Youth Swim Lessons: Level Descriptions
Parent and Child Aquatics: This class is designed to give parents a set of basic skills that prepares infants and young children to become comfortable in the water so they are willing and ready to learn to swim. The recommended ages are 6 months to about 3 years. Parents are required to be in the water with their child.
Pre-School Aquatics: This class consists of three levels and is designed to promote the development of fundamental water safety and aquatic skills. Children will learn these skills through pretend play, games, rhymes, and songs. This class is appropriate for children ages 4 and 5 but is not determined by age alone. It is determined by a child’s developmental readiness, maturity and experience in the water.
Learn To Swim
These classes are designed to teach children aquatic and personal water safety skills in a logical progression. The recommended minimum age for entry is about 6 years old but is not determined by age alone. It is determined by a child’s developmental readiness, maturity and experience in the water. The following are descriptions of the different levels.
Level 1: Introduction to Water Skills: Students are encouraged to be comfortable in the water and learn fundamental skills such as putting their face in the water, floating, paddling, and kicking. Instructors will emphasize class safety and organization. Place your child in this class if they are nervous about swimming and do not like to put their face in the water.
Level 2: Fundamental Aquatic Skills: Students will learn to bob, float without assistance, and to propel themselves through the water using alternating arm and leg actions on the front and back. Place your child in this class if they are comfortable putting their face in the water and can float or a second or two without being held.
Level 3: Stroke Development: Students will learn to coordinate their breathing with the front crawl and to swim for greater distances on their front and back. They will also learn how to tread water. Place your child in this class if they are comfortable floating on their front and back and are able to use some sort of arm and leg action to propel themselves through the water.
Level 4: Stroke Improvement: Students will improve their side breathing and learn new strokes such as breaststroke, butterfly, and the sidestroke. Place your child in this class if they are able to swim the front crawl using side breathing.
Level 5: Stroke Refinement: Students will refine their stroke techniques and build their endurance