Swim Lessons

 

Parent and Child Lessons

Ages six months to five years

Instructor ratio 1:10

Parent & Tot - Level A

Parent/Child Level A is a program for parents and children. Level A is for children who are 6 months to 2 years old and have either no water experience or one previous session of water adjustment lessons.

Skills

Getting wet with toys, getting wet kicking, enter water by lifting in, enter water by walking in, in water exploration, out of water exploration, exit water by lifting out, exit water by walking out, blowing bubbles on the surface, blowing bubbles with mouth and nose submerged, underwater exploration, submerging mouth, nose and eyes, front and back float, front and back glide, roll from front to back and back to front, passing from instructor to parent, leg action on front and back, safety topics.

Parent & Tot - Level B

Parent/Child Level B is a program for parents and children. Level B if for children who:

  • Are 2 to 4 years old and have had two or more previous sessions of water adjustment lessons, submerge only reluctantly (or not at all) or require floatation support at all times.
  • Are up to 5 years old and have little or no previous experience in water adjustment lessons, are reluctant to enter the water or submerge, requires floatation support at all times or may benefit from parental presence and support in the water.

Skills

Enter water in seated position, enter water in seated position by rolling over and sliding in, enter water by stepping or jumping in, enter water by using ladder, steps, or side of pool, exit water using ladder or side of pool, open eyes and retrieving objects below the surface, open eyes and retrieving submerged objects, bobbing, front and back float, front and back glide, roll from front to back and back to front, passing between adults, leg action on front and back, arm action on front and back, combined arm and leg actions, safety topics.

Preschool Lessons

Ages three to five

Instructor ratio 1:5

Tots 1 Lesson

Prerequisites

Age 3

Objective

The objective of Tots 1 is to focus on water adjustment, safety and basic swimming skills.

Skills

Enter water using ladder, steps, or side, exit water using ladder, steps, or sides, blowing bubbles through mouth and nose for three seconds, submerging mouth, nose and eyes, front and back glides, recover to a vertical position, roll from front to back and back to front, treading with arm and hand actions, alternating leg actions on front and back, simultaneous leg actions on front and back, combined arm and leg actions on front and back, safety topics. All skills can be performed with support.

Tots 2 Lesson

Prerequisites

Passed Tots 1

Objective

The objective of Tots 2 is to start to develop fundamental skills.

Skills

Enter water by steeping in, exit water using ladder, steps, or side, bobbing three times, open eyes under water and retrieve an object, front and back float, front and back glides, roll from front to back and back to front, tread water using arm and leg actions for five seconds, combined arm and leg actions on front and back, finning arm actions, safety topics. All skills can be performed with assistance.

Tots 3 Lesson

Prerequisites

Passed Tots 2

Objective

The objective of Tots 3 is to begin stroke development.

Skills

Enter water by jumping in, fully submerging and holding breath for five seconds, bobbing five times, front and back float, jelly fish float, tuck float, recover to vertical position, change direction while swimming, treading using arm and leg actions, combined arm and leg actions on front and back, finning arm actions, safety topics. All skills must be done independently.

American Red Cross “Learn to Swim” Program

Ages five to fifteen

Instructor ratio 1:8

Level 1 - Introduction to Water Skills

Prerequisites

No prerequisites for this class.

Objective

The goal of Level 1 is introducing Water Skills that help students feel comfortable in the water and to enjoy the water safely.

Skills

Submerge mouth, nose, and eyes, exhale under water, floating on front and back with support, open eyes underwater and pick up a submerged object, explore arm and hand movements, swim on front and back using arms and leg actions, water safety rules, water entry and exits.

Level 2 – Fundamental Aquatic Skills

Prerequisites

Passed Level 1, or be able to perform a front float with face in water, back float , and swim on front and back using arm and leg actions.

Objective

The goal of Level 2 is to give students success with fundamental skills.

Skills

Enter water by stepping or jumping from the side, exit water from ladder safely, submerge entire head, open eyes under water and pick up submerged object, perform front and back glide, roll over from front to back, back to front, tread water using arm and leg actions, floating on front and back without support, swim on front and back using combined arm and leg actions, swim on side, self-help and basic water rescue skills.

Level 3 – Stroke Development

Prerequisites

Passed Level 2, or can float on front and back, swim 15 yards on front and back, swim 15 yards using front and back crawls, using kick and alternating arm movement, and can perform rhythmic breathing.

Objective

The goal of Level 3 is to build on the skills in Level 2 by providing additional guided practice.

Skills

Jump into deep water from side, dive from kneeling and standing position, submerge and retrieve an object, bob with head fully submerged, use rotary breathing in a horizontal position, front and back glides with kicks, survival float, change from horizontal to vertical on front and back, butterfly kick and body motion, treading water, front and back crawl, safety skills.

Level 4 – Stroke Improvement

Prerequisites

Passed Level 3, or can swim 15 yards of coordinated front and back crawls using kick and alternating arm movement, perform rhythmic breathing and can jump into deep water.

Objective

The goal of Level 4 is to develop confidence in the strokes learned and to improve other aquatic skills.

Skills

Swim underwater, perform feet first surface dive, open turns on front and back using any stroke, tread water using sculling arm motions and kick, perform front crawl, breaststroke, butterfly, back crawl, elementary backstroke, use safe diving rules, perform compact jump with lifejacket, perform throwing assist and care for conscious choking victim.

Level 5 – Stroke Refinement

Prerequisites

Passed Level 4, or can swim 25 yards back crawl and front crawl, 10 yards elementary backstroke, breaststroke kick and sidestroke kick, standing dive into pool and deep water bobbing.

Objective

The goal of Level 5 is coordination and refinement of strokes.

Skills

Tread water using two different kicks, shallow dive, survival swimming, act out rescue breathing, standing dives, pike surface dive, tuck surface dive, front flip turn, backstroke flip turn, refining and developing endurance for front crawl, breaststroke, butterfly, back crawl, elementary backstroke, develop sidestroke.

Level 6 – Swimming and Skill Proficiency

Prerequisites

Passed Level 5, or can swim 25 yards breaststroke, elementary backstroke and sidestroke, 50 yards front and back crawls. Can do 15 yards butterfly, perform stride jump, open turns, and 2 minutes treading water.

Objective

The goal of Level 6 is to refine strokes so students swim them with more ease, efficiency, power and smoothness over greater distances. Level 6 is designed with “menu” options- Personal Water Safety and Fitness Swimmer.

Skills

Depends on the specific Level 6 course being taught.