Swim Lesson Level Descriptions

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Parent and Child Aquatics: 6 months – 3 years

Purpose

Prerequisites

In this class, parents learn how to work with their child safely in the water and children become familiarized with the aquatic environment. Some skills that will be covered include blowing bubbles, kicking, and floating. The focus of this class is water acclimation and water safety awareness for parents.

  • A parent or trusted adult must accompany the child in the water for each class
  • There are no skill prerequisites

 

Preschool Aquatics: 3 – 5 years

Level

Purpose

Prerequisites

Preschool 1

To aid students in developing a positive outlook on swimming and familiarizing them with the water. Teaches children basic water skill such as blowing bubbles, submerging, and floating. Water safety topics are also introduced.

  • No skill prerequisites
  • Must be potty-trained
  • Must be able to participate in a small group with minimal parental involvement

Preschool 2

To further develop basic water skill introduced in Preschool 1. Focus is on developing independence in floating and exploration of movement through the water.

  • Blow bubbles with face in water for 3 seconds
  • Demonstrate comfort while floating with assistance

Preschool 3

To increase proficiency in the skills learned in the previous two levels. To swim independently for greater distances. Water safety continues to be emphasized.

  • Float on front and back independently
  • Swim at least 5 feet with minimal assistance

 

Learn-to-Swim: 6 – 12 years

Level

Purpose

Prerequisites

1

Introduction to Water Skills

To introduce students to foundational aquatic skills such as blowing bubbles, submersion, and floating. Also encourages a positive and safety first attitude towards aquatic environments.

  • No skill prerequisites
  • Must be at least 6 years old or obtain permission of program supervisor

2A

Fundamental Aquatic Skills

To develop confidence and independence in the foundational skills taught in Level 1, and build on the concepts of swimming and personal water safety.

  • Submerge completely 5 times
  • Demonstrate comfort and proper form while floating with minimal assistance

2B

Fundamental Aquatic Skills

To build on distance and stamina in the rudimentary swimming strokes developed in the previous levels. Continued focus on personal water safety.

  • Front and back float independently for 10 – 15 seconds
  • Independently rollover from front to back to front

3

Stroke Development

To begin work on the form and technique of front crawl and elementary backstroke. Introduction to the scissors and dolphin kicks. Treading water is also taught. Upon successful completion of the level, students will have achieved water competency in a pool environment.

  • Swim on front for 15 yards, rolling over to float when needed

4

Stroke Improvement

To increase endurance in front crawl and elementary backstroke. Learn the basics of all of the remaining strokes: back crawl, breaststroke, butterfly, and sidestroke. Introduced to open turns.

Demonstrate water competency:

  • Enter deep water
  • Tread or float for 1 minute
  • Swim on front or back for 25 yards

5

Stroke Refinement

To refine the performance of all six strokes and increase the distances swam. Introduced to flip turns.

  • Swim 25 yards front crawl and elementary backstroke
  • Swim 15 yards of breaststroke, back crawl, and butterfly
  • Tread water for 2 minutes

6

Swimming and Skill Proficiency

To focus on building proficiency and endurance. Prepares students for competitive swimming or other goals. May be combined with Level 5.

  • Swim 50 yards front crawl and elementary backstroke
  • Swim 25 yards breaststroke and butterfly

 

Adult Aquatics: 13 years and up

Purpose

Prerequisites

To help educate participants in the aquatic environment as well as teach them swimming strokes and safety skills. Instruction is individualized to the needs and goals of each participant.

  • No skill prerequisites
  • Must be at least 13 years old