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2015 Parent and Child Aquatics

Parent and Child Class

Prerequisites: at least 12 months old (by June 1) up to 3 years
Purpose: Parents and children learn together to increase a child’s comfort level and build foundation of basic skills, such as arm and leg movements and breath control.
Enrollment: Minimum number of parent/child pairs required: 4. Maximum number: 9.

•Learn to ask permission before entering the water.
•Learn how to enter and exit the water in a safe manner.
•Establish expectation for adult supervision.
•Explore mouth, nose and eye submersion.
•Glide on front and back with assistance.
•Combine arm action on front and back with assistance.
•Experience wearing a U.S. Coast Guard approved lifejacket in the water.
•Age appropriate water topics.

2015 Learn-to-Swim Program

Purpose: This Learn-to-Swim Program provides instruction to help swimmers ages 3 (by May 1) through adult improve their swimming and water safety skills. It is designed to give students a positive learning experience. Learn-to-Swim teaches aquatic and safety skills in a logical progression. The objective is to teach people to swim and to be safe in, on and around the water.

Skills are categorized in the following way:

•Water Entry and Exit
•Breath Control and Underwater Swimming
•Buoyancy
•Changing Direction and Position
•Treading
•Swimming on Front, Back and Side
•General and Personal Water Safety
•Helping Others
The learn-to-swim levels and the objectives for each level include:

Preschool 1: Adjustment to Water

Prerequisites: at least 3 or 4 year olds with no aquatic experience
Purpose: Helps students feel comfortable in the water and to enjoy the water safely.
Enrollment: Minimum number of students required: 4. Maximum number: 5.

•Enter and exit water safely using ramps, steps or side.
•Exploration of the pool.
•Blow bubbles through mouth and nose.
•Submerging mouth, nose and eyes.
•Open eyes underwater and retrieve objects.
•Front and back glide and recover to a vertical position.
•Roll from front to back and back to front.
•Alternating and simultaneous arm and leg action on front and back.
•Age appropriate water safety rules and other safety topics.*

Preschool 2: Basic Learning Progression

Prerequisites: Completed Preschool 1, or 4 year olds comfortable with the water
Purpose: To develop basic learning progressions and to gain greater independence to being more comforatble in the water.
Enrollment: Minimum number of students required: 4. Maximum number: 6.

•Enter and exit water independently.
•Move freely in chest deep water.
•Perform front and back float.
•Combine arm and leg action on front and back.
•Bobbing.
•Fully submerge head (for 3 seconds) into water.
•Finning arm action on back.
•Tread water using arm and leg actions.
•Understanding age appropriate pool rules and water safety topics.

Preschool 3: Aquatic Skill Progression

Prerequisites: Able to perform Preschool Levels 1 and 2 skills
Purpose: Gain basic swimming propulsion skills to be comfortable in the water.
Enrollment: Minimum number of students required: 4. Maximum number: 6.

•Jump into chest deep water safely.
•Perform front and back glide and recover to a vertical position.
•Perform front and back arm action.
•Bobbing (understanding breath control).
•Rotary Breating.
•Fully submerge and hold breath.
•Perform combined stroke on front (about 5 body lengths).
•Perform combined stroke on back (about 5 body lengths).
•Finning on back.
•Treading using arm and leg action (15 seconds).
•Participate in safety topics.

Level 1: Introduction to Water Skills

Prerequisites: at least 5 years old and older. No aquatic experience.
Purpose: Helps students feel comfortable in the water and to enjoy the water safely.
Enrollment: Minimum number of students required: 4. Maximum number: 6.

•Enter and exit water independently using ramps, steps, side of pool.
•Blow bubbles through mouth and nose.
•Bobbing.
•Locate and retrieve a submerged object.
•Front and Back glides and recover to a vertical position.
•Back float.
•Alternating and simultaneous arm and leg action on front and back.
•Tread water using arm and hand actions.
•Understand age appropriate water safety rules.
•Know how and when to get help.

Level 2: Fundamental Aquatic Skills

Prerequisites: Able to perform Level 1 skills
Purpose: Gives students success with fundamental skills of locomotion.
Enrollment: Minimum number of students required: 4. Maximum number: 6.

