Select Your Swimmer's Age

2 – 6 Months

Babbles to Bubbles Class

Description: This is what we call the class for babies 2-6 months of age. It is an introductory class for 6 weeks during the school year and 5 weeks in the summer. There is no charge for the class, but families must pay the registration fee.

Time: 20 minutes

Ratio: 6 Child/Parent to 1 instructor

All children ages 3 and under must wear a bathing suit, disposable swim diaper and non-disposable swim diaper. Some bathing suits have a non-disposable swim diaper built into the suit. All Parent/Child classes require a responsible adult to enter the water with the children. Participants in the Parent/Child classes enjoy flexible make-ups and can attend another Parent/Child class to make-up a missed class.

6 – 14 Months

My child is new to swimming.

Introductory Class

Description: This is a class for those children who are 6 months to ~1.5 years old. The class will move slowly to give the children time to acclimate to class and to the pool. Going underwater may be introduced at about the 6th week. Other skills taught include:

  • Back floats
  • Cues
  • Kicking
  • Rolling over
  • Entries into the pool
  • Lifejackets
  • Safety is reinforced at every lesson.

Time: 30 minutes

Ratio: 8 Child/Parent pairs to 1 instructor

All children ages 3 and under must wear a bathing suit, disposable swim diaper and non-disposable swim diaper. Some bathing suits have a non-disposable swim diaper built into the suit. All Parent/Child classes require a responsible adult to enter the water with the children. Participants in the Parent/Child classes enjoy flexible make-ups and can attend another Parent/Child class to make-up a missed class.

My child loves bath time and will pour water over his/her own head.

Intermediate Class

Description: This is a class for  toddlers ages 14 months – 2.5 years old who love bath time and will dump water over his/her own head. Children will be introduced to the pool and swimming. These children are gaining water comfort and the focus is toward getting the children to initiate the skills. Skills taught include:

  • Back floats
  • Cues
  • Kicking
  • Climbing out
  • Kicking-up
  • Turn to get the wall
  • Hand walking along the wall
  • Rolling over
  • Entries into the pool
  • Lifejackets
  • Safety is reinforced at every lesson.

Time: 30 Minutes

Ratio: 8 Child/Parent pairs to 1 instructor

All children ages 3 and under must wear a bathing suit, disposable swim diaper and non-disposable swim diaper. Some bathing suits have a non-disposable swim diaper built into the suit. All Parent/Child classes require a responsible adult to enter the water with the children. Participants in the Parent/Child classes enjoy flexible make-ups and can attend another Parent/Child class to make-up a missed class.

14 to 36 Months

My child is not underwater yet and between the age of 2 - 4.

First Timers Class

Description: This class is for toddlers and preschoolers ages 2 to 4 who are not underwater yet and may be reluctant to try. It may or may not be their first time in swim lessons. Class will move slowly and at the pace set by the children in the class. Underwater skills may be added gradually starting with bubbles, pouring water over the face and head, and if and when the children are ready, underwater.

Other skills taught include:

  • Cues
  • Climbing out
  • Entries into the pool
  • Back floats
  • Lifejackets
  • Reaching and activities on the steps
  • Safety is reinforced at every lesson

Time: 30 Minutes

Ratio: 6 Child/Parent pairs to 1 instructor

All children ages 3 and under must wear a bathing suit, disposable swim diaper and non-disposable swim diaper. Some bathing suits have a non-disposable swim diaper built into the suit. All Parent/Child classes require a responsible adult to enter the water with the children. Participants in the Parent/Child classes enjoy flexible make-ups and can attend another Parent/Child class to make-up a missed class.

My child loves bath time and dumps water over his/her own head.

