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Alpha Aquatics – Lessons

Intro

5-5:30 pm, Monday thru Thursday

2 Sessions per week (Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday): $100 per month

4 Sessions per week: $200 per month

This is our beginners’ group.  Swimmers in this group should be at least 5 years old, comfortable in the water, and able to take instructions while in the water.

 

Level 1

5:30-6:15 pm, Monday thru Thursday

2 Sessions per week (Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday): $120 per month

4 Sessions per week: $240 per month

Swimmers in this group should be at least 5 years old, comfortable in the water, and ready to learn the fundamentals of competitive swimming.  This group will be focused on learning independent floating, freestyle side-breathing, freestyle and backstroke kicking, and proper body position.

Objectives

  1. To introduce beginning swimmers to the pool environment and to become familiar and comfortable in the water.
  2. To achieve complete independence and confidence in the water.
  3. To learn independent back float with proper rotation
  4. To begin basic kicking.
  5. To move around the pool independently with proper body position and kicking.
  6. To prepare swimmers for Level 2.

 

Level 2

6:15-7 pm, Monday thru Thursday

2 Sessions per week (Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday): $120 per month

4 Sessions per week: $240 per month

This is the next group after Level 1 and appropriate for swimmers who may have had previous swimming lessons experience and want to continue to learn the fundamentals of competitive swimming.  Swimmers in Level 2 MUST be able to back float and kick (back/free).  Swimmers in Level 2 will be focused on continually developing the fundamentals of freestyle, and proper body position, along with an intro to backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly drills.

Objectives

  1. To focus on correct breathing and body positioning for freestyle and backstroke.
  2. To further develop rotation drills and streamlining.
  3. To master catch-up freestyle drills and backstroke switch drills.
  4. To introduce breaststroke and butterfly kicking.
  5. To ensure swimmers don’t need hands-on instruction.
  6. To prepare swimmers for Level 3.

 

Level 3

7-7:45 pm, Monday thru Thursday, Fridays 5-6 pm

3 Sessions per week (M/W/F or Tu/Th/F): $105 per month

5 Sessions per week: $195 per month

This is our most advanced pre-competitive group, and a good fit for those swimmers who have had previous swimming lessons experience, have mastered all of the Level 2 skills, and are excited to continue to learn all the fundamentals of competitive swimming.  Swimmers in Level 3 must be able to back float, side-breathe in freestyle, and kick all of the strokes.  They will continue to develop proper freestyle body position, along with more advanced stroke-specific drills.  Racing skills such as dives and turns are introduced at this level.

Objectives

  1. To solidify good technique for full freestyle and backstroke.
  2. To continue developing breast and fly through stroke-specific drills.
  3. To introduce starts and turns. 
  4. To further develop good kicking for all strokes.
  5. To prepare swimmers for our Racing Development/Bronze group and to compete in swim meets.

 

Alpha Aquatics – Competitive Swim Groups

Racing Development / Bronze

Monday thru Friday 5-6 pm @ES

$175 per month

The Racing Development/Bronze Group is our entry-level competitive group.  The typical age range for swimmers in this group is 6 – 11 years old.  It is intended for young swimmers who are able to swim and kick all of the strokes and do flip turns.  Swimmers in this group will learn racing starts and skills, further develop each of the strokes, and attend meets.

The Bronze group is offered 5x 60-minute practices per week.  They are expected to attend at least 3 swim meets per year.  Swimmers in this group progress best when they attend 3 – 5 practices per week.

Required Equipment

  1. Water Bottle
  2. Kickboard
  3. Fins (DMC Training Fins)
  4. Paddles (Strokemakers)
  5. Pull Buoy
  6. Snorkel

Objectives

  1. To continue to refine technique in each of the four strokes.
  2. To learn racing starts and other racing skills
  3. To gain strength in the water.
  4. To attend swim meets.
  5. To legally complete either a 100 Individual Medley or a 25-yard distance of each stroke.

 

Racing Development / Silver

Monday thru Friday 6-7 pm @ES, Saturday 8-9:30 am @ES

$220 per month

The Racing Development/Silver Group is our second highest racing development group.   The typical age range for swimmers in this group is 7 – 12 years old.  It is intended for young swimmers who have competition experience.  Swimmers in this group will further develop all competitive racing skills in each of the strokes and attend at least 3 meets per year.

The Silver group is offered 5x 60-minute practices per week and 1.5 hours on Saturday.  They will attend at least 3 swim meets per year.  Swimmers in this group are required to attend 3 – 5 practices per week.

Required Equipment

  1. Water Bottle
  2. Kickboard
  3. Fins (DMC Training Fins)
  4. Paddles (Strokemakers)
  5. Pull Buoy
  6. Snorkel

Objectives

  1. To continue to refine technique in each of the four strokes.
  2. To gain strength in the water.
  3. To regularly attend swim meets.
  4. To legally complete either a 200 Individual Medley or a 50-yard distance of each stroke.

 

Racing Development / Silver Transition

Mon, Wed, Fri 5-6 pm @ES, Tues and Thurs 5-6:30 pm @ES, Saturday 8:30-10 am @ES

$235 per month

The Racing Development/Silver Transition Group practices as a part of the Silver group on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and on Tuesday and Thursday they join the Gold Group for an extra 30min of practice.  It is for swimmers at the top end of the Silver group and focuses on the individualized specific skills necessary for each swimmer to move into the Gold group.  The typical age range for swimmers in this group is 9 – 12 years old.  All skills, requirements objectives are the same as the regular Silver group.

