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Swim Program Level Descriptions


Swim Program Level Overview

Swim Levels Have Changed - 6 Levels instead of 7 - Please read carefully!


LEVEL 1 -Introduction to Water Skills:
For students who do not feel comfortable playing in shallow water and/or do not like to put their faces in the water. Skills learned: walking in chest deep water, supported front and back float, arm action with support, kicking on front and back using a kickboard, blowing bubbles, submerge face, safety skills.

LEVEL 2 - Fundamental Aquatic Skills: For students who are able
to demonstrate the skills from Level 1 and are ready to learn the basics of
water locomotion. Skills learned: submerge entire head, retrieve objects,
explore deep water with support, unsupported back and front glide, bobbing,
jump in from edge, front and back flutter kick, begin learning to swim on both
front and back using arms and legs simultaneously safety skills.

LEVEL 3 - Stroke Development: For students who are able to
demonstrate skills from Level 2 and ready to further develop the front and back crawl. Skills learned: Bobbing from deep to shallow water, treading water, kneeling/sitting dive, front crawl with rhythmic breathing, back crawl, changing directions, safety skills.

LEVEL 4 - Stroke Improvement: For students who are able to
demonstrate the skills from Level 3 to increase their endurance with those
strokes and ready to learn other basic swim strokes. Skills learned: Improve
rotary breathing, standing front dive, elementary backstroke, improve front and back crawl, breaststroke, sidestroke kick, open turns at wall, improve front and back crawl, breaststroke, elementary backstroke, butterfly stroke, scissors kick, survival, safety skills.

LEVEL 5 - Stroke Refinement: For students who are able to demonstrate the skills from Level 4 and to improve coordination and endurance in the basic swim strokes. Skills learned: Bi-lateral breathing, shallow dive from the side, flip turns, improve previously learned strokes, learn side stroke, safety skills.

LEVEL 6 - Personal Water Safety: For students who are able to demonstrate the skills from Level 5 and to swim with greater efficiency, power and smoothness over greater distances. Skills learned: pike and tuck surface dives, improve coordination and endurance with all strokes, a variety of diving skills, open and flip turns, lifeguard readiness skills, self rescue techniques, safety skills.