Class Descriptions

Parent and Child Aquatics 1 and 2 (Ages 6-36 months)


Parent and Child Aquatics introduces basic skills to parents and children. Parents learn how to safely work with their child in the water, including how to appropriately support and hold their child in the water and how to prepare and encourage their child to participate fully and try the skills. Children receive an introduction to basic skills that lay a foundation for learning to swim. In addition, parents are introduced to several water safety topics.

Preschool 1 - Introduction to Water Skills (Ages 3-5 years)


Preschool Aquatics Level 1 is designed to orient young preschoolers to the aquatic environment and to help them gain basic aquatic skills. In addition, participants start learning about how to be safe around water.

Preschool 2 - Fundamentals of Aquatic Skills (Ages 3-5 years)


Preschool Aquatics Level 2 builds on the basic aquatic skills and water safety skills and concepts learned in Level 1. Participants begin to perform skills at a slightly more advanced level and begin gaining rudimentary propulsive skills on both the front and the back. This level marks the beginning of independent aquatic locomotion skills.

Prerequisites


The following skills may be performed with assistance:

  • Blow Bubbles
  • Glide on front for 2 body lengths then roll to back and float for 3 seconds

Preschool 3 - Stroke Development (age: 3-5 years)


Preschool Aquatics Level 3 builds on the skills learned in Levels 1 and 2. Participants are able to perform basic aquatic skills with greater proficiency, for longer distances and times. In addition, previously acquired water safety knowledge and skills are reinforced and expanded upon.

Prerequisites


These skills may be performed with assistance:

  • Glide on back for 3 body lengths
  • Glide on front for 2 body lengths then roll to back and float for 15 seconds
  • Swim using arms and legs for 3 body lengths, roll to back, float for 15 seconds, roll to front and continue to swim for 3 body lengths

Level 1 - Introduction to Water Skills (age: 6-12 years)


Learn-to-Swim Level 1 is designed to orient participants to the aquatic environment and to help them gain basic aquatic skills. In addition, participants start learning about how to be safe around water.

Level 2 - Fundamentals of Aquatic Skills (age: 6-12 years)


Learn-to-Swim Level 2 builds on the basic aquatic skills and water safety skills and concepts learned in Level 1. Participants begin to perform skills at a slightly more advanced level and begin gaining rudimentary propulsive skills on both the front and the back. This level marks the beginning of independent aquatic locomotion skills. A child who completes Preschool Aquatics Levels 1 or 2 and is 6 years old may enroll in Learn-to-Swim Level 2.

Prerequisites


  • Glide on front for 2 body lengths, roll to back and float for 5 seconds (Can be performed with assistance)
  • Submerge completely, exhale through nose underwater, surface, inhale and repeat continually 5 times

Level 3 - Stroke Development (age: 6-12 years)


Learn-to-Swim Level 3 builds on the skills learned in Levels 1 and 2. Participants learn to swim the front crawl and elementary backstroke at rudimentary proficiency levels, and are introduced to the scissors and dolphin kicks. Participants learn the survival float and increase the time duration for treading water. Participants also learn the rules for headfirst entries and begin to learn to enter the water headfirst from a seated position at poolside. On successful completion of Level 3, participants have achieved basic water competency in a pool environment. A child who completes Preschool Aquatics Level 3 may enroll in Learn-to-Swim Level 3.


Prerequisites


  • Back float for 15 seconds
  • Swim 5 body Lengths, roll to back, float for 15 seconds, roll to front and continue to swim for 5 body lengths

Level 4 - Stroke Improvement (age: 6-12 years)


Learn-to-Swim Level 4 seeks to improve participants' proficiency in performing the swimming strokes that were introduced in Level 3. Participants perform these strokes with increased proficiency and are able to swim them for greater distances. In addition, participants learn the arm actions that accompany the scissors kick and breaststroke kick in order to begin performing the sidestroke and breaststroke at rudimentary proficiency levels. Participants also learn the back crawl and butterfly at rudimentary proficiency levels, in addition to the basics of performing a simple open turn at a wall.


Prerequisites


  • Glide in a streamlined position and swim 25 yards
  • Jump into deep water

Level 5 - Stroke Refinement (age: 6-12 years)


Learn-to-Swim Level 5 focuses on helping participants refine their performance of all six swimming strokes (front crawl, back crawl, butterfly, breaststroke, elementary backstroke and sidestroke). Participants perform these strokes with increased proficiency and are able to swim them for greater distances. Participants also learn to perform flip turns on the front and back.


Prerequisites


  • Swim 3-5 body lengths underwater
  • Swim 50 yards

All Level 6 Classes (age: 6-12 years)


Level 6 focuses on refining strokes and turns and building endurance. Three options (Personal Water Safety, Fundamentals of Diving and Fitness Swimmer) provide participants with the opportunity to learn information and skills for specific aquatic activities.


Prerequisites


  • Perform a shallow-angle dive and swim 100 yards