Windermere Laker Aquatics, our infant swim/water safety program focuses on helping young swimmers overcome any fear of the water they may have and then teach them the proper mechanics of swimming. Windermere Laker Aquatics offer students a natural progression:

  • Feeling comfortable in the water
  • Putting your face in the water and keeping water out of your nose
  • Discovering natural buoyancy and learning to float horizontally
  • Learning to propel yourself through the water
  • Learning to breathe while in the water
  • Helping swimmers experience the joy and efficiency of flawless stroke techniques.


The four competitive swimming strokes are freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly. The combination of all four strokes is called individual medley.

The individual medley, commonly referred to as the I.M., features all four
strokes. In the IM, the swimmer begins with the butterfly, then changes after one-fourth of the race to backstroke, then breaststroke and finally freestyle.

In the medley relay, all four strokes are swum. The first swimmer swims
backstroke, the second breaststroke, the third butterfly, and the final swimmer anchors the relay with freestyle.

The freestyle relay events consist of four freestylers, each swimming one
quarter of the total distance of the event.


In the start, the swimmer is called to the starting position by the starter
who visually checks that all swimmers are motionless. When all swimmers are set, the starting horn is sounded to start the race. If the starter feels that one of the swimmers has moved, left early or gotten an unfair advantage, the guilty swimmer may be disqualified after the race for a false start. Under USA Swimming rules, one false start disqualifies the swimmer.