Level Placement Information

Course LevelCourse Description
Splash
Ages 6 months – 2.5 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 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.
Preschool 1
Ages 2.5 – 5
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. Children will learn to enter and exit the water under their own power, submerge their entire head and do a flutter kick. They will be introduced to some breathing techniques and will learn some basic arm movements.
Required Equipment: Swimsuit, towel, hair tie for long hair. Swim cap and goggles optional.
Preschool 2
Ages 3-5
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. 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: Swimsuit, towel, hair tie for long hair. Swim cap and goggles optional.
Learn to Swim 1
Ages 5-10
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. 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 feet along the surface of the water on their front and back. Swimmers will learn the fundamentals of freestyle and backstroke. Required Equipment: Swimsuit, towel, hair tie for long hair, goggles. Cap available for purchase at The EDGE.
Learn to Swim 2
Ages 5-10
A Parent or Guardian accompanies the child for the in-water lessons. Participants can demonstrate the fundamentals of freestyle and are able to take a proper side breath. They are able to do vertical bobs and combined leg and arm action. Participants can successfully float on their back without discomfort.
Required Equipment: Swimsuit, towel, hair tie for long hair, goggles. Cap available for purchase at The EDGE.
Learn to Swim 3
Ages 5-11
Must be able to swim 25 yards without assistance. 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 25ft along the surface of the water taking an appropriate breath. Participants will continue to refine their freestyle and backstroke mechanics while learning the breaststroke.
Required Equipment: Swimsuit, towel, hair tie for long hair, goggles. Caps available for purchase at The EDGE.
Learn to Swim 4
Ages 5-12
Must be able to swim 50 yards without assistance.
Participants can demonstrate and swim at least 50yds continuously of proper freestyle and backstroke and proper kick of breaststroke. 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 50yds of each of the four recognized swim strokes.
Required Equipment: Swimsuit, towel, hair tie for long hair, goggles. Caps available for purchase at The EDGE.
Stroke Development
Ages 7-14
Must be able to swim 100 yards without assistance.
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.
Required Equipment: Form-fitting swimsuit, towel, swim cap, goggles.
Fitness Swimming
Ages 12-18
Must be able to swim:
Front crawl, 100 yards Elementary backstroke, 100 yards Back crawl, 50 yards Breaststroke, 50 yards Sidestroke, 50 yards
Butterfly, 50 yards
Jr. Lifeguard
Ages 11-14
Junior Lifeguarding is designed to guide youth, ages 11-14, to the American Red Cross Lifeguarding course by building a foundation of knowledge, attitudes and skills for future lifeguards. Participants are not required to master or perfectly execute skills. They should learn techniques and build stamina during this program.
Adult Beginner
Ages 18+
This level is designed to introduce the inexperienced or fearful adult to the water so that they become more comfortable in the water and learn to enjoy the water safely. Adults will learn how to enter and exit the pool safely and control their breathing. As they build their confidence, students will learn proper body position on both their front and back with proper flutter kick. Basic paddle stroke, Front Crawl, Back Crawl, Elementary Backstroke, and basic water safety skills are covered.
Adult Intermediate
Ages 18+
This level is designed to introduce/improve swimming strokes to adults so that they develop confidence and endurance as novice swimmers. Adults master the swimming strokes in the Learning the Basics level, Freestyle and Backstroke. Breaststroke, Butterfly and basic flip turns and turning at the wall are introduced. Treading water and recovery to a swimming position is mastered.
Goals for the class:
Front crawl with open or flip turns, 100 yards
Back crawl with open or flip turns, 50 yards
Breaststroke with open turn, 50 yards
Butterfly with open turns, 50 yards (optional)
Senior Swim
Ages 65+
For seniors who wish to become proficient swimmers.This level is designed to introduce/improve swimming strokes to seniors so that they develop confidence and endurance as novice swimmers. Seniors master Freestyle and Backstroke, Breaststroke, and turning at the wall.
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