim for Fitness is great for kids to stay active in the water, learn to work on their swim strokes and have fun at the same time! Class will work on refining their freestyle, backstroke, and breaststroke. YSFF will also cover butterfly, turns and building endurance. If you child is interested in swimming on a swim team, this is a great way to prepare for the next step. Participants should be able to swim 25 continuous yards freestyle, backstroke, and breaststroke, backfloat and tread water for 1 minute, entry knowledge of butterfly helpful but not required. This class will be 75% technique, 25% coaching. Class will meet Tuesday and Thursday 5:15-6:00 and Saturday 9:05-9:50 for 8 weeks. Students may sign up for 1, 2, or all 3 days. $70 for one day, $130 for 2 days, or $190 for all three days. Class requires minimum of 3 participants. Half sessions available. Contact Aquatics Director Carl Swauger at 515-223-5999 x 215, or email at cswauger@prairielife.com for questions. Guests of the club will be charged appropriate guest fees. THIS CLASS IS SCEDULED FOR 8 WEEKS NOW! Holiday Schedule is 7 weeks no class on Thanksgiving, cost is adjusted based on days, half session and 1 day per week available contact Carl for details.

Code Ages Dates Time Day(s) Registration
HOLIDAY YSSF T/TH 6+ Nov 6 - Dec 20 5:15P - 6:00PTu, Th Oct 1 - Nov 8 Register
YSFF T/TH 5+ Jan 8 - Feb 28 5:15P - 6:00PTu, Th Dec 3 - Jan 8
YSSF Tues 5+ Jan 8 - Feb 26 5:15P - 6:00PTu Dec 3 - Jan 8
YSSF Thurs 5+ Jan 10 - Feb 28 5:15P - 6:00PTh Dec 3 - Jan 10
YSSF Sat 5+ Jan 12 - Mar 2 9:05A - 9:50ASa Dec 3 - Jan 12
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