Lesson Descriptions

Parent & Tot Class

Course is designed for children who have little or no water experience. Parents are taught how to:

  • Safely work with their child in the water, including how to appropriately support and hold child in the water
  • Prepare and encourage child to participate and to try the skills
  • Enter and exit the water
  • Change body position in water
  • Front float, front glide, front glide to wall
  • Back float, back glide
  • Roll from front to back and back to front
  • Learn how to select and use life jackets
  • Basic water safety rules
  • General water safety around the home

Depending on the skill level of the class, the following skills may be introduced:

  • Opening eyes and retrieving objects below the surface
  • Opening eyes and retrieving submerged objects
  • Bobbing
  • Leg action on front – alternating or simultaneous movements
  • Arm action on front – alternating or simultaneous movements
  • Leg action on back – alternating or simultaneous movements
  • Arm action on back – alternating or simultaneous movements
  • Combined arm and leg actions on back
  • Water toys and their limitations
  • Wearing a life jacket in the water

Preschool Beginner

Course is designed for children who are new to the environment and uncomfortable in the water. Students will learn elementary skills, which will be built on as the child progresses through the course.

Preschool Intermediate

Course is designed for children who have successfully passed Preschool Level 1 or Beginner class or can demonstrate competency in the following skills:

  • Enter pool independently, using either the ladder, steps or side. Travel at least 5 yards, submerge to mouth and blow bubbles for at least 3 seconds then safely exit the water
  • In shallow water, glide on front at least 2 body lengths, then roll to back and float on back for 3 seconds then recover to a vertical position

Youth Beginner – Introduction to Water Skills

Designed for children new to the water environment and who are uncomfortable in the water.

Youth Intermediate – Fundamental Aquatic Skills

To enroll into this level the child must have successfully completed Youth Level 1 or Beginner Class or are able to perform the following skills:

  • Enter pool independently, using either the ladder, steps or side, travel at least 5 yards, bob 3 times then safely exit the water
  • Glide on front at least 2 body lengths, roll to a back float for 3 seconds and recover to a vertical position with or without support