• Swimming Instruction for Elementary Aged Kids
    Ages 5yrs +

    4 Days/ 30 min. / $40
    Taught by Tamara Smith

     

    Come join our Learn to Swim program designed for kids ages 5 and up. Each class is a carefully balanced set of activities including skill work, swimming, submersion, floating, relays and games.

    Your child will NEVER be in a group size exceeding 4 children! Smaller class size = More individual instruction!

    Level 1, Introduction to Water Skills
    Level 1 information sheet

    • There are no prerequisites for this class, which is designed to help the child feel comfortable in the water and enjoy the water safely.
    • Skills: In Level 1, Introduction to Water Skills, your child learns to enter and exit the water, submerge mouth, face and eyes, blow bubbles, bob, open eyes under water and pick up submerged objects, float on front and back, and swim on front and back using combined arm and leg actions while supported.
    • Exit Skills Assessment: 1) Enter water unassisted, move 5 yards, bob 3 times to chin level and safely exit the water (Participants can walk, travel along the gutter or “swim”) 2) Glide on front at least 2 body lengths, roll to a back float for 3 seconds and recover to a vertical position. (This part of the assessment can be performed with support.)

    Level 2, Fundamental Aquatic Skills
    Level 2 information sheet

    • Prerequisite: Child must be willing to swim underwater.
    • Skills: In Level 2, Fundamental Aquatic Skills, your child learns to change positions in water, treading, change direction, finning, and to swim on the front and back using combined arm and leg actions.
    • Exit Skills Assessment: 1) Step from side to chest-deep water, move into a front float for 5 seconds, roll to back, float for 5 seconds and return to a standing position; 2) Move into a back float for 5 seconds, roll to front an recover to standing position; 3) Push off and swim using a combined arm and leg actions on front for 20 feet, roll to back, float for 15 seconds, roll to front and continue swimming for 20 feet. (Participant can be supported when taking a breath.)

    Level 3, Stroke Development
    Level 3 information sheet

    • Prerequisite: Child must be able to enter and exit water and do a combined stroke on the front and back.
    • Skills: In Level 3, Stroke Development, your child learns head first entry into deep water, rotary breathing, survival float, dolphin and scissors kicks, elementary backstroke and front crawl.
    • Exit Skills Assessment: Jump into chest-deep water from the side, swim front crawl for 15 yards with face in the water and rhythmic breathing pattern (to front or side), maintain position by treading or floating for 30 seconds and swim back crawl for 15 yards.

    Level 4A & 4B, Stroke Improvement
    Level 4 information sheet

    • Prerequisite: Child must be able to swim front crawl and elementary backstroke for 15 yards in deep water.
    • Skills: In Level 4, Stroke Improvement, your child learns turning, breaststroke, butterfly, back crawl, sidestroke and water safety skills. Level 4A is appropriate for first timers in level 4 or for those who need more practice on the new skills introduced in level 4. Level 4B is designed for kids who are continuing in level 4 who have a solid base from Level 4A but need to refine already learned strokes and build endurance.
    • Exit Skills Assessment: 1)Perform a feet-first entry into chest-deep water, swim front crawl for 25 yards, change direction and position as necessary and swim elementary backstroke for 25 yards; 2) Swim breaststroke for 15 yards, change direction and position as necessary and swim back crawl for 15 yards.

    Level 5, Stroke Refinement
    Level 5 information sheet

    • Prerequisite: Child can swim front and back crawl at least one length of lap lane, can do breaststroke, elementary backstroke, sidestroke and butterfly.
    • Skills: In Level 5, Stroke Refinement, your child learns flip turns, surface dives, sculling and water safety skills. Each child works to refine previously learned strokes and improve endurance.
    • Exit Skills Assessment: 1) Perform a shallow-angle dive into deep water, swim front crawl for 50 yards, change direction and position of travel as necessary and swim elementary backstroke for 50 yards; 2) Swim breaststroke for 25 yards, change direction and position of travel as necessary and swim back crawl for 25 yards.