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Acquatic Program For Your Kids

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Registration Begins March 1st. - Classes Will Fill Up Fast!

Spring is upon us, and summer swimming for the kids is eageraly anticipated. If your kids have not had swim lessons yet, now is the time to begin that process with the Red Cross Parent Child Aquatic Program, Preschool Aquatics, Introduction and Fundamentals to Acquatic Skills and various levels of stroke skill sessions, and finally Stroke and Endurance Levels. Choosing Your Child’s Level will be the first order of business at hand.

For those of you who are not acquainted with this program let's briefly outline the basics. The Red Cross Learn to Swim program progresses from complete beginner to swim team or lifeguard / swim instructor ability. Most of these levels will require more than one session to complete. First, please choose a class level from the descriptions below. There is also a helpful chart to assist you in finding the right level for your child. On the first day of lessons, instructors assess the skill level of each student and may move students within class levels.

Parent-Child Aquatic Program - This program is only for children six months to 2 years old. The guardian is required to be in the water with child. Parents will receive information / techniques to help them orient their child to the water in a safe and comfortable manner and supervise water activities. Water adjustment is the goal. Elementary swim skills covered include:

  • Holding positions
  • Water entry
  • Bubble blowing
  • Supported front and back movement
  • Underwater exploration
  • Rolling over

Preschool Aquatics Program - The is program is from children 3 to 5 years old. A guardian is required to remain at the facility. Instructors guide preschoolers through the basics of water adjustment and into water exploration in a safe and fun manner. Elementary skills covered include:

  • Water safety and practices
  • Water entry
  • Bubble blowing
  • Supported front and back movement
  • Underwater exploration
  • Rolling over
  • Swimming readiness skills

Instructional plan is based on Levels 1 and 2 of the American Red Cross Learn to Swim Program. Classes are divided on the first day into those who are willing to put their face in the water and those who are not.

Level 1: Introduction to Water Skills - Instructors focus on encouraging students to be comfortable in the water and teach skills which are fundamental to the swimming process, such as supported floating and kick on front and back, alternate arm action, and water safety rules and skills. Student must have some water adjustment and be able to stand up in 3.5 feet of water by him / her self.

Level 2: Fundamental Aquatic Skills - Students will learn to float without support and to propel themselves through the water on the front and back using alternating arm and leg actions on the front and back, rhythmic breathing, and additional water safety skills. Choose this class if your child is comfortable putting their face in the water and can float for a second or two (front or back).

Level 3: Stroke Development - Students will learn to coordinate breathing within the stroke for increased comfort and the ability to swim for greater distances. Skills covered include fundamentals of elementary backstroke, treading water, butterfly kick and body motion, front and back crawl, and water safety skills. Choose this class if your child can glide through the water on their front or back and use some sort of arm and leg action to propel themselves through the water.

Level 4: Stroke Improvement - Students will improve the technical aspects of their strokes for increased efficiency when swimming. Instructors will focus on increasing endurance and introducing new strokes. Skills covered include breaststroke and sidestroke, turns at wall, and water safety skills. Choose this class if your child is able to swim crawl stroke with breathing to the side for 10 to 15 yards.

Level 5: Stroke Refinement - Students will refine their strokes and increase distances. Skills covered include alternate breathing, underwater swimming, butterfly, open turns on front and back, diving safety, front flip turn, and backstroke flip turn.

Level 6: Endurance / Fitness - A great way for older youth to enhance their skills and get some exercise. Students will work towards the goal of being able to swim distances and swim faster while maintaining their form and technique. Distance and time goals will be set through a cooperative decision made by the swimmer and the instructor. Students will also work on flip and open turns and competitive swimming terminology.

Sit down with your kids and review with them and discuss swimming as a possible option for this summer activites. Since it will require several visits to complete each class; evaluate your family options based on current time constraints with sports activities and other options the kids have indicated they want to participate in. Once you’ve decided on the appropriate level for your child, take a look at our offered classes in the 2018 Summer Course Listing.

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