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Swimming Lessons

american red cross logoWe offer swimming lessons for participants ages 6 months & up. The swim lesson program follows the American Red Cross Parent & Child, Preschool, Learn-to-Swim and Adult curricula. 

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Parent & Child Aquatics, ages 6 months-3 SMARTlink logoyears
 

Bubblers 1 – This level familiarizes parents and children with the water and teaches swimming readiness skills such as including becoming comfortable in water, support techniques, and beginning breath control. This level also provides safety information for parents and teaches techniques parents can use to orient their children to the water. One parent/guardian in appropriate swimming attire must participate in the water with their child during each lesson. 
This course may be repeated until the child is old enough for Bubblers 2.

Bubblers 2 – This level builds on skills learned in Bubblers 1. Parents and young children will continue to work on basic skills including water adjustment, support techniques, and breath control. Skills such as floating and kicking on front and back are explored.  One parent/guardian in appropriate swimming attire must participate in the water with their child during each lesson. Note: This course may be repeated until the child is old enough for Bobbers.

Preschool Aquatics, ages 3-5 years


Bobbers – This level familiarizes children to the aquatic environment and helps them acquire basic aquatic skills such as water entry and exit; breath control and submerging; floating/gliding on the front and back; and treading in chest-deep water. Arm and leg actions are also introduced at this level.  Participants begin to develop positive attitudes and safe practices around water.  Note: Due to the number of skills taught in this course, participants may need to repeat this level.


Floaters 
– This level builds on basic swimming skills learned in the Bobbers Series including breath control and submerging; swimming using combined arm and leg actions on the front and back; and treading in shoulder-deep water. Note: Due to the number of skills taught in this course, participants may need to repeat this level.
 
Strokers 1 – This level builds on the skills learned in the Bobbers and Floaters levels, with a greater emphasis on swimming on the front and back without assistance and for longer distances. Treading in shoulder-deep water for longer periods of time will also be explored. Water safety concepts are reinforced in this level. Note: Due to the number of skills taught in this course, participants may need to repeat this level.
 
Strokers 2  – This level focuses on stroke development including front crawl and elementary backstroke. Participants will be introduced to the scissors and dolphin kicks and will build on the fundamentals of treading water. Diving skills may also be introduced. Participants who successfully complete this level and who meet the appropriate age requirement may register for Youth 4. Note: This course may be repeated until the child is old enough for Youth Level 4.

Youth Learn To Swim, ages 6-13 years 
Teen Learn to Swim, ages 13-17 years
  

Level 1,  Introduction to Water Skills  – This level will help orient participants to the aquatic environment and help them gain basic aquatic skills such as water entry and exit; breath control and submerging; floating and gliding on the front and back; and treading in chest-deep water. Arm and leg actions are also introduced at this level. Participants begin to develop positive attitudes and safe practices around water.  Note: Due to the number of skills taught in this course, participants may need to repeat this level.

Level 2, Fundamental Aquatic Skills – This level builds on fundamental aquatic skills learned in Level 1 such as breath control and submerging; floating and gliding on front and back; swimming using combined arm and leg actions on the front and back; and treading in shoulder-deep water. Note: Due to the number of skills taught in this course, participants may need to repeat this level.

Level 3, Stroke Development – This level focuses on stroke development, including front crawl and elementary backstroke. Participants will be introduced to the breaststroke, scissors and dolphin kicks, build on the fundamentals of treading water in deep water and to help participants achieve basic water competency in a pool environment. Diving skills may also be introduced in this level.  Prerequisite: Successful completion of Level 2. Note: Due to the number of skills taught in this course, participants may need to repeat this level.

Level 4, Stroke Improvement – This level focuses on improving participants' proficiency in performing the following swimming strokes: front crawl, breaststroke, butterfly, back crawl, and sidestroke. Participants may also work on diving skills. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Level 3.  Note: Due to the number of skills taught in this course, participants may need to repeat this level.

Level 5, Stroke Refinement  – This level focuses on stroke refinement for all six strokes: front crawl, breaststroke, butterfly, back crawl, elementary backstroke and sidestroke. Participants will work on surface dives, flip turns and may work on diving skills. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Level 4. Note: Due to the number of skills taught in this course, participants may need to repeat this level.

Level 6, Swimming and Skills Proficiency– This level focuses on stroke refinement to develop greater efficiency, power, and smoothness for longer distances.  Participants will refine front crawl, back crawl, butterfly, elementary backstroke, breaststroke, and side stroke.  There will also be extensive work on turns and water safety skills.  Prerequisite:  Successful completion of the Level 5 lesson.  Note:  Due to the number of skills taught in this course, participants may need to repeat this level.

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Stroke and Turn, ages 10-17 yrs


Lessons focus on building endurance, stroke and turn refinement. Participants in this course will be expected to swim longer distances using front crawl, back crawl, butterfly, elementary backstroke, breaststroke, and side stroke. Participants will also learn to utilize equipment such as pull buoys, fins, paddles, and/or a pace clock. Using swimming as part of personal water fitness will also be discussed.  Prerequisite: Successful completion of the Youth/Adult 5 lesson. To improve strength and endurance, this course may be repeated. Note: Due to the number of skills taught in this course, participants may need to repeat this level.

Adult Learn To Swim , ages 14 & up


Adult Beginner  -
This level will help orient participants to the aquatic environment and help them gain basic aquatic skills such as water entry and exit; breath control and submerging; floating and gliding on the front and back; and treading in chest-deep water. Arm and leg actions are also introduced at this level. Participants begin to develop positive attitudes and safe practices around water.  Note: Due to the number of skills taught in this course, participants may need to repeat this level.

Adult Intermediate  - This level builds on fundamental aquatic skills and swimming strokes such as water entry and exit; breath control and submerging; floating and gliding on the front and back; and treading in chest-deep water. Front crawl, breaststroke and back crawl are introduced at this level. Participants will be taught the skills and concepts needed to stay safe in and around water and to help themselves or others in an aquatic emergency. Prerequisite for this level; successful completion of the Adult, Beginner Level or participants must be able comfortable in chest-deep water, able to submerge face in the water and able to perform front crawl for 15 yards.   Note: Due to the number of skills taught in this course, participants may need to repeat this level.  

Adult Advance  - This level will help participants refine front crawl, back crawl, and breaststroke strokes and turns and build endurance. Butterfly and flip turns are introduced at this level. Participants will be taught skills and concepts needed to stay safe in and around water and to help themselves or others in an aquatic emergency.  Prerequisite for this level; successful completion of the Adult, Intermediate Level or participants must be able comfortable in deep water, able to put face in the water and able to perform strokes that can be recognized as front crawl, breaststroke and elementary backstroke, each for 15 yards. Note: Due to the number of skills taught in this course, participants may need to repeat this level.

Adult Stroke & Turn  - This level will help participants refine the six strokes, turns and build endurance. Participants will be taught skills and concepts needed to stay safe in and around water. Prerequisite for this level: successful completion of the Adult, Advance Level or participants must be able to swim the following strokes; Front crawl - 50 yards, Breaststroke - 50 yards, Back crawl - 25 yards, Butterfly - 25 yards, Elementary Backstroke -50 yards, Sidestroke - 25 yards.  Note: Due to the number of skills taught in this course, participants may need to repeat this level.