When choosing a class for your child it is important to look at both the age and skill level. Improper placement can lead to frustration for the parent, instructor and child. Because this is a motor skill activity, every child will progress at their own pace. In swimming lessons, the child must master basic skills for each stroke prior to moving to the next level. In many cases, children will repeat a level in order to perfect these skills. If you have questions regarding placement, please do not hesitate to ask the staff for assistance.
- Little Splashers
The Little Splashers class is for children who are 6 months to 2 years old and have either no water experience or one previous session of water adjustment lessons. The goals of Little Splashers are to provide experiences and activities for parents and children to: Learn how to enter and exit the water in a safe manner, feel comfortable in the water, submerge, explore buoyancy in a front and back position, change body position in the water, and learn about choosing and using life jackets.
- Big Waves
The Big Waves class is for children: 18 months to 3 years old and have had two or more previous sessions of water adjustment lessons, submerge only reluctantly or not at all, or require flotation support at all times. The Big Waves class builds upon the skills learned in Little Splashers. The goals of the Big Waves class are to provide experiences and activities for parents and children to: Learn how to enter and exit the water in a safe manner, feel comfortable in the water, submerge in a rhythmic pattern, explore buoyancy in a front and back position, perform combined stroke on front and back, change body position in the water, and learn about choosing and using life jackets.
- Preschool 1/Level 1 (Introduction to Water Skills)
There are no prerequisites for this course. The objective of Level 1 is to help students feel comfortable in the water and to enjoy the water safely.
- Preschool 2/Level 2 (Fundamental Aquatic Skills)
Students entering this course must have a Level 1 certificate or must be able to demonstrate all the completion requirements in Level 1. The objective of Level 2 is to give students success with fundamental skills. Students learn to float without support and to recover to a vertical position. This level marks the beginning of true locomotion skills. Students explore simultaneous and alternating arm and leg actions on the front and back to lay the foundation for future strokes. Level 2 adds to the self-help and basic rescue skills begun in Level 1.
- Preschool 3/Level 3 (Stroke Development)
Students entering this course must have a Level 2 certificate or must be able to demonstrate all the completion requirements in Level 2. The objective of Level 3 is to build on the skills in Level 2 by providing additional guided practice. The students will be taught to coordinate the front crawl and back crawl. Elements of the butterfly and treading water will be introduced. Students will also learn rules for headfirst entries and will begin to learn to enter the water headfirst from the side of the pool. As in all levels, additional safety skills will be presented.
- Level 4 (Stroke Improvement)
Students entering this course must have a Level 3 certificate or must be able to demonstrate all the completion requirements in Level 3. The objective of Level 4 is to develop confidence in the strokes learned thus far and to improve other aquatic skills. Students can expect to improve their skills and increase their endurance by swimming familiar strokes (front crawl and back crawl) for greater distances. Students will continue to build on the butterfly and introduce the elementary backstroke, breaststroke, and elements of the sidestroke. Basics of turning at a wall are also introduced.
- Level 5 (Stroke Refinement)
Students entering this course must have a Level 4 certificate or must be able to demonstrate all the course requirements in Level 4. The objective of Level 5 is coordination and refinement of strokes. Participants refine their performance of all the strokes (front crawl, back crawl, butterfly, breaststroke, elementary backstroke and sidestroke) and increase their distances. Flip turns on the front and back are also introduced.
- Level 6 (Fitness Swimming)
Students entering this course must have a Level 5 certificate or be able to demonstrate all course requirements in Level 5. Participants will be refining all of the 6 strokes so they can swim with more ease, efficiency, power, and smoothness over greater distances. They will also be working on turns, swimming with the pace clock, and using pull buoys, fins, and paddles to build strength and endurance.
- Adult Swimming Program
This swimming program has a little bit for everyone. Did you always wish that you had learned how to swim as a child? Well it’s never too late to get started. The purpose of this program is what YOU want to get out of it. For some of you that may mean personal safety, “I want to be able to save myself.” For others it may be learning to swim the basic strokes so that you can later use them for fitness swimming. Your needs will be discussed at the beginning of the class, and the class will be geared towards meeting your personal goals.
- Private Swim Lessons
If your swimming skills aren’t ready for public viewing, or if our group lessons don’t fit your schedule, we can provide one on one sessions with experienced instructors tailored to meet your needs. Whether you’ve never learned to swim or just want to improve your technique, we can match you with the appropriate level of instruction. Call today for an appointment. No coupon.
Program Fee $30.00/ half hr./ per student
Macedonia Resident Fee $25.00/ half hr./per student
Member Fee $20.00/ half hr./per student
- Semi-Private Lessons
Receive the benefits of a private lesson with a friend or family member. The following fees are in addition to the private lesson fee. By appointment only. (Maximum of 4 participants in a semi-private lesson.) No coupon.
Program Fee $15.00/ half hr./ per student
Macedonia Resident Fee $13.00/ half hr./per student
Member Fee $10.00/ half hr./per student
*All swim classes have limited space available. No make-up lessons for missed lessons. Participants will receive a full refund or credit if the Parks & Recreation Department cancels a lesson. No drop-ins. Coupon accepted.