Program Levels

Program Level Descriptions

The skills listed are the skills that will be covered in class.

A swimmer must perform all the skills to move onto the next level.

If you need help with level placement please contact Erin Harris or Shannon Max (contact information can be found at the bottom of this page).

 

 

Bronze Bear Levels (2 - 5 years old)

 

Parent-Tot (all swimmers under 3 must register for this level)

Face Underwater, Blowing Bubbles, Bobs with Bubbles, Assisted Front Floats, Assisted Front Kicking (instructor holds the board), Assisted Back Floats, Assisted Back Kicking, Assisted Jump     NOTE: For Parent-Tot swimmers to be able to pass into Preschool 1 the swimmer must be comfortable working with an instructor without mom or dad.

 

Preschool 1 

Face Underwater, Blowing Bubbles, Bobs with Bubbles, Assisted Front Floats, Assisted Front Kicking (instructor holds the board), Assisted Back Floats, Assisted Back Kicking, Assisted Jump

 

Preschool 2

Bobbing (5 bobs with bubbles), Front Float (5 seconds unassisted), Front Kicking (unassisted for 2 yds), Assisted Front Push Off, Freestyle Swimming (Introduction; 3 arm strokes cycles unassisted), Back Float (unassisted 10 seconds), Back Kicking (unassisted for 2 yds), Assisted Back Push Off , Jumping in with Assistance to Wall

 

Preschool 3

Treading Water (unassisted for 10 seconds), Front Kicking with a Board (unassisted for 12 yds), Front Push-Off (unassisted for 5 yds), Freestyle Swimming (introduce rhythmic breathing; unassisted swimming for 6 yds), Back Kicking with a Board (unassisted for 12 yds), Back Push-Off (unassisted for 5 yds), Backstroke Swimming (unassisted for 6 yds), Jump and Return to the Wall (unassisted), Sitting Diving

 

Preschool 4

Treading Water (Unassisted for 30 seconds), Front Kicking with Board (unassisted for 25 yds), Freestyle Swimming (with rhythmic side breathing; unassisted for 12 yds), Backing Kicking with Board (unassisted for 25 yds), Backstroke Swimming (unassisted for 12 yds), Back Sculling (unassisted for 12 yds), Kneeling Dives, Breaststroke Kicking with a Board (introduction; assisted for 12 yds), Backstroke Start (unassisted for 5 yds)

 

Silver Bear Levels (6 - 14 years)

 

SA-Beginner 1.1

For swimmers who have absolutely no prior experiences with water and/or children who are uncomfortable in the water and going underwater

Face Underwater, Bobbing (with rhythmic breathing), Wall Rhythmic Breathing, Front Float (assisted), Front Kicking (assisted with a board), Back Float (assisted), Back Kicking (assisted with and without a board), Jumping In and Return to the Wall (assisted)

 

SA-Beginner 1.2

For swimmers who are comfortable in the water and going under-water, but still need to develop techniques for becoming independent in the water.

Treading Water (unassisted for 10 seconds), Front Float (unassisted for 5 seconds), Front Kicking (unassisted with a board for 12 yds), Front Push-off (unassisted for 5 yds), Freestyle Swimming (unassisted for 6 yds), Back Float (unassisted for 10 seconds), Back Kicking (unassisted for 12 yds), Back Push-off (unassisted for 5 yds), Backstroke Swimming (unassisted for 6 yds), Jumping In and Return to the Wall (unassisted)

 

SA-Beginner 2

Treading Water (30 seconds), Front Kicking with Board (25 yds), Freestyle Swimming (with rhythmic side breathing; 12 yds), Backing Kicking (25 yds), Backstroke Swimming (12 yds), Back Sculling (12 yds), Breaststroke Kicking with a Board (assisted  for 12 yds), Sitting & Kneeling Dives, Backstroke Start (Introduction), Dryland Skill: Plank

 

SA-Beginner 3

Treading Water (60 seconds), Front Kicking with Board (50 yds), Freestyle Swimming (with rhythmic side breathing; 25 yds), Backing Kicking (50 yds), Backstroke Swimming (25 yds), Backstroke Start (5 yds), Back Sculling (25 yds), Breaststroke Kicking with a Board (25 yds-unassisted), Breaststroke Pull (Introduction), Standing Dives, Dryland Skills: Planks & Introduction to Sit-ups

 

Golden Bear Levels (6 - 14 years)

 

SA-Intermediate 1

Competitive Front Push-Offs (underwater for 4 yds), Freestyle Finish, Freestyle Swimming Refinement, Freestyle Kick 6 Drill (25 yds), Competitive Back Push-Offs (underwater for 5 yds), Backstroke Finish, Backstroke Swimming Refinement, Backstroke Kick 6 Drill (25 yds), Breaststroke Kicking (50 yds), Breaststroke Swimming (25 yds), Butterfly Kicking (25 yds), Front Spring Dives, In-water Somersaults, Dryland Skills: Planks & Sit-ups

 

SA-Intermediate 2

Competitive Front Push-Offs (underwater; 6 yds), Freestyle Swimming (continued stroke refinement), Freestyle Kick 6 Drill (50 yds), Freestyle Flip Turn, Competitive Back Push-Offs (underwater; 6 yds), Backstroke (continued stroke refinement), Backstroke Kick 6 Drill (50 yds), Backstroke Flip Turn, Breaststroke Pull- Out, Breaststroke Swimming (50 yds), Butterfly Kicking (50 yds), Butterfly Pull (Introduction)

 

SA-Advanced

Freestyle Race Refinement , Backstroke Race Refinement, Breaststroke/Butterfly Turns, Breaststroke/Butterfly Finishes, Breaststroke Race Refinement, Butterfly Swimming (25 yds), Competitive Butterfly Push-Offs (underwater 6 yds), Butterfly Race Refinement (25 yds), 100 yard IM, Racing Dive (with streamline for 6 yds)

 

 

Questions?

Please feel free to contact us! 

Questions regarding general program information, registration and level placement ​​can be directed to our Adminstrative Assistant, Shannon Max. She can be reached at 614-557-6053 or shannonmax.gcss@gmail.com

Erin Harris, Head Instructor for all Indoor facilities, can be reached at 614-582-2597 or erinharris.gcss@gmail.com