2018 FCST LEARN TO SWIM PROGRAM CURRICULUM
 We are looking forward to teaching your child the important life skill of swimming, as well as helping them progress through our program, whether they are interested in eventually becoming a member of our competitive swimming or would like to continue swimming as a form of physical fitness in our Swim League program.
 
PRESCHOOL LEVELS
(Ages 3-4)
 
SCHOOL-AGED LEVELS
(Ages 5-13)
 
Bronze Guppy:
Introduction to the Water
 
Skills to Develop
  • Water safety tips
  • Getting in and out of the pool safely
  • Comfort in the water
  • Face in the water
  • Head underwater
  • Blowing bubbles
  • Hold breath underwater
  • Turtle float
  • Front float assisted
  • Back float assisted
  • Kick on front with assistance
  • Kick on back with assistance
 
Skills to Master
  • Getting in and out of the pool safely
  • Comfort in the water
  • Blowing bubbles with face in the water
  • Front float assisted
  • Back float assisted
 

 
Silver Guppy:
Floating & Kicking
 
Skills to Develop
  • Bobs
  • Front float unassisted
  • Back float unassisted
  • Kick on front unassisted
  • Kick on back unassisted
  • Jump in water and recover to wall unassisted
  • Ready position and proper pushoff (sink, touch, push)
  • Streamline front glide off wall
  • Streamline front glide with kick
  • Streamline back glide off wall
  • Streamline back glide with kick
Skills to Introduce
  • Single arm strokes with side breath- assisted
 
Skills to Master
  • Jump into pool and recover to wall unassisted
  • Kick on front and kick on back unassisted
  • Streamline front and back glide unassisted
 

 
Gold Guppy:
Unassisted Swimming
 
Skills to Develop
  • Transition from streamline front glide with kick to 1 arm kick on side (both sides)
  • Single arm strokes with side breath
  • Single arm strokes on back
Skills to Introduce
  • Continuous freestyle arms on top of water
  • Continuous backstroke arms on top of water
Skills to Master
  • Freestyle arms to the wall unassisted
  • Front glide 10 feet
  • Back glide 10 feet
 
 
Yellow Starfish:
Introduction to the Water & Water Safety Awareness
 
Skills to Develop
  • Water safety tips
  • Comfort in the water
  • Blowing bubbles
  • Face and head in water
  • Traveling bobs
  • Front float
  • Front kick return to wall
  • Back float
  • Back kick return to wall
  • Jump in water and recover to wall unassisted
 
Skills to Master
  • 10 traveling bobs
  • Front kick unassisted
  • Back kick unassisted
  • Jump in water and recover to wall unassisted
 

 
Pink Jellyfish:
Kicks & Glides
 
Skills to Develop
  • Ready position and proper pushoff (sink, touch, push)
  • Streamline front glide off wall
  • Streamline front glide with kick
  • Streamline back glide off wall
  • Streamline back glide with kick
  • Kick 12 counts on front/roll over and kick 12 counts on back
  • Transition from streamline front glide with kick to 1 arm kick on side (both sides)
Skills to Introduce
  • 12 kick switch drill
  • Dolphin dives
Skills to Master
  • Streamline front glide with kick- 15 Feet
  • Streamline back glide with kick- 15 Feet
  • Transition from streamline front glide with kick to 1 arm kick on side
 

 
Orange Clownfish:
Using Arms & Side Breathing
 
Skills to Develop
  • 12 Kick switch
  • Side breathing
  • Continuous freestyle arm stroke
  • Continuous backstroke arm stroke
Skills to Introduce
  • Somersaults
  • Head lead dolphin kicks on top of water
Skills to Master
  • Continuous freestyle arms with kick and side breaths for ½ pool length
  • Continuous backstroke arms with kick for ½ pool length
 

 
Green Swordfish:
Body Position & Distance 
 
Skills to Develop
  • Freestyle for distance with side breathing- length of pool
  • Backstroke for distance- length of pool
  • Head lead dolphin kicks on top of water
  • Body position dolphin kicks on top of water
Skills to Introduce
  • Simultaneous butterfly arms
  • Breaststroke kick on kickboard
Skills to Master
  • Continuous freestyle with side breathing for 1 length of pool
  • Continuous backstroke for 1 length of pool
  • Body position dolphin kicks on top of water for 1 length of pool
 

 
Purple Kingfish:
All Four Strokes & Distance 
 
Skills to Develop
  • Continuous freestyle
  • Continuous backstroke
  • Simultaneous butterfly arms
  • Combining simultaneous butterfly arms with dolphin kick
  • Breaststroke kick on kickboard
  • Breaststroke in body position
Skills to Introduce
 
  • Breaststroke arms
Skills to Master
  • Continuous freestyle with side breathing for 2 lengths of pool
  • Continuous backstroke for 2 lengths of pool
  • Combining simultaneous butterfly arms with dolphin kick for 1 length of pool OR
  • Combining breaststroke kick with breaststroke arms for 1 length of pool