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Swim and Dive Lesson Skills/Advancement Goals

Below is a list of our swim and dive lesson levels along with descriptions and advancement goals. Advancement goals are noted in bold print.

Parent/Tot Swim Lessons

Parent/Tot 1 – 8:1 pair: teacher ratio

  • Infant and toddler water adjustment classes enhance motor coordination and social skills, and introduce water safety. Parent and child enjoy time together in the water. Introduction to basic water skills.

Parent/Tot 2 – 8:1 pair: teacher ratio

  • Work on floating and other safety skills, as well as transition to working more with instructors.

Preschool Swim Lesson Levels

Sea Horses
(3 year old beginners only – 4:1 ratio)

  • Put face/head in water and blow bubbles twice in succession
  • Straight leg kicking while sitting on step or bench
  • Float with assistance on front and back
  • Listening and ability to pay attention in a classroom environment.

Sea Turtles
(4-5 year old beginners – 5:1 ratio)

  • •Put face/head in water and blow bubbles twice in succession
  • Straight leg kicking while sitting on step or bench
  • Float with assistance on front and back
  • Pay attention in a classroom environment

Sea Otters
(3-5 year olds – 5:1 ratio)

  • 5 slow, controlled bobs
  • Float unassisted on front for 5 seconds then recover
  • Float unassisted on back for 5 seconds then recover
  • Introduction to torpedoes
  • Roll over and call for help

Sea Stars
(3-5 year olds – 5:1 ratio)

  • 10 slow, controlled bobs
  • Front torpedo with straight legs kicking for 10 feet
  • Back torpedo with straight legs kicking for 10 feet
  • Introduce crawlstroke arms

Youth Learn-to-Swim Levels

Ages 6 and older or Sea Stars graduates (Graduates of Sea Stars would move to Level 2)

Level 1 (6:1 ratio)

  • 10 slow, controlled bobs
  • 5 seconds unassisted float on front and back, arms at side and recover
  • Kicking on the wall
  • Rollover and call for help

Level 2 (6:1 ratio)

  • Front torpedo w/ straight leg flutter kicking 15 feet
  • Back torpedo w/ straight leg flutter kicking 15 feet
  • Introduce side kicking

Level 3 (6:1 ratio)

  • Crawl stroke for 20 – 25 feet
  • Side glide kick for 20 – 25 feet with two switches
  • Introduce dolphin kick

Level 4 (6:1 ratio)

  • Crawl w/ bilateral breathing for 20 yards
  • Backcrawl for 20 yards
  • Sidestroke and elementary backstroke for 10 yards each

Level 5 (8:1 ratio)

  • Jump in, surface and swim freestyle for 25 yards
  • Backstroke for 25 yards
  • Tread water for 30 seconds
  • Introduce feet-first, head-first surface dives
  • Introduce egg-beater kick and basic water polo skills

Level 6 (8:1 ratio)

  • Freestyle for 50 yards
  • Backstroke for 50 yards
  • Breaststroke kick for 25 yards on a board
  • Dolphin kick on surface without a board for 25 yards
  • Introduce diving off the side
  • Introduce egg-beater kick and basic water polo skills

Level 7 (8:1 ratio)

  • Breaststroke for 25 yards
  • Butterfly for 25 yards
  • 1x100 IM

Level UP! Youth Swim Conditioning Program

Level 5 and above

  • Build endurance and improve skills in all four competitive strokes: freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly
  • Work on stroke technique and drills designed to make swimming easier and more efficient, while developing enthusiasm for the sport of swimming
  • Learn racing and team-specific skills like flip turns, racing starts and finishes

FUNdamental Springboard Diving

Must be able to swim safely in deep water. Minimum age of 7.

The goal of this group is for divers to have fun and be safe while learning the basic fundamentals of the sport of diving.

Divers will progress through an 8-level progression in accordance with the USA Diving Future Champions program. As divers progress through beginning, intermediate and advanced levels, regular testing will be held to demonstrate proficiency in their dives and advance to the next level. Based on this testing, feedback will be provided to diver and their parents to notify them of their progress, highlighting areas of strength, and provide suggestions on how they can improve.

 

Competitive Diving

Geared for students in grades 7-12.

Competitive divers will train on a 1-meter springboard and work on developing and executing a 6-dive and 11-dive list for competitions.