Swim Lesson Programs

Which Lesson Group is Right for My Swimmer?

Youth Lesson Level 1 - New to the Pool

Pre-requisites

  • Age 3-5
  • New to no parent in pool
  • New to group setting
  • Comfortable with parent nearby
  • Not afraid of the water

Lesson Objectives

  • Water acclimation and basic water play
  • Assisted floats
  • Kicking
  • Face in water

Youth Lesson Level 2 - Comfortable in the Water

Pre-requisites

  • Age 3-5
  • Comfortable in group setting without parent
  • Follows rules
  • Ready to listen and learn to swim

Lesson Objectives

  • floating
  • kicking
  • Bobs
  • Rolling over
  • Freestyle and backstroke intro
  • Elementary backstroke
  • Safety information

Youth Lesson Level 3 - Water Acclimation

Pre-requisites

  • 5 years old
  • Ready to listen and learn in a group setting

Goals

  • Submerge
  • Assisted front and back floats
  • Confident in the water
  • Jump from side, assisted

Practice Skills

  • Change direction while walking
  • Get in water up to neck
  • Submerge ears
  • Blow bubbles with nose
  • Face in water
  • Standing elementary backstroke movements

Safety

  • Ask permission to get in
  • Enter/exit the pool with ladder, wall
  • Pool rules
  • Jumping safety

Deep Water Acclimation

  • Leave steps/wall with instructor
  • Scooter bug

Youth Lesson Level 4 - Preliminary Stroke Work

Pre-requisites

  • 5 years old
  • Ready to listen and learn in a group setting

Goals

  • 10+ bobs
  • float front and back
  • kick front and back
  • Confident in the water
  • Jump from side, unassisted

Practice Skills

  • Chin tuck
  • Pick up rings from bottom/step while submerged
  • Streamline position - front and back
  • Sculling - front and back
  • Elementary backstroke, assisted

Safety

  • Leave steps/wall with instructor
  • Roll front to back unassisted
  • Jump in, roll to back, assisted
  • Jump in return to wall, assisted

Deep Water Acclimation

  • Scooter bug toward deep water and back
  • Intro to treading water

Youth Lesson Level 5 - Freestyle and Backstroke 1 and 2

Pre-requisites

  • 5 years old
  • Ready to listen and learn in a group setting

Goals - 1

  • Freestyle with bilateral breathing
  • Backstroke, 15 yards
  • Surface dive to bottom, retrieve ring

Practice Skills - 1

  • Surface dives
  • Swim, roll-over, breath, roll-over
  • Wall push-offs, front and back
  • Big arms

Goals - 2

  • Freestyle with bilateral breathing, 25 yards
  • Backstroke, up to 50 yards
  • Somersaults on land and water

Practice Skills - 2

  • Somersaults
  • Wall push-offs, front, back, side
  • Kickboard skills
  • Goggle use
  • Change direction while swimming
  • Underwater frog swim
  • Intro to circle swimming

Deep Water Acclimation

  • Jump in, touch bottom with feet
  • Treading water with flutter and elem. back kicks), 30 seconds (1), 60 seconds (2)
  • Treading water no legs (2)
  • Floating in deep water
  • Deep water bobs (2)
  • Jump in, return to wall
  • Dolphin dives (2)

Safety

  • Throwing/reaching assists
  • Removal of extra clothing in water
  • Jump in, roll to back, unassisted
  • Jump in, roll to back, float, unassisted (2)
  • Jump in, return to wall, unassisted

Youth Lesson Level 6 - Breaststroke and Butterfly

Pre-requisites

  • Level 5

Goals

  • breaststroke 10-15 yards
  • butterfly 10 yards
  • somersaults in water

Practice Skills

  • Sculling
  • Breaststroke kick with kickboard
  • Breaststroke arms
  • Putting it together - pull, breathe, kick, glide (timing)
  • Dolphin dives
  • Dolphin kick, front and back
  • Intro to fins
  • 2-hand touch on walls
  • butterfly arms
  • butterfly breathing and timing

Safety

  • 25 free/back fully clothed, remove excess clothing while treading water
  • jump in, surface, treat water 90 seconds
  • tread water no hands, 30 seconds

Youth Lesson Level 7 - Endurance and Pre-competition

Pre-requisites

  • Levels 5, 6

Goals

  • 50 free, 50 back, 25 breast, 25 fly (all without stopping, legal strokes)

Practice Skills

  • Backstroke count
  • Free flip turn
  • Wall push-off and pull-out
  • Intro to diving
  • Stroke drills
  • Backstroke turn
  • Dive with pull-out

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