•Enter pool into shoulder-deep water and stand.
•Fully submerge and hold breath.
•Submerge to retrieve object in chest-deep water.
•Rotary breathing (turning head to the side).
•Front, jellyfish and tuck floats.
•Back and front glide and recover to a vertical postion.
•Flutter and dolphin kick.
•Tread water using arm and leg actions.
•Roll over from front to back and back to front.
•Changing directions while swimming on front and back.
•Finning arm action on back.
•Perform combined arm and leg action on front (5 body lengths).
•Perform combined arm and leg action on back (5 body lengths).
•Understanding age appropriate water safety topics.

Level 3: Stroke Development

Prerequisites: Able to perform Level 1 and 2 skills
Purpose: Builds on the skills in Level 2 by providing additional guided practice in deeper water.
Enrollment: Minimum number of students required: 4. Maximum number: 7.

•Jump into the water from side of pool, fully submerge head, return to the surface and move to the side of the pool.
•Head first entries from the side in a sitting and kneeling position (in 9′ of water).
•Bobbing while moving to safety (side or more shallow water).
•Rotary breathing.
•Coordinate arm stroke for front crawl while breathing to the side (15 yards).
•Flutter and dolphin kicks on front
•Scissor and breaststroke kicks.
•Tread water
•Elementary Backstroke
•Understand safe diving rules.
•Age appropriate water safety topics.

Level 4: Stroke Improvement

Prerequisites: Able to perform Level 1 – 3 skills.
Purpose: Develops confidence in the strokes learned and to improve other aquatic skills.
Enrollment: Minimum number of students required: 4. Maximum number: 7.

•Headfirst entry from pool side, in a compact and strike position (in a minimum of 9’of water).
•Swim under water (3-5 body lengths).
•Demonstrate feet first surface dive.
•Survival float, back float, treading water, for 2 minutes each.
•Demonstrate open turns on front and back.
•Tread water using two different kicks.
•Swim Front and backcrawl, elementary backstroke, breaststroke, sidestroke and butterfly.
•Age appropriate water safety topics.

Level 5: Stroke Refinement

Prerequisites: Able to perform Level 1 – 4 skills.
Purpose: Provides further coordination and refinement of strokes.
Enrollment: Minimum number of students required: 4. Maximum number: 8.

•Perform shallow angle dive from the side of the pool and begin a front stroke (in a minimum of 9′ of water).
•Sculling (30 seconds)
•Demonstrate tuck and pike surface dives.
•Swim Front and back crawl, elementary backstroke, breatstroke, sidestroke and butterfly for further distances.
•Flip turns while swimming on front and back.
•Age appropriate water safety topics.

Level 6: Swimming and Skill Proficiency

Prerequisites: Able to perform Level 1 – 5 skills.
Purpose: Refines the strokes so students swim them with ease, efficiency, power and smoothness over greater distances.
Enrollment: Minimum number of students required: 4. Maximum number: 8.

•Swim the following:
◦Front crawl and turns (100 yards).
◦Back crawl and turns (50 yards).
◦Elementary backstroke (100 yards).
◦Sidestroke and turns (50 yards).
◦Butterfly and turns (50 yards).
◦Breastroke and turns (50 yards).

Level 6 is designed with three (3) skill options. Once the above skills are complete, the students will be taught one of the two options listed below. Each of these options focus on preparing students to succeed in more advance courses, such as Guard Start, Water Safety Instructor and Lifeguard Training. These options include:

•Personal Water Safety (self help techniques in the water).
•Fitness swimming (using swimming as a method of maintaining fitness level).

Adult Beginner

Prerequisites: Willing to get into the water and challenge basic level skills.
Purpose: To overcome the fear of the water and to learn basic skills to achieve a minimum level of water compentency.
Enrollment: Minimum number of students required: 4. Maximum number: 8.

•Fully submerge and hold breath.
•Rotary breathing (turning head to the side).
•Front and back floats and a recover to a vertical position.
•Back and front glides and recover to a vertical postion.
•Kicking on front and back.
•Tread water using arm and leg actions.
•Finning arm action on back.
•Perform combined arm and leg action on front.
•Perform combined arm and leg action on back.

Adult Advanced

Prerequisites: Comfortable in the water and wanting to be more efficient when swimming
Purpose: To improve skill and technique to increase the ability to use swimming as a health and fitness tool.
Enrollment: Minimum number of students required: 4. Maximum number: 8.

•Swimming front crawl or breaststroke while breathing properly.
•Kicking on front and back.
•Open front and back turns.
•Perform combined arm and leg action on front.
•Perform combined arm and leg action on back
•Endurance activities.

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