Fishers Area Swimming Tigers Lessons

Welcome to the Community Health Network Learn-to-Swim Program Powered by FAST!

FAST Tiger Pre-Team and Swim Lessons page

From the beginning FAST participant to the USA National team member, everyone has a special place with the FAST Tigers. To help all children be safe and enjoy the water, and to prepare new swimmers for the FAST competitive team, the Fishers Area Swimming Tigers offers 6 levels of swim lessons: the Community Health Network Learn-to-Swim Program Powered by FAST (Levels 1-4) and the Community Health Network Stroke School Powered by FAST (Levels 5-6). In preparation for the competitive team, FAST also offers a Pre-Team Program.

The Community Health Network Learn-to-Swim Program Powered by FAST (Levels 1-4), designed by the Starfish Aquatics Institute, is streamlined, innovative, and learner-focused.  The curriculum uses an "ages and stages" format with specific benchmarks that swimmers will achieve before moving to the next level. These Learn-to-Swim lessons are offered to all ability levels. There is a place for everyone at FAST to grow into Life Champions and Excellent Swimmers! Before your swimmer's first lesson, please be sure to review our Parent Information.

The Community Health Network Stroke School Powered by FAST (Levels 5-6), designed by the Starfish Aquatics Institute, is streamlined, innovative, and learner-focused. The curriculum progresses through the competitive strokes with specific benchmarks that swimmers will achieve before moving to the next level.

FAST Tiger Pre-Team is a group intended for swimmers age 7-14 who are able to swim at least 50 yards of freestyle, 50 yards of backstroke and are able to kick 50 yards of any stroke.  Many swimmer use Pre-Team as a transition step in between swim lessons and the competitive team while some swimmers choose to remain in the Pre-Team group.  Under the leadership of Coach Lauren Wilson and Coach Maddie Pattengale this group is growing quickly and thriving!  

The next Pre-Team session will be a total of 10 weeks, typically meeting 3 times per week.  The 10 and under age group meets from 6:00-6:45pm and the 11-14 year old age group meets from 7:00-8:00pm.  The cost for the 10 and under age group is $200 / session and for the 11-14 year old age group the cost is $250 / session.

In addition all swimmers must complete a USA Swimming Flex Membership form and pay those fees (typically $20).

The next session of Pre-Team will begin March 1st!  We will have Pre-Team practices on the following dates:

M 3/1, T 3/2, W 3/3, TH 3/4     *the Wednesday 3/3 practice is a 'makeup' practice due to a weather cancelation from the previous session*

M 3/8, T 3/9, TH 3/11

M 3/15, T 3/16, TH 3/18

M 3/22, T 3/23, TH 3/25

*We will not have practices for 2 weeks due to the HSE Spring Break!*

M 4/12, T 4/13, TH 4/15

M 4/19, T 4/20, TH 4/22

M 4/26, T 4/27, TH 4/29

M 5/3, T 5/4, TH 5/6

M 5/10, T 5/11, TH 5/13

M 5/17, T 5/18, TH 5/20

* please note the specific dates.  We could not offer the exact same week days every week due to Fisher HS and FAST Tiger Club swim meets and events*

Registration for this March - May 2021 session will open Wednesday 2/24 at 8:00 am and remain open until Saturday 2/27 at 11:00 am at which time registration will close so that we can create classes and organize staffing.  While registration is open there will be a link available at the bottom of this page.

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FAST Tiger SWIM LESSONS

Our April swim lessons session is currently underway.

The next session of swim lessons will begin Monday May 3rd.

Registration for this session will open Thursday 4/29 at 9:00 am and remain open until Saturday 5/1 at 9:00 am at which time registration will close so that we can create classes and organize staffing.   While registration is open there will be a link available towards the bottom of this page.

The dates for the May session will be M 5/3, W 5/5, M 5/10, W 5/12, M 5/17, W 5/19, M 5/24 and W 5/26. 

