Swim Lessons Descriptions

Parent/Child programs
ages 6 months to 4.5 years old

(with parents in the water)

To familiarize young children to the water and prepare them to learn to swim in the American Red Cross Preschool Aquatics or Learn-to-Swim courses. It is not designed to teach children to become good swimmers or to survive in the water on their own.

Pre-school programs
ages 4 to 5 years old

(without parents in the water)

    A beginner class, children will experiment with blowing bubbles, putting their face in the water, and moving their arms and legs so to move across the water on their front & back, as well as a discussion on how to be safe in & around the water.
    This class is for children who are comfortable in the water and are able to do the "doggie paddle" unassisted. Children will explore retrieving objects under water, floating on their front & back, safe diving, as well as getting their arms out of the water when they swim.

Youth programs
ages 6 & up

  • Older Beginners
    This class is designed slightly older students (9-12 yrs) who may feel uncomfortable learning to swim with younger children. Skills learned are the same as in levels I &II.
  • Level 1: Introduction to Water Skills
    There are no prerequisites for this course. The object of this level is to help students feel comfortable in the water & enjoy the water safely.
  • Level 2: Fundamental Aquatic Skills
    The object of level to is to give students success with fundamental skills. Children learn how to float with out support & recover to a vertical position. This level marks the beginning of true locomotion skills, through exploration of simultaneous or alternating arm & leg action on the front & back to lay the foundation for future strokes.
  • Level 3: Stroke Development
    The object of this level is to build on the skills learned in level two by providing additional guided practice. Students learn how to better coordinate front & back crawl, as well as introduction to elements of the butterfly stroke & fundamentals of treading water. As in all levels additional safety skills are presented.
  • Level 4: Stroke Improvement
    Students entering this level must be able to demonstrate all the skill requirements in level III. In this level students improve skills & increase endurance in front & back crawl, build on the butterfly stroke, & introduction of elementary back stroke,, breast stroke,, and elements of side stroke .Basics of turning at the wall are also introduced.
  • Level 5: Stroke Refinement
    Coordination & refinement are the objective at this level. Participants refine performance in all strokes (front & back crawl, butterfly, breast stroke elementary backstroke, & sidestroke. Flip turns on front & back are also introduced.
  • Level 6: Swimming & Skill Proficiency
    Swimming with more ease, efficiency, power, & smoothness over greater distances is the goal. Level VI has "menu" options - personal water safety, fitness swimming, & lifeguard readiness, each of these options focus on preparing students to participate in more advanced courses such as Water Safety Instructor, Lifeguard Training, and other aquatic activities such as competitive swimming.
  • Adult Swim Lessons - Dates/times by appointment.
    Instruction is beginner, intermediate, or advanced skills. Call for availability.

Advanced Classes - Dates and times TBA

  • Basic Water Rescue (11yrs old) - For those who have completed level 4. Focuses on safety, endurance, technique, and rescues.
  • Community Water Safety- Must have completed level 5. Focuses on safety awareness, rules of water safety, emergencies, technique & endurances.
  • Guard Start- Must be 11yrs old, have completed level 4 and be able to swim 25 yards. Building foundation of skills and attitudes of future lifeguards.
  • Water Safety Aids- Must gave completed level 6, have excellent strokes and a desire to help teachers with swim lessons.
  • Lifeguard Training- Must be 15 yrs old and pass an endurance test.
  • Water Safety Instructor- Must be 16 by the last day of class & be able to meet all the skill requirements of Level 4. (30 hours of training is needed for this class.