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Levels

Baby and Me

Ages: Birth through 3

While focusing  on water comfort, games, and relaxing in a warm water environment, parents are encouraged to challenge each child's skills and level of comfort in the water. Continually under the guidance of a competent instructor, the emphasis in Baby and Me is on fun in the water! 

As young children in Baby and me, swimmers will experience and understand the buoyancy and balance and breath control that will help them throughout the rest of the Pine Bush Aquatics Swim School.

Pre-Beginner

Level 1: 4- 5 years old 

Level 2: 6 and up

Children must have reached the age of four to enroll in this level. At this age we feel that children will benefit from the dynamics of a small group and a caring , competent instructor. Children will be asked to challenge themselves by trying new things. 

The emphasis in Pre-Beginner is on basic water skills such as assisted and unassisted floating, blowing bubbles and retrieving items from the bottom of a shallow (3 foot) area. Listening to instructions and working within a group are stressed along with important water safety lessons. Pre-Beginner includes activities that build confidence while increasing the child’s comfort and feel for the water. Finally, children will become comfortable swimming under the water.

Pre-Beginner has two age divisions; the skills covered in the two divisions are identical.

Beginner

Level 1: 4 - 6 years old

Level 2: 6 and up

The emphasis in Beginner is on development of confidence and feel for the water. Children remain in the Beginner level until they are swimming freestyle and demonstrating rotary breathing. It is anticipated that children will remain in this level for multiple sessions, as the skills to be mastered are quite broad and varied.

Beginner has two age divisions; the skills covered in the two divisions are identical.

Intermediate

Level 1: 4 - 6 years old

Level 2: 7 and up

The emphasis in intermediate is on solidifying competent and comfortable, relaxed breathing. Freestyle and backstroke will be emphasized. Butterfly and breaststroke will be introduced. To begin in an Advanced Beginner class children should be able to demonstrate rotary breathing, have mastered the air exchange process.We will work to improve  Breath Control, Buoyancy, balance, and Body Position.

Intermediate has two age divisions; the skills covered in the two divisions are identical.

Advanced

Level 1: 5 - 7 years old

Level 2: 8 and up


Advanced swimmers can swim for a distance unaided. Additionally, these swimmers demonstrate comfortable rotary breathing with freestyle, a competent backstroke, and a feel for the water.  The fundamentals of breaststroke and butterfly are reinforced. These children will work to improve their skills so they can swim several laps of each stroke with confidence.