There are three time slots available to choose from: 6:00 - 6:30pm / 6:45 - 7:15pm / 7:30 - 8:00pm

The registration fee for these 8 x 30 minute lessons is $100.

If you are unable to register or have been wait listed, please reach out to Coach Garland ([email protected]) and if accomodations can be made they will be.

The May session will return to our GROUP lessons, with a class instructor to student ratio of 1:4.  Upon registering you will be sent information regarding our most current protocols and procedures, along with a FAST COVID 19 waiver to be completed.

FAST Tiger Swim lessons typically begin with 4 year olds and older.  If your child is younger than 4 and you feel he / she may be ready, please contact Coach Garland to discuss that possibility.

If you are unsure what level your swimmer should register at please read through the following level descriptions.  

  • Level 1 students will develop trust and comfort in the water through games and activities. Listening and following directions are emphasized, as is climbing out independently. Students will be able to look underwater, hold their breath, jump in the water, and get their head wet. Students must be able to submerge, relaxed for 5 seconds, and come up to breathe (with or without assistance) to move to Level 2.
  • Level 2 students will learn how to hold body position and begin to move on their own with minimal or no support. Streamline is taught. Assisted and unassisted streamline kicking is worked on, as well as rolling front to back and back to front. Students will also be able to jump in, submerge, recover for air, roll on back (kicking or finning) for 5 seconds. Also, students must be able to jump in, submerge, recover for air and perform forward movement on front or back for 10 feet, change direction, and return to the wall in order to move to Level 3.
  • Level 3 students will begin to build endurance in kicking and arm action. Streamline and side glide positions are emphasized. Students must be able to jump in, submerge, recover to side glide position, and kick 10 feet in order to move to Level 4.
  • Level 4 students will work on side glide, linking overarm freestyle pulls, and rolling to opposite side glide. Students will work on swimming freestyle with a body roll and the principles of breathing will be introduced. Backstroke will be introduced, including back floats and streamline on the back. Head first entry (dives) will be introduced in deep water. Students must be able to start in a side glide, swim freestyle 30 feet with body stretched out and a consistent form. Students must be able to swim 30 feet of triple-switch backstroke in order to move to Level 5.
  • Level 5 students will work on swimming backstroke with a straight arm recovery, entering water little finger first with bent arm pull, good body and arm extension, and body roll. Butterfly will be introduced with arm down pulsing, pulsing with arms in the "11" position, lifting head to breathe during pulsing, adding one butterfly arm stroke to pulsing, and swing and stretch strokes. Students must be able to swim backstroke for 30 feet with good technique and perform arm down pulsing for 15 feet. Students must also be able to swim 4 strokes of butterfly with only 1 breath and the remainder of the pool freestyle in order to move to Level 6.
  • Level 6 students will work on breaststroke. The kick will be introduced assisted and performed with support. Students will learn arm action, combine kicking and arm action, incorporate the body dolphin motion, and the timing of breaststroke. Students will also work on both open turns and flip turns in this level. Racing dives will be taught as well. Students must be able to swim 175 yards - 50 Freestyle, 50 Backstroke, 25 Butterfly, and 50 Breaststroke. Students must also be able to demonstrate the principles of the strokes that have been worked on, perform freestyle and backstroke flip turns, and perform butterfly and breaststroke open turns

 

We ask that you use your best judgement to determine if your swimmer/s should be in or the Learn-to-Swim Lesson Program or Pre-Team. If you have additional questions, please contact our Lessons Coordinator or Business Manager. We can also schedule an evaluation to determine where your swimmer would fit best into our program.  Evaluations are typically done on weeknights at 5:30 or 6:00 pm and only take 15 mintues.

It is our intent to continue offering one session of swim lessons per month.  We also plan to continue with the evening time slots through the summer months of June, July and August.

If you have any questions at all please contact Coach Garland Wilson

[email protected] / 317 363 8595

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