Fishers Area Swimming Tigers Lessons

Welcome to the FAST Tigers Learn-to-Swim Program Sponsored by Elsmore Swim Shop!

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

The FAST Tigers Learn-to-Swim Program Sponsored by Elsmore Swim Shop (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 Tigers Stroke School Sponsored by Elsmore Swim Shop (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.

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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 Tyler Richmond, this group is growing quickly and thriving!  

                            Welcome to the 2021-22 Pre-Team! 

The Winter session of pre-team will be offered from after the HSE winter break up until Spring Break

The Spring – Summer session of pre-team will be offered from after Spring Break through the summer

The next session of pre-team will be the WINTER SESSION.

The dates are as follows:

T 1/4, TH 1/6

T 1/11, TH 1/13

T 1/18, TH 1/20

T 1/25, TH 1/27, F 1/28

T 2/1, TH 2/3

T 2/8, TH 2/10, F 2/11

T 2/15, F 2/18

T 2/22, TH 2/24, F 2/25

T 3/1, TH 3/3, F 3/4

T 3/8, TH 3/10, F 3/11

T 3/15, TH 3/17, F 3/18

T 3/22, TH 3/24, F 3/25

*Registration for this upcoming session of pre-team will be available from Thursday 12/9 at 9:00am until Sunday 12/12 at 9:00am.  While registration is open there will be a link available at the bottom of this page.  Please register online for the pre-team group (10 and under or 11-14) your swimmer is interested in.

The 10 and under group will swim from 6:15-7:00 pm and the registration fee is: $200

The 11-14 year old group will swim from 7:00-8:00pm and the registration fee is: $250

We ask that the pre-team swimmers come prepared each night to swim with a competitive swim suit, swim cap and goggles.  We are also asking these swimmers bring their own FINS each evening.  Please contact Elsmore swim shop either through our website or by calling 317 208 3000.  Elsmore is located at 4705 E 96th St, Indianapolis.  They are aware of which fins we recommend for our pre-team swimmers.

Pre-team swimmers will also complete the USA Swimming FLEX membership form to be able to participate in up to two swim meets per calendar year.  The cost for this FLEX membership is an additional $20.  We will communicate more information about this process once the pre-team session has started. 

If you have any questions about pre-team or the registration process please let me know!

Coach Garland

[email protected] / 317 363 8595

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                                           FAST Tiger SWIM LESSONS

 

Welcome to the 2021-22 FAST Tiger Swim Lessons Season!

Registration for our January 2022 session will begin on Thursday 12/9 at 9:00 am and remain open until Sunday 12/12 at 9:00 am at which time registration will close so that we can organize classes and assign staffing.  

While registration is available there will be a link at the bottom of this page for you to register online.  Be sure to register your swimmer for swim lessons and the corresponding level they are wanting to participate in.

Please plan to register right away, spaces are limited and classes tend to fill quickly.  If your child was put on a waitlist please email me to let me know.  I will do my best to accomodate all swimmers who register.

The dates for the January '22 session will be:

M 1/3, W 1/5

M 1/10, W 1/12

M 1/17, W 1/19

M 1/24, W 1/26

You may choose one of three time slots: 6:00-6:30, 6:45-7:15 or 7:30-8:00 pm.

The maximum amount of swimmers per class in our group lessons is 4.

The cost for one session of lessons is $115.

We ask that parents do their best with deciding what level their swimmer should be in.  If they are currently enrolled in lessons, their instructor will inform you of the next level they should register for during the last week of the session.  If your swimmer is new to our program please read through the level description below prior to deciding what level to register for.

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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 20 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 at FHS.

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

[email protected] / 317 363 8595

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