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StormChasers is proud to be a licensed, SwimAmerica program.  SwimAmerica is a national learn to swim program operated by the American Swimming Coaches Association through over 500 Program Directors at over 900 sites across the USA. It's THE state-of-the-art learn to swim program in the world today. SwimAmerica is brought to you by the same people behind one of the most successful sport teams in the world... the USA Olympic Swimming Team. What we learn teaching elite athletes to set national and world records is applied to teach new swimmers to enjoy swimming using the best techniques in the world.

 

We have many fantastic instructors and strive to keep our student to instructor ratios LOW (3:1 MAXIMUM) so that your child receives the attention they deserve! This level of quality attention results in better swimmers in a shorter amount of time! Join us now and see what all the fuss is about...let the StormChasers turn your child into a confident, eager, swimming machine!  

 

Level 1 – “Bubbles”

Sign up for Level 1 if your swimmer is 6 months or older and is a NEW swimmer that is not yet comfortable in the water or able to comfortably hold their breath.

The Bubbles class will teach the initial skills of 1) Gradual water adaptation, 2) Movement in water, 3) Breath holding & release, 4) Submersion of the face, 5) Opening eyes underwater, 6) Blowing bubbles, 7) Wall Bobs w/ bubbles & air exchange Swimmers advance when they can comfortably perform ten relaxed bobs.

Equipment needed: Swim diaper if not potty trained, Suit, (goggles optional)

 

Level 2 – Floats & Glides

Sign up for Level 2 if your swimmer is 6 months or older and can comfortably perform the level 1 advancement skill of 10 relaxed bobs.

The Floats & Glides class is appropriate for swimmers that know how to comfortably hold their breath and perform 10 relaxed bobs.  Swimmers will be taught buoyancy, balance and basic kicking skills. Swimmers advance when they can comfortably perform a front/back glide for 5 feet with recovery.

Equipment needed: Swim Diaper if not potty trained, Suit, (goggles optional)

 

Level 3 – Kicking

Sign up for Level 3 if your swimmer is 3+years old and can do a front float and back float independently

The Kicking class is appropriate for swimmers that know how to comfortably hold their breath and float on their stomach and back independently. Swimmers will be taught porpoising, dolphin kick and will master kicking skills with front/back glide. Swimmers advance when they can kick 15 feet on their front and 15 feet on their back.

Equipment needed: Suit, goggles and fins

 

Level 4 – Crawl Stroke

Sign up for Level 4 if your swimmer is 5+years old and has mastered front and back float and can kick independently.

The Crawl Stroke class is appropriate for swimmers who have mastered breath control, body position and kicking on their front and back on top of the water. Swimmers will be taught to rollover front to back and back to front, finning and skulling, breathing position for freestyle and the crawl arm stroke. Swimmers will master short front crawl swim and advance by performing side-glide kick 20 feet and crawl stroke 20 feet.

Equipment needed: Suit, goggles, swim cap and fins

 

Level 5 – Freestyle

Sign up for Level 5 if your swimmer is 5+ years old and can do the crawl arm stroke on top of the water

The Freestyle class is appropriate for swimmers who can swim on top of the water but stop when they need to take a breath. Swimmers will be taught crawl stroke with continuous breathing and the back crawl stroke and will master crawl stroke with side breathing. Swimmers advance by swimming crawl stroke with a minimum of 4 breaths.

Equipment needed: Suit, goggles, swim cap and fins

 

Level 6 – Backstroke

Sign up for Level 6 is your swimmer is 5+ and has mastered Crawl arm stroke with breathing to the side

The Backstroke class is appropriate for swimmers who have mastered Freestyle swimming with continuous side breathing for a short distance and can swim on their backs. Swimmers will be taught extended freestyle swimming, treading water, jump in and tread water and dives. Swimmers will master and advance when they can swim freestyle for 75 feet, swim backstroke 30 feet and jump in and tread water for 1 minute.

