Aquatic Programs

The Ellington Parks and Recreation Department offers great aquatic programs for all ages.

Note: Not all Programs available mentioned on this page, for more information visit our Activenet page.

Letter from Stephen Pendl, Risk Management Consultant, CIRMA Risk Management Services, in regards to the raft in Crystal Lake.  

Swimming Lessons

New to being in the water, or an old pro at swimming?   No problem – Ellington’s Crystal Lake Sandy Beach offers a variety of swim lesson, and beach fun. 

Swim Lesson Registration Begins May 1, 2019

The Parks & Recreation Department will be offering Swimming Lessons at Crystal Lake Sandy Beach Facility for residents ages 3 years-adult. We will be offering the American Red Cross Six Comprehensive Course Levels that will teach you and/or your child how to swim skillfully and safely.

View 2019: Swimming Lesson Class Descriptions
View 2019:  Swimming Lesson Schedule

2019 Crystal Lake Sandy Beach
 [Weather & Staff permitting]

Pre-Season:  Weekends only, May 25, 26, 27,
June 1,2,8,9,15,16
12:00 pm-5:00 pm

Full Season:

June 17 -August 18, 2019

Weekdays: 12:00 pm -7:00 pm

Weekends: 11:00 am -7:00 pm

Post - Season: 

August 19-August 25,  Daily 12:00 pm -5:00 pm
All pending staff and weather conditions.

Residents Daily Fee: $5.00 Adult 18 & up, $3.00 Child 6-17 years.  Children under 5 are free.  $1.00 Senior Citizens

Non-Resident Daily Fees: $10.00 Adult 18 & up,, $5.00 Child 6-17 years, Children under 5 are free, $1.00 Senior Citizens

BEACH PASSES Available beginning May 1st .  Ellington Residents Only:
$55.00 Per Family
$30.00 Individual
$10.00 Senior Citizens


Swim Lesson Fees: 2 week sessions

No Class on Fridays

 40 minute class:  $40

  30 minute class:  $35

Registrations through Activenet Beginning May 1st, 2019

Introduction to Sailing at Crystal Lake

An Introduction to sailing program will be offered for those ages 10 to 18 years old. An instructor and up to 3 participants will sail an Oday 15’ from Sandy Beach for approximately one hour. Basic instruction in boat safety and handling will be provided  Instructor: Walt Moody will contact participants of dates and times. Please contact the Recreation Department for more information.Fee: $10 per session: Limit 1 session per person.

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