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Olympic View Swim Lesson Program

2017 Updated Swim Lesson Learning Objectives


Preschool Water Basics (Ages 3-5)

Water Basics Level 1: Water Acclimation

Class Size: 6 / Student to Teacher Ratio: 6:2

  • Learn basic water safety rules
  • Enter and exit water independently on pool steps
  • Blow bubbles with mouth and nose submerged
  • Bounce in chest deep water
  • Supported kicking on front
  • Supported kicking on back
  • Assisted rolling
  • Wall crawl 5ft along pool edge

Water Basics Level 2: Swim Exploration

Class Size: 6 / Student to Teacher Ratio: 6:2

  • Learn basic water safety rules
  • Enter and exit water independently from pool edge
  • Fully submerge face (3 seconds)/bob independently
  • Supported back float
  • Supported front float
  • Front glide w/ kick (1/4 width)
  • Back glide w/ kick (1/4 width)
  • Jump from edge to an instructor

School-Age Swim Development (Ages 5 and up)

Level 1: Swim Starters

Class Size: 8 / Student to Teacher Ratio: 8:2

  • Learn basic water safety rules
  • Bob 8 times fully submerged
  • Retrieve submerged objects in shallow end (3’)
  • Front float unsupported
  • Back float unsupported
  • Front glide (10 feet)
  • Back glide (10 feet)
  • Front glide w/ kick (1/2 width)
  • Back glide w/ kick (1/2 width)
  • Front flutter kick (1 width)
  • Back flutter kick (1 width)
  • Introduction to face in water while swimming and/or side breathing techniques
  • Introduction of alternating arm action
  • Introduction of supported front crawl
  • Introduction of supported back crawl
  • Jump in to an instructor, glide back to grab wall

Level 2: Swim Growth

Class Size: 8 / Student to Teacher Ratio: 8:2

  • Learn basic water safety rules
  • Bob 15 times fully submerged
  • Retrieve submerged objects in medium depth (4-7’)
  • Front glide (1/2 width)
  • Back glide (1/2 width)
  • Unsupported front crawl w/ side breathing
  • Unsupported back crawl
  • Elementary backstroke kick
  • Jump into deep water – jump, swim, turn, glide back
  • Learn safe diving rules
  • Kneeling dive

Level 3: Swim Mechanics

Class Size: 8 / Student to Teacher Ratio: 8:1

  • Learn basic water safety rules
  • Alternate breathing
  • Front crawl (25 yards)
  • Back crawl (25 yards)
  • Sculling on back (1 width)
  • Elementary backstroke (1 width)
  • Breaststroke kick (1 width)
  • Standing dive
  • Tread water (1 minute)
  • Perform reaching assist
  • Perform throw assist
  • Jump into deep water – jump, swim, turn, swim

Level 4: Swim Refinement and Stamina

Class Size: 8 / Student to Teacher Ratio: 8:1

  • Learn basic water safety rules
  • Alternate breathing
  • Long shallow dive
  • Front crawl (50 yards)
  • Back crawl (50 yards)
  • Breaststroke (1 width)
  • Sidestroke (1 width)
  • Elementary backstroke (25 yards)
  • Butterfly (10 yards)
  • Open front turn
  • Open back turn
  • Perform throw assist from deck
  • Perform reaching assist from deck
  • Tread water (2 minutes)
  • Front flip turn (optional)
  • Back flip turn (optional)