Swimming Skill Levels
Infant/Toddler Water Exploration
This class is designed for children between the ages of six months to 3 years. The primary emphasis is providing a positive introduction to a water environment. A parent or caretaker must accompany the child in the water. The instructor works with the parents to introduce the child to blowing bubbles, face in the water, supported floating on stomach/back, and kicking.
Level 1: Water Exploration (3+)
This class is designed for beginners with little or no swimming experience. A child is ready to take this class when he or she can follow directions from an instructor. A child MUST work independently of a parent. The class provides an introduction to a water environment while developing the skills needed to build strokes later. The class includes instruction on the following skills from the American Red Cross: bubble blowing, face in water, submerged body (on wall or supported), supported floating on stomach/back, and kicking.
Level 2: Primary Skills (5+)
This class is designed for children who are more comfortable in the water, but need instruction on developing the basic strokes. Skills include unsupported floating, kicking, bobbling, and doggy paddle.
Level 3: Stroke Readiness (6+)
This class is designed for children who are comfortable in the water, can do the basics and are ready to begin work on the four swimming strokes. Skills include retrieving an underwater object, jumping into the pool, back glide, front glide, front crawl, and elementary backstroke.
Level 4: Stroke Development (6+)
This class is designed for children who are beginning to master front crawling and backstroke. Skills include diving, 25-yard front crawl, 25-yard backstroke, sculling, and breaststroke kick.
Level 5: Stroke Refinement (8+)
This class is designed for children who have developed good front crawl and backstroke, are comfortable diving in deep water and can swim with good technique across the pool. Skills include diving from a board, breaststroke, sidestroke, backstroke, front crawl, butterfly, and open turns.