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Group Lesson Info

The Berkeley Swim School Group Lessons

“Swimming is unique among all other sports in that it is not just an enjoyable recreational activity, but it is an essential life skill that can save your life or help you save the life of others. The World Health Organization has estimated that as many as 500,000 persons drown each year and in many parts of this country drowning is one of the leading causes of accidental death among school age children. In fact, drowning causes so many deaths that it is frequently classified as a disease. But this is one disease that has an almost 100% foolproof cure - swim lessons.” - Swimming Hall of Fame

 

Welcome to the Berkeley Swim School!

While we begin to offer classes as early as age 2, some children are still too young to fully gain the benefits of a swim lesson. We have not had much success with the child who is carried in arms to the poolside or with the students who are promised they will never have to put their faces in the water. Teachers, parents and students all need to be brave facing the challenge of this new experience yet sensitive to the individual needs of the child. We treat each child with respect, realizing that development may be varied and inconsistent. For some, swimming will not be learned easily, while others pick up the activity quickly and effortlessly. Each student will be encouraged to progress at his or her own rate. 

Summer 2018 Swim School Schedule

Fall 2018 Swim School Schedule

FAQs

Cancellation/Refund Policy

Make-Up Policy

► Please utilize the Swim Lesson Registration Platform on the Registration page for the current listing of available classes, as classes may be added or deleted based on interest and enrollment.  A link at the bottom of this page will take you to the most up to date listing on the Registration Page.

Where does my kid belong?

Baby & Me (6-18 months): Parent and child will experience an active :30, instructor guided class.  The goal is to become comfortable, on and under the water while blowing bubbles and floating on front and back. (:30 min)

Toddler & Me (18-36 months): In preparation for small group lessons, students will learn  a good body position and balance.  Toddlers will work on propulsive kicks, breathing patterns and arm strokes for free and back. (In water adult required) (:30 min)

Goldfish (ages 2.5-3): Students can put their faces in the water and are comfortable without a parent.  Goldfish will work on sculling on the back, rotary breathing and propulsive kicks while developing a balanced body position.  Parents are invited to observe for a few classes. (:30 min)

Get Wet (ages 3-5 – must be 3 to start a session): Students are new to water, have not fully submerged or are not crossing the pool on their backs 50' while using a propulsive kick. Activities will include kicking front and back, sculling on back, rotary breathing and arm strokes. (:30 min) 

Beginner 1 (ages 3- 5 – must be 3 to start the session):  Students can pass all Get Wet skills. Activities will include strong kicking front and back, bilateral breathing, breaststroke kicking and drills for a balanced body position. (:30 min)

Advanced Beginner 1 (ages 4-6 – must be 4 to start the session): Students are swimming freestyle demonstrating a propulsive kick and rotary breathing. Activities will include elementary backstroke, front somersaults and drills for breast and fly. (:30 min)

Get Started (ages 6-10): Students have not yet learned rotary breathing in conjunction with arm strokes and or a continuous backstroke recovery. Activities will include rotary breathing, arm recovery in freestyle and backstroke, sculling, breaststroke kick on back and a balanced body position. (:30 min)

Beginner 2 (ages 6-8): Students are swimming freestyle and backstroke demonstrating a propulsive kick and rotary breathing. Activities will include elementary backstroke, front somersaults and drills for breast and fly. (:45 min)

Beginner 3 (ages 8-10): Students are swimming freestyle and backstroke demonstrating a propulsive kick and rotary breathing. Activities will include elementary backstroke, front somersaults and drills for breast and fly. (:45 min)

Advanced Beginner 2 (ages 6-10): Students are proficient in freestyle and backstroke.  Activities will include breast and fly kicks, elementary backstroke and somersaults, and drills for breast and fly (:45 min)

Intermediate 1  (ages 6-10): Students have a strong freestyle, backstroke; legal breast and fly kicks; front somersaults.  Activities will include coordinating fly and breast, open and flip turns and breakouts in all strokes. (:45 mins)

Young Adult “B” (ages 10-13): Students have not yet learned rotary breathing in conjunction with arm strokes and or a continuous recovery backstroke. Activities will include rotary breathing, continuous arm recovery in freestyle and backstroke, sculling, and a balanced body position (:45 mins)

Young Adult "A" (ages 10-15): Students have a strong freestyle, backstroke; legal breast and fly kicks; front somersaults.  Activities will include coordinating fly and breast, open and flip turns and breakouts in all strokes.  Conducted by certified USA Swimming and Berkeley Aquatic Club Coaches (:45 mins)

**Please note that misplaced students are subject to movement out of classes, pending the availability in correct class.  

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enlightenedHave a question? Email - swimschool@berkeleyaquaticclub.com or Call - 908-464-1995