Intermediate Class

Description: This is a class for toddlers ages 14 months – 2.5 years old who love bath time and will dump water over his/her own head. Children will be introduced to the pool and swimming. These children are gaining water comfort and the focus is toward getting the children to initiate the skills. Skills taught include:

  • Back floats
  • Cues
  • Kicking
  • Climbing out
  • Kicking-up
  • Turn to get the wall
  • Hand walking along the wall
  • Rolling over
  • Entries into the pool
  • Lifejackets
  • Safety is reinforced at every lesson.

Time: 30 Minutes

Ratio: 8 Child/Parent pairs to 1 instructor

All children ages 3 and under must wear a bathing suit, disposable swim diaper and non-disposable swim diaper. Some bathing suits have a non-disposable swim diaper built into the suit. All Parent/Child classes require a responsible adult to enter the water with the children. Participants in the Parent/Child classes enjoy flexible make-ups and can attend another Parent/Child class to make-up a missed class.

My child is starting to be very comfortable in and under the water.

Advanced Class

Description: This is a class for toddlers ages 1.5-3 who are starting to be very comfortable in and under the water. The children are starting to swim for short 2-3 second swims and may like being underwater. Skills taught include:

  • Back floats
  • Jumping
  • Slide
  • Getting rings underwater
  • Swim to and from the steps
  • Kicking up
  • Safety Jumps
  • Rolling over
  • Safety is reinforced at every lesson.

Time: 30 Minutes

Ratio: 8 child/parent pairs to 1 instructor

All children ages 3 and under must wear a bathing suit, disposable swim diaper and non-disposable swim diaper. Some bathing suits have a non-disposable swim diaper built into the suit. All Parent/Child classes require a responsible adult to enter the water with the children. Participants in the Parent/Child classes enjoy flexible make-ups and can attend another Parent/Child class to make-up a missed class.

My child is an underwater swimmer and can swim a few feet on his/her own.

Too Little but Too Good

Description: This is Swim-in Zone’s most advanced Parent/Child class for children ages 2 to 3. The focus of the class is for the instructor to teach the children with the parent as the support and vigilant assistant. Skills taught include:

  • Turn and go back
  • Wait for the grown-up
  • Turn over to breathe
  • Ask for help to get a toy
  • Push (jump) up from the floor
  • Breathe by popping up and rolling over
  • Underwater arm strokes
  • Jump and get back to safety
  • Safety is reinforced at every lesson.

Time: 30 Minutes

Ratio: 6 Child/Parent pairs to 1 instructor

All children ages 3 and under must wear a bathing suit, disposable swim diaper and non-disposable swim diaper. Some bathing suits have a non-disposable swim diaper built into the suit. All Parent/Child classes require a responsible adult to enter the water with the children. Participants in the Parent/Child classes enjoy flexible make-ups and can attend another Parent/Child class to make-up a missed class.

My child is ready to attend class without me in the water.

My child does not like water on his/her face.

Little Dippers

Description: This is a class for children ages 2-3 who are not yet underwater. The child must be able to separate from their parent as he/she is in this class with an instructor; the parent is not in the water with them.

Skills taught:

  • Wait his/her turn
  • Back floats
  • Cues
  • Kicking
  • Rolling over
  • Entries into the pool
  • Lifejackets
  • Underwater skills will be introduced gradually starting with bubbles, face dipping and when the children are ready, underwater.

Time: 25 Minutes

Ratio: up to 3 children to 1 instructor

All children ages 3 and under must wear a bathing suit, disposable swim diaper and non-disposable swim diaper. Some bathing suits have a non-disposable swim diaper built into the suit. Participants in our Little Dippers class enjoy flexible make-ups and can attend a Parent/Child class to make-up a missed class.

My child likes to go underwater.

Big Dippers

Description: This is a class for children ages 2 – 3 who are underwater.The child must be able to separate from their parent as he/she is in this class with an instructor; the parent is not in the water with them.

Skills taught:

  • Wait his/her turn
  • Turn and go back
  • Wait for the grown-up
  • Turn over to breathe
  • Ask for help to get a toy
  • Push(jump) up from the floor
  • Breathe by popping up and rolling over
  • Reach for objects
  • Jump and get back to safety.

