The goal of the Learn-to-Swim program for children 4 years and older is to develop progressive swimming skills. Each skill level includes the teaching and assessment of critical water skills, plus a water safety component. When registering, please place your child into their appropriate level using the class descriptions. If necessary, students may be transferred into the appropriate swimming level at the beginning of the first day of lessons. Typical lesson group size is 6-8 youngsters per group.
Parent/child lessons are offered for those children age four and under. These specially designed lessons focus on fun and safe early water experience for the little ones. Songs and games are used to present a variety of water orientation and adaptation skills in a fun and reassuring environment. One parent or adult must accompany each child in the water. Children who are not toilet-trained must wear plastic pants and/or swimming diapers. Safety information is included in each lesson session. Our swimming lesson levels are equivalent to the American Red Cross swimming lesson levels.
CLASS DESCRIPTIONS AND SKILL LEVELS
Infant/Parent Ducks are infants and their parents enjoying the water experience. This class emphasizes water adaptations, orientation, safety, fun and much more! For infants between 6 and 18 months. Children who are not potty trained must wear swimming diapers and/or plastic pants and their diapers.
Toddler/Parent Turtles are toddlers and parents who are pursuing more advanced water adaptation, and orientation. Skills include bubble blowing, kicking, floating with support, and more. Children who are not potty trained must wear swimming diapers and/or plastic pants and their diapers.
Seahorse is the child’s first experience in a lesson without being accompanied by an adult. Children will experience buoyancy in water, play water games, blow bubbles, learn about water safety, and more. Children who are not potty trained must wear swimming diapers and/or plastic pants and their diapers.
Level 1 Guppies are students with no experience in the water or those who are fearful. Guppies learn a variety of assisted floats (front and back), glides, bobbing, and blowing bubbles. Guppies also become familiar with flutter kicking and alternating arm action.
Level 2 Dolphins have limited experience in the water, but should feel comfortable in the pool. They learn unsupported floats and glides that add arm strokes and kicks-the first stage of formal stroke development. Dolphins learn how to turn over in deeper water, various reaching assists, rhythmic breathing, and a variety of kicks.
Level 3 Stingrays have confidence in the water. The skills they learn include retrieving a submerged object, treading water, underwater swimming, elementary backstroke, the crawl (or freestyle) stroke and a standing front dive.
Level 4 Sharks have good basic strokes and strong water skills. They learn the breast stroke and sidestroke and work on improving crawl and elem. backstroke. They will use a combination of kicks to tread water for 2 mins. Sharks also learn the survival float, sculling and improve the front dive.
Level 5 Killer Whales are strong swimmers. The advanced skills they learn include stride jump entry, long shallow dive, standing dive from the diving board, and a flip turn. Killer whales should be able to swim front crawl and back crawl for a distance of 50 yards. They will become familiar with CPR and first aid.
Level 6 Barracudas are advanced swimmers. Barracudas focus on endurance and skill proficiency in areas of diving, perfecting strokes, flip turns and competitive starts.
*When registering, place your child into their appropriate level using the class descriptions.