Swim School at the J
Learn-to-Swim Lessons (Ages 6-12 yrs)

The American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim Program is designed to teach aquatic and personal water safety skills in a logical progression within four levels. Students will begin by learning basic skills and as they progress through the levels, they will refine the different strokes and build endurance. Safety education is a vital element incorporated into each lesson to promote safe behaviors in, on and around different types of aquatic environments.

Classes are offered from April-September. Each class is 30 minutes and maintains a low 4:1 ratio. Please contact Heather Brands for skills test, if needed.

INTRODUCTION TO WATER SKILLS

The objective in American Red Cross Level 1 is to introduce basic skills to help students feel comfortable in the water and to enjoy the water safely. Your child is introduced to basic skills as the foundation for future skills and basic skills needed for water safety, including:

  • Entering and exiting the water safely from the ramp, steps, and side of the pool
  • Submerge mouth and nose while blowing bubbles for 5 seconds
  • Bobbing, 5 times
  • Floating independently on the front and back for 5 seconds 
  • Glide on front independently for 2 body lengths
  • Glide on back with assistance for 2 body lengths
  • Front glide 2 body lengths, then rollover to back float for 5 seconds, independently
  • Rollovers independently from front to back and back to front
  • Combined arm and leg action on the front w/ assistance
  • Kick on front independently for 2 body lengths – Flutter kicks
  • Front crawl arms with assistance
  • Combined arm and leg action on the back w/ assistance
  • Kick on back with assistance – flutter and whip kicks
  • Alternate arms w/ assistance
  • Simultaneous arms w/ assistance

Sundays, Mondays and/or Thursdays
You pick the days and times that work for you!

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FUNDAMENTAL AQUATIC SKILLS

The objective of American Red Cross Level 2 class is to help students feel comfortable in the water and to enjoy the water safely. This course marks the beginning of true locomotion skills which are performed independently laying the foundation for future strokes. Students learn self-help practices and basic rescue skills.
 
  • Submerge mouth and nose while blowing bubbles for 10 seconds
  • Floating independently on the front for 10 seconds and back for 15 seconds
  • Glide independently on front and back for 3 body lengths
  • Rollover independently from front to back and back to front
  • Swim on front 5 body lengths, then rollover to back float for 15 seconds, independently
  • Back float then rollover to swim on front 5 body lengths, independently
  • Front crawl independently for 5 body lengths and learn side breathing
  • Back crawl independently for 5 body lengths
  • Elementary backstroke kicks independently for 5 body lengths
  • Dolphin kicks independently for 5 body lengths

Sundays-Thursdays
You pick the days and times that work for you!

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STROKE DEVELOPMENT

The objective of this American Red Cross Level 3 class is to build on the skills learned in previous levels by providing additional guided practice. Students are also introduced to the elementary backstroke and elements of the breaststroke and sidestroke, as well as headfirst entries. Additional safety skills are introduced. Must have previously passed Seahorse or must complete skills test before registration.

  • Front crawl independently for 15 yards with side breathing
  • Back crawl independently for 15 yards
  • Elementary backstroke for 15 yards
  • Streamline dolphin kicks for 15 yards
  • Breaststroke kicks for 15 yards
  • Breaststroke arms for 5 body lengths

Sundays-Thursdays
You pick the dates and times that work for you!

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PIRANHAS PRE-TEAM
Level 4

 

Pre-Team is an opportunity for swimmers who still need more refinement before joining the swim team. Instructors will work with swimmers to help them pass the tryout and introduce additional swim team strokes and skills. Swimmers can repeat the course as many times as needed.

Pre-Team meets Monday & Wednesday or Tuesday & Thursday | Register