• About Community Education Swim Lessons
     
    Swimming is an important and lifelong skill but it takes years to master.
     
    In our program, it is expected that students will take the same class multiple times in order to perfect the skills in their current level before moving on the next level.  Remember, the goal is not to pass the class, but to be a good swimmer in the level you are at.  All classes include safety topics, swimming skills, and endurance skills.
     
    Students will receive an achievement card on the last day of class indicating which skills they have completed and which skills they still need to practice.  It will also indicate whether or not the student is ready to move on to the next level.
     
    If you do not know what level to enroll your child in, please talk to the child's instructor or call the Community Education Aquatics office.  If students are enrolled in the incorrect level, they will be moved to the correct level only if space is available.
     
    Parent and Child Lessons
    Participants must be the required age on or before the first day of class
     
    Water Babies
    -children ages 6 months to 2 year old with a parent
    Children will be introduced to movements in the water, sing songs and play games. Parents will assist their children with basic arm and leg movements on their front and back.  Children who are not potty trained must wear plastic pants or swim diapers in the pools. No disposable diapers allowed.
     
    Tiny Tots
    -children ages 2-4 years old with a parent
    Children will learn water adjustment skills and have fun in the water. Parents will assist their children and further develop arm and leg movement on their front and back and work on going under water.  Children who are not potty trained must wear plastic pants or swim diapers in the pools. No disposable diapers allowed.
     
    Waders with Parents
    -children ages 4-5 years old with a parent
    Children with little pool experience will participate with a parent to prepare them for Waders (without a parent). Children will continue to develop and coordinate arm and leg movement on their front and back and are encouraged to begin trying skills with an instructor.
     
     
    Youth Lessons
    Participants must be the required age on or before the first day of class
     
    Waders
    -children ages 4-5 years old 
    Learn beginning swimming skills and have fun in the water. Children will participate without a parent in the water and will work to coordinate arm and leg movement on their front and back with an instructor and on their own.
     
    Level 1
    -For children 5-10 years old. 
    Gain confidence in the water and work on floating, gliding, and kicking and learn the basics of front crawl, back crawl,and elementary backstroke.  Swimmers will be supported and assisted by the instructor for most skills.  
     
    Level 2
    -For children 5-10 years old and have completed Level 1 or have equivalent skills.
    Swimmers must be comfortable in the water and will work on floating, gliding, front crawl, back crawl, and elementary backstroke.  Swimmers will work to complete skills without the support or assistance from the instructor.
     
    Level 3
    -For children 5-11 years old and have completed Level 2 or have equivalent skills.
    Swimmers must be able to swim front and back crawl independently and will work to increase the distance and techniques of those strokes.  Other skills include elementary backstroke, scissors kick, dolphin kick, glides, and dives.
     
    Level 4
    -For children 6-14 years old and have completed Level 3 or have equivalent skills.
    Swimmers must be able to swim front crawl (with rotary breathing), back crawl, and elementary backstroke and be comfortable swimming in deep water.  Swimmers will further develop front crawl, back crawl, and elementary backstroke and will be introduced to sidestroke and breaststroke.
     
    Level 5
    -For children 6-14 years old and have completed Level 4 or have equivalent skills.
    Swimmers must be comfortable swimming in deep water and will further refine each stroke and their distances.  Other skills will include butterfly, surface dives, dives, and open turns.
     
    Level 6
    -For children 7-14 years old and have completed Level 5 or have equivalent skills.
    Swimmers will continue to improve each of the six strokes and work on endurance and will learn open turns and flip turns.
     
    Level 7
    -For children 7-14 years old and have completed Level 6 or have equivalent skills.
    Swimmers will work on swimming with more efficiency and power through the use of training techniques and distance swimming.
     
    Tween-Teen Beginning
    -For tweens and teens 11-14 years old
    Tween and teens with little or no previous swimming experience will learn beginning swimming skills and get comfortable in the water.   Swimming skills are similar to those taught in Level 3.
     
     
    Adult Instructional Lessons
    Participants must be the required age on or before the first day of class
     
    Adult Beginning
    -For adults 15 years and older
    This class is for adults with little or no swimming experience and for those who are comfortable in the water but need to learn and improve strokes (similar to Levels 1-3). 
     
    Adult Intermediate –Stroke Development
    -For adults 15 years and older
    Swimmers work to improve front and back crawl and increase endurance.  Focus will be on technique and stroke refinement.  Swimmers will also be introduced to breaststroke and butterfly.  Swimmers must be able to swim 50 yards (2 lengths of the pool) without stopping.
     
    Adult Intermediate -Endurance
    -For adults 15 years and older
    Swimmers work on coordination and refinement of all strokes and increase their distances.  Swimmers must be able to swim 100 yards (4 lengths of the pool) without stopping.
     
