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.

Water Babies

Water Babies

Parent-Child class for swimmers under 3 years of age.

Water Babies

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.

Preschool: Pre-Beginner I, Pre-Beginner II, Pre-Beginner III, Pre-Beginner IV

Preschool

Classes for children 3 years to kindergarten.

Pre-Beginner I

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

 

Pre-Beginner II

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

 

Pre-Beginner III

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
 

Pre-Beginner IV

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: Beginner, Advanced Beginner, Beginner Intermediate, Intermediate, Advanced Intermediate, Dolphin, Swimmer I, Swimmer II

School Age Levels

Swimmers that are in 1st grade or above

Beginner

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

Advanced Beginner

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

Beginning Intermediate

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

Intermediate

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

Advanced Intermediate

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

Dolphin

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

Swimmer I

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

Swimmer II

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