Level 1



Level 1 is for our absolute beginners. Our goal is to introduce swimmers to the water and get them better acquainted. Since they have very little experience with the water, our maximum ratio is 3:1 student to instructor.


-  Begin to develop water safety skills.
-  Become more comfortable in the water without assistance.
-  Learn basic swimming skills such as floating, kicking, and a “paddle stroke”

-  Children must be at least 3 years of age.
-  Swimmers must be completely toilet trained.
-  Must be comfortable in and around the water without a parent/guardian present.
-  Children must be able to take instruction from someone other than a parent, guardian, or family member

Safety Skills Taught:
-  Proper pool entry and exit
-  Moving along the wall
-  Safety on the pool deck
-  Obeying lifeguards and pool rules

Water Skills Taught:
-  Learn how to put face in the water to blow bubbles and eventually full head submersions
-  Develop a proper kick on stomach and back
-  Become comfortable in the water with "paddle strokes" unassisted


Swimmers will start with a floatation device. We do not consider this a "swimmie". Instead it is a device put around their chest that will give them the proper body position while performing activities. As they progress in the lessons, instructors will remove pieces of foam in the device to reduce buoyancy. 

Level 1 Objectives:
Before any level 1 swimmer can advance to our Level 2, he/she must be able to complete the following objectives. Once all objectives are achieved, the instructor will give approval to move on.

1 – Full Head Submersion “Bob’s”- Comfortably put head under water consistently 5-7 times

2 – Breath Holding- Be able to hold breath for 7-10 seconds without breaks

3 – Kicking on Stomach- Proper kicking on stomach. Devices may be used

4 – Kicking on Back- Proper kicking on back. Devices may be used

5 – Swim- Demonstrate a “paddle stroke” or freestyle for 15ft.


Swimmers must master ALL exercises in the Objective category before they can move on to Level 2.  Some swimmers may have to stay in this Level for more than one round of lessons in order to accomplish all Objective tasks and move on to Level 2.