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Swim Lessons Guide:

 Level 1 is for beginners with little or no experience in the water. To enroll into Levels 2-6, students must have completed or at least be able to confidently demonstrate the skills listed in the previous level, including the exit skill requirements

 LEVEL 1: Introduction to Water Skills ages 4 & up

 Purpose: Helps students develop positive attitudes, good swimming habits and safe practices around the water. Level 1 participant learns to:

Enter and exit water safely

Blow bubbles through mouth and nose

Bobbing

Open eyes under water and retrieve submerged objects

Front and back glides and floats

Recover to vertical position

Roll from front to back and back to front

Tread water using arm and hand actions

Alternating and simultaneous leg actions on front and back

Alternating and simultaneous arm actions on front and back

Combined arm and leg actions on front and back

Learn how to stay safe, including recognizing an emergency and knowing how to call for help

Use a life jacket

 

Level 1 Exit Skills Assessment:

 1) Enter unassisted, move 5 yards, bob 3 times then safely exit water;

2) Glide on front 2 body lengths, roll to a back float for 3 seconds and recover to a vertical position.

 LEVEL 2: Fundamental Aquatics Skills

 Purpose: Give students success with fundamental skills. Learn to float and recover to a vertical position.

 Level 2 participants learn to:

Enter and exit water by stepping or jumping from the side

Fully submerge and hold breath

Bobbing

Open eyes under water and retrieve submerged objects

Front, jellyfish and tuck floats

Front and back glides and fronts

Recover to vertical position

Roll from front to back and back to front

Change direction of travel while swimming on front or back

Tread water using arm and leg actions

Combined arm and leg actions on front and back

Finning arm action

Safety skills – recognizing an emergency, knowing how to call for help, perform non-swimming assists, using a life jacket, pool rules

 

Level 2 Exit Skills Assessment:

1) Step from side into chest-deep water, move into a front float for 5 seconds, roll over to a back float for 5 seconds then return to vertical position.

2) Move into a back float for 5 seconds, roll to a front then recover to a vertical position.

3) Push off & swim using a combination of arm and leg actions on front for 5 body lengths, float for 15 seconds, and roll to the front then continue swimming for 5 body lengths.

 

LEVEL 3: Stroke Development

 Purpose: Builds on skills from Level 2 & develops strokes through additional guided practice in deeper water. Level 3 participants learn:

Jump into deep water from the side

Dive from sitting and kneeling positions, in water at least 9 feet deep

Bobbing

Rotary breathing

Survival float

Back float

Change from vertical to horizontal position on front and back

Tread water

Flutter, scissor, dolphin and breaststroke kicks on front

Front crawl and elementary backstroke

Learn to look carefully before entering the water

Learn to perform simple non-swimming assists

Learn to recognize, prevent and respond to cold water emergencies

 

Level 3 Exit Skills Assessment:

1) Demonstrate competency in all required skills and activities, including in-water skills.

2) Jump into chest-deep water from the side, swim front crawl for 15 yards w/ face in the water and rhythmic breathing pattern (to front or side), and maintain position by treading or floating for 30 seconds, back crawl for 15 yards.

 

LEVEL 4: Stroke Improvement

Purpose: Develops confidence and strength to improve skills learned and introduces new aquatic skills.

Level 4 participants learn to:

Diving entry from the size in compact and stride positions in at least 9 feet of    water

Swim underwater

Perform feet first surface dive

Survival swimming

Front crawl and backstroke open turns

Tread water using 2 different kicks

Front and back crawl, elementary backstroke, breaststroke, sidestroke and butterfly

Flutter and dolphin kicks on back

Use safe diving rules, water safety rules, perform throwing assists

Perform compact jump a height while wearing a life jacket

Perform the following:

o Front crawl and elementary backstroke, 25 yards

o Breaststroke & back crawl, 15 yards

          o Butterfly and side sidestroke

 

Level 4 Exit Skills Assessment:

1) Perform a feet-first entry into chest-deep water, swim front crawl for 25 yards, change direction maintain position on back 1 minute in deep water (float or sculling) and swim elementary backstroke for 15 yards.

2) Swim breaststroke for 15 yards, change direction and swim back crawl for 15 yards.

 

LEVEL 5: Stroke Refinement

Purpose: Provides further coordination and refinement of strokes, swimming further distances.

