Welcome to Swimming Lessons at the Lake


Important Information Regarding Swim Lessons

The City of Vergas has postponed swim lessons until August this summer. This is due to COVID 19. Please take time to read all information. It is here that you will find answers to your questions.

About Us



Private & Semi-Private Lessons

Swimming Is Fun!

“Us” refers to the City of Vergas, the Vergas Lions Club and myself. It is the 3 of us that make Swim Lessons at the Lake possible!

My name is Nancy Jacobson & I am the lead instructor. The American Red Cross has certified me as a Water Safety Instructor (WSI) & it is the Learn to Swim Lessons that are offered. Teaching lessons at the lake to all ages is my passion & this will be my 48th summer! 

Lessons are held at the Vergas City Beach on Long Lake each summer for 2 weeks (the first two full weeks after the 4th of July). The year 2020 is the exception.  In case of inclement weather, we may use the Vergas Community Center. Cost is $35 per child for 10 half hour classes M-F. 

My assistant this summer is Edyn Fosse who spends her summer with family on Lake Lida. She is a certified Red Cross Lifeguard & Water Safety Instructor. Edyn was my helper last summer.


Swimming Is Fun!

Private & Semi-Private Lessons

Swimming Is Fun!

In order for swimming to be fun, all people involved, children & adults MUST put safety first. There is no lifeguard on duty at the Vergas City Beach. Therefore, parents & caregivers must keep an “eagle eye” on their children when they are in the water. They become my responsibility during their scheduled lesson.  I pride myself by educating my students on safety in, on & by the water. It is my goal to create lifelong learners who enjoy what our beautiful lakes & rivers offer us.

I do believe in starting to teach children at a young age, therefore I offer several different levels of Preschool classes to fit the need. 

The Learn-to-Swim program focuses on building skills one step at a time. By giving them the opportunity to master one element before moving on to the next, our children's swim classes make it easy to build confidence in the water. Following you will find each level of the Red Cross Learn to Swim program.  Students must meet all the requirements of each level before moving on to the next one.

During their swim lessons, children will spend time on the following seven levels:

Preschool Levels

Level 1: Introduction to Water Skills: Students will learn how to feel comfortable in the water and safely enjoy it.

Level 2: Fundamentals of Aquatic Skills: Children will learn basic swimming skills.

Level 3: Stroke Development: Additional guided practice will help students improve their skills.

Level 4: Stroke Improvement: Kids will gain confidence during swim lessons, improve their strokes and gain additional aquatic skills.

Level 5: Stroke Refinement: Guidance allows kids to refine their strokes and become more efficient swimmers.

Level 6: Swimming and Skill Proficiency: Students will learn to swim with ease and efficiency, and gain the ability to swim smoothly over greater distances. Swimmers will also have the option to participate in more advanced courses.

For more information on skills, please download the FREE Red Cross App “Swim.” Learn to help keep your loved ones safe in & around water with drowning prevention & emergency response information. Includes educational games and videos for kids plus a swim lesson progress tracker.

Download on the Apple App Store or get it on Google Play or text: “SWIM” to 90999


Private & Semi-Private Lessons

Private & Semi-Private Lessons

Private & Semi-Private Lessons

Work one-on-one with Nancy. Private swimming  lessons can teach one how to swim or refine one’s skills. Lessons are tailored to meet individual needs. Swimmers of all levels, ages and abilities can sign up. It’s never too late to learn how to swim! Private & Semi-Private lessons are 30 or 60 minutes in length. Lessons are scheduled on the availability of the swimmer, instructor and the weather. Have a relative or friend of similar age and ability? Semi-private lessons are perfect for 2 persons of similar age and/or ability at the discretion of the instructor.

Contact Nancy if interested.     

 (218) 234-0400


30 min Session   

Private:  $30    

       Pack of 3 sessions:  $85

Semi-Private:  $25/st   

 Pack of 3:  $70/student


60 minutes Session

Private:  $55      

Pack of 3 sessions:  $160

Semi-Private:  $50/st   

Pack of 3:  $145/stud



Grandpa Pete, Pickerel Lake

Kristen Blom, Detroit Lakes, MN

Kristen Blom, Detroit Lakes, MN

“My 3 grandchildren have taken group lessons from Nancy for the past 4 summers. They live in the Minneapolis area, so it has been the big summer event for them to stay at the lake with Grandma & Grandpa for 2 weeks! It has been my dream that my grandchildren take swimming lessons in the lake, as I did as a child. Nancy is an excellent teacher & my grandchildren love her”


Kristen Blom, Detroit Lakes, MN

Kristen Blom, Detroit Lakes, MN

Kristen Blom, Detroit Lakes, MN

“Nancy is a miracle worker!  After a traumatic water experience, our son was afraid to even stand in water.  Even though I completely explained his fears, she still wanted to work with him. We still can’t believe that after only 2 (or was it 3?) years of private lessons, he now swims with his face in the water!  Water parks are now our favorite family vacation!”


Markay Larson, Frazee

Kristen Blom, Detroit Lakes, MN

Markay Larson, Frazee

“Our son was terrified of the lake as a toddler. Miss Nancy was so understanding and nurturing as she helped him conquer his fears. He is now "a little fish" and has a love for swimming! Thank you, Nancy!”

Lessons Postponed until Early August

Registration will take place at the Vergas Community Center on August 3rd, 2020 from 8:30 am - 10:00 am. Please plan to stay until all are registered, as I will be putting the students that register into classes & announcing times for each class. All classes will meet Monday the 3rd at their announced times, so come prepared with bathing suits and towels. On the first day after registration, I may have to double up some of the earlier classes to get all children in the water. Please bring child’s Red Cross Learn to Swim card. Times for classes will be decided when registration is complete. There WILL be lessons on this day. Cost is $35 per child. Checks should be made out to “City of Vergas.” Please submit payment at registration. Lessons are 30 min. in length & are held M - F for 2 weeks (August 6-10 and 13-17) on Long Lake north of Vergas, MN at the City Beach.

Contact Me

Helpful Information to Send

Sending me this information via email will speed up the process of registration on August 3rd.

Child’s/Children’s Name(s) & Age(s):   __________

Parent/Guardian:  __________

Contact Phone #:  __________

Cell Phone #:  __________

Please list child’s/children's name(s) & the Red Cross Learn to Swim class he/she should be enrolled in.  _______

If unsure on the swimming level your child should be in, I will be happy to assist you in making that decision.

* Email to njacobson65hive@gmail.com

Swimming Lessons at the Lake

25366 Duffney Rd, Rochert, MN 56578

(218) 234-0400

Created April 2018

Updated May 2019