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Parent and Child Aquatics 6 months-2yrs.

Class time: 30 minutes

This level familiarizes young children to the water and prepares them to learn to swim. It is not designated to teach children to become good swimmers or to survive in the water on their own. Parent and Child Aquatics gives parents safety information, teaches techniques to help orient their children to the water. Some of the skills that children perform with the support of their parents and instructor are:

  • Getting wet
  • Sing songs along with interactive games
  • Entering and exiting the water safely
  • In and out of water exploration
  • Blowing bubbles and submerging
  • Opening eyes under water
  • Floating and rolling over from front to back

Toddler Beginner Class ages 2-3yrs

Class time: 30 minutes

New this year, an adult will be required to accompany the child in the water and participate in every class. It could be a parent, guardian, or caregiver. Having a parent in the water will keep the child engaged, and the adults learn too. There is no skill assessment done here, just lots of positive reinforcement to strengthen basic skills taught by instructors. Some of these skills include:

  • Getting wet with toys
  • In water exploration
  • Submerging mouth, nose, and eyes
  • Front and back float with assistance
  • Opening eyes under water and retrieving objects

Toddler Advanced I ages 3-5yrs.

Class time: 45 minutes

We are happy to announce a change in our Toddler Advanced I class. Parents, guardians, or caregivers have the option of joining our class. The main objective is to build on skills previously taught in Toddler Beginner Class and our goal is to help young children develop comfort in the water through exploration and learn to perform basic skills. The water safety instructors provide positive skill reinforcement to strengthen basic skill taught during lessons, along with a skill assessment.

  • Enter water in a seated position/rolling over and sliding in
  • Enter water by stepping or jumping in with assistance
  • Using ladder to exit safely
  • Submerging the mouth and blow bubbles
  • Front and Back glide with assistance
  • Explore arm and leg actions
  • Floating with assistance

Toddler Advanced II ages 3-5yrs.

Class time: 45 minutes

New to our swim program is the Toddler Advanced II class. Children in this level should be able to go underwater voluntarily. Students will be encouraged to try skills independently and are comfortable working with an instructor. Each class is filled with fun, engaging and challenging activities. At the end of the session, achievement cards will be handed out to the children.

  • Enter water in a seated position/rolling over and sliding in
  • Enter water by stepping or jumping in unassisted
  • Using ladder to exit safely
  • Bobbing
  • Front and Back glide
  • Leg actions on front and back
  • Floating independently

Preschool Aquatics ages 4-6yrs.

Class time: 45 minutes

The main objective of Preschool Aquatics is to promote the developmentally appropriate learning of fundamental water safety and aquatic skills for children about 4-6 years of age. The skills are taught with instructor support, with the goal of independence in this level. Some of these included:

  • Water entry and exit
  • Blowing bubbles and submerging
  • Gliding and floating on front and back
  • Swimming using arm and leg action on front and back

Level 1 age varied

Class time: 45 minutes

Participants in Level 1 are oriented to the aquatic environment and gain basic skills which build on their various movements on the front, back, and side. The recommended minimum age for this level is about 6 years old. Skills similar to those in Preschool Aquatics are demonstrated with the support of the instructor. It is quite common for children to participate in several sessions of Level 1 before they are able to successfully demonstrate all the skills. To exit this level, participants must additionally demonstrate the following exit skills which combine many skills learned in the level:

  • Enter independently, travel at least 5 yards, bob 3 times then safely exit the water.
  • With support, glide on front at least 2 body lengths, roll to a back float for 3 seconds and recover to a vertical position.

SR1 (Skill Refinement Class) ages varied

Class time: 45 minutes

Skills focused on this level will help students with body position, and forward movement in the water. Students achieve basic swimming competency by focusing on a few fundamental skills and start developing stroke technique in the front crawl.

  • Swim
  • Front and back floats
  • Swim sequencing front glide
  • Back glide
  • Kicks

Level 2 ages 5-8 yrs.

Class time: 45 minutes

The objective of Level 2 is to give participants success with fundamental skills. Participants further develop and lay the foundation for swim strokes. Students in this level should be able to front and back float independently and will learn to swim to safety from a longer distance. They are introduced to rhythmic breathing.

To exit this level, participants must independently demonstrate the following exit skills:

  • Step from side into chest- deep water, move into a front float 5 seconds, roll to back, float for 5 seconds, and then return to a vertical position.
  • Move into a back float for 5 seconds, roll to front then recover to a vertical position.
  • Push off and swim using combined arm and leg actions on front for 5 body lengths, roll to back, float for 15 seconds, roll to the front then continue swimming for 5 body lengths.

SR2 (Skill Refinement Class) ages 5-8 yrs.

Class time: 45 minutes

Participants who pass level 2 will be able to sign for SR2. SR2 class was created to help students master the fundamentals that they have learned thus far. Skills focused in this level will help students build on stroke technique in front crawl, back crawl, and learn how to improve their kick. SR2 is for students who aren’t ready to swim 10-15 yards on their front and back.

  • Front crawl
  • Back crawl
  • Swim sequencing front glide
  • Back float
  • Back glide

Level 3 ages 7+

Class time: 45 minutes

The objective of Level 3 is to build on previously learned skills by providing additional guided practice. Participants are taught to swim the front crawl and elementary backstroke and introduced the scissors and dolphin kicks while building on the fundamentals of treading water. To exit the level, participants must independently demonstrate the following:

  • Jump into deep water from the side, swim front crawl for 15 yards, maintain position by treading or floating for 30 seconds and swim elementary back stroke for 15 yards.

Level 4 & 5 ages 8+

Class time: 45 minutes

Participants in Level 4 and 5 are to develop confidence in the strokes learned thus far and to improve aquatic skills of coordination and refinement of strokes.

To exit level 4, participants must:

  • Perform a feet first entry into deep water, swim front crawl 25 yards, change direction and position as necessary and swim elementary backstroke for 25 yards.
  • Swim breaststroke for 15 yards, change direction and position as necessary and swim back crawl for 15 yards.
To exit Level 5, participants must:
  • Perform a shallow-angle dive into deep water, swim front crawl for 5o yards, change direction and position of travel as necessary and swim elementary backstroke for 50 yards.
  • Swim breaststroke for 25 yards, change direction and position of travel as necessary and swim back crawl for 25 yards