Fishers Area Swimming Tigers Lessons

Welcome to the FAST Tiger Swim Lesson and Pre-team page Powered sponsored by Elsmore Swim Shop!

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 FAST Tiger Learn-to-Swim Program Powered by Elsmore Swim Shop (Levels 1-4) and the FAST Tiger Stroke School Powered by Elsmore Swim Shop (Levels 5-6). In preparation for the competitive team, FAST also offers a Pre-Team Program.

The FAST Tiger Learn-to-Swim Program (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 FAST Tiger Stroke School Program (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 6-14 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 Tyler Richmond this group is growing quickly and thriving!  

 

Welcome to the FAST Tiger SWIM LESSONS Program powered by Elsmore Swim Shop

  • Our FAST Tiger Swim Lessons program director is FAST Tiger and FHS swim coach Garland Wilson. 
  • All swim lessons instructors are certified in Starfish Aquatics swim and stroke school and many instructors have years of competitive swimming experience.
  • Swim lessons are available for children ages 4 -14.
  • Swim lessons are offered on a month-to-month basis.  A session of swim lessons consists of 8 or 6 x 30-minute lessons.
  • Swim lessons are taught in a GROUP structure with no more than 4 swimmers per 1 instructor.
  • Swim lessons are offered typically on Monday and Wednesday evenings during 3 different time slots.  Slot #1 6:00-6:30pm, Slot #2 6:45-7:15pm or Slot #3 7:30-8:00pm.
  • Be sure to check this website for specific dates for an upcoming session.  We have LOTS of programming that occurs at our FHS Natatorium and occasionally we offer swim lessons on different evenings.
  • Registration fee for a session of 8 lessons is $115.  Registration fee for a session of 6 lessons is $85.
  • Typically, the registration for an upcoming session will open the morning after the current session finishes so that our current swimmers will know which level to register for next.  Registration is usually open for 48 hours and then closes so that we can organize classes and assign staffing for the next session.
  • While registration is open there will be a link available at the bottom of this page for online registration.
  • Classes do tend to fill quickly.  If you would like to register a swimmer, please plan to register as near to the opening date and time as possible.  If your child does get put on a waiting list, please email Coach Garland.  We will do everything possible to accommodate those on the waiting list.
  • At the conclusion of the registration period, you will receive an informational email regarding the upcoming session from Coach Garland Wilson via Team Unify.  If you do not get this email, please let us know.
  • When registering we ask that parents use their best judgement to determine what level to place their child in after reading through the level description below.  If after reading the level description you are still unsure and would like to schedule an evaluation, please contact Coach Garland Wilson at [email protected]

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.

 

 

The NOVEMBER FAST Tiger GROUP Lessons at FHS is currently underway and full.  The remaining class dates are: Sun 11/20, Mon 11/28 & Wed 11/30

 

We will NOT be conducting a session of swim lessons in December

 

The next session of  GROUP FAST Tiger swim lessons taught at FHS will begin:

Monday January 9th, 2023

Classes will occur on the following evenings from  6:00-6:30 pm  / 6:45-7:15 pm / 7:30 - 8:00 pm.  Please selet one of these time slots.

 

M 1/9, W 1/11

M 1/16, W 1/18

M 1/23, W 1/25,

M 1/30, W 2/1

The registration fee for this session of 8 classes is $115

Registration for our January GROUP SESSION @ FHS will open on Thursday 12/1 at 9:00 am and remain open until Saturday 12/3 at 9:00 am at which time it will close so that we can organize classes and assign staffing.  While registration is open there will be a registration link available at the bottom of the page.  If you register and your child is put on a waiting list, please email Coach Garland ([email protected]).  Please note that if you select 'pay by check' your child will be placed on the waiting list until we receive your registration fee check.  We will do our best to accomodate everyone if at all possible. 

Please note that we are not able to offer makeup lessons or refunds for any lessons that you may miss.  An informational email will be sent to all who have registered on the Sunday prior to lessons beginning.

 

 

Welcome to the FAST Tiger PRE-TEAM program powered by Elsmore Swim Shop!

FAST Tiger Pre-Team is a group intended for swimmers age 6-14 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 swimmers 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.

Three pre-team sessions per calendar year are provided

The Fall session is offered from Labor Day until Thanksgiving break

The Winter (January - March) session is offered from after Winter break through Spring break

The Spring – Summer session is offered from after Spring break through July (April - July).

  • Practices are coached by FAST Tiger coaches!
  • Pre-Team is divided into two groups.  The 6-9 year olds practice will be 45 minutes and the 10-14 year olds practice will be 1 hour.
  • The 6-9 year olds will practice Tuesdays and Thursdays 6:15-7:00pm and Saturdays 9:45-10:30 am.  Registration fee is $175
  • The 10-14 year olds will practice Tuesdays and Thursdays 7:00-8:00pm and Saturdays 10:30-11:30am.  Registration fee is $210
  • Pre-Team swimmers may compete in up to two swim meets per calendar year upon completion of a USA Swimming Flex membership and the additional $30 Flex membership fee.
  • ** New this year, due to a change in the USA Swimming membership procedures, our 13-14 pre-team swimmers will need to complete the FULL USA Swimming membership form and pay the $80 registration fee.  These swimmers will be able to participate in an unlimited number of swim meets**
  • Pre-Team swimmers are asked to purchase their own fins.  Elsmore swim shop can direct you to the specific type of fins we would like swimmers in this group to have.

The classes for the upcoming Winter 2023 session of pre-team will be on the following dates:

T 1/10, TH 1/12, T 1/17, TH 1/19, T 1/24, TH 1/26, Sat 1/28, T 1/31,
Friday 2/3 - FAST Friday Meet opportunity, T 2/7, TH 2/9, Sat 2/11, T 2/14, TH 2/16, Sat 2/18, T 2/21, TH 2/23, Sat 2/25, Sunday 2/26 Sunday Splash Meet opportunity,T 2/28
TH 3/2, Sat 3/4, T 3/7, TH 3/9, T 3/14, TH 3/16, Sat 3/18, T 3/21, TH 3/23, Sat 3/25, T 3/28, TH 3/30 

 

Registration for this upcoming Winter (January - March) 2023 session will open Wednesday 11/23 at 9:00am and remain open until Wednesday 11/30 at 9:00am

Please plan to register as close to the start date and time as classes tend to fill quickly.

If you have questions or would like to be on a list to receive information about future pre-team sessions please email Coach Garland at 

[email protected]

 

 

 

FAST Tiger Swim lessons

Our lessons program, 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!

Please click on the Levels below to see what is taught at each level and what needs to be mastered before moving up.


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