Class Descriptions

All classes are based on the American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim Program. Each course combines skills and instruction in safety and swimming. Students are recommended to proceed level by level to pick up the skills most efficiently.

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Parent & Children Aquatics (Water Babies & Bugs)

This course provides instruction for both parent and child. These courses provide instruction on support and holding techniques, selecting and using lifejackets, water adjustment, changing positions, breath control, water entry and exit, and basic skills for swimming on your front and back. This class is designed for students six months to two years old.

Level 1 (Puddle Jumpers)

The objective of Level 1 is to help students feel comfortable in the water and enjoy the water safely. This level touches on elementary aquatics skills such as bubble blowing, submersion, floating, and treading water. These are skills that the students will build on as they progress through the upper levels.

Level 2 (Starfish)

Students will work on fundamental aquatic and locomotion skills. These include learning to float without support. Students will explore simultaneous and alternating arm and leg actions, which provide a strong basis for future strokes.

Level 3 (Sea Turtles)

Students will learn to swim on their own for short distances. Students practice front and back crawl as well as some elements of butterfly and breaststroke. This class also begins experimentation with treading water and working on rotary breathing (to the side instead of picking whole head up).

Level 4 (Seals)

The objective of Level 4 is to improve on students' aquatic skills by developing confidence in the strokes that they have already learned. Students increase their endurance in front and back crawl as well as build on their butterfly and breaststroke skills. Elements of the sidestroke and elementary backstroke are also brought in at this level.

Adult Lessons

This level of class is customized to meet the goals and needs of individual participants who are generally at the beginner stage.