ACHIEVEMENT LEVELS

A unique aspect of the Swim Tank experience is our achievement level system.  This system not only tracks and rewards our students’ individual progress but it also helps them develop a positive growth mindset.  Badges are recorded onto the student’s profile, as they are earned, so both parents and instructors can track the student’s individual progress.

There are currently several types of lessons at Swim Tank, based on the achievement level of your child.  Children have the opportunity to earn different badges when they master a specific group of skills.  Each badge level has been uniquely designed with a child’s physical and emotional development in mind.  As children grow and develop they take on more challenges, achieve more badges, and then advance to higher swim levels.

The objective of this system is to not only reward our students when they reach their goals, but also to demonstrate that time, hard work, and effort are necessary for achievement.  The rewards that come from this mindset are priceless.  When approached positively, this system will instill a positive growth mindset in your children and foster the development of “grit”.  For more information about growth mindset and grit please continue to read here.

Learn to Swim Badges

Starfish Level

Student must be able to consistently demonstrate the following skills
  • Climb out of the pool without assistance
  • Swim independently using a back flotation device (bubble)
  • Swim with assistance underwater to instructor
  • Swim to the wall, underwater, with instructor guidance
  • Krill Level

    Student must be able to consistently demonstrate the following skills
  • Swim to wall, underwater, independently from a distance of 5 feet
  • Swim independently underwater to instructor
  • Prone water entry (head enters water first while student pushes off the wall with feet)
  • Maintain prone water entry with underwater swimming for 5 feet to instructor
  • Float on back with instructor guidance & support
  • Hermit Crab Level

    Student must be able to consistently demonstrate the following skills
  • Maintain prone water entry with underwater swimming for 10 feet
  • Swim to wall, underwater, independently from a distance of 10 feet
  • Float on back with limited instructor support
    • Transition swimming for 20 feet while using a back flotation device

      • Transitioning means: able to put your face in the water while kicking your feet up at the surface of the water, and then pick your head up to take a breath before putting your face back in the water again (all while maintaining a prone body position)

    Fish Level

    Student must be able to consistently demonstrate the following skills
    • Swim 25 feet independently with the following guidelines:

      • No instructor support

      • No flotation support

      • Must be comfortable transitioning

        • Transitioning means: able to put your face in the water while kicking your feet up at the surface of the water, and then pick your head up to take a breath before putting your face back in the water again (all while maintaining a prone body position)
  • Confident floating on back
  • Introduction to rolling onto your back in order to breathe or rest
  • Clownfish Level

    Student must be well adjusted and able to consistently demonstrate the following skills before we will award this badge since it qualifies students to advance into the stroke discovery level, which is a 4:1 or 5:1 student to teacher ratio
  • Must attain Lobster safety badge
  • Follows instructor directions
  • Swim independently for 20 + feet with confidence and accuracy
  • Swim 20 feet with kickboard demonstrating streamline & proper flutter kick
  • Maintain streamline water entry for 10 feet out to instructor
  • Swim on back for 20 feet with limited instructor support
  • Stroke Discovery Badges

    Swordfish Level

    Student must be able to consistently demonstrate the following skills
  • Must attain eel safety badge
    • 4 “big arms” in sequence while swimming in a “face in” prone position
      • These are the introduction to freestyle arms
      • Arms must be straight and must rotate in a circular motion from leg to head
    • “Ear & Blow” with kickboard & instructor support
      • This is an introduction to side rhythmic breathing where students learn to turn their heads to the side to take a breath and then blow their air out underwater
  • 2 "big arms" roll on back and swim independently for 5 feet
  • Octopus Level

    Student must be able to consistently demonstrate the following skills
  • Must attain jelly safety badge
  • Independent “Ear & Blow” with kickboard for 20 to 25 feet
    • Introduction to freestyle

      • “2 big arms & ear” starts our introduction to freestyle
      • Practice rhythmic breathing (breath to the side & blow air out under water)
      • Instructors can guide and fully support students, but they must correctly roll their head to the side to breathe
  • Swim independently on back for 20 to 25 feet
  • Otter Level

    Student must be able to consistently demonstrate the following skills
  • Must attain Turtle safety badge
    • Freestyle with limited instructor support

      • Practice rhythmic breathing (breath to the side & blow air out under water)
  • Backstroke introduction for 20 to 25 feet
  • Stroke Development Badges

    Seahorse Level

    Student must be able to consistently demonstrate the following skills
    • 25 feet of freestyle
      • Independent rhythmic breathing
      • No “digging” or double pulling
    • 25 feet of backstroke with correct form
      • Surface flutter kick
      • Arms must be straight and must rotate in a circular motion from leg to ear

