Curriculum

Program Levels

Beginner 1

Expectations

Little to no experience with water, Possible fear of the water, Those who have never taken a lesson

What’s Covered

  • Submerging face for minimum 3 seconds
  • Blowing bubbles in the water
  • “Bobs”: Minimum of 8 bounces up and down while holding the side of the pool
  • Floating on front and back for 5 seconds
  • Kicking with assistance on front and back
  • Doggy paddle with assistance
  • Finning on back with assistance

Beginner 2

Expectations

Those who are not necessarily new to the water, but simply need work on the skills, or need to build up the strength for them.

What’s Covered

  • As well as safety day, this group will focus on becoming independent in the water
  • Being able to move alone from one point to another will little to no assistance
  • Freestyle will be introduced but the swimmers will not be expected to master it in order to pass.
  • Submerging face for minimum 5 seconds
  • “Bobs”: Minimum of 12 bounces up and down while holding the side of the pool
  • Treading water
  • Front glide and recover
  • Back glide and recover
  • Kicking with kickboard, no (or very little) instructor assistance on front and back
  • Doggy paddle with little to no assistance
  • Finning on back with little to no assistance
  • Introduction of freestyle (coordinated movement of arms above water and legs)

Intermediate 1

Expectations

At this level the swimmer should have considerable experience with water and feel comfortable in the water. Mastery of the skills required to pass all previous levels is a requirement for this group.

What’s Covered

  • As well as safety day, this group will focus mainly on developing freestyle using the independence learned in Beginning 1 and 2.
  • Backstroke will be introduced.
  • “Bobs”: Minimum of 16 bounces up and down while holding the side of the pool
  • Jump into deep water and recover
  • Coordinate arm stroke and kick on front for 12.5 meters, breathing to front or side as needed.
  • Coordinate arm stroke and kick on back for 10 meters
  • Swim technically proficient freestyle with little or no assistance from a floatation device or instructor

Intermediate 2

Expectations

Very experienced with water; Comfortable in the water; no fear. Mastery of the skills required to pass all previous levels is a requirement for this group.

What’s Covered

  • As well as safety day, this group will focus mainly on refining freestyle and developing a basic ability to swim backstroke.
  • Breaststroke kick and arms will be introduced.
  • “Bobs”: Minimum of 16 bounces up and down without holding the side of the pool
  • Dive into deep water and recover
  • Freestyle with side breathing for 12.5 meters
  • Swim technically proficient backstroke with little assistance from a floatation device or instructor
  • Separate introduction of breaststroke kick and arms

Advanced 1

Expectations

Self sufficient in water. Mastery of the skills required to pass all previous levels is a requirement for this group.

What’s Covered

  • As well as safety day, this group will focus mainly on developing a rudimentary breaststroke and an understanding of butterfly kick and arms.
  • Backstroke will be refined; freestyle will be maintained.
  • Dive into deep water and swim freestyle to the wall
  • Freestyle with side breathing for 25 meters
  • Proficient backstroke arms and kick for at least 12.5 meters
  • Development of coordinated breaststroke kick and arms
  • Dolphin dives
  • Butterfly kick with a board or on back

Advanced 2

Expectations

Self sufficient in water. Mastery of the skills required to pass all previous levels is a requirement for this group

What’s Covered

  • As well as safety day, this group will focus mainly on developing butterfly, while refining breaststroke and strengthening freestyle and backstroke.
  • Dive into deep water and swim freestyle to the wall
  • Freestyle with side breathing for 50 meters
  • Backstroke arms and kick for 25 meters
  • Proficient breaststroke for 12.5 meters
  • Coordinated butterfly pull and kick
  • Work on swimming a 100 Individual Medley (One lap of all 4 strokes without stopping)
  • Strengthening and refining skills for all strokes