 

Racing Development / Gold

Monday thru Friday 5-6:30 pm @ES, Saturday AM @LMU

$250 per month

The Racing Development/Gold Group is the highest level racing development group.   The typical age range for swimmers in this group is 9 – 12 years old.  Competitive swimming is the primary sport each swimmer in this group does.  It is intended for young swimmers who have considerable competition experience.  Swimmers in this group will further develop all competitive racing skills in each of the strokes.

The Gold group is offered 5x 90-minute weekday practices, plus a 2 hour Saturday am practice.  They will attend a meet at least once a month, and specifically, attend the Summer Junior Olympics and the Winter Age Group Championships.  Swimmers in this group are required to attend practices 4 -6 times per week.

Required Equipment

  1. Water Bottle
  2. Kickboard
  3. Fins (DMC Training Fins)
  4. Paddles (Strokemakers)
  5. Pull Buoy
  6. Snorkel

Objectives

  1. To continue to refine technique in each of the four strokes.
  2. To continue to gain strength in the water.
  3. To regularly attend swim meets.
  4. To legally complete either a 200 Individual Medley or a 100-yard distance of each stroke.
  5. To achieve at least 1 blue time standard as defined by Southern California Swimming.

 

Junior Group

Monday thru Friday 5:45-7 pm @ES, Saturday AM @LMU

$240 per month

The Junior group is intended for young swimmers who enjoy training year-round.  The typical age range for swimmers in this group is 10 – 14 years old.   The emphasis of this group will be technique and conditioning development.  The Junior group is offered 5x 1hr.15min weekday practices, plus a 2hr long Saturday morning practices.  In this group, swimmers may choose to compete once a month. 

Required Equipment

  1. Water Bottle
  2. Kickboard
  3. Fins (DMC Training Fins)
  4. Paddles (Strokemakers)
  5. Pull Buoy
  6. Snorkel

Objectives

  1. To continue to refine technique in each of the four strokes.
  2. To continue to gain strength in the water.
  3. To attend swim meets.
  4. To move into the Senior Group.

 

Senior Group

Monday thru Thursday 5 - 7 pm @ES, Friday PM @LMU, Saturday 8-10 am @ES

$275 per month

The Senior group is intended as a transition into the High Performance group.  The typical age for swimmers in this group is 13-18 years old.   The Senior group is offered 6x 2 hour practices per week.  Swimmers in this group may choose to attend a meet at least once a month.

Required Equipment

  1. Water Bottle
  2. Kickboard
  3. Fins (DMC Training Fins)
  4. Paddles (Strokemakers)
  5. Pull Buoy
  6. Snorkel

Objectives

  1. To get into the High Performance group
  2. To continue to refine technique in each of the four strokes.
  3. To continue to gain strength in the water.
  4. To attend swim meets.
  5. To achieve JO, WAG, JAG, and Sectional standards.

 

Junior Olympic Group

Monday thru Thursday PM @LMU, Friday 5-7 pm @ES, Saturday AM @LMU

$275 per month

The Junior Olympic group is intended as a transition into the High Performance group.  The typical age for swimmers in this group is 9 to13 years old.  Competitive swimming is the only sport each swimmer in this group does.  It is intended for swimmers who compete very regularly.

The Junior Olympic group is offered 6x 2 hour practices per week.  They will attend a meet at least once a month, and specifically, prepare all year round for Summer Junior Olympics and the Winter Age Group Championships.  Swimmers in this group are required to attend practices 5 -6 times per week.

Required Equipment

  1. Water Bottle
  2. Kickboard
  3. Fins (DMC Training Fins)
  4. Paddles (Strokemakers)
  5. Pull Buoy
  6. Snorkel

Objectives

  1. To get into the High Performance group
  2. To continue to refine technique in each of the four strokes.
  3. To continue to gain strength in the water.
  4. To regularly attend swim meets.
  5. To achieve JO, WAG, JAG standards.

 

High Performance Group

Monday thru Friday PM @LMU, Saturday 8-10 am @ES

$325 per month

The High Performance group is intended for competitive swimmers who are training to compete at the highest levels in the sport.  The typical age for swimmers in this group is 14 years old and up.  Competitive swimming is the only sport each swimmer in this group does.  It is intended for swimmers who compete very regularly.

The High Performance group is offered 6x 2-hour afternoon practices per week, 2x 1:30 practices in the morning as well as a Saturday morning practice.  They will attend a meet at least once a month, and specifically attend the Summer Junior Olympics and the Winter Age Group Championships, US Junior Nationals, Sectionals, and Futures.

Swimmers in this group are required to attend practices 6-8 times per week.  Additionally, they must have a strong work ethic, be an excellent communicator, be a caring teammate, bring a positive attitude and a high level of focus and enthusiasm to practices and meets, thrive in a competitive environment, and naturally serve as a good example for younger swimmers on the team.

Required Equipment

  1. Water Bottle
  2. Kickboard
  3. Fins (DMC Fins)
  4. Paddles (Strokemakers)
  5. Pull Buoy
  6. Snorkel

Objectives

  1. To continue to refine technique in each of the four strokes.
  2. To continue to gain strength in the water.
  3. To regularly attend swim meets.
  4. To successfully compete at the JO, WAG, Sectional level.
  5. To achieve Futures, Junior National, National, and Olympic Trial standards.