Class Descriptions

Infant & Preschool Aquatic Program

Parent/Tot (ages 6 months - 2 years)
To use toys and games to create a safe and fun learning environment for infants and parents
To teach parents how to safely interact with their infant in the water
To provide guidelines for parents to follow with their infant in the water

Toddler 1 (2-3 years of age) *In the Fall, this will change to Toddler
To acclimate the toddler to the water using games and toys
To find comfort in & around the pool
To provide experience in group swimming situations

Toddler 2 (3-4 years of age) *In the Fall, this will change to Preschool 1
Students will gain confidence with aquatic activities
To learn motions associated with locomotion through water
Students will become comfortable with splashing and getting faces wet

Preschool 1 (3-5 years of age) *In the Fall, this will change to Preschool 2
Students comfortable in the water will work towards independence
To submerge, 3 second float, and jump in to instructor
To independently move in the water
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Toddler 2 or comfort with face in water and supported floats

Preschool 2 (3-5 years of age) *In the Fall, this will change to Preschool 3
To practice and refine basic swimming skills
To gain control of breathing
Students will be able to utilize flutter kick (on front and back) with three different arm motions
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Preschool 1 or ability to completely submerge, 3 second float, and propel self through the water

American Redcross Levels 1-6

Level 1
Orientation to the water for older children who have little swim lesson experience or building on skills learned in Preschool classes.
Floating and Kicking with the aid of the teacher.
Preparation for Stroke Instruction.
Prerequisite: Child must be at least 5 years of age or has successfully completed Preschool 2.

Level 2
Independent Glides and Kicking
Introduction to Combined Strokes, and Rhythmic Breathing
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Level 1 or Independent floats (back and front, 5 sec.), submersion, kicking, and arm motions.

Level 3
Combined strokes are improved and refined
Introduction to: Elementary Backstroke, Diving, Treading Water, Rescue Breathing, Butterfly
Life Jacket Survival Skills
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Level 2 or ability to glide independently and swim on front and back (5 yards)

Level 4
Increased Competency of Strokes
Emphasis on Safety Skills
Introduction to: Breaststroke, Sidestroke, and Turns at the Wall.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Level 3 or ability to kick across the width of the pool, swim front crawl with rhythmic breathing (15 yards), back crawl (15 yards), demonstrate whip kick, butterfly kick, and tread water (30 seconds).

Level 5
Continued Refinement of: Front Crawl Stroke, Back Crawl Stroke, Elementary Back Stroke, Breaststroke, Sidestroke, Butterfly
Introduction to: Surface Dives, survival swimming, and turns.

Prerequisite:Successful completion of Level 4 or proficiency of front and back crawl (25 yard endurance), demonstrated coordination of treading water (2 min.), breaststroke (15 yards), sidestroke, and Butterfly (15 yards)

Level 6
Fitness Swimmer
Refine Strokes and increase endurance
Use of training equipment and principles of water exercise and fitness

Personal Safety
Refine strokes and increase endurance
Prevention of aquatic emergencies and self-rescue techniques

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Level 5 or skillful demonstration of the following strokes and distances: front crawl (50 yards), back crawl (50 yards), elementary backstroke (25 yards), breaststroke (25 yards), sidestroke (25 yards), and butterfly (25 yards).


Private Lessons

Private lessons are arranged individually based on your schedule and the schedules of our instructors.
Cost per 30-minute lesson:
1 child — $25

2 children — $30

3 children -- $35

There is no minimum or maximum number of lessons.
If you are interested in enrolling your child in private swimming lessons, contact the Learn to Swim Office at 605.274.4636 or