Class Levels

Choosing a Class

Please read through the descriptions below and determine which level best describes your child's current swimming abilities. If you find that their skills fall between two levels, we recommend that you choose the lower of the two levels. We want to ensure that all of your child's swimming skills have a solid foundation before we build with more advanced skills in the future levels.

WSS Class Descriptions

Water Babies

Water Babies class is designed for parents and children 6 months through 3 years of age. This class is designed to introduce skills necessary for independent swimming when the child is older. In Water Babies, the focus is on becoming more comfortable in the water, having fun, and an introduction to water safety and swimming skills. The main objectives of this class include: comfort in the water, submersions, jumping, and having a good time.

Pink and Novice (with fins)

Pink/Novice Class is for any student who is new to Wave Swim School and has little to no previous water experience. This class is designed to teach children to be comfortable and happy in the water as well as to learn the foundation for long-term swimming and water safety skills. Students must be at least 3 years old to register for this class.

Rainbow (with fins)

A Rainbow swimmer is someone who has adjusted to the water comfortably and has good breath control while their face is in the water. In this class, students learn how to swim halfway across the width of the pool without assistance or flotation.

Green (with fins)

A swimmer in a Green class can hold their breath, submerge face down, and swim a short distance (approx. 20 feet) comfortably. In this class, students are working on extending their swimming distance and breathing on their own while swimming. Also, students learn to jump into the pool on their own, swim to the middle, turn around, and swim back to the side and climb out.

Blue (with fins)

A swimmer in a Blue class can happily swim and take pop-up breaths, jump in from the side and swim back to the wall, and climb out without assistance. In this class, students are learning to swim the length of the pool alternating between swimming on their stomach and on their back. Also, students learn to swim the length of the pool using sculling hands and kicking on their back, float on their back for 10 seconds without assistance, and swim underwater half the width of the pool.


A Red swimmer can float on their backs for 10 seconds unassisted, swim with sculling hands on their backs for the length of the pool, swim one length of the pool alternating between swimming on their stomach and swimming on their back, and swim comfortably without fins. Red swimmers are pretty strong and love to play in the water--above and below the surface. Swimmers are able to move around the pool independently with little to no contact from the instructor. Students in Red classes are learning to dive from the edge of the pool, tread water for 1 minute and learn catch-up freestyle while breathing on their back.


A White swimmer can dive from the side of the pool in good form, tread water for 1 minute and perform catch-up freestyle across the width of the pool, while breathing on their back. In the White class students are learning to swim one length of the pool freestyle with straight arms and proper side breathing, as well as to swim one length backstroke with straight arms and a straight leg kick. Finally, students are taught to swim one length of the pool with elementary backstroke.


A purple swimmer can swim one length freestyle with proper side breathing, one length backstroke with proper technique, and one length elementary backstroke. In a Purple class, students are working on their final ribbon, the Orange ribbon. Students are working on swimming two lengths of continuous freestyle with bi-lateral breathing. Also, at this level students learn to swim two lengths of breaststroke. Finally, they are working on completing two lengths of dolphin kick.


An Orange swimmer can swim two lengths of freestyle with bi-lateral breathing, two lengths of breaststroke, and two lengths of dolphin kick. In this class students are working towards their final award, the Gold Starfish Award. In order to achieve this, students in the Orange class must be able to swim all four competitive strokes with proper technique, and in legal form.