Learn-to-Swim Programs

SWIMKIDS

Children in this program are gaining comfort in the water while learning body and breath control. The instructors are teaching the children horizontal balance via the water\’s surface in the prone (front) and supine (back) position. This strengthens the child\’s core body and teaches proper spinal alignment. These preparatory skills are an introduction for proper stroke efficiency. Students begin to learn negative buoyancy via submersions and knee dives. The student/teacher ratio is 4 to 1.

Prerequisite: 3 years old and older; This is an introduction course for beginners who did NOT participate in the SwimTots class

Skills Attained:
* Practice horizontal floatation on front and back
* Control of breath in association with body movements
* Learn correct hydrodynamic swimming posture
* Refine gross motor skills
* Begin submersions

SWIMJIMMERS

The swimmer is able to float and balance in the horizontal/supine position in order to learn proper locomotion and propulsion. They learn to manipulate and utilize specific muscle groups through the abdominal wall to gain strength and better rotation around the spine, preparing them for proper arm extension through their stroke. Students also begin to learn the kick for freestyle/backstroke and elementary backstroke/breaststroke. The student/teacher ratio is 4 to 1.

Prerequisite: Students have already acquired skills with SwimJim through SwimTots or SwimKids. If they are joining from another swimming program they must have proper front and back floats.

Skills Attained:
* Streamline for efficiency in front and back floatation
* Gain core body strength
* Begin arm strokes and proper kicking technique

SWIMSTARS

The swimmers practice vertical balance with positive buoyancy, improving breath control and expanding their subconscious awareness of water movement, an EXCELLENT way to gain stroke efficiency! Children begin to develop a greater ability to utilize core body strength in association with their arms and stroke. SwimStars work on putting all the pieces together for freestyle, backstroke and elementary backstroke. This process entails perfecting arms, breathing, and stroke timing in association with head and body rotation. Skills to develop butterfly and breaststroke are implemented in this program, including body dolphin and a focus on somersaults. Children are also improving skills in negative buoyancy, which leads to better underwater swimming in starts and turns. The student/teacher ratio is 4 to 1.

Prerequisite: Students must have completed the SwimJimmers class; or have the necessary skills equal to SwimJimmers.

Skills Attained:
* Hone independence in the water
* Improve awareness in the water and of the way the water works
* Begin underwater swimming
* Develop freestyle, backstroke, elementary backstroke
* Introduce butterfly

SWIMKID ADOLESCENT

Children in this program are gaining comfort in the water while learning body and breath control. The instructors are teaching the children horizontal balance via the water’s surface in the prone (front) and supine (back) position. This strengthens the child’s core body and teaches proper spinal alignment. These preparatory skills are an introduction for proper stroke efficiency. Students begin to learn negative buoyancy via submersions and knee dives. The student/teacher ratio is 4 to 1. 

Prerequisite: 7 years old and older; This is an introduction course for beginners

Skills Attained:
* Practice horizontal floatation on front and back
* Control of breath in association with body movements
* Learn correct hydrodynamic swimming posture
* Refine gross motor skills
* Begin submersions