Lessons & Swim School

Youth Swim Lessons at The EDGE – Fall 2020

The current session is underway. The next session will begin the week of October 12. Return to this page when registration opens September 21. We are excited and determined to teach young children the essential skills of swimming throughout the year. Our lesson program has implemented a safe and healthy method for individuals and small groups to make their way through the skill levels. We have new protocols in place.

Groups Lessons, Next Fall Session begins October 12

30-minute lesson once per week for six weeks. $75 Member / $110 Non Member.

Groups Lessons, Fall Session beginning October 12 (Register HERE)
30-minute lesson once per week for six weeks. $75 Member / $110 Non Member

Wednesdays at #4 Morse Drive, Essex – Beginning October 14
4:30pm – Learn to Swim Level 1
5:00pm – Learn to Swim Level 2
5:30pm – Learn to Swim Level 3
6:00pm – Learn to Swim Level 4

Saturdays at #4 Morse Drive, Essex – Beginning October 17
9:00am – Splash 1
9:30am – Splash 2
10:00am – Preschool 1
10:30am – Preschool 2-3 Combo

Private Lessons, Year Round

Available for youth and adults. 30-minute lessons by appointment. Rates and to submit lesson request HERE.

Course LevelCourse Description
Splash 1
Age 6-18 months
A Parent or Guardian accompanies the child for the in-water lessons. The instructor will address minor, natural fears around water for both the adult and child. Children will be assisted in learning to enjoy the water, getting face and head wet, splashing with hands and feet and entering the water from a seated or standing position. Children will experience being on their back and front with assistance and learn to move their arms and legs in the water. The class is not intended to teach children to swim under or along the surface of the water, but is meant as an introduction to being safe, having fun, and moving in water. The instructor will use songs, toys and other techniques to create a relaxed learning environment. Required Equipment: Disposable swim diaper and fitted outer covering, towel.
Splash 2
Age 18 months-3 years
A Parent or Guardian accompanies the child for the in-water lessons. The instructor will address minor, natural fears around water for both the adult and child. Children will be assisted in learning to place their face and head in and below the surface of the water and will begin to learn basic breathing techniques. The instructor will build upon in-water fun and introduce skills like the back float, getting in and out of the water under one’s own power, jumping in without assistance and basic arm and leg movements. The class is not intended to teach children to swim under or along the surface of the water, but is meant as an introduction to being safe, having fun, and moving in water. The instructor will use songs, toys and other techniques to create a relaxed learning environment. Required Equipment: Disposable swim diaper and fitted outer covering, towel.
Preschool 1
Age 3-5 Years
A Parent or Guardian accompanies the child for the in-water lessons. To be successful at this level, children should have overcome high-anxiety or intense fears around the water. If not, private instruction is strongly recommended. Children will learn to enter and exit the water under their own power, submerge their entire head, float on their front and back, and do a flutter kick. They will be introduced to some breathing techniques and will learn some basic arm movements. Required Equipment: Swim suit, towel, hair tie for long hair. Swim cap and goggles optional.
Preschool 2
Age 3-5 Years
A Parent or Guardian accompanies the child for the in-water lessons. To be successful at this level, children must have some level of confidence in water and be able to place their entire head below the surface without discomfort and should have completed PreK1. Children should have spent some time in water without a flotation device or puddle jumper. Children will continue to do front and back floats but without assistance. They will begin learning more kicking skills and arm movements. Required Equipment: Swim suit, towel, hair tie for long hair. Swim cap and goggles optional.
Preschool 3
Age 3-5 Years
A Parent or Guardian accompanies the child for the in-water lessons. To be successful at this level, children must have some level of confidence in water, be able to place their entire head below the surface without discomfort, be able to go from back float to front float unassisted and be able to get in and out of the pool under their own power. Participants are able to propel themselves on their front, and back, with an alternating flutter kick and should have completed PreK2. Children must have spent some time in water without a flotation device or puddle jumper and be able to jump into the pool to an adult. Children will advance their breathing skills, kicking and arm mechanics and will begin to swim the freestyle stroke. Required Equipment: Swim suit, towel, hair tie for long hair. Swim cap and goggles optional.
Learn to Swim 1
Age 5-10 Years
A Parent or Guardian accompanies the child for the in-water lessons. To be successful at this level, children must have overcome high-anxiety or intense fears around the water. If not, private instruction is strongly recommended. Children at this level are able to demonstrate an ability to learn in a small group setting, submerge the entire head without discomfort, enter and exit the pool under their own power and propel themselves about 5-10 feet along the surface of the water on their front and back. Swimmers will learn the fundamentals of freestyle and backstroke. Very importantly they will learn to exhale and inhale at the proper time and apply this skill to swimming strokes. Required Equipment: Swim suit, towel, hair tie for long hair. Required Equipment: Swim suit, towel, hair tie for long hair, goggles. Cap available for purchase at The EDGE.
Learn to Swim 2
Age 5-10 Years
A Parent or Guardian accompanies the child for the in-water lessons. Participants can demonstrate the fundamentals of freestyle and backstroke and are able to take a proper side breath. They are able to do vertical bobs, tread water for 20 seconds and propel themselves confidently for a distance of 15ft along the surface of the water taking an appropriate breath. Participants will learn the proper breaststroke and butterfly kicks. Required Equipment: Swim suit, towel, hair tie for long hair. Required Equipment: Swim suit, towel, hair tie for long hair, goggles. Cap available for purchase at The EDGE.
Learn to Swim 3
Age 5-10 Years
Participants can swim freestyle and backstroke demonstrating proper kick and arm movements and are able to take a proper side breath. They are able to do vertical bobs, tread water for 30 seconds and propel themselves confidently for a distance of 50ft along the surface of the water taking an appropriate breath. Participants will continue to refine their freestyle and backstroke mechanics while learning the breaststroke and butterfly arm movements. Required Equipment: Swim suit, towel, hair tie for long hair, goggles. Caps available for purchase at The EDGE.
Learn to Swim 4
Age 5-10 Years
Participants can demonstrate and swim at least 25yds continuously of proper freestyle and backstroke and proper kick of breaststroke and butterfly. Participants will continue to refine their freestyle and backstroke mechanics while learning the breaststroke and butterfly arm movements. By the end of two sessions, participants can expect to swim 25yds of each of the four recognized swim strokes. Required Equipment: Swim suit, towel, hair tie for long hair, goggles. Caps available for purchase at The EDGE.
Stroke Development
Age 8-14 Years
Participants can demonstrate a clear understanding of the four competitive strokes: freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly. Lessons combine specific drills, kicking exercises and longer distances. Participants will focus on efficiency and will begin to be challenged to swim farther and faster. Swimmers will be expected to follow complex instructions and demonstrate an ability to work in an active group setting. At the conclusion of each session, participants will be invited to attend a practice session of the EDGE Swim Team. At this practice they will meet other competitive swimmers, be introduced to the swim team coaches and receive a swim team cap. Required Equipment: Form-fitting swim suit, towel, swim cap, goggles.
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