Youth Swim Classes (Ages 5-12)

SWIM BASICS STAGES 1-6

 

Stage 1: Water Acclimation


Stage 1: Water Acclimation is designed to be taught in eight 30-minute lessons.  Students develop comfort with underwater exploration and learn to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water in stage 1. This stage lays the foundation that allows for a student’s future progress in swimming. Students in this stage focus on the following: 

  • Exploring the aquatic environment and personal skills with instructor help
  • Developing basic skills to propel and glide through the water with instructor help
  • Learning basic aquatic safety and accepting some of the responsibility for safe practices

 

Register for Stage 1: Water Acclimation

 

 

Stage 2: Water Movement


Stage 2: Water Movement is designed to be taught in eight 30-minute lessons.  In this stage, students focus on body position and control, directional change, and forward movement in the water while also continuing to practice how to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water. Students in this stage focus on the following:

  • Exploring the aquatic environment and personal skills without instructor help
  • Developing basic skills to propel and glide through the water without instructor help
  • Learning basic aquatic and boating safety and accepting some of the responsibility for safe practices
Register for Stage 2: Water Movement

 

 

 

Stage 3: Water Stamina


Stage 3: Water Stamina is designed to be taught in eight 30-minute lessons.  In this stage, students learn how to swim to safety from a longer distance than in previous stages in the event of falling into a body of water. This stage also introduces rhythmic breathing and integrated arm and leg action. Students in this stage focus on the following: 

  • Integrating arm action, leg action, and rhythmic breathing in back and front glides
  • Developing forward movement on the front and back
  • Practicing skills and safety techniques in deep water

 

Register for Stage 3: Water Stamina

 

 

Stage 4: Stroke Introduction


Stage 4: Stroke Introduction is designed to be taught in eight 40-minute lessons.   Students in this stage develop stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl and learn the breaststroke kick and butterfly kick. Water safety is reinforced through treading water and elementary backstroke. Students in this stage focus on the following: 

  • Developing the front crawl and back crawl
  • Introducing components of the breaststroke 
and butterfly
  • Practicing safety techniques in deep water

 

Register for Stage 4: Stroke Introduction

 

 

Stage 5: Stroke Development


Stage 5: Stroke Development is designed to be taught in eight 40-minute lessons.   Students in this stage work on stroke technique and learn all major competitive strokes. The emphasis on water safety continues through treading water and sidestroke. Students in this stage focus on the following:

  • Developing stamina in the front crawl and back crawl
  • Developing the breaststroke and butterfly
  • Building endurance techniques for deep- 
water safety

 

Register for Stage 5: Stroke Development

 

Stage 6: Stroke Mechanics


In this stage, students refine stroke technique on all major competitive strokes, learn about competitive swimming, and discover how to incorporate swimming into a healthy lifestyle. Students in this stage focus on the following:

  • Developing endurance in the competitive strokes
  • Developing skills related to competitive swimming like flip turns
  • Enhancing skills and building endurance in
deep water

 

Register for Stage 6: Stroke Mechanics