Swimming in our program is not taught on a pass/fail basis. Rather there are required skills in each level and when the swimmer completes all of these skills he or she is ready to move up to the next level. It should not be expected that each level be completed in one session. Some levels may take several sessions to complete. Each child is a unique individual and brings different experiences and abilities to lessons, and will progress at his/her own rate.
Parent-Child class for swimmers under 3 years of age.
Water Babies is an introduction to the water, emphasizing comfort, breath control, floating and movement through the water. Each little swimmer will be challenged to do as much as they are capable of.
Classes for children 3 years to kindergarten.
This level is for the beginning swimmer. We will work on water adjustment, increasing comfort level and introduction of swimming skills.Progression Skills: Airplane kicks with good flutter kicks Swim to teacher from a sitting dive Back float independently for 10 seconds Front float independently for 5 seconds Jump into deep water and swim back to wall Swim 15 feet with face in water – good head position
Swimmers work on being more independent in the water. They will increase the distance swum on front and back and more emphasis is placed on good body position.Progression Skills: Take breaths independently by lifting head or rolling onto back Front float for 10 seconds and then roll onto back for a 10 second back float Jump into deep water, surface and back float for 10 seconds Swim 60 feet (20 yards) of back scull Swim 50 feet on front using good kicks and arm pulls, lifting head for breath Swim 60 feet (20 yards) on front, turning on back to breathe and then returning to front
Formal strokes are introduced in this level. Swimmers will begin working on Front and Back Crawl using correct stroke mechanics. Treading Water and Survival Float will also be introduced.Progression Skills: 10 bobs – exhaling through nose Demonstrate good technique on Front & Back Crawl drills – 20 yds. Swim 20 yards Front Crawl Swim 20 yards Back Crawl Tread Water & Survival Float – 1 minute each Swim 20 yards Front Crawl, return with 20 yards Back Crawl – good form
This level is for swimmers who have excellent Front & Back Crawl. Elementary Backstroke will be introduced. Those swimmers who master this new stroke will then move on to Breaststroke and Butterfly.Progression Skills: Demonstrate good form on Front & Back Crawl drills – 40 yards Swim 20 yards Front Crawl, return 20 yards Back Crawl Swim 20 yards Elementary Backstroke Swim 20 yards Butterfly Swim 20 yards Breaststroke Tread Water & Survival Float – 3 minutes each 80 yard Individual Medley – 20 yards Each Fly, Back, Breast and Free
School Age Levels
Swimmers that are in 1st grade or above
This is the introductory level for this age group. We will work on water adjustment, breath control and floating on front and back. Good flutter kicks and efficient arm pulls will be introduced. As the swimmer begins to combine these skills they will be able to swim greater distances.Progression Skills: 10 bobs – 10 seconds each Jump into deep water and swim back to side Kick 60 feet with kick board on front and back, using good flutter kicks Swim 60 feet (20 yards) of back scull Swim 50 feet on front using good kicks and arm pulls, lifting head for breath Swim 60 feet (20 yards) on front, turning on back to breathe and then returning to front
Front crawl will be introduced. Emphasis will be placed on using proper breathing technique and developing good form. Treading Water and Survival Float will be introduced.Progression Skills: Back scull – 20 yards Demonstrate good technique on Front Crawl drills – 20 yards Consistent bi-lateral breathing is used when swimming Front Crawl Swim 30 feet of Front Crawl and roll on back and finish the length of the pool with back scull Tread Water & Survival Float – 1 minute each Swim 20 yards Front Crawl – good form
Back Crawl is introduced, emphasizing proper body rotation, smooth arm pulls and good flutter kicks. Swimmers will continue to work on making their Front Crawl stroke more fluid.Progression Skills: Demonstrate good technique on Front and Back Crawl drills – 40 yards Swim 20 yards Back Crawl – good form Combination Swim Tread Water & Survival Float – 3 minutes each Underwater Swim the width of the pool Swim 20 yards Front Crawl, return with 20 yards Back Crawl – good form
Elementary Backstroke will be introduced. Emphasis will be placed on learning a correct whip kick. Swimmers will work on increased distances on their Front and Back Crawl swims and they will continue to fine tune the form of their strokes.Progression Skills: Demonstrate good technique on both “old” and “new” Front and Back Crawl drills – 40 yds. Swim 40 yards Front Crawl – good form Swim 40 yards Back Crawl – good form Swim 40 yards Elementary Backstroke – good form/legal whip kick Tread Water using only hands for 1 minute and then legs only for 1 minute Survival Float – 5 minutes Underwater Swim for 20 feet 120 yard endurance swim – 40 yards each of Front Crawl, Back Crawl and Elementary Backstroke
Breaststroke will be introduced – again emphasizing a legal whip kick. Swimmers will continue to perfect their strokes as they swim 80 yds. each of Front and Back Crawl and 40 yds. of legal Elementary Backstroke and Breaststroke.Progression Skills: Demonstrate good technique on all stroke drills – 40 yds. Swim 80 yds. Front Crawl – good form Swim 80 yds. Back Crawl – good form Swim 40 yds. Breaststroke & Elementary Backstroke – good form/legal whip kicks Tread water using only hands for 2 minutes and then only legs for 2 minutes Survival Float – 7 minutes Underwater Swim – 30 feet 160 yard endurance swim – 40 yards each of Front Crawl, Back Crawl, Elementary Backstroke and Breaststroke
Butterfly will be introduced. Emphasis will be placed on learning to swim Butterfly with good body motion (using their core body muscles to swim the stroke – not just arms and legs). While students continue to work on swimming with fluid and efficient strokes, they will also begin working on turns, I.M.s, and longer Front Crawl swims.Progression Skills: Demonstrate good technique on new Butterfly Body Motion drills – 20 yards Swim 100 yards each of Front and Back Crawl – excellent form Swim 80 yards of legal Breaststroke Swim 20 yards Butterfly – good form Tread water for 10 minutes Survival Float for 15 minutes Underwater Swim – 40 feet Swim 80 yd. I.M. – 20 yards each of Butterfly, Back Crawl, Breaststroke and Front Crawl 200 yard Front Crawl endurance swim – working on maintaining an efficient stroke
Sidestroke will be introduced. The length of the student’s Front Crawl endurance swim and I.M. swim will once again increase and the swimmers will be expected to complete these swims with legal turns. Swimmers will also work on using surface dives to recover a diving brick from the bottom of the deep end. (This is currently part of a prerequisite skill that must be demonstrated prior to entering a Red Cross Lifeguard Training class).Progression Skills: Demonstrate excellent technique on all stroke drills – 40 yards Swim 40 yards of legal Scissors Kick Swim 40 yards of Sidestroke Demonstrate legal I.M. stroke exchanges Using a surface dive – retrieve diving brick from bottom Underwater Swim – 50 feet 160 yard I.M. – 40 yards each of Butterfly, Back Crawl, Breaststroke and Front Crawl 300 yard Front Crawl endurance swim with flip turns
Inverted Sidestroke will be introduced. As the swimmers continue their work on stroke refinement and increasing their endurance levels, they will also work on more advanced water safety skills.Progression Skills: Swim 40 yards Inverted Sidestroke Carry diving brick 20 yards – using a lifesaving kick Underwater swim – 60 feet Swim and Tread in clothes and practice how to remove clothing while treading 30 minute combination of treading water and survival floating Lifesaving Medley – 40 yards each Elementary Backstroke, Breaststroke, Regular Sidestroke and Inverted Sidestroke Endurance Swim – 20 minutes continuous using any strokes