Time: 25 Minutes

Ratio: up to 3 children to 1 instructor

All children ages 3 and under must wear a bathing suit, disposable swim diaper and non-disposable swim diaper. Some bathing suits have a non-disposable swim diaper built into the suit. Participants in our Big Dippers class enjoy flexible make-ups and can attend a Parent/Child class to make-up a missed class.

3 – 5 Years

With Parent

My child is not underwater yet.

First Timers Class

Description: This class is for toddlers and preschoolers ages 2 to 4 who are not underwater yet and may be reluctant to try. It may or may not be their first time in swim lessons. Class will move slowly and at the pace set by the children in the class. Underwater skills may be added gradually starting with bubbles, pouring water over the face and head, and if and when the children are ready, underwater.

Other skills taught include:

  • Cues
  • Climbing out
  • Entries into the pool
  • Back floats
  • Lifejackets
  • Reaching and activities on the steps
  • Safety skills will be included at every class

Time: 30 Minutes

Ratio: 6 Child/Parent pairs to 1 instructor

All children ages 3 and under must wear a bathing suit, disposable swim diaper and non-disposable swim diaper. Some bathing suits have a non-disposable swim diaper built into the suit. All Parent/Child classes require a responsible adult to enter the water with the children. Participants in the Parent/Child classes enjoy flexible make-ups and can attend another Parent/Child class to make-up a missed class.

My child is an underwater swimmer and can swim a few feet on his/her own.

Too Little but Too Good

Description: This is Swim-in Zone’s most advanced parent/child class for children ages ~2 to 3. The focus of the class is for the instructor to teach the children with the parent as the support and vigilant assistant. Skills taught include:

  • Turn and go back
  • Wait for the grown-up
  • Turn over to breathe
  • Ask for help to get a toy
  • Push (jump) up from the floor
  • Breathe by popping up and rolling over
  • Underwater arm strokes
  • Jump and get back to safety
  • Safety skills are included at every class

Time: 30 Minutes

Ratio: 6 Child/Parent pairs to 1 instructor

All children ages 3 and under must wear a bathing suit, disposable swim diaper and non-disposable swim diaper. Some bathing suits have a non-disposable swim diaper built into the suit. All Parent/Child classes require a responsible adult to enter the water with the children. Participants in the Parent/Child classes enjoy flexible make-ups and can attend another Parent/Child class to make-up a missed class.

My child has a special need and I would like to attend class with them.

(S.N.A.P.) Special Needs and Parent (or TSS)

Description: This class is for children ages ~2.5 and up who have a special need. An adult must attend in the water with the child. Goals will be different for each individual child but will include water safety goals such as

  • Wait for the grown-up
  • Using flotation devices
  • Moving along the wall
  • Reach for the wall and hold on
  • Blow out – no drinking
  • Drip/pour water over face
  • Back floats
  • Kicking

Time: 30 Minutes

Ratio: 4 child/parent pairs to 1 instructor

All children ages 3 and under must wear a bathing suit, disposable swim diaper and non-disposable swim diaper. Some bathing suits have a non-disposable swim diaper built into the suit. All Parent/Child classes require a responsible adult to enter the water with the children. Participants in the Parent/Child classes enjoy flexible make-ups and can attend another Parent/Child class to make-up a missed class.

Independent Group Classes

Swim classes are 30 minutes long with a ratio of 4 swimmers to 1 instructor. Child should be able to sit, listen and wait their turn. Descriptions below assume that skills are performed without flotation of any kind.

My child is somewhat fearful or nervous

Level 1 Beginner – Red

No Prerequisites. Child does not go underwater, but will go into the water with an instructor.

Swimming Objectives: Learn to have fun in the water and put chin and mouth in the water.

Safety Objectives: Learn not to go near the pool without a grownup. Learn hand over hand along edge.

My child is not afraid but will not blow bubbles in the tub or allow water to be splashed on his face.