    Adult Advanced
    -For adults 15 years and older
    Work on all strokes but emphasis will be on endurance and distance swimming (great for triathlon training).  Swimmers must be able to swim 500 yards (20 lengths of the pool) without stopping.
     
     
    Family
    Participants must be the required age on or before the first day of class
     
    Water Safety for Families
    -Families may consist of one parent and up to three children (ages 5-17)
    Families learn and practice ways to stay safe in and around the water.  All participants bring swim suit and towel and be prepared to get wet!
     
     
    Water Exercise
    Participants must be the required age on or before the first day of class
     
    Aqua Treaders
    -For adult 15 years and older
    Combine the basics of swimming, synchronized swimming, water polo, and deep water vertical exercises into a super calorie-burning workout.  Participants must be able to tread water vertically in deep water with no floatation device.
     
    Deep Water Exercise A-Z
    -For adult 15 years and older
    Non-impact training that offers a full range of exercise challenges (Aerobics-Zumba).  Participants of all fitness levels will challenge core muscles, muscle balance, and get a total body workout.
     
    Pi/Yo/Chi
    -For adult 15 years and older
    Develop strength, range of motion, balance, and relaxation by combining the core strengthening exercises of Pilates, the lengthening and balancing poses of Yoga, and the flowing movements of T'ai Chi.  The warm water provides neutral support, ease of movement, variable resistance, and balanced postural alignment, making the program accessible to all fitness levels.
     
    Prenatal Water Exercise
    -For adult 15 years and older
    Help alleviate pain and reduce stress and fatigue while strengthening postural muscles and building endurance in preparation for labor and delivery.  Recommended for women at least 12 weeks pregnant.  Doctor's approval required.
     
    Swimnastics
    -For adult 15 years and older
    Swimnastics’ shallow water exercises include stretching, toning, and light aerobic exercise. Class takes place in a therapeutic pool (average water temperature is 90 degrees) and is great for anyone with arthritis or joint pain.  No swimming skills required.
     
    Water Workout
    -For adult 15 years and older
    Exercises are designed to tone your body and improve cardiovascular fitness while working out to music.  No swimming skills required. Some exercises may be done in deep water with flotation equipment. 
     
    Water Yoga
    -For adult 15 years and older
    Participants work to increase coordination, flexibility, and muscular endurance through adapted yoga movements in the water. Class takes place in a therapeutic pool (average water temperature is 90 degrees) and is great for anyone with arthritis or joint pain. No swimming skills required. Some exercises may be done in deep water with flotation equipment. 
     
     
    Training Courses
    Participants must be the required age on or before the first day of class
     
    American Red Cross Lifeguarding (for pools)
    -ages 15 and older
    Become certified in American Red Cross Lifeguarding, First Aid, and CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer. Learn the knowledge and skills needed to prevent and respond quickly and effectively to aquatics emergencies and prevent drownings and injuries. Attendance at all class sessions is mandatory. 

    Age prerequisite: 15 years of age by the last day of the class. 
    Skill prerequisite 1: Swim 300 yards continuously using front crawl, breaststroke, or a combination of both and demonstrate breath control and rhythmic breathing.  Swimming on the back or side are not allowed.  Swim goggles may be used.
    Skill prerequisite 2: Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs.  Candidates must place their hands in their armpits.
    Skill prerequisite 3: Complete a timed event within 1 minutes, 40 seconds:
     -Starting in the water, swim 20 yards using any stroke.  Swim goggles are not allowed.
     -Surface dive to  a depth of 7-10 feet, retrieve a 10-pound object, and return to the surface.
     -Swim to the starting point on your back with both hands holding the object and just using your legs to kick.  Face should be at or near the surface.
     -Exit the water without using a ladder and stand up.
     
     
    Swim Instructor Assistant
    -ages 14 and older
    Teach children and adults how to swim.  Learn how to assist swim instructors in teaching swim lessons.  Candidates must demonstrate a strong sense of maturity and responsibility, be competent swimmers, and pass a skills pre-test conducted on the first day.  Course consists of classroom training as well as 6 hours hands-on training in the pool (hands-on training dates are discussed and scheduled during the classroom training portion).  Certification will be issued after successful completion of both classroom and hands-on training.
     
    Skill Prerequisite 1:  Swim the following strokes at a Level 5 skill level or higher-
                                         -25 yards front crawl (demonstrating rotary breathing)
                                         -25 yards back crawl
                                         -25 yards breaststroke
                                         -25 yards elementary backstroke
                                         -25 yards sidestroke
                                         -15 yards butterfly
    Skill Prerequisite 2:  Tread water for 2 minutes
    Skill Prerequisite 3:  Perform a standing dive

     

     
     

     

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