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Stroke Development I

Stroke Development I:

Age: 8 and under:

Stroke Development I is designed for the beginning level swimmer. Ages in this group
are 8 and younger. Instruction focuses on freestyle and backstroke. Swimmers learn that
swimming is fun and enjoyable. Terms and basic lingo is also taught to swimmers in this
group. Emphasis is based on developing a strong kick and comfort on the surface of the
water. Starts begin to be taught as well as turns. Swimmers must be able to swim 25
yards of freestyle and backstroke safely for entrance into this group.

Requirements for this group:

Completion of level 2 swim lessons or equal
Ability to swim 25 yards of freestyle and backstroke safely
Ability to focus for 45 minutes two days a week

Goals:

Comfort in the water on the back and stomach
Understanding and ability to float effortlessly controlling body position with head
Strong flutter kick
Ability to swim multiple lengths of freestyle and backstroke safely
Swim in first competition
Basic understanding of swimming terms and practice procedures
Have fun in the water

Parameters for Advancement:

Ability to swim 50 yards of Freestyle and Backstroke safely
Ability to focus for one hour three practices a week
Basic understanding of swimming terms and practice procedures
Advancement is based on coach’s discretion

Daily Training Equipment:

Water bottle, Kick Board, Fins