Beginning swimmers will learn how to become comfortable in the water through interactive skills including assisted front and back floats, kicks, and progressive submersion.
Prerequisite: student is comfortable in the water; can submerge under water with bubble bobs or jumps; can perform front and back starfish floats with assistance.
Students who are comfortable in the water will learn how to float on their front and back unassisted. They will learn how to safely jump into the pool and recover to the wall independently.
Prerequisite: student can perform starfish front and back floats unassisted; beginning kicks with floats; can jump in, recover for air, and grab the wall.
Students who have accomplished their basic starfish floats will progress into learning the stream line body position. Forward movement using kicks and glides will be learned in this level. Students will begin to practice body position change by rolling from one float to another.
Prerequisite: student can perform streamline front and back floats unassisted with kicks; unassisted front and back glides with kicks; roll from front to back and back to front for swim-roll-swim.
Students will learn to swim with forward movement using arm strokes and kicks. Students advance this skill by learning elementary backstroke in order to gain the skills necessary for swim-roll-swim.
Prerequisite: student can perform freestyle arm strokes with kicks for 10 feet; elementary backstroke with kicks for 10 feet; and swim-roll-swim between freestyle arm strokes and elementary backstroke with kicks.
Students begin to learn bi-lateral breathing for the freestyle stroke. Students will also learn how to perform backstroke. Kicks are focused on to ensure these two strokes are performed efficiently.
Prerequisite: student can perform freestyle with bi-lateral breathing and kicks for 15 feet; backstroke with kicks for 15 feet.
Students will enhance their freestyle and backstroke technique, and learn drills that help develop their proficiency and endurance with these advanced strokes.
Prerequisite: student can swim freestyle with bi-lateral breathing and kicks for 20 yards; backstroke with kicks for 20 yards — with good form and consistency.
Students will learn new drills and techniques to perform basic butterfly. These skills will also aid in successfully performing the breaststroke.
Prerequisite: student can swim all four strokes by accomplishing the benchmarks for levels 6 and 7 with good form and consistency.