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WEB-CPSD Learn to Swim

PARENT/TOT: Designed for children 6 months to 2½ years of age.

Purpose: Builds readiness by emphasizing fun in the water. Parents and children participate in several guided practice sessions that help children learn elementary skills including water entry, bubble blowing, kicking, floating, under water exploration and more.

PRESCHOOL (Starfish): This is the beginning class for children 3-5 years of age that are able to attend class without a parent. See Level 1 for course description.

LEVEL 1 (Jelly Fish): Introduction to Water Skills

  • Water Personal Safety Skills
  • Using a life jacket
  • Submerging mouth, nose and eyes
  • Exhaling under water
  • Floating on front and back
  • Front and back flutter kick
  • Swimming on front using arm and legs
  • Opening eyes underwater

LEVEL 2 (Seahorses): Fundamental Aquatic Skills

  • Front and back floats, 10 seconds
  • Front and back glide, unassisted
  • Flutter kick with kickboard, 10 yards
  • Tread water using arms and legs
  • Bobs with controlled breathing
  • Front crawl, unassisted 5 yards
  • Back crawl, unassisted 5 yards
  • Recognizing a swimmer in distress and getting help

LEVEL 3 (Puffins): Stroke Development

  • Front and back crawl, 15 yards
  • Introduction to side breathing
  • Butterfly – kick and body motion
  • Introduction to elementary backstroke
  • Kneeling/standing dive (shallow dive progression)
  • Increase endurance, 25 yards

LEVEL 4 (Stingrays): Stroke Improvement

  • Front and back crawl, 25 yards
  • Elementary backstroke, 15 yards
  • Introduction to breaststroke
  • Introduction to butterfly
  • Underwater swim
  • Dive from stride position and shallow dive
  • Survival float
  • Increase endurance, 50 yards

LEVEL 5 (Dolphins): Stroke Refinement

  • Front and back crawl, 50 yards
  • Open turns on front and back
  • Front flip turn and backstroke turn
  • Swimming technique for breaststroke and butterfly
  • Tuck surface dive and pike surface dive
  • Increase endurance, 100 yards

LEVEL 6 (Orcas): Swimming Skill Proficiency

Refines all strokes enabling students to swim with ease, efficiency, power and smoothness over greater distances. Completion of this class prepares students for swim teams, lifeguarding and water safety instruction programs.

NOTE TO PARENTS: A swimmer is advanced to the next level of lessons ONLY when they can proficiently and safely perform the skills within their own level. We encourage and expect students to learn and progress at their own rate.