(Ages 6 months to 3 years) Promotes water enrichment and aquatic-readiness activities for children and their parents or other trusted adults. In this program, the developmental experiences of each child are used to build the child’s self-confidence. Parents learn from the instructor’s example how to guide their children through positive reinforcement and appropriate praise. So let’s just pool it!
Parents accompany children in this class, which introduces babies and parents to the aquatic environment through exploration that encourages them to enjoy themselves while learning about the water. The general goals of the program are:
To encourage developmentally appropriate expectations by parents of babies enrolled in water enrichment programs
To introduce and emphasize basic aquatic safety to parents
To provide a positive parent/child aquatic experience and an opportunity to build the parent/child relationship
To provide parents and children the opportunity to share common experiences, socialize, and interact with one another
Preschool swim lessons are divided into 4 skill levels. The child’s skill level should be considered for placement, not just age. If you are uncertain about the appropriate class placement for your child, please reference the swim level descriptions, or ask a swim instructor to assess your child for class placement. All preschool classes are held in the shallow end of the pool. Rays and Starfish will periodically swim in the deep end. Children must pass each level to move to the next level. 30 minute class. Staff to child ratio 1:5.
PIKE is for children ages 3-5 who are very new to swimming lessons, or are still struggling with the basic skills. Basic Skills: Entering the water without crying, alternating kicking motion, blowing bubbles, alternating arm motion.
EEL’s are working on swimming independently at least five feet on their front and back in a horizontal position. Emphasis at this level is putting face in the water, so child should be comfortable submerging underwater. This class also concentrates on back floating independently and kicking on back while swimming. Sitting dives and diving safety are introduced. In order to move up to RAY a child must be able to swim 15 feet by themselves on both their front and back.
RAY is for students who have experience swimming and taking swim lessons. They are able to put their faces in the water and dunk their heads below the surface. Rays are very happy in the pool and can easily swim around with a bubble on, or without the bubble. Child can swim 15 feet in prone position with face in the water, are able to begin freestyle while swimming front crawl, and back float independently. Rotary breathing is introduced and emphasized. Diving, elementary backstroke, and survival skills are introduced in this level. Please do not sign up a child for RAY unless they have graduated from EEL, or have been evaluated by an aquatics department instructor and been instructed to enroll into RAY. In order to move up to STARFISH a child must be able to swim half the pool (35 feet) on both their front and back.
STARFISH is for children who can swim 35 feet with face in the water independently. Rotary breathing is strongly emphasized, as is a continued emphasis on diving, elementary backstroke, and survival skills. Swimmers learn how to swim the full length of the pool unassisted on both their front and back. The instructors also focus on teaching level body positions, rhythmic breathing and rotary head movement.
There are five levels in the Youth Swimming Lessons program. Youth swimming lessons provide older children with a beginner program. There is also an advanced swimming program for older, swim team bound students looking to enhance their swimming abilities. If you are uncertain which level your child is, please reference swim level descriptions, or ask an instructor to assess your child for class placement.
POLLIWOG is for children with no previous experience and/or hesitancy in the water. Children in POLLIWOG wear a flotation device (bubble). Using bubbles, children learn alternating arm strokes and flutter kick using kick boards and barbells over a distance of 10-15 yards. Children are also be introduced to paddling and kicking on their back with equipment. The curriculum includes bubble blowing, putting entire face in water (bobbing will be encouraged) and an introduction to floating in prone and supine positions (front and back).
Children in GUPPY may wear a flotation device if needed (bubble), however, emphasis is without. Rotary Breathing is the primary skill in this level. This level focuses on freestyle and backstroke refinement. Teachers will help students achieve a streamline, horizontal position in the water for both freestyle and backstroke. Concentration is on endurance and strength to accomplish 25 yards on front and back. By the end of GUPPY, students must be able to swim 25 yards of freestyle demonstrating rhythmic breathing and 25 Yards of backstroke in order to advance to MINNOW.
Children in MINNOW no longer use a bubble during swim lessons and they must be able to swim front crawl & backstroke 25 yards without stopping. However, unfixed flotation equipment such as kickboards and barbells are still used. This class is the beginning of the children swimming in a lane, instead of a small portion of the pool. Concentration is on front crawl with coordinated freestyle and rotary breathing. In this level, students must have very good freestyle and backstroke because they will be swimming up to 50 yards continuously. In this level, Instructors introduce breaststroke, the 3rd of 4 competitive swimming strokes, and symmetrical arms are introduced. In order to move up to FISH, child must be able to swim 50 yards of free style, 50 yards of back stroke, and 25 yards of breast stroke and elementary back stroke.
In the FISH level, there is continued stroke development of free style, back crawl and breaststroke. Children begin to learn the butterfly and flip turns. In the fish level, emphasis is on stroke refinement and building up endurance. Child must be able to swim 75 yards of free style, back stroke, and breast stroke and 25 yards of dolphin kick (15 feet of butterfly) in order to progress to Flying Fish.
Only students with very strong swimming ability are allowed to enroll in FLYING FISH. This class is for experienced swimmers who are able to swim freestyle with rotary breathing and proper backstroke 75-100 yards continuously. In this class, breaststroke will be refined as well as a continued introduction to butterfly, the final of the 4 competitive swimming strokes. Instructors will also teach diving and flip turns for freestyle.
Adult swim lessons will cover all the fundamentals of swimming, but at a pace and climate better suited for adults. Emphasis is placed on floating, controlled breathing, front and back crawl, and elementary backstroke, as well as rotary breathing, backstroke, sidestroke, breaststroke, treading water, and endurance.
For a more focused lesson, with individualized attention, we offer private swim lessons for students of any age. Private swim lessons may be scheduled at your convenience, in accordance with the pool schedule.
Private swim lessons come in one of two options:
One on One: One teacher, working with one student, for thirty minutes.
One on Two: One teacher working with two students, for 30 minutes. In order to be eligible for this lesson the students must have the same swimming ability.
Download and print the private swim lesson registration form, fill it out, and bring it in to our Membership Desk. Once received, a representative from our Aquatics department will contact you. Private lessons are based on instructors’ availability. We will try to accommodate lessons to individual schedules.