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Swim Lesson Skills
Group1: Infant
Must be 6 months to 2 years.

Must have parent or adult in the water.

Skills taught:
  • Getting wet
  • Lifting in
  • Front kick
  • Passing
  • Scooping
  • Back float
  • Water entry
  • Exploring
  • Prone glide
  • Bubble blowing
  • Drafting
  • Safety information
  • Arm movement, prone position
  • Rolling over from back to front and front to back
  • Introduction to lifejackets
  • Safe water exit

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Group 2: Toddler
Must be 2 to 4 years.

Must have parent or adult in the water.

Skills taught:
  • Water entry
  • Walk in water holding parent's hand
  • Walk in water without aid
  • Run in water without aid
  • Make swimmer hands
  • Wash arms, neck, and face
  • Blow bubbles
  • Blow Bubbles with nose in water
  • Blow bubbles with ears in water
  • Blow bubbles with eyes open in water
  • Bobbing opening eyes underwater
  • Lean back on hands and kick
  • Front kick
  • Alligator with head up reach and pull and kick
  • Alligator with head in water reach and pull and kick
  • Back float with aid
  • Back float with hands on bottom and head up
  • Back float with hands on bottom, ears in water
  • Back float
  • Back glide

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Group 3: Preschool
Must be 3 to 5 years.

No parent or adult required.

Skills taught:
  • Walk in water
  • Run in water
  • Face in water to ears and blow bubbles
  • Face in water to ears and hold breath 10 seconds
  • Face in water eyes open
  • Face in water, eyes open, and pick up object
  • Bracket off gutter and kick with pointed toes
  • Prone glide or face float 3 seconds
  • Face float and kick
  • Face float, kick, reach and pull
  • Face float, kick, reach and pull with high elbows
  • Back float with aid
  • Back float
  • Back float with kick and pointed toes
  • Back float with kick and finning
  • Go to shallow end of lap pool
  • Jump to teacher to adjust to deeper water
  • Pass to Group 4 when 6 years old or 39" / 46" tall (Depending on pool)

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Group 4: Swabbies
Must be 39” tall at The Falls or

46” tall for Holmes and Peet Pools.

Skills taught:
  • 10 bobs counting out loud when coming out of the water
  • Blow bubbles 7 seconds
  • Submerge 2 seconds holding breath
  • Open eyes underwater
  • Back float without assistance 7 seconds
  • Front float without assistance 7 seconds
  • Face the wall, hold onto wall and kick with pointed toes, face in water
  • Hold on to wall and kick on back with pointed toes
  • Kick 1/2 width of pool with board on front
  • Kick 1/2 width of pool with board on back
  • Swim 1/2 width of pool w/out assistance (doggy paddle)
  • Jump into shallow water with assistance if needed
  • Lifejacket safety

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Group 5: Deck Hands
Must be 46” tall.

Skills taught:
  • 15 bobs counting out loud when coming out of the water
  • Submerge and swim underwater 5 yards
  • Retrieve object from bottom of the pool
  • Front float 7 seconds
  • Back float 12 seconds
  • Kick w/board on front the width of the pool
  • Kick w/board on back the width of the pool
  • Introduction to rotary breathing on the wall
  • Kick w/board the width of pool with face in water doing rotary breathing
  • Introduction to coordination of freestyle arms and kick
  • Introduction of backstroke arms
  • Coordinate backstroke arms wtih kick
  • Jump in deep water without assistance, swim on back to wall
  • Finning on front and back 1/2 width of pool
  • Scull on front and back 1/2 width of pool
  • Diving safety

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Group 6: 1st Mates
Skills taught:
  • Submerge and swim underwater 5 yards
  • Rotary breathing on wall with arms
  • Streamline introduction
  • Front glide 1/2 width of pool with flutter kick (streamline)
  • Back glide 1/2 width of pool with flutter kick (streamline)
  • Rotary breathing with board and arms 1/2 width of pool
  • Streamline, rotary breathing 1/2 width of pool (freestyle)
  • Backstroke 1/2 width of pool
  • Introduction to breaststroke kick
  • Breaststroke kick w/ board 1/2 width of pool
  • Introduction to elementary backstroke kick
  • Introduction to elementary backstroke arms
  • Elementary backstroke kick 1/2 width of pool with board
  • Swimming with lifejacket
  • Survival float one minute
  • Sitting and kneeling dives
  • Jump off diving board
  • Tread water 30 seconds

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Group 7: Skippers
Skills taught:
  • Freestyle 1 width of pool
  • Backstroke 1 width of pool
  • Swim elementary backstroke 1 width of the pool
  • Introduction to breaststroke arms
  • Coordinate breaststroke arms and legs
  • Swim breaststroke the width of pool
  • Introduction to sidestroke kick
  • Sidestroke kick the width of pool
  • Introduction to sidestroke arms
  • Coordinate sidestroke arms and legs the width of pool
  • Forward somersault in the water
  • Backward somersault in the water
  • Survival float 3 minutes
  • Caring for breathing emergencies
  • Standing dive
  • Tread water 1 minute
  • Jump or dive off diving board
  • Lifejacket safety

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Group 8: Captains
Skills taught:
  • Freestyle 2 widths of pool
  • Backstroke 2 widths of pool
  • Breaststroke 2 widths of pool
  • Sidestroke 2 widths of pool
  • Elementary backstroke 2 widths of pool
  • Open turn for breaststroke
  • Open turn for backstroke
  • Freestyle flip turns
  • Backstroke flip turns
  • Feet first surface dive
  • Pike surface dive
  • Tuck surface dive
  • Tread water 7 minutes with combination of kicks and hands and no hands
  • Touch bottom of pool in deep water, recover an object
  • Dive off diving board
  • Caring for cardiac emergencies
  • Reaching assists
  • Throwing assists

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Group 9: Admirals
Skills taught: 
  • Introduction to butterfly kick
  • Butterfly kick width of pool
  • Introduction to butterfly arms
  • 4 widths of pool freestyle with flip turns
  • 4 widths of pool backstroke with flip turns
  • 4 widths of pool elementary backstroke
  • 4 widths of pool sidestroke
  • 4 widths of pool breaststroke
  • Coordinate butterfly
  • Swim butterfly width of pool
  • Individual medley
  • Relays
  • Recover 5 pound weight from bottom of pool in deep end
  • Introduction to the use of mask, fin and snorkel
  • Water polo
  • Underwater hockey
  • Boating safety
 
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Adapted Aquatics
  • Children between 5-10 years
  • For children with special needs

Older Beginners
  • Children between 9-14 years
  • For children who have never had lessons

Beginning Diving
  • Children between 9-16 years who have Group 7 skills
  • Will be taught Proper Approach, Takeoff, Forward Dive, Backward Dive, Reverse Dive, Forward Dive 1/2 Twist

Intermediate Diving
  • Children who have completed Beginning Diving

Adult Swim Lessons
  • It's never too late to learn to swim! Call CF Recreation (319) 273-8636 for more information