Swim Level Ability Requirements

Although swim levels are based on age, ability also is considered.

When deciding what class to enroll yourself or your child, we suggest starting with the last level you or your child completed. It is much easier to move a student to a higher level class then to move him/her to a lower level class.

Parent/Tot Classes

These classes are for ages six month through three years. It may take more than one class for your student to be comfortable:

 

Entering and exiting the water

  • Using the ladder

Underwater exploration

  • Blowing bubbles
  • Putting face in the water
  • Bobbing
  • Retrieval of objects
  • Walking in waist deep water

Locomotion

  • Prone float with support
  • Back float with support
  • Supported kick on front
  • Supported kick on back

Strokes

  • Front crawl arm movement
  • Back crawl arm movement

Knowledge of Pool Rules

  • No running
  • Asking permission to enter water
  • Jumping into pool feet first
Entering and exiting the water
  • Using the ladder
  • Using the side of the pool

Underwater exploration

  • Blowing bubbles
  • Putting face in the water
  • Submerging head underwater
  • Bobbing
  • Retrieval of objects
  • Walking in chest deep water

Locomotion

  • Prone float with support
  • Back float with support
  • Floating using the wall
  • Floating using the kickboards
  • Supported kick on front
  • Supported kick on back

Strokes

  • Front crawl arm movement
  • Back crawl arm movement

Knowledge of pool rules

  • No running
  • Asking permission to enter water
  • Jumping into pool feet first

Preschool Classes

Preschool classes are for ages 3-5. It may take more than one class for your student to be comfortable:

Entering and exiting the water:

  • Using the ladder
  • Using the side of the pool

Underwater exploration:

  • Submerging the head underwater
  • Opening eyes underwater
  • Blowing bubbles
  • Bobbing
  • Retrieval of objects
  • Walking in chest deep water

Locomotion:

  • Prone float with support from instructor
  • Back float with support from instructor
  • Floating using the wall
  • Floating using kickboards
  • Supported kicking on front
  • Supported kicking on back

Strokes:

  • Front crawl arm movement
  • Back crawl arm movement

Personal safety and rescue:

  • Knowledge of pool rules

Floating and gliding:

  • Prone float supported by instructor
  • Prone float unsupported
  • Back float supported by instructor
  • Rolling from front to back
  • Rolling from back to front

Introduction to rhythmic breathing:

  • Submerging head underwater
  • Opening eyes underwater
  • Bobbing
  • Rhythmic breathing using side of wall

Locomotion:

  • Flutter kick on front 5 yards with support
  • Flutter kick on front 5 yards without support
  • Front crawl 5 yards
  • Flutter kick on back 5 yards with support

Introduction to deep water:

  • Jump into 4-5 feet of water with support
  • Jump into 4-5 feet of water without support

Personal safety and rescue:

  • Knowledge of pool rules
  • Tread water 15 seconds in 4-5 feet of water

Wave Classes

Wave classes are for ages 5-15.

It may take more than one class for your student to be comfortable completing the following requirements for each class:

Floating and gliding:

  • Prone glide unsupported
  • Back float unsupported
  • Back glide unsupported
  • Rolling from front to back
  • Rolling from back to front

Introduction to rhythmic breathing:

  • 10 bobs in waist-deep water
  • Rhythmic breathing using side of wall
  • Rhythmic breathing using the kick board

Locomotion:

  • Flutter kick on front 10 yards without support
  • Front crawl 10 yards
  • Flutter kick on back 10 yards without support
  • Back crawl 10 yards

Introduction to deep water:

  • Jump into 4-5 feet of water without support
  • Jump into deep water with support

Personal safety and rescue:

  • Knowledge of pool rules
  • Tread water for 30 seconds

Water entry and exit:

  • 15 bobs in chest-deep water
  • Jump into deep water, recover and swim to wall

Underwater exploration:

  • Retrieve objects with eyes open
  • Underwater swimming 5 yards

Locomotion:

  • Front crawl 15 yards breathing to the front or side
  • Changing directions while swimming on front
  • Back crawl 15 yards
  • Elementary backstroke legs supported
  • Elementary backstroke arms supported
  • Elementary backstroke 10 yards

