Recommended Age Ranges: Preschool Youth (3–5 yrs.), School-Age Youth (5–12 yrs.), Teens & Adults (12+ yrs.)

In these three stages, students develop a high level of comfort in the water by practicing safe water habits, engaging in underwater exploration, and learning how to swim to safety and exit if they fall into a body of water. Group activities that reinforce learning help students progress. By the end of this series of stages, students achieve basic swimming competency by learning two benchmark skills – “swim, float, swim” and “jump, push, turn, grab.”

Stage 1 – Water Acclimation

Increases comfort with underwater exploration and basic self-rescue skills performed with assistance. While using flotation device, swimmers will learn to swim independently in correct body position, become comfortable getting face wet, floating on back and jumping into the pool without assistance.

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Stage 2 – Water Movement

Encourages forward movement in water and basic self rescue skills performed independently. Swimmers in this level swim independently with flotation device, get their face wet, and jump in and exit pool without assistance. Swimming in correct body position, forward movement, back gliding and safety skills will be emphasized.

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Stage 3 – Water Stamina

Develops intermediate self-rescue skills performed at longer distance than in previous stages. At this level, students swim without a bubble or with only a single slice flotation. They will learn to swim in a correct prone front position with face in the water and back glide 10 yards without bubble. This class builds endurance to swimming on front one length of the pool without flotation device and develops stroke technique on front and back.

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