Level 1 Beginner – Red

No Prerequisites. Child does not go underwater, but will go into the water with an instructor.

Swimming Objectives: Learn to have fun in the water and put chin and mouth in the water.

Safety Objectives: Learn not to go near the pool without a grownup. Learn hand over hand along edge.

My child is not fearful and loves the bath. He/she blows bubbles in the tub and seems to want to learn to swim.

Level 1 Intermediate –  Red/Orange

Prerequisites:  Comfortable, relaxed and ready to learn to swim; water poured over the head is OK.

Swimming Objectives: Learn bubbles; put eyes underwater; and move on flotation independently.

Safety Objective: Learn that an adult is in the water first before you enter the pool. Try backfloats with help.

In the tub, my child pours water over his/her own head goes underwater and tries to swim. He/she is comfortable in the water.

Level 1 Advanced – Orange

Prerequisites: OK with water dumped over head and eyes; independent on flotation.

Swimming Objectives: Learn how to go underwater; blow bubbles underwater; float with help.

Safety Objective: Ask a grown-up for help to get a toy that is in the pool or out of reach.

My child is comfortable in and under the water and can swim a short distance underwater by himself.

Level 2 Beginner – Orange/Yellow

Prerequisites: OK with whole head underwater for 6 seconds; starting to swim a little without help.

Swimming Objectives:  Independent underwater swim for 5 ft, introduce elementary backstroke.

Self Help Safety Skills: Kick up; turn and go back; don’t follow the toy; stand up; jump to safety.  

My child can swim to me from 10 feet away. He can float on his back and front. He jumps in without a hand and gets back to safety by himself. He can get a breath without help.

Level 2 Intermediate – Yellow

Prerequisites: Very comfortable underwater and can float on his front and back for 5 seconds.

Swimming Objectives: Independent floating and moving through the water on front and back.

Self Help Safety Skills: What to do if you fall into the pool; roll-over to breathe; jumping safely.

5 – 7 Years

Swim classes are 30 minutes long with a ratio of 4 swimmers to 1 instructor.

My child is excited but nervous about learning to swim. He does not go underwater, but is OK with water over his face in the shower.

Level 1 Intermediate – Red/Orange

Prerequisites:  Comfortable, relaxed and ready to learn to swim; water poured over the head is OK.

Swimming Objectives: Learn bubbles; put eyes underwater; and move on flotation independently.

Safety Objective: Learn that an adult is in the water first before you enter the pool. Try back floats with help.

My child will put his face underwater but is not “swimming” yet. He can doggie paddle with his face up.

Level 1 Advanced – Orange

Prerequisites: OK with water dumped over head and eyes; independent on flotation.

Swimming Objectives: Learn how to go underwater; blow bubbles underwater; float with help.

Safety Objective: Ask a grown-up for help to get a toy that is in the pool or out of reach.

My child is comfortable in and under the water and can independently swim underwater a short distance.

Level 2 Beginner – Orange/Yellow

Prerequisites: OK with whole head underwater for 6 seconds; starting to swim a little without help.

Swimming Objectives:  Independent underwater swim for 5 ft, introduce elementary backstroke.

Self Help Safety Skills: Kick up; turn and go back; don’t follow the toy; stand up; jump to safety.

My child can swim to me from 10 feet away. He can float on his back and front. He jumps in without a hand and gets back to safety by himself. He can pop-up for a breath without help.

Level 2 Intermediate – Yellow

Prerequisites: Very comfortable underwater and can float on his front and back for 5 seconds.

Swimming Objectives: Independent floating and moving through the water on front and back.

Self Help Safety Skills: What to do if you fall into the pool; roll-over to breathe; jumping safely

My child swims with his arms mostly out of the water. My child can also move on his back, jump into water over his head and get back to safety himself. He can get rings off the floor in 5 ft.

