SWIM STARTERS
Parent* & child lessons
SWIM BASICS (Safety Around Water)
Recommended skills for all to have around water
SWIM STROKES
Skills to support a healthy lifestyle
PATHWAYS
Specialized tracks

Introduces infants and toddlers to the aquatic environment

Focuses on exploring body positions, blowing bubbles, and fundamental safety and aquatic skills

Increases comfort with underwater exploration and introduces basic self-rescue skills performed with assistance

Encourages forward movement in water and basic self-rescue skills performed independently

Develops intermediate self-rescue skills performed at longer distances than in previous stages

Introduces basic stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl and reinforces water safety through treading water and elementary backstroke

Introduces breaststroke and butterfly and reinforces water safety through treading water and sidestroke

Refines stroke technique on all major competitive strokes and encourages swimming as part of a healthy lifestyle

Accompanied by a parent, infants and toddlers learn to be comfortable in the water and develop swim readiness skills through fun and confidence-building experiences, while parents learn about water safety, drowning prevention, and the importance of supervision.

Students learn personal water safety and achieve basic swimming competency by learning two benchmark skills:

  • Swim, float, swim—sequencing front glide, roll, back float, roll, front glide, and exit
  • Jump, push, turn, grab

 

Having mastered the fundamentals, students learn additional water safety skills and build stroke technique, developing skills that prevent chronic disease, increase social-emotional and cognitive well-being, and foster a lifetime of physical activity.

Students build confidence, cultivate their passion, and stay active through specialized tracks.

* We define parent broadly to include all adults with primary responsibility for raising children, including biological parents, adoptive parents, guardians, stepparents, grandparents, or any other type of parenting relationship.

Stages of Learning

SWIM STARTERS
Parent* & child lessons
SWIM BASICS
Recommended skills for all to have around water
SWIM STROKES
Skills to support a healthy lifestyle
PATHWAYS
Specialized tracks
A
Water
Discovery
B
Water
Exploration
1
Water
Acclimation
2
Water
Movement
3
Water
Stamina
4
Stroke
Introduction
5
Stroke
Development
6
Stroke
Mechanics
Blow bubbles
on surface, assisted
Blow bubbles
mouth & nose submerged, assisted
Submerge
bob independently
Submerge
look at object on bottom
Submerge
retrieve object in chest-deep water
Endurance
any stroke or combination of strokes, 25 yd.
Endurance
any stroke or combination of strokes, 50 yd.
Endurance
any stroke or combination of strokes, 150 yd.
Front tow
chin in water, assisted
Front tow
blow bubbles,assisted
Front glide
assisted, to wall, 5 ft.
Front glide
10 ft. (5 ft. preschool)
Swim on front
15 yd. (10 yd. preschool)
Front crawl
rotary breathing, 15 yd.
Front crawl
bent-arm recovery,25 yd.
Front crawl
flip turn,50 yd.
Water exit
parent & child together
Water exit
assisted
Water exit
independently
Water exit
independently
Water exit
independently
Back crawl
15 yd.
Back crawl
pull, 25 yd.
Back crawl
pull & flip turn,50 yd.
 
Water entry
parent & child together
Water entry
assisted
Jump, push, turn, grab
assisted
Jump, push, turn, grab
 
Jump, push, turn, grab
10 yd.
Dive
sitting
Dive
kneeling
Dive
standing
 
Back float
assisted, head on shoulder
Back float
assisted, headon chest
Back float
assisted,10 secs., recover independently
Back float
20 secs. (10 secs. preschool)
Swim on back
15 yd. (10 yd. preschool)
Resting stroke
elementary backstroke,15 yd.
Resting stroke
sidestroke, 25 yd.
Resting stroke
elementary backstroke or sidestroke, 50 yd.
 
Roll
assisted
Roll
assisted
Roll
assisted
Roll
 
Roll
 
     
 
 
     
Tread water
10 secs., near wall, & exit
Tread water
1 min. & exit(30 secs. preschool)
Tread water
scissor & whip kick, 1 min.
Tread water
scissor & whip kick, 2 mins.
Tread water
retrieve object off bottom, tread 1 min.
 
Front float
chin in water, assisted
Front float
blow bubbles, assisted
Front float
assisted, 10 secs., recover independently
Front float
20 secs. (10 secs. preschool)
 
Breaststroke
kick, 15 yd.
Breaststroke
25 yd.
Breaststroke
open turn, 50 yd.
 
Back tow
assisted, head on shoulder
Back tow
assisted, head on chest
Back glide
assisted, at wall, 5 ft.
Back glide
10 ft. (5 ft. preschool)
 
Butterfly
kick, 15 yd.
Butterfly
simultaneous arm action & kick,15 yd.
Butterfly
open turn, 50 yd.
 
Wall grab
assisted
Monkey crawl
assisted, on edge, 5 ft.
Swim, float, swim
assisted, 10 ft.
Swim, float, swim
5 yd.
Swim, float, swim
25 yd. (15 yd. preschool)