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SwimAmerica™ is station-based program with 10 different stations offering instruction for children of all levels. As the skills of each station are mastered, your child is rewarded and moved to the next station within the progression. This effective step by step method allows even the youngest swimmers to learn to swim SAFELY, while offering stronger swimmers the opportunity to develop all of the competitive strokes.

The following is a brief summary of each station's skills and goal

SWIMAMERICA STATIONS

 

STATION

SKILLS TO BE LEARNED

ADVANCEMENT STANDARDS

1
Bubbles

  • Gradual water adaptation

  • Movement in the water

  • Breath holding and release

  • Submersion of the face

  • Opening eyes underwater

  • Blowing bubbles

  • Bobbing with bubbles and air exchange

  • 10 relaxed bobs

2
Floats and Glides

  • Front float and recover

  • Front Glide and recover

  • Back float and recover

  • Back glide and recover

  • Front Glide and recover
    -5 seconds

  • Back glide and recover
    -5 seconds

3
Kicking

  • Porpoising

  • Front kick, glide, and recover

  • Back kick, glide, and recover

  • Dolphin kick, glide and recover

  • Front kick - 15 feet

  • Back kick - 15 feet

4
Crawl Stroke

  • Rollover - front to back, back to front

  • Finning and sculling

  • Side-glide-kick

  • Crawl

  • Side-glide-kick, 20 feet

  • Crawl stroke, 20 feet (no breathing)

5
Freestyle

  • Crawl stroke with breathing

  • Back crawl stroke

  • Crawl stroke with breathing (30 feet minimum of 4 breaths)

6
Backstroke

  • Extended freestyle swimming

  • Tread water

  • Jump in and tread water

  • Sitting dive

  • Kneeling dive

  • Standing dive

  • Swim Freestyle 75 feet

  • Swim backstroke 30 feet

  • Tread water for 1 minute

7
Breaststroke and Butterfly

  • Breaststroke kick

  • Breaststroke swim

  • Butterfly arms

  • Butterfly swim

  • Swim Freestyle 50 yards

  • Swim Backstroke 25 yards

  • Kick Breaststroke 20 feet

 

At the completion of Level 7, swimmers may be evaluated for the Delta Aquatics Swim Team.

8
Turns

  • Freestyle with bilateral breathing

  • Turns

  • Swim freestyle for 100 yards (using bilateral breathing for 25 yards of the swim)

  • Swim 25 yards Breaststroke

  • Swim 30 feet Butterfly

9
Lifetime Strokes

  • Sidestroke kick

  • Sidestroke swim

  • Elementary backstroke

  • Swim 200 yards Freestyle, bilateral breath for one continuous 50 yard

  • Swim 25 yards Butterfly

  • Swim 50 yards Breaststroke

  • Swim 50 yards Elementary Backstroke

  • Swim 50 yards Sidestroke

10
Individual Medley

  • Extended swimming and technique refinement in all major strokes and turns

  • Swim 300 yards freestyle

  • Swim 100 yards Backstroke

  • Swim 100 yards Individual Medley