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Aquabilities Swim Levels

 
 

AquaTots 
  

8 weeks -3 years with a caregiver

Duration: 30 minute weekly classes

Max ratio: 8:1
 

Our AquaTots class offers a gentle and fun approach to water safety and survival for children 3 and under with their caregiver.  Adults will learn how to comfortably hold their child in different positions in the water with facilitation by the professional instructor.  Emphasis will be on safety in and around aquatic environments. 

 

Caregivers will assist their child with entering and exiting the water safely.  In the initial stages of water exploration, caregivers will be shown techniques to help the little swimmer to tolerate water on their face and head. When they have shown signs of readiness, the little swimmer will learn how to hold their breath while submerging, front gliding, back floating, rollovers and propelling to safety.  

Little Develop


Ages: 2.5-3.5 - by instructor recommendation only

Duration: 30 minute weekly classes

Max ratio: 3:1

Our Little Develop level is a transitional class from AquaTots to AquaDevelop.  Parents are no longer assisting the swimmer in the water for this class. Swimmers will become more confident and independent with entering and exiting the water independently, front glides, back floats, rollovers and breathing while propelling through the water. 

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Criteria: Swimmers must be able to sit safely on the steps and wait his or her turn while showing comfort in the water without a caregiver.  Swimmers must be able to swim 5-10 feet with eyes and ears in the water independently. This class is by instructor recommendation only for the graduates of our AquaTot program 

 

​​​AquaBasics 1 
 

Duration: 30 minute weekly classes

Max ratio: 4:1
 

In AquaBasics 1, swimmers will learn how to exhale underwater, fully submerge their face, back float with assistance with ears in water as well as enter and exit the water safely and independently. Full submersion and independent swimming skills without a flotation device will be introduced.

 

Criteria for joining AquaBasics 1 class is the ability to sit on the steps safely, follow simple instructions and wait for his or her turn.


 

AquaBasics 2
  

Duration: 30 minute weekly classes

Max ratio: 4:1
 

In AquaBasics 2, swimmers will be working towards gliding with their eyes and ears in the water with and without kicking. Independence in back floating and roll overs will be introduced as well as entering and exiting the pool safely.

 

Criteria for joining the AquaBasics 2 class is to be comfortable with eyes and ears in the water and submersion.  Swimmers must also be comfortable with ears in the water during assisted back floating.


 

AquaFast Track - 15 min Private Lesson


Duration: 15 minute weekly session

Max ratio: 1:1

Our AquaFast Track program is specially designed for AquaBasics swimmers to move to independent swimming skills quickly.  This is achieved during a series of 15-minute private lessons focusing on comfort with eyes and ears in the water, floating on his or her front, gliding independently for 5-10 feet, and independent back floating.  These lessons typically produce independent swimming skills faster than group lessons due to the concentrated instruction and personalized approach. Once independent skills are achieved, swimmers will move to our AquaDevelop group class.   


 
 

AquaDevelop 1
   

Duration: 30 minute weekly classes

Max ratio: 4:1
 

In AquaDevelop 1, swimmers will be introduced to side breathing, backstroke and independent swimming for greater distances. Treading water for at least 10 seconds and deep water safety will be covered.

 

Criteria for joining the AquaDevelop 1 class is that swimmers are gliding 5-10 feet with their eyes and ears in the water and arms behind their ears.  They must also be able to back float independently for at least 5 seconds. 

AquaDevelop 2    
 

Duration: 30 minute weekly classes

Max ratio: 4:1
 

In AquaDevelop 2, swimmers will improve their ability to perform front crawl while breathing to the side. Emphasis will be on swimming greater distances independently. Swimmers will also add long arms to backstroke as well as backwards glides off the wall. Jumping into the pool at greater depths and swimming independently to safety will be covered.  They will be working toward treading water for at least 30 seconds and jumping into the pool at middle depth.

 

Criteria for joining the AquaDevelop 2 class is the ability to swim both front crawl and backstroke for at least 15-25 feet independently. They must also have knowledge of breathing to the side, treading water for 10 seconds and jumping in the pool independently in the shallow end.

 

AquaRefine 1   


Duration: 45 minute weekly classes

Max ratio: 5:1
 

In AquaRefine 1, swimmers are working towards swimming using long arms and side breathing for 30-60 feet. Refining swim technique and increasing endurance will be the focus. Swimmers will also improve their technique and endurance with backstroke.  Breaststroke and diving in deep water will be introduced. Swimmers will work towards treading water for at least 60 seconds.

 

Criteria for joining the AquaRefine 1 class is having the ability to swim at least 30 feet using both front crawl using side breathing.  Swimmers must be able to backstroke for 20 seconds using long arms. Skills such as treading water for at least 30 seconds and jumping into the pool independently at middle depth and returning to safety are required.  


 

AquaRefine 2   
 

Duration: 45 minute weekly classes

Max ratio: 5:1
 

In AquaRefine 2, swimmers will continue to refine their technique and build endurance to swim the full length of the pool comfortably with both crawl and backstroke. Breaststroke, and diving in the deep water will be covered.

 

Criteria for joining the AquaRefine 2 class is that swimmers much be able to swim 30-60 feet comfortably with face in the water and side-breathing.  Swimmers are swimming backstroke with long arms for 30 feet comfortably. They must be able to tread water for at least 60 seconds and jump into the deep end of the pool independently.

 

 

Dolphins Preteam    
 

Duration: 45 minute weekly classes

Max ratio: 6:1
 

In the Preteam, swimmers will continue to master the skills of freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly. Swimmers will also learn how to perform racing dives, flip turns and engage in relay races in preparation for competition and / or lifelong swimming.  While not mandatory, swimmers are invited to participate in lightly competitive swim meets with other local swim teams. Junior lifeguard skills and basic water rescues will be covered.

 

Criteria to join the Preteam is that swimmers can perform at least 60 feet of front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke.  They must be comfortable and competent in deep water and tread for at least 1 minute.  


 

Dolphins Swim Team


Duration: 60 minute weekly classes

Max ratio: 8:1

Swimmers will continue to improve their stroke technique and endurance in the pool. Swimmers are organized into lanes based on age and ability level. Each lane has its own coach dedicated to the swimmers. There is light competition with other local swim teams. We emphasize good sportsmanship and FUN at our meets. Junior Lifeguarding Skills will be introduced including surveying the scene, basic water rescue skills, and hands only CPR.

 

Criteria for swim team is to be able to swim 50 continuous meters of all 4 competitive strokes (freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly). Swimmers must also know how to dive and perform flip turns. The speed criteria for swimmers 8 and under is 25 seconds for one length of the pool. Swimmers 9 and up must swim 2 lengths of the pool in less than 45 seconds. 

 

Swim Clinics   

 

Interested in a crash course in swimming?

 

Studies have shown that children and adults learn faster when they swim multiple days in a week. You can either enroll in a clinic or choose multiple days on the regular schedule for accelerated learning!

 

Our SwimClinics are offered in the summertime, so check back for schedules!