Diving:

  • Safe diving rules
  • Kneeling dive

Personal safety and rescue:

  • Knowledge of pool rules
  • Tread water for 1 minute

Water entry and exit:

  • 15 bobs in deep water

Underwater exploration:

  • Underwater swimming 10 yards in deep water

Locomotion:

  • Front crawl 25 yards with rhythmic breathing
  • Back crawl 25 yards
  • Elementary backstroke 20 yards
  • Breaststroke arms
  • Breaststroke kick with support
  • Breaststroke 10 yards

Turns:

  • Front crawl open turn
  • Back crawl open turn

Diving:

  • Safe diving rules
  • Standing dive from side of pool

Personal safety and rescue:

  • Tread water for 2 minutes

Locomotion:

  • Front crawl 50 yards
  • Back crawl 50 yards
  • Breaststroke 15 yards
  • Sidestroke arms
  • Scissors kick 10 yards
  • Sidestroke 15 yards
  • Butterfly arms
  • Dolphin kick 10 yards

Turns:

  • Front crawl flip turn
  • Back crawl flip turn
  • Breaststroke open turn

Diving, rescue and safety skills:

  • Demonstrate pike surface dive
  • Demonstrate tuck surface dive
  • Demonstrate feet first surface dive
  • Tread with scissors kick
  • Tread with breaststroke kick
  • Tread with rotary kick
  • Tread water for 3 minutes
  • Introduction to rescue breathing
  • Introduction to CPR

Locomotion:

  • Front crawl 100 yards using flip turns
  • Back crawl 100 yards using flip turns
  • Breaststroke 25 yards
  • Sidestroke 25 yards
  • Butterfly 10 yards
  • 250 yards continuous swim using any stroke

Turns:

  • Sidestroke turn
  • Butterfly turn

Personal safety and rescue:

  • Tread water for 3 minutes (1 minute no hands)
  • Retrieve brick from 8 feet of water
  • Demonstrate approach stroke 25 yards
  • Demonstrate approach stroke with tube 25 yards
  • Recognize spinal injury
  • Demonstrate awareness of rescue breathing
  • Demonstrate awareness of CPR

Competitive Stroke Classes

This class is designed for those students who want to join the swim team. By the end of the class, your child should be able to complete the following:

Locomotion:

  • Front crawl drills
  • Front crawl 200 yards using flip turns
  • Back crawl drills
  • Back crawl 200 yards using flip turns
  • Breaststroke drills
  • Breaststroke 100 yards using turns
  • Butterfly drills
  • Butterfly 50 yards
  • 500 yards continuous swim

Turns:

  • Front crawl turn
  • Back crawl turn
  • Breaststroke turn
  • Butterfly turn

Adult Lessons

These hour-long classes offer adults individualized instruction on basic swimming and stroke skills.

By the end of the class, students will be comfortable completing the following:

Floating and gliding

  • Prone float and glide
  • Back float and glide

Introduction to rhythmic breathing

  • Rhythmic breathing using the kick board

Locomotion

  • Front Crawl
  • Back Crawl

Treading water

Locomotion

  • Front crawl
  • Back crawl
  • Breaststroke

Turns

  • Front crawl turn
  • Back crawl turn
  • Breaststroke turn

Stroke and Endurance Training Classes

This hour-long class is designed for the fifth wave or competitive child or adult swimmer.

The focus will be on stroke improvement, technique, endurance and flip turns.

By the end of the class, students will be able to complete the following:

Locomotion

  • Freestyle
  • Freestyle using flip turns
  • Backstroke
  • Backstroke using flip turns
  • Breaststroke
  • Breaststroke using turns
  • Butterfly
  • Butterfly using turns

Turns

  • Front crawl turn
  • Back crawl turn
  • Breaststroke turn
  • Butterfly turn

Times

  • 25 yards timed freestyle
  • 25 yards timed backstroke
  • 25 yards timed breaststroke
  • 25 yards timed butterfly