Level 2 Advanced  – Yellow/Green

Prerequisites: Loves to swim underwater gets rings in 4-5 ft; spends most of his time underwater.

Swimming Objectives: Swim a distance and roll-over to breathe, tread water, swim elementary backstroke.

Self Help Safety Skills: Jump into the pool, tread water, and get to safety by swimming on front or back.

My child can swim with his face in and arms out of the water and has a straight leg flutter kick. He is comfortable rolling over from front to back and can tread water for 5 seconds.

Level 3 Beginner – Green

Prerequisites: The swimmer can float, swim, rollover to breathe, and has a propellant kick.

Swimming Objectives: Over-water arm strokes; practice side breathing for freestyle; learn backstroke

Safety Objectives: Simple ways to help another person while staying safe themselves. 

My child knows how to swim freestyle with side breaths but can only swim this way for 1-2 breaths before he lifts his head to doggie paddle. He seems comfortable under the water and he can tread water for about 30 seconds.

Level 3 Intermediate – Green/Blue

Prerequisites: The swimmer can swim with arms out and face in, side breathing with help.

Swimming Objectives: Side breathing for ffreestyle ½ length of pool; elementary back stroke, tread water.

Safety Objectives: Learn pool rules and rules for jumping and diving safely.

When my child tries to swim freestyle with side breathing, it looks choppy and inefficient. He has trouble with the breathing and sometimes lifts his head. His backstroke is sloppy. He can tread water for about 1 minute.

Level 3 Advanced – Blue

Prerequisites: The swimmer is starting to side breathe on front and can tread water 30 seconds.

Swimming Objectives: Add distance to freestyle, backstroke, and learn breaststroke and dolphin kicks.

Safety Objectives: Recognize someone who needs help and additional ways to help them.

My child can easily swim freestyle with side breathing and backstroke for 1 length, but breaststroke is not coordinated yet.

Level 4 Beginner – Blue/Purple

Prerequisites: The swimmer can swim freestyle and backstroke; perform breaststroke and dolphin kick.

Swimming Objectives: Improve and add distance to freestyle and backstroke; begin breaststroke and butterfly

Safety Objectives: To help someone, first yell, then perform shallow water assists with help and equipment.

Ages 7 to 15

Swim classes are 45 minutes long with a ratio of 5 children to 1 instructor.

My child is excited but nervous about learning to swim. He does not go underwater yet, but is OK with water over his face in the shower.

Level 1 Intermediate – Red/Orange

Prerequisites:  Comfortable, relaxed and ready to learn to swim; water poured over the head is OK.

Swimming Objectives: Learn bubbles; put eyes underwater; and move on flotation independently.

Safety Objective: Learn that an adult is in the water first before you enter the pool. Try backfloats with help.

My child will put his face underwater but is not “swimming” yet. He can doggie paddle with his face up.

Level 1 Advanced – Orange

Prerequisites: OK with water dumped over head and eyes; independent on flotation.

Swimming Objectives: Learn how to go underwater; blow bubbles underwater; float with help.

Safety Objective: Ask a grown-up for help to get a toy that is in the pool or out of reach.

My child swims for a short distance only where he can stand up to breathe. He cannot float on his back.

Level 2 Beginner – Orange/Yellow

Prerequisites: OK with whole head underwater for 6 seconds; starting to swim a little without help.

Swimming Objectives:  Independent underwater swim for 5 ft, introduce elementary backstroke.

Self Help Safety Skills: Kick up; turn and go back; don’t follow the toy; stand up; jump to safety.

My child is comfortable in and under the water and can float on his back and front. He jumps into water where he can stand. He tries to swim with his arms out of the water. He stands up to breathe.

Level 2 Intermediate – Yellow

Prerequisites: Very comfortable underwater and can float on his front and back for 5 seconds.

Swimming Objectives: Independent floating and moving through the water on front and back.

Self Help Safety Skills: What to do if you fall into the pool; roll-over to breathe; jumping safely.