    Seal Level

    Student must be able to consistently demonstrate the following skills
  • Must attain Narwhal safety badge
    • 20 to 25 yards (60-75 feet / 1 length of pool) of freestyle
      • Strong, independent rhythmic breathing pattern
      • No “digging” or double pulling
      • Correct body rotation
      • Consistent flutter kicking
    • 20 to 25 yards (60-75 feet or 1 length of pool) of backstroke
      • Surface flutter kick

    Intermediate Stroke Clinic Badges

    Stingray Level

    Student must be able to consistently demonstrate the following skills
    • 40 to 50 yards (2 lengths of pool) of freestyle
      • Rhythmic breathing pattern with no rotation stalling
      • No “digging” or double pulling
      • Correct body rotation
      • Consistent flutter kicking
    • 40 to 50 yards (2 lengths of pool) of backstroke
      • Surface flutter kick
      • Correct arm rotation with palms facing out for water entry & pull
    • 20 to 25 yards (1 length of pool) of elementary backstroke
      • Consistent flutter kicking

    Frog Level

    Student must be able to consistently demonstrate the following skills
    • 40 to 50 yards (2 lengths of pool) of freestyle
      • Rhythmic breathing pattern with no rotation stallingNo “digging” or double pulling
      • Correct body rotation
      • Consistent flutter kicking
    • 40 to 50 yards (2 lengths of pool) of backstroke
      • Surface flutter kick
      • Correct arm rotation with palms facing out for water entry & pull
  • 20 to 25 yards (1 length of pool) of breaststroke kick
  • Dolphin Level

    Student must be able to consistently demonstrate the following skills
    • 80 to 100 yards (4 lengths of pool) of freestyle
    • Must now have correct racing arms
    • 80 to 100 yards (4 lengths of pool) of backstroke
      • Must now have correct racing arms
    • 40 to 50 yards (2 lengths of pool) of breaststroke kick
      • Kick must be correct and strong
    • 20 to 25 yards (1 length of pool) of butterfly kick
      • Kick does not have to be perfect, just the concept

    Advanced Stroke Clinic Badges

    Whale Level

    Student must be able to consistently demonstrate the following skills
    • 80 to 100 yards (4 lengths of pool) of freestyle
      • Must now have correct racing arms
    • 80 to 100 yards (4 lengths of pool) of backstroke
      • Must now have correct racing arms
    • 20 to 25 yards (1 length of pool) of full breaststroke
      • Kick, arms, & timing must all be correct
    • 20 to 25 yards (1 length of pool) of butterfly kick
      • Kick must be correct and strong

    Shark Level

    Student must be able to consistently demonstrate the following skills
    • 80 to 100 yards (4 lengths of pool) of freestyle
      • Must now have correct racing arms
    • 80 to 100 yards (4 lengths of pool) of backstroke
      • Must now have correct racing arms
    • 40 to 50 yards (2 lengths of pool) of full breaststroke
      • Kick, arms, & timing must all be correct
    • 20 to 25 yards (1 length of pool) of full butterfly
      • Kick, arms, & timing must all be correct
  • Freestyle flip turn
  • Backstroke flip turn
  • Breaststroke open turn
  • Safety Levels Badges

    Lobster

    Student must be able to consistently demonstrate the following safety skill
    • Jump into the pool, swim back to the wall, and climb out of the pool

      • The teacher may assist with the jump, but cannot help the child get back to the wall or climb out

    Eel

    Student must be able to consistently demonstrate the following safety skill
  • Tread water for 30 seconds OR Swim across the pool with their head above the water
  • Jelly

    Student must be able to consistently demonstrate the following safety skill
  • Tread water for 1 minute
  • Turtle

    Student must be able to consistently demonstrate the following safety skill
  • Tread water for 2 minutes
  • Narwhal

    Student must be able to consistently demonstrate the following safety skill
  • Tread water for 3 minutes
  • Manatee

    Student must be able to consistently demonstrate the following safety skill
  • Tread water for 4 minutes
  • Alligator

    Student must be able to consistently demonstrate the following safety skill
  • Tread water for 5 minutes
  • Walrus

    Student must be able to consistently demonstrate the following safety skill
  • Tread water for 1 minute while holding a weight
  • Must be able to tread water for 1 minute just using your legs – no hands
  • Infant Toddler Badges

    Clam Level

    Student must participate in the Infant/Toddler class and master the following skills
  • Waiting to adult participate to say "Ready go" before entering the water
  • Exiting the pool with little assistance from the adult participant

  • Using the back flotation device with assistance
  • Will go for turns with Swim Tank instructors
  • Tank Time

    Endurance and timing badges will be given out at this level

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