Swim Lesson Descriptions

Please note that children not yet potty trained, please wear plastic pants or little swimmers on children, not diapers.

Starfish/Duck/Sea Turtle Combo:

Ages 4 months-3 years.  
Program requires caregivers in the water.  

Starfish, Duck & Sea Turtle 1 

Ages 4-12 months.  
Babies must be able to hold their head up.  Focus on water orientation & safety for caregivers and their children.  Children experience buoyancy, movement, entries, songs and play in the water.

Duck:

Ages 10 months-2 1/2 years.  
For toddlers and older babies with parent.  Toddlers build confidence in water through games, songs and water play.  Focus on water orientation & safety.

Sea Turtle:

Ages 2-3 years.  
Transitional level for baby and parent.  Focus on moving forward, backwards assisted, front, back float and recovery assisted and use buoyant objects for support.

Sea Otter:

Ages 3-6 years.  
Parent participation not required in the water.  Focus is on introductory level for preschoolers with little or no water experience.  Develops skills in floats, glides and swimming and builds awareness of deep water and safe entries.

Salamander:

Ages 3-6 years.
Parent participation not required in the water.  Focus is on learning new swimming skills including assisted floats and glides, rollover and front swim for 2m and jumping into chest deep water.

Sunfish:

Ages 3-6 years.  
Parent participation not required in the water.  Focus is on good judgement in, on and around the water.  Work on stroke and skill progression & deep water entries.

Crocodile:

Ages 3-6 years.  
Parent participation not required in the water.  Focus is on independent glides and kicking in deep water, building endurance for front and back swims to 5m.  Participants learn about dolphin kick with introduction to synchro skills.

Crocodile/Whale:

Ages 3-6 years.  
Parent participation not required in the water.  Focus on independent glides and kicking in deep water, building endurance for front and back swims from 3m-7m.  Learn about dolphin kick with introduction to synchro skills and also learn about throwing assists to help another person in the water.

Whale:

Ages 3-6 years.
Parent participation not required in the water.  Focus is on deep water skills, building endurance for front and back swims up to 7M.  Participants learn about dolphin kick with introduction synchro skills.  Participants also learn about throwing assists to help another person in the water.

Swim Kids 1:

Ages 6-14 years.  
Focus is for the beginner participant, orientation to the water and the pool area.  Includes the following: shallow water entries and exits, submerging head and rhythmic breathing, front/back floats, glides and rollovers.  Participants work towards completion of 5m front swim.

Swim Kids 2:

Ages 6-14 years.  
Focus is on building skills learned in Swim Kids 1.  Introduction to deep water activities and proper use of Personal Flotation devices.  Skills included the following:  Rhythmic breathing, front/back floats, front/back/side glides with kick, rollover glides and front swim 5m.

Swim Kids 3:

Ages 6-14 years.  
Focus is on introdcution to front crawl as well as making wise choices on when and where to swim.  Deep water skills such as surface dives, changing direction and sitting dives are introduced.   Front swim increased to 15m.  Building on skills from Level 1&2.

Swim Kids 4:

Ages 6-14 years.
Focus is on self safety, kneeling dives, surface support, front/side glide combinations and back glide and kick with shoulder roll.  Front swim is increased to 30m.

Swim Kids 5:

Ages 6-14 years.  
Back crawl, whip kick, sculling skills and stride dives are introduced.  Front and back crawl is increased to 45m.  Boating safety will also be covered in this level.

Swim Kids 6:

Ages 6-14 years.
Front and back crawl continue to be refined, elementary backstroke, safety on the ice, rescue of others with throwing assists, treading water and the front dive is introduced.  Front/back crawl is increased to 75 m.

Swim Kids 7/8:

Ages 6-14 years.  
Build skills and endurance for front crawl, back crawl and elementary back stroke.  Introduction to breast stroke, foot first surface dives and rescue entries.  Participants learn about airway obstructions and treatment.  Throwing and reaching assists, sculling on back.  Front/back crawl is increased to 150m-300m distance swim.

Swim Kids 9/10:

Ages 6-14 years.  
Front crawl, back crawl, elementary backstroke and breaststroke continue to be refined.  In this level participants are encouraged to try combining different strokes and kicks for fitness.  They also work on headfirst shallow dives, standing dives and learn about wise choices, peer influence, and self rescues from ice.  Distance swim is increased to 400m Swim.  Butterfly drill is introduced when progressing to level 10. 

We now have a specific swim lesson picture days.   For your child's safety and due to the Privacy Act (R.S.O.1990, chapter f.31), parents will only be allowed to take pictures of their children swimming on the last day of their swim lessons only.  Thank you. 

We strive to ensure your child succeeds in their swim lesson.  If you have any questions about their progress, please speak to your instructor.

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