Children’s Swim Lessons Descriptions And Requirements


INFANT/TODDLER

Merbabes, a parent and child class, is available for children from 8 months through 3 years of age. Please see Children’s Special Programs for detailed information.

Parent/Child class is available for children ages 30 months to 5 years. Please see Children’s Special Programs for detailed information.

PRESCHOOL AGE
(Preschool Aquatics):

The child must be at least 3 years old to start Preschool Aquatics and will continue in this program until they have begun first grade. Instructor to student ration is 1:6. Levels 1-6 of the Preschool Aquatics program are offered.

SCHOOL AGE
(Learn-to-Swim):

The child must be in first grade or older to participate in the Learn-to-Swim progression. Instructor to student ratio varies from 1:8 to 1:10 as a maximum. Levels 1-6 of the Learn-to-Swim program are offered. All classes are held in the 25 yard pool.

LEVEL 1 (Learner Pool)

Orients children to the aquatic environment and helps them gain basic aquatic skills. Skills are performed with assistance.

LEVEL 2(Learner Pool)
Helps children gain greater independence in their skills and develop more comfort in and around water. Treading water is introduced. Skills are performed with assistance as needed
LEVEL 3
(25-yard pool, shallow end)

Helps children start to gain basic swimming propulsive skills on the front and back. Emphasis is on performing skills independently.

LEVEL 4
(25-yard pool, middle section)

Increase endurance of basic swimming propulsive skills on the front and back as well as treading water. Front crawl, combined backstroke and elementary backstroke kick are introduced.

LEVEL 5
(25-yard pool, deep end)

This level continues to build on endurance and efficiency. Skills introduced at this level include basic dives and dolphin kick.

LEVEL 6
(25-yard pool, deep end)

This level introduces back crawl, butterfly, breaststroke kick, scissors kick and kneeling dives while continuing to build endurance in front crawl, elementary backstroke and treading water.

LEVEL 1 Introduction to Water Skills

This is an initial introduction to the water environment.

LEVEL 2 Fundamental Aquatic Skills

This is a basic class in which swimmers will gain confidence in moving independently while on the front and back. Skills introduced at this level include rolling over and treading water.

LEVEL 2.5 Stroke Readiness

Level 2.5 will introduce rotary breathing, dolphin kick, elementary backstroke and breaststroke kicks as well as treading water. The focus of this level is the beginning of stroke refinement for front crawl and comfort in deeper water.

LEVEL 3 Stroke Development

This level builds on the skills introduced in Level 2.5, with guided practice in deeper water. Skills introduced at this level include dolphin and scissor kicks as well as basic diving. The focus will be increased proficiency and endurance of front crawl, elementary backstroke and treading water.

LEVEL 3.5 Stroke Practice

This level introduces back crawl, breaststroke, underwater swimming, feet first surface dives and standing dives. The focus will be increased proficiency and endurance of front crawl, butterfly, sidestroke and elementary backstroke.

LEVEL 4 Stroke Improvement

Level 4 introduces breaststroke, rotary kick, sculling and survival float. The focus will be increased proficiency and endurance of front crawl, back crawl, butterfly, elementary backstroke, breaststroke and treading water.

LEVEL 5 Stroke Refinement

Level 5 introduces flip turns, sidestroke, survival swimming, long shallow dives and tuck and pike surface dives. The focus will be continued proficiency, stroke refinement and endurance of front crawl, back crawl, butterfly, breaststroke, elementary backstroke and sidestroke.

LEVEL6 Swimming and Skill Proficiency

At this level swimmers have the choice of the following tracts: Personal Water Safety or Fitness Swimmer.

In addition to the specialized tracts listed above, the intent of this level is to refine strokes so swimmers swim them with ease. The following competitive strokes will be worked on to increase efficiency: freestyle (crawl stroke), back crawl, breaststroke and butterfly.

Personal Water Safety
This tract includes the use of lifejacket skills, swimming and self-rescue techniques, and basic safety rules for boating and open water.
Lifeguard Preparedness
This tract will introduce the swimmer to the skills needed to be a successful lifeguard. Skills include care of a choking victim, recognizing an emergency, assisting in water related emergencies and spinal injury management.
Fitness Swimmer
Swimmers will learn to use a pace clock, pull buoys, fins and hand paddles, and also learn training principles.
Fundamentals of Diving
Fundamentals of diving will introduce basic diving from the side and from a diving board. Swimmers will also learn the approach and hurdle from a diving board as well as diving in a tuck and pike position.
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