My child swims with his arms mostly out of the water. My child can also move on his back, jump into water over his head and get back to safety himself. He can get rings off the floor in 5 ft.

Level 2 Advanced – Yellow/Green

Prerequisites: Loves to swim underwater gets rings in 4-5 ft, and spends most of his time underwater.

Swimming Objectives: Swim a distance and roll-over to breathe, tread water, swim elementary backstroke.

Self Help Safety Skills: Jump into the pool, tread water, and get to safety by swimming on front or back.

My child can swim with his face in and arms out of the water and has a straight leg flutter kick. He is comfortable rolling over from front to back and can tread water for 5 seconds.

Level 3 Beginner – Green

Prerequisites: The swimmer can float, swim, rollover to breathe, and has a propellant kick.

Swimming Objectives: Over-water arm strokes; practice side breathing for freestyle; learn backstroke

Safety Objectives: Simple ways to help another person while staying safe themselves.

My child knows how to swim freestyle with side breaths but can only swim this way for 1-2 breaths before he lifts his head to doggie paddle. He seems comfortable under the water and he can tread water for about 30 seconds.

Level 3 Intermediate – Green/Blue

Prerequisites: The swimmer can swim with arms out and face in, side breathing with help.

Swimming Objectives: Side breathing for freestyle ½ length of pool; elementary back stroke, tread water.

Safety Objectives: Learn pool rules and rules for jumping and diving safely.

When my child swims freestyle with side breathing, it looks choppy and inefficient. He has trouble with the breathing and lifts his head. His backstroke is sloppy. He can tread water for about 1 minute.

Level 3 Advanced – Blue

Prerequisites: The swimmer is starting to side breathe on front and can tread water 30 seconds.

Swimming Objectives: Add distance to freestyle, backstroke, and learn breaststroke and dolphin kicks.

Safety Objectives: Recognize someone who needs help and additional ways to help them.

My child can easily swim freestyle with side breathing and backstroke for 1 length, but breaststroke is not coordinated yet.

Level 4 Beginner – Blue/Purple

Prerequisites: The swimmer can swim freestyle and backstroke; perform breaststroke and dolphin kick.

Swimming Objectives: Improve, add distance to freestyle and backstroke; begin breaststroke and butterfly

Safety Objectives: To help someone, first yell, then perform shallow water assists with help and equipment.

My child can swim freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke but needs to perfect them and learn butterfly and flip turns.

Level 4 Advanced – Purple

Prerequisites: Nice freestyle and backstroke, coordinated breaststroke and starting to coordinate butterfly.

Swimming Objectives: Improve and add distance to all strokes; improve and learn starts and turns.

Safety Objectives: Learn about how to prevent spinal injuries and what to do to help someone.

My child is a teenager who is afraid of the water. He prefers a private class with a patient, nurturing instructor.

Adult/Teen Swim Lessons

Private lesson are 30 minutes

My child is a teenager who can swim underwater but he has trouble getting a breath and stands up to breathe. He prefers a private class.

Adult/Teen Swim Lessons

Private lesson are 30 minutes

Ages 7 to 15 for Swimmers who know all 4 competitive strokes.

My child knows all 4 competitive stroke and does not want to swim competitively.

Level 5 – Pot of Gold

Prerequisites: Beautiful freestyle, backstroke, butterfly, breaststroke and sidestroke.

Swimming Objectives: Continued stroke improvement; flip turns; sculling; individual medley.

Safety Objectives: Learn how to help someone who is choking.

My child knows all 4 competitive strokes and is interested in competitive swimming.

Beyond the Levels Stroke Enhancement

Off to the Races

  • Swimmers <10 years old
  • Ratio of 1 coach to 8 swimmers
  • 1 hour practice
  • Make up a missed practice by attending another practice

Double Digits

  • Swimmers ages 10 and up
  • Ratio 12:1
  • 1 hour practice
  • Make up a missed practice by attending another practice
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