School Age Aquatics

Swim Lessons

School Age: Ages 5-up

Level 1: No experience necessary. Beginner class for children who have never been in swim lessons before or who still need practice on basic skills.  Increases comfort with underwater exploration and introduces basic self-rescue skills performed with assistance. Children learn personal water safety and achieve basic swimming competency by learning two benchmark skills: Swim, float 10 feet assisted, swim and jump, push, turn, grab assisted.

Level 2: Swimmers must have already passed Level 1 School Age or be able to meet entry requirements. Entry requirements:  Swim length of the pool on stomach and back unassisted and without floatation device. This stage also introduces rhythmic breathing and integrated arm and leg action, forward movement in water and basic self-rescue skills performed independently. Swim, float, swim assisted 10 feet, and jump, push, turn, grab assisted. Increases comfort with underwater exploration and introduces basic self-rescue skills performed with assistance. Children learn personal water safety and achieve basic swimming competency by learning two benchmark skills: Swim, float 5 yards unassisted, swim and jump, push, turn, grab unassisted.    

Level 3: Swimmers learn how to swim to safety longer distances than in previous stages in the event of falling into a body of water. This level continues to practice rhythmic breathing and integrated arm and leg action, while introducing front symmetrical paddle and butterfly. Entry requirements: Must have already passed Level 1, 2 or must be able to swim 50 yards (2 lengths of the pool) on stomach and back. Must have already mastered rhythmic breathing and basic understanding of front symmetrical paddle. Develops intermediate self-rescue skills performed at longer distance than in previous stage. Children learn personal water safety and achieve basic swimming competency by learning two benchmark skills: Swim, float, swim 25 yards and jump, swim, turn ,swim, grab 10 yards.

 Level 4: Swimmers learn how to swim to safety longer distances than in previous stages in the event of falling into a body of water. This level continues to practice rhythmic breathing and integrated arm and leg action, while increasing endurance with front symmetrical paddle and butterfly. The emphasis on water safety continues through treading water, sidestroke and elementary backstroke. Having mastered the fundamentals, children learn additional water safety skills that prevent chronic disease, increase social-emotional and cognitive well-being, and foster a lifetime of physical activity. Entry requirements: Must have already passed Level 1, 2 and 3 or must be able to swim 100 yards (4 lengths of the pool) on stomach and back.

Level 5: Swimmers work on stroke technique and learn all major competitive strokes in preparation for swim team. Perfects techniques for front symmetrical paddle and butterfly and reinforces water safety through treading water and sidestroke. Having mastered the fundamentals, children learn additional water safety skills that prevent chronic disease, increase social-emotional and cognitive well-being, and foster a lifetime of physical activity. Entry requirements: Must have already passed Level 1, 2, 3 and 4 or be capable of swimming 150 yards using multiple strokes.

Swim Team

Ages 5-17 who have passed levels 1 and 2 or are capable of swimming the length of the pool on stomach and back unassisted. Summer season lasts approximately 7 weeks while winter swim team ranges from October-March. Summer season is great for swimmers who are just starting swim team. Winter season is best for experienced swimmers who already completed at least one summer season.

Stroke Clinic

Ages 5-17 who have an interest in swim team. Must have completed levels 1 and 2 or are capable of swimming the length of the pool on stomach and back unassisted. Swimmers will learn the four competitive strokes and techniques needed to participate on a swim team.

Private Lessons

Interested patrons should complete and/or submit a request for Private Lessons form from the Welcome Center Desk. Please be aware that it may take up to 14 business days to schedule a lesson, and that registration ends the second week into classes. Private/ Semi-Private Swim Lessons are scheduled on a first come, first serve basis. Semi-private swim lessons are limited to two (2) participants in the same family. All lessons are 30 minutes long, and they begin and end with the session for which they were purchased. Private/Semi-Private Lessons are for individuals three years and older. When registration begins for classes, it also begins for Private/Semi-Private Lessons.

Lifeguarding

American Red Cross course offered at least 3 times a year to swimmers ages 15-older. Entry Requirements:  Must be able to swim 300 yards, tread water for 2 minutes without hands, retrieve 5 lb brick from bottom of deep end. Certificate good for 2 years. Bring goggles, swimsuit, towel, pencil/pen, highlighter, lunch/snacks (we will not break for lunch).