Preschool (Ages 3-5)

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.

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.