SwimAmerica is the learn-to-swim program of the American Swimming Coaches Association. It teaches beginners how to swim, as well as more experienced swimmers proper technique in the four competitive strokes, the freestyle, butterfly, breast stroke and backstroke.
SwimAmerica is quality swimming lessons using a progression of skills taught in 10 stations. Every student progresses at his/her own rate, independent from other students’ development. Safety is the main reason for learning to swim. The SwimAmerica learn-to-swim program will give your child a safe start in life!
The coaches are gentle, responsible, and they understand children. They are certified by the American Swimming Coaches Association. The group sizes are very small, not more than 3 children per teacher for preschoolers, and not more than 5 children per teacher in the school age program through Station 8. Stations 9 and 10 are taught as pre-team practices, with no set student to teacher ratio.
Our Preschoolers program (3-4 years old):
Beginners 1 – 4: Beginners will learn water safety skills, blowing bubbles, floating on front and back, gliding on front and back, and rolling over from front to back.
Advanced 5 – 8: Advanced preschoolers will learn the 4 competitive strokes (freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly). When they pass station 8, they will join the Pre-Team.
Pre Team 9 and 10: The swimmers are able to swim all four competitive strokes for a short distance. They will work on endurance and begin lap swimming. They will also continuously improve their strokes.
School Age Program (ages 5 and over):
Station I, II, III: In these stations, children learn proper breathing, floating on front and back, kicking on front and back, and rolling over from front to back, without support.
Station IV: Children learn the basic freestyle without breathing to the side and the side-glide kick. They already float and kick on the front and the back without support.
Station V: Students learn the freestyle breathing to the side and the basic backstroke. To start in this station, children must be capable of swimming proper freestyle without breathing, and side-glide kick.
Station VI: Students build their endurance until they are able to swim 50 yards freestyle and 25 yards backstroke. They will also learn to tread water. To enter this station, the children must have a clean freestyle, with bilateral breathing to the side, and proper backstroke.
Station VII: This station teaches the breaststroke. To start in this station, the children must have mastered the freestyle with bilateral breathing, and the backstroke.
Station VIII: This station teaches the butterfly. To start in this station, the children must have mastered the freestyle with bilateral breathing, the backstroke and the breaststroke. Station IX and X (Pre-Team): To start in these stations, the children must have mastered the freestyle with bilateral breathing, the backstroke, the breaststroke and the butterfly. These stations prepare the children for the swim team. The children further improve their endurance until they can swim 300 yards freestyle in proper stroke technique. They also learn turns and perfect their stroke technique in all 4 strokes. Children will also learn the basic drills used on the Patriot Aquatic Club swim team.