Learn To Swim

Description

This class focuses on the most important, fundamental aspects of swimming such as going under water, developing a streamline body position, kicking, floating, and getting back to the wall after jumping in the pool.  While practicing these swimming skills children will continue to strengthen their core muscles and develop gross motor skills. The movements involved in swimming also promote sensory integration. More advanced students will begin introductory skills needed for developing their freestyle and backstroke.

Far too many young children drown because they have not been exposed to the water and they don’t know either the dangers it poses, or how to react if they fall into a pool.  Our instructors will motivate your child in a fun and exciting way so he or she can learn to swim as young as possible, and enjoy the water safely and confidently.

Achievement Levels

These are the badges your child will earn in this level

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 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 student to teacher ratio
  • Must attain Lobster safety badge
  • 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 instructor support

  • 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 (breathe 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