Class Levels

Class Levels and Descriptions

Sheridan Swim Team has Learn-To-Swim Classes for all levels of swimmer!  Lessons are open to the public at $65.00 per session (8 lessons), while members of Sheridan Swim Club are offered the same lessons at $50.00 per session.  Each level of instruction builds upon previous skills learned within our program.  Skills in swimming are acquired with experience and are not age specific. The more appropriately your child is placed, the better we can cater their lessons to their needs.  

On the first day of a session, we will evaluate and place similarly skilled swimmers together.  Our first priority is helping your child progress in their skills, no matter where they may begin with our program.

Our Goal is to provide the community with a quality learn-to-swim program that not only teaches water safety and confidence, but also introduces them to competitive swimming.  

Below are descriptions of each class level.  When registering for classes please be sure to include your child's past experience/skill level.  If you are unsure of what level to register for, please email Head Coach and Lessons Coordinator Joey Waldorf at

Online Registration is currently open

*Online Registrations paid by credit card are given first priority when filling classes.

Level 1: Rain

Intro to Water Skills: blowing bubbles, holding breath, rhythmic breathing, supported front/back float, supported front/back kick, supported freestyle/backstroke arm and leg motion, unsupported front/back float, rolling from front to back.  

This class is designed to get lesson participants comfortable in the water and begin learning basic water skills.  Skills are often taught as part of games and group play.  

Level 2: Thunder

Fundamental Water Skills: water safety awareness, unsupported front/back kick, unsupported side float, unsupported side kick, treading water, jumping into deep water, basic freestyle and backstroke arm and leg action with rhythmic breathing.

This class is designed for new swimmers who already are comfortable with the water, or have previous experience with lessons but do not know formal swimming strokes.  

Level 3: Lightning

Stroke Development: side rhythmic breathing, freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, shallow/deep dives.

This class is for swimmers with more advanced water skills.  It teaches the basic strokes and introduces aspects of competitive swimming.  

Level 4: Storm

Stroke Improvement: This is the first level of our Competitive Team!  Racing starts, flipturns, reading the pace clock, listening skills. 

At this level, swimmers are integrated into our competitive team!  Swimmers must be able to competently swim Freestyle and Backstroke, and have a firm concept of Breastroke and Butterfly.  Participation in competitive swim meets is strongly encouraged but not required.   

Registration in this group will be arranged with Head Coach Joey Waldorf and requires the swimmer to register with USA Swimming for yearly insurance. 

All levels of instruction are generally offered during each session depending on registration numbers and availability of swim instructors.  (See Session Schedules)

Class sizes generally limited to a 4:1 swimmer to instructor ratio or less.