This program is for children 6-13 years old or children who have completed the Polar Bear level. The classes are broken down into levels that build on the skills learned in the previous level. The prerequisite for each class is to be able to perform the skills from the preceding level. Preschool age children who have completed the Polar Bear class can enroll in the Progressive Level Program starting in the Seahorse class.
This level is for beginners. The class focuses on water adjustment, basic swim skills such as floating, gliding, front and back crawl arm movements. The purpose of this class is to develop a comfort level in the water.
Instruction builds on previously learned skills and is designed for children who have already learned the basics of front and back crawl. This class introduces elementary backstroke and deep water safety skills such as bobbing to safety and treading water. Diving from the side of the pool is also taught.
For children who have learned how to coordinate front crawl with side to side breathing, and have also learned, but not mastered, back crawl and elementary backstroke. At this level breaststroke and sidestroke skills are incorporated. Students are introduced to safety skills such as rescue breathing and CPR.
At this level front and back crawl, and elementary backstroke coordination should be mastered. Breaststroke and sidestroke skills are refined and butterfly is introduced. Safety and rescue skills such as the feet-first surface dive and recognizing a spinal injury are taught.
Students should have been introduced to all 6 strokes by this level: Front and back crawl, elementary backstroke, sidestroke, breaststroke, and butterfly. This class focuses on refining each of the strokes. Competitive turns are introduced and age appropriate safety skills are taught.