Equipment needed: Suit, goggles, swim cap and fins

 

Level 7 – Breaststroke and Butterfly

Levels 7-10 are determined by StormChasers staff evaluation.

The Breaststroke & Butterfly class is appropriate for swimmers who have passed levels 1-6 and can swim Freestyle for 75 feet and backstroke for 30 feet. Swimmers will be taught the breaststroke kick, swim, butterfly arms and butterfly swim. Swimmers advance when they have mastered a 50-yard freestyle swim, 25-yard backstroke swim and can kick breaststroke for 20 feet.

Equipment needed: Suit, goggles, swim cap and fins

 

Level 8 - Turns

Levels 7-10 are determined by StormChasers staff evaluation.

The Turns Class is appropriate for swimmers who have passed levels 1-7 and can swim a 50-yard freestyle swim, 25-yard backstroke swim and can kick breaststroke for 20 feet. Swimmers will be taught freestyle with bilateral breathing and turns for each stroke and IM. Swimmers will master and advance as they perform a 100-yard freestyle swim using bi-lateral breathing, swim breaststroke 25 yards and swim butterfly 30 feet.

Equipment needed: Suit, goggles, swim cap and fins

 

Level 9 – Lifetime Strokes

Levels 7-10 are determined by StormChasers staff evaluation.

The Lifetime Strokes Class is appropriate for swimmers who have passed levels 1-8 and can perform a 100-yard Freestyle Swim using bi-lateral breathing, swim Breaststroke for 25 yards and Butterfly stroke for 30 feet. Swimmers will be taught sidestroke kick and swim and elementary backstroke. Swimmers advance as they master a 200-yard freestyle swim with bi-lateral breathing for a continuous 50 yards, swim 25 yards butterfly, 50 yards breaststroke, 50 yards elementary backstroke and 50 yards sidestroke.

Equipment needed: Suit, goggles, swim cap and fins

 

Level 10 – Individual Medley

Levels 7-10 are determined by StormChasers staff evaluation.

The Individual Medley Class is appropriate for swimmers who have passed levels 1-9. Swimmers will be taught extended swimming and technique refinement in all major strokes and turns. Swimmers will master and graduate as they swim 300 yards freestyle, 100 yards backstroke and a 100 yard Individual Medley.

Equipment needed: Suit, goggles, swim cap and fins

 

 

Advancement Goals

 

 

Level 1 – Bubbles

1.  10 Relaxed bobs

 

Level 2 – Floats & Glides

2.  Front Glide & recover – 5 seconds

3.  Back Glide & recover – 5 seconds

 

Level 3 – Kicking

4.  Front Kick – 15 feet

5.  Back Kick – 15 feet

 

Level 4 – Crawl Stroke

6.  Side Glide Kick – 20 feet

7.  Crawl Stroke – 20 feet no breathing

 

Level 5 – Freestyle

8.  Crawl Stroke with breathing – minimum of 4 breaths

 

Level 6 – Backstroke

9.  Swim Freestyle – 25 yards

10. Swim Backstroke – 30 feet

11. Tread Water for 1 minute

 

Level 7 – Breaststroke & Butterfly

12. Swim Freestyle – 50 yards

13. Swim Backstroke – 25 yards

14. Kick Breaststroke – 20 feet

 

Level 8 – Turns

15. Swim Freestyle – 100 yards using bi-lateral breathing

16. Swim Breaststroke – 25 yards

17. Swim Butterfly – 30 feet

 

Level 9 – Lifetime Strokes

18. Swim Freestyle – 200 yards using bi-lateral breathing for one continuous 50

19. Swim Butterfly -  25 yards

20. Swim Breaststroke – 50 yards

21. Swim Elementary Backstroke – 50 yards

22. Swim Sidestroke – 50 yards

 

Level 10 – Individual Medley

23. Swim Freestyle – 300 yards

24. Swim Backstroke – 100 yards

25. Swim Individual Medley – 100 yards