 Level 5 participants learn to:

Shallow-angle dive from the size then glide and begin a front stroke

Tread water w/ two different kicks, 2 minutes

Learn survival swimming, 2 minutes

Survival floating, 2 minutes

Sculling

Water safety, non-swimming assists, calling for help, waterpark safety, helping others

Perform the following:

o Standing dive, Shallow dive, glide two body lengths and    begin any front stroke

o Sidestroke, elementary backstroke 25 yards

o Tuck & pike surface dive

o Front and back flip turns

o Front and elementary backstroke, 50 yards

o Breaststroke and back crawl 25 yards

o Butterfly 15 yards

 

Level 5 Exit Skills Assessment:

1) Perform a shallow dive into deep water, swim front crawl for 50 yards change direction and maintain position on back 5 minutes in deep water (float or sculling) and swim elementary backstroke for 50 yards.

2) Swim breaststroke for 25 yards and swim backstroke for 25 yards.

 

ONCE COMPLETING LEVEL 5 THERE ARE TWO OPTIONS…

1.      Join the WHAT Swim Team

2.      Take the Level 6 Red Cross Swim Class

 

All level 5 graduates will be asked to try out for the WHAT Swim Team. Swimmers are not required to join, but they are encouraged to begin a lifetime of fun, fitness and camaraderie by participating in the WHAT Swim Team.

LEVEL 6: Swimming and Skill Proficiency

Purpose: Refines the strokes so students swim them with ease, efficiency, power and smoothness over greater distances. Level 6 is designed with “menu” options that each focus on preparing students to participate in more advanced courses, including the Water Safety Instructor and Lifeguard Training courses. Instructor will determine options offered. These options include:

Personal Water Safety

Fundamentals of Diving

Fitness Swimmer

All options include these endurance skills and turns:

• Front and back crawl, 100 yards

• Breaststroke, 50 yards

• Sidestroke and butterfly, 50 yards

• Elementary backstroke, 50 yards

• All legal open turns and flip turns while using swimming strokes

Level 6 Exit Skills Assessment

For each option, a specific set of exit skill assessments are given, but all of the options will require a continuous, 500 yard swim.

 

 

WARREN HARDING AQUATICS TEAM

SWIM TEAM GROUPS:

Beginners: This group will swim up to 1500 yards daily. To join this group, swimmers must be able to swim 200 yards freestyle and swim a legal 25 of each other competitive stroke.  This is an advanced, developmental group focusing on having fun and developing a long term love of the sport of swimming. This group will follow a systematic approach to competitive swimming, using drill and stroke progressions.  Starts, stream-lines, turns and stoke mechanics are the focus of this group. Swimmers are encouraged to attend three practices a week.  Participation in meets is encouraged. This is an entry-level group that will follow a systematic introduction to competitive swimming, teaching:

         Starts, turns and stroke technique are the primary focus

         Introduction to swim drills and techniques at the basic skill level

         Introduction to the basics of competitive training

         Swimmers are encouraged to attend 2-3 one hour practices per week.

         Participation in meets is encouraged.

 

  • Move up requirements: Complete all of the sets below.

o    4 x 100 yd. Free on 1:45

o    4 x 100 yd. I.M. on 2:00

o    4 x 100 yd. Kick on 2:30

 

  • Minimum technical move up requirements: Legally complete at minimum the list below.

o    Bi-lateral breathing during freestyle

o    Proper streamlining off the walls  

o    Two underwater dolphin kick outs off of every wall

o    Balanced backstroke

o    Proper stroke timing for both Butterfly and Breaststroke

  

Intermediate: This group will swim between 2000 – 3000 yards daily. This is an advanced developmental group where the focus is on ensuring that the athletes are having fun (develop a long term love of swimming), forming strong team bonds,  continue developing strong fundamental skills in freestyle ,backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly, building a great kicking foundation, and continuing to  develop their racing skills. Swimmers will participate in dry land exercises emphasizing basic core body strength.

  • Move up requirements: Complete all of the sets below.

o    5 x 100 yd. Free on 1:20

o    5 x 100 yd. I.M. on 1:40

o    5 x 100 yd. Kick on 2:00

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  • Minimum technical move up requirements: Legally complete at minimum the list below.

o    Bi-lateral breathing during freestyle

o    Proper streamlining off the walls  

o    Three underwater dolphin kick outs off of every wall

o    Balanced backstroke

o    Proper stroke timing for both Butterfly and Breaststroke

 

Advanced: This group will swim between 3500 – 5000 yards daily. This is a highly competitive training group for middle school age swimmers designed to prepare them for performing at the highest level of competition they can achieve (LSC champs, Zones, USA Sectionals, Junior Nationals) as well as preparing them for high school swimming. The training emphasis will be on increased aerobic conditioning in all four strokes through the training of specific energy systems, developing and maintaining advanced stroke mechanics, perfecting race strategies, nutrition, and individual goal setting. Training will include an intensive dry land program. Swimmers in this group are expected to attend 95% of all practices and attend 3-4 meets per month.






















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