About Springfield Prep – Learn to Swim Instruction
The Springfield Prep Swim Club is a progressive program of swimming instruction. There are six levels through which the swimmers progress according to their skill and endurance level. Upon completion of the six levels, swimmers are invited to join the Springfield Aquatics Swim Team, our local competitive USA Swimming team.
Lessons are taught by Amy and Brian Reynolds, along with athletes from the Drury Panthers Collegiate Swim Team and the Springfield Aquatics Swim Team. All lessons are taught at the Breech Pool on the Drury Campus.
Joining Springfield Prep
To join Springfield Prep, contact Amy Reynolds at 417-832-0480 or [email protected] Amy will schedule a time for you to bring your swimmer for an initial evaluation. Based on that evaluation, your swimmer will be placed in one of 6 practice levels.
||$60.00 for the first swimmer
$40.00 for each additional swimmer
Springfield Prep runs three sessions:
|Session 1 (September - December)
||5:00pm – 5:45pm
||9:00am – 9:45am
|Session 2 (January - April)
||5:45pm – 6:30pm
||9:45am – 10:30am
|Session 3 (May - August)
|Days and Times TBA
Standards for Performance Levels
The students are taught how to put their faces in the water and exhale. They learn how to push of the bottom of the shallow end of the pool and bob their head underwater while exhaling. They also learn how to float on both their stomach and their back, and must be able to propel themselves twelve feet through the water by kicking.
Students are taught the basic mechanics of freestyle and rhythmic breathing. They must be able to breathe consecutively to the side and their arms must recover out of the water. The student is also taught how to combine arm and leg movements with the back float. The head should be aligned with the spine and the kick should be continuous and effective. The student must be able to successfully complete one length (25 yards) of the pool without stopping, both in freestyle and backstroke in order to advance to the next level.
The student is taught how to finesse the backstroke and freestyle stroke, body roll, and kick. He/she will begin some endurance training and will perform drills and practice one full pool length (25 yards) at a time. Special attention is paid to arm recovery methods and hand entry positions into the water. The kick should be continuous and effective and the head should rotate with the axis of the body consistently.
The student continues to work on both backstroke and freestyle techniques, while increasing their swimming distances. In freestyle, the elbows must be higher than the hand during recovery and the pull must extend all the way back to the thigh. The kick should be strong, effective, continuous and at the surface most of the time. In backstroke, the shoulder roll is required, and the head must be aligned with the spine without any rotation. This will be the student’s first introduction to the breaststroke and he/she must master an acceptable kick before advancing to the next level.
This level emphasizes fine tuning on the backstroke and freestyle pulls, timing, and breathing. Endurance training becomes a large part of the lesson and the student becomes strong and comfortable swimming greater distances without stopping for rest. The breaststroke pull is added to the kick that was learned in Level 4, and the swimmer is taught how to coordinate both pull and kick for smooth, strong propulsion.
The student is now ready for final stroke technique instruction which allows them to swim in a smooth, continuous and relaxed manner. Continuing to work on endurance, they now must have strong forward propulsion in the three competitive strokes they have learned the butterfly stroke is introduced, and the student performs many drills using kick boards and swim fins. They also learn how to complete racing starts and flip turns. The student will be invited to join Springfield Aquatics as soon as they have sufficient endurance capacity and have demonstrated a basic grasp of the four racing strokes.