Swimming Lessons

Swimming Lessons:

The American Red Cross Swimming Program will be offered again this summer. The Swimming Program offers Parent and Child Aquatics, Preschool Aquatics, and the Learn-to-Swim Program. All Red Cross Swimming Lessons are taught by certified Water Safety Instructors. Please read course descriptions to help ensure that your child is enrolled in the proper class. If you are unsure of the level your child was enrolled in last swimming season, please contact the swimming pool. There needs to be six swimmers enrolled in a class in order for the class to be held.

Learn-to-Swim- A six-level program is designed for children over 6 years all the way up to adults, as students’ progress through the levels at their own pace, mastering the skills in one level before advancing to the next.  Each level of our Learn - To - Swim class includes training in basic water safety and helping others in an emergency, in addition to stroke development.  Upon successful completion of the program, participants will be able to swim skillfully and be safe in and around water.  Offered this summer are three sessions, each two weeks in length which meet daily for 30 minutes of class time.  Swimmers may be moved up or down a level according to their swimming ability.

Lessons are $30 per child

1st Session - Monday, June 15th - Friday, June 26th

10:00 - 10:30 a.m.   Levels 4, 5, and 6a, b, c

10:35 - 11:05 a.m.    Levels 1, and 2

11:10 - 11:40 a.m.     Levels 1, and 3

11:45 - 12:15 p.m.    Levels 1, 2, and 3

2nd Session - Monday, June 29th - Friday, July 10th

10:00 - 10:30 a.m.   Levels 4, 5, and 6a, b, c

10:35 - 11:05 a.m.    Levels 3, Pre-School Aquatics

11:10 - 11:40 a.m.     Levels 1, 2, and 3

11:45 - 12:15 p.m.    Levels 1, and 2

3rd Session - Monday, July 20th - Friday, July 31st

10:00 - 10:30 a.m.   Levels 5 and 6a, b, c

10:35 - 11:05 a.m.    Levels 3, and 4

11:10 - 11:40 a.m.     Levels 1, 2, and 3

11:45 - 12:15 p.m.    Levels 1, and 2

Parent and Child Aquatics (6 months to about 3 years) $25 per child

This class introduces basic skills to parents and children.  Parents and Child Aquatics help young children get ready to swim by emphasizing fun in the water.  Parents and children participate in several guided sessions that help kids learn elementary swimming skills, including water entry, bubble blowing, front kick, back floating, underwater exploration and more. The two levels are fun filled and help introduce water safety concepts, encouraging a healthy recreational habit that your family can enjoy.

Parent and Child Aquatics classes are two weeks in length which meet Tuesday and Thursday for 30 minutes.  All children are required to wear protective pull - ups or rubber pants while in the pool.  There needs to be four swimmers enrolled for the class to be held.  There are two sessions which meet Tuesday and Thursday for two weeks.

Level 1 (6 - 18 months) children learn basic skills through fun activities, such as blowing bubbles and playing with water toys

Level 2 (18 mon. - 3 yrs.) parents work with their child to practice floating, kicking and swimming back to the side of the pool

1st Session-Tuesday, July 7th - Thursday, July 16th

5:30 - 6:00 pm

2nd Session-Tuesday, July 21st - Thursday, July 30th

5:30 - 6:00 pm

Preschool Aquatics (4 - 5-year-old) $30 per child

Throughout the three levels, preschool age children learn water safety, survival skills and foundational swimming concepts in a safe and fun environment.  Skills are age-appropriate, allowing students to achieve success on a regular basis and enjoy social interactions with other children.  As in all Swimming and Water Safety courses, your child will always know that it's safety first.  Preschool aquatics meets Monday thru Friday for two weeks.

1st Session-Monday, July 8th - Friday, July 19th

10:35 - 11:05am

Lesson Levels:

Level I -- Introduction to Water Skills

There are no prerequisites for this level.  The objectives of Level 1 are to learn basic personal water safety information and skills, to help participants feel comfortable in the water and to enjoy the water safely.  Skill assessment: enter water using ramp, steps or side; exit water using ladder, steps or side;  blow bubbles through mouth and nose; bobbing; open eyes under water and retrieve submerged objects; front and back glides and recover to a vertical position; back float; roll from front to back and back to front; tread water using arms and hand action; alternating and simultaneous arm and leg actions on front; alternating and simultaneous arms and leg actions on back; combined arm and leg actions on front and back; age-appropriate water safety topics.

Level II -- Fundamental Aquatic Skills

Participants entering this course must have a Level 1 certificate or must be able to demonstrate all the completion requirements of Level 1.  The objective of Level 2 is to give participants success with fundamental skills.

Skills assessment: enter water by stepping or jumping from the side; exit water using ladder, steps or side; fully submerge and hold breath; bobbing; open eyes under water and retrieve submerged objects; rotary breathing; front, jellyfish and tuck floats; back glide and recover to a vertical position; front glide and recover to a vertical position; roll from front to back and back to front; tread water using arm and leg action; change direction of travel while swimming on front and back; combined arm and leg actions on front and back; finning arm action; age-appropriate water safety topics.

Level III -- Stroke Development

Participants entering this course must have a Level 2 certificate or must be able to demonstrate all the completion requirements in Level 2.  The objectives of Level 3 are to build on the skills in level 2 through additional guided practice in deeper water. Skills assessment: enter water by jumping from the side, fully submerge then recover to the surface and return to the side; headfirst entries from the side in sitting and kneeling positions; bobbing while moving towards safety; rotary breathing; back float; survival float; change from vertical to horizontal positions on front and back; tread water; flutter and dolphin kicks on front; scissors and breast-stroke kicks; front crawl and elementary backstroke; age-appropriate water safety topics.

Level IV -- Stroke Improvement

Participants entering this course must have a Level 3 certificate or must be able to demonstrate all the completion requirements in Level 3. The objective of Level 4 is to develop confidence in the skills learned and improves other aquatic skills.

Skills assessment: headfirst entries from the side in compact and stride positions; swim under water; feet first surface dive; survival swimming; open turns on front and back; tread water using 2 different kicks, front and back crawl, elementary backstroke, sidestroke and butterfly; flutter and dolphin kicks on back; age-appropriate water safety topics.

Level V -- Stroke Refinement

Participants entering this course must have a Level 4 certificate or must be able to demonstrate all the course requirements in Level 4.  The objectives of Level 5 are to provide further coordination and refinement of strokes.

Skills assessment: shallow-angle dive from the side then glide and begin a front stroke; tuck and pike surface dives; submerge completely; front flip turn and backstroke flip turn while swimming; front and back crawl, elementary backstroke, breaststroke, sidestroke and butterfly; sculling; age-appropriate water safety topics.

Level VI -- Swimming and Skill Proficiency

Participants entering this course must have a Level 5 certificate or must be able to demonstrate all the skills required to complete Level 5.  The objectives of Level 6 are to refine strokes so swimmers swim them with ease, efficiency, power and smoothness over greater distances.  Level 6 is designed with "menu" options that focus on preparing participants for more advanced courses including the Water Safety Instructor course, or other aquatic activities such as competitive swimming or diving.  Each option also includes applicable water safety topics.  Options include: a) fitness swimmer, b) personal water safety, c) fundamentals of diving.