Lesson Levels

Water Babies: 6 months 2 years (Parent participation required). The purpose of this class is to teach the parents and children how to have fun, enjoy, and be comfortable together in the water.

End of the class goals: For parents and children to develop a love of the water together.

Aquatots I: Ages 2-3. This parent-assisted class is for children over age 2 that are not yet ready to participate in a class without a parent.  Children may still demonstrate some fear of the water.  Games are often used to develop comfort in the water and to lay the foundation for upper-level classes. 

End of the class goals: For children to become comfortable in and around the water with or without a parent.

Aquatots II: Ages 2-3. Children must be comfortable in the water and able to listen and learn without a parent in the water.  Children should be comfortable putting their faces in the water and floating on their back and stomach with some help.

End of the class goals: For children to be comfortable in the water, floating, and bobbing on their own.

Level I: Ages 4 and over. For children with little or no experience in the water. They may still demonstrate some fear of the water but can participate independently of a parent.  There is an emphasis on body position and kicking.  Children must be able to stand in 3 - 3 ½ feet of water.

End of the class goals: For children to become comfortable in and around the water while learning a healthy respect for the water.  To move on to Level 2 they must be able to comfortably submerge their heads, blow bubbles, float and glide independently.

Level II: Swimmers must be able to comfortably submerge their heads, blow bubbles, float and glide independently.  Emphasis in this level is on proper body position while gliding and kicking on both back and stomach.  Basic freestyle and arm movements are also a focus in this level. 

End of the class goals: For swimmers to be able to float, glide, roll and move through the water with proper body position.  To move to Level 3 swimmers need to be able to do the above skills for a distance of 5-10 yards, in both deep and shallow water, and both on their backs and stomachs.

Level III: Swimmers must be able to float, glide, roll and move through the water with proper body position for a distance of at least 5-10 yards.  They must also be comfortable in deep water.  There is an emphasis in this level on improved freestyle arm movements and breathing to the side as well as an introduction to backstroke arm movements. 

End of the class goals: For swimmers to comfortably swim freestyle breathing to the side with proper body position and backstroke with proper body position for one length of the pool (20 yds). Swimmers will learn breaststroke kick, butterfly body motion, and diving in a streamlined position.

Level IV: Swimmers must be able to swim backstroke and freestyle with proper body position and body roll, and breathe to both sides in freestyle for one length of the pool (20 yds). Legal breaststroke kick, proper butterfly body motion, and streamlined dives are reinforced in this level.  Arm movements for breaststroke and butterfly are taught and refined.

End of the class goals: For swimmers to refine freestyle and backstroke technique, combine arms, legs, and body movement in breaststroke and butterfly and be able to swim one length (20 yds) of each stroke.  Swimmers should be comfortable with diving and be ready to learn competitive starts in Level 5.

Level V (Competitive Swimming Strokes & Techniques): Swimmers must be able to swim at least one length of breaststroke and butterfly as well as at least 2 lengths of freestyle and backstroke.  Stroke technique will be refined through drills and repetition.  Competitive swimming techniques such as starts and flip-turns will be introduced and refined.  

End of Class goals:  Continued stroke development in all 4 strokes.  To improve endurance through swimming longer distances, and gain competence in competitive starts and flip-turns.