Read the following Level Descriptions to get a better idea of what your swimmer should be capable of before entering a level and what your swimmer will learn in class.
Age: 6 Months-3 Years Parent & Me
This course is designed for parent/child or caregiver/child interaction. Introduces basic skills to parents and children. Skills introduced include: water adjustment and entry, bubble blowing, underwater exploration, buoyancy on the front and back position, front kick, arm movement, submerging in a rhythmic pattern, rolling over, and age appropriate safety topics.
Note: Infants must wear a swim diaper under suits while in the water.
Age: 3-5 Years Beginning Toddler
This course is designed to be a preschool age child’s first experience in a pool without a caretaker. Course introduces swimming and water safety skills. Students must be able to listen and follow directions. Skills taught include water adjustment, bubble blowing, underwater exploration, front and back floats, glides with support, kicking and alternate arm strokes, treading water and age-appropriate safety topics.
This course is designed to follow Beginning Toddler for children ages 3-5 years. Participant must be able to blow bubbles; front and back float unassisted for 5 seconds, submerge face without using goggles, climb out of the pool without help, and must be able to listen and follow directions. Skills taught include entering water by jumping in, fully submerge and retrieve items, bobbing, front, jellyfish, and tuck floats, treading water, fining arm action on back, and age appropriate safety topics.
Note: Participants who pass Advanced Toddler move on to Level 2 (even if under age 5).
Age: 5 Years & Up Level 1 - Water Exploration
This course is designed to be a beginning level course for children 5
and older. Participants will learn elementary skills including bubble
blowing, under water exploration, introduction to front crawl,
backstroke, back float, and front float with support, kicking and
alternate arm strokes, bobbing entering and exiting the water, and
age-appropriate safety topics.
Level 2 - Primary Skills
To enter this course participant must have mastered Level 1 skills or Advanced Toddler skills. Objective of this course is for the participant to successfully learn fundamental swimming skills. Participant will learn to float without support and to recover to a vertical position. Other skills taught are glides, front arm motion, flutter kicks, rhythmic breathing, and age-appropriate safety skills. This level marks the beginning of true locomotion skills.
Level 3 - Stroke Development
To enter this course the participant must have mastered Level 2 skills.
This course will teach the combined skill of front arm motion and
rotary breathing, diving from the side of the pool, dolphin and scissor
kick, front crawl and elementary backstroke, treading water, and
age-appropriate safety skills. These skills will move the child into the
field of true aquatics.
Level 4 - Stroke Improvement
To enter this course the participant must have mastered Level 3 skills.
This course develops confidence in the strokes learned thus far and
improves other aquatic skills. New skills introduced will be back crawl,
butterfly, breaststroke, sidestroke, survival swimming, and
age-appropriate safety topics. Participants increase their endurance by
swimming greater distances during this course.
Level 5/6 - Combo Class
This course will be taught as a combination class. Participants will be assessed and placed into the appropriate levels.
Level 5 - Stroke Refinement
To enter this course the participant must have mastered Level 4 skills. At this level participants will have good basic stroke skills. The objective for this level is to coordinate and refine key strokes. New skills introduced will be flip turn, tuck and pike surface dives, sculling, and age-appropriate safety topics.
Level 6 - Skill Proficiency
To enter this course the participant must have mastered Level 5 skills. The objective of this course is to polish strokes so participants can use them with more ease, efficiency, power, and smoothness over greater distances. Participants develop considerable endurance by the end of this course.