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Learn to Swim Lessons

The Learn-to-Swim classes teach aquatic safety skills in a logical progression.  Skills are categorized in the following way: Water Entry & Exit, Breath Control & Submerging, Buoyancy, Changing Direction & Position, Treading, Swimming on Front, Back and Side, and Water Safety. We offer classes for:

Parent & Child (6 months - 3 years)
Pre-School (4-5 years)
Level 1: Beginner Swimmer - Youth (must be at least 6 years old)
Level 2: Advanced Beginner - Youth
Level 3: Intermediate Swimmer - Youth
Level 4: Advanced Intermediate - Youth
Level 5/6: Advanced Swimmer - Youth
Adult Lessons
Specialty Classes

These classes provide instruction to help swimmers of all ages and abilities to develop their swimming and water safety skills.

Parent & Child Aquatics

For 6 months to 3 years.
One adult per child required in the water.

This class is developed for children 6 months to 3 years of age.  The Parent and Child Aquatics builds swimming readiness by emphasizing fun in the water.  Parents and children participate in practice sessions that help children learn elementary skills including:

  • Water Adjustment
  • Water Entry & Exit
  • Breath Control
  • Buoyancy on Front & Back
  • Changing Direction
  • Kicking on Front & Back
  • Swim on Front & Back
  • Water Safety Topics

Pre-School Aquatics

(4 to 5 years)

This class provides children their first pool experience without parental assistance in a safe, fun and positive learning environment. The primary objective of the Pre-School class is to promote developmentally appropriate learning of fundamental water safety and aquatic skills. Instructor's help children adapt to the pool and learn how to move independently through the water.

Requirements for signing your child up for this class:

  • Has participated in a recent Parent & Child Class
  • Toilet Trained
  • Able to listen and follow directions for 30 minutes
  • Child will be okay without parent or guardian in the pool
  • Able to hang onto the wall for 30 minutes

Pre-School Level A: Beginner Swimmer

This level orients children to the aquatic environment and helps them gain basic aquatic skills by:

  • Enter and exit water safely by using ladder
  • Blow Bubbles
  • Submerge mouth, nose and eyes
  • Front and back glides
  • Float on back
  • Swim on front and back using arms and legs
  • Water Safety Topics

Pre-School Level B: Intermediate Swimmer

This level will help children gain greater independence in their skills, become more comfortable in and around the water and start to gain basic swimming propulsive skills by:

  • Enter water by jumping
  • Fully submerge and hold breath, retrieve submerged objects
  • Front and back floats
  • Front and back glides
  • Tread Water
  • Swim on front and back using a combination of arms and legs
  • Water Safety Topics

Pre-School Level C: Advanced Swimmer

This level will build upon skills learned in Level A & B providing additional guided practice. Skills in this level are performed independently.

  • Enter water by jumping
  • Fully submerge and hold breath, bobbing
  • Front and back floats, and recoveries
  • Front and back glides
  • Tread water
  • Swim on front and back using combination of arms and legs
  • Change direction while swimming on front or back
  • Water safety topics

Level 1: Beginner Swimmer - Youth
(must be at least 6 years old)

  • Enter & exit water safely
  • Submerge mouth, nose & eyes
  • Blow bubbles
  • Swim on front & back using arm and leg actions
  • Float on front and back
  • Front and back glides
  • Water Safety Topics

Level 2: Advanced Beginner - Youth

Give student success with fundamental skills by:

  • Enter water by stepping or jumping from the side
  • Exit the water safely by using ladder or side
  • Submerge entire head
  • Float on front and back
  • Perform front and back glide
  • Tread water using arm and leg actions
  • Swim on front and back using combined strokes
  • Class taught in shallow end
  • Water Safety Topics

Level 3: Intermediate Swimmer - Youth

Builds on the skills with practice in deeper water by:

  • Jump into deep water from the side
  • Bob with the head fully submerged
  • Use rotary breathing in horizontal position
  • Perform front and back glide
  • Perform survival float
  • Perform front crawl
  • Butterfly kick and scissors kick
  • Class taught in the middle of the pool
  • Water Safety Topics

Level 4: Advanced Intermediate - Youth

Develops confidence in skills and improves other aquatic skills by:

  • Swim underwater
  • Perform open turns on front and back using any stroke
  • Tread water using sculling arm motions and kick
  • Perform front crawl and back crawl
  • Perform breaststroke and butterfly
  • Perform elementary backstroke and sidestroke
  • Water Safety Topics

Level 5/6: Advanced Swimmer - Youth

Provides further coordination and refinement of strokes by:

  • Tread water with 2 different kicks
  • Perform front and back flip turn
  • Perform front and back crawl
  • Perform butterfly and breaststroke
  • Perform elementary backstroke, sidestroke and sculling
  • Water Safety Topics

Adult Lessons: Beginner & Intermediate

This class is designed for individuals who are 16 years and older who would like to learn to swim or improve their existing skills.  Adults will also experience the benefits of swimming as an exercise program and a social activity and a support group for learning to swim with progressions through the strokes and skills.
 

Specialty Classes

American Red Cross Lifeguard Training

This comprehensive course is designed to instruct course participants in the skills and knowledge needed to become a lifeguard. Course candidates will learn how to recognize, prevent, and respond quickly to aquatic emergencies. The course also instructs participants in CPR for the Professional Rescuer, AED and First Aid. Participants will receive the certifications listed above, mentioned materials upon completion of attending all class sessions, passing all written exams, water skills and tests. Prerequisites:

  • Participants must be 15 years of age or older
  • Ability to pass pretest. Pretest of 300 yard swim using front crawl with rhythmic breathing and breaststroke. (Must swim 300 yards continuously)
  • Swim 20 yards using front crawl or breaststroke, surface dive 7 – 10 feet retrieve 10 pound brick, return to surface, swim 20 yards back to starting point with object, and exit the water without using a ladder or steps, within 1 minute and 40 seconds.
  • Certifications received upon completion of course objectives and passing score of 80 percent correct of course final exam.

Lifeguarding and First Aid certifications are valid for three years. CPR-PR, AED are valid for one year.

Introduction to Competitive Swimming

The purpose of this Introduction to Competitive Swimming Class is to provide swimmers, Level 4 and up, with basic introduction to competitive swimming skills.  The class is taught and directed by a USA Swimming Certified Professional Swim Coach from the Bloomington Barracuda Aquatic Club.  Participants will learn to:

  • Execute competitive swimming techniques drills in Butterfly, Backstroke (Back Crawl), Breaststroke and Freestyle (front crawl).
  • Learn and develop competitive racing turns for all 4 competitive strokes.
  • Be able to execute the 4 competitive strokes efficiently.

Private Swim Lessons

Private and Semi-Private lessons are available for those wanting individual attention to swimmer's basic skills and stroke improvement needs.  These lessons are a great way to bridge skills in-between levels.  Private and Semi-Private lessons are 30 minutes in length and can be arranged to fit your schedule.  Call 952-681-6134 for further questions or scheduling.
 

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