The Peddie Swim School is pleased to offer 'no-contact', small group lessons, meaning maximum of 2 students in levels 1 & 2, and a maximum of 4 students in levels 3 and above, so that we can maintain social distance between the students. Our instructors will be wearing face shields in the pool, and masks on the pool deck. See the Lesson Policies for the details on the student/parent procedures. All students must be 4 years old and toilet-trained in order to enroll in our program. Any questions should be directed to the Lesson Coordinator, Corina Simms at [email protected] or 609-944-7564.

Please carefully read the class descriptions below to determine the current level of the student. If the student is between two levels, go with the lower level. If we must move the student down a level once the session has begun, it may be a different day and/or time, and the $25 Change Fee applies.


See the Instructional Videos Library for stroke mechanics.

All students with long hair MUST wear a cap.  PEDDIE SWIM SCHOOL caps are available for purchase in the Aquatics Office for $5 each, cash only.

Level 1 (4 -12 year olds) - 30 min, 2 students/class (Bring your own pool noodle! No goggles allowe d) 

A parent must be ready to get in the water to support the child as these are 'no contact' lessons. This class is designed for children ages 4 & older who are either completely new to swimming, or who cannot demonstrate all the skills listed below.  Swimmers will learn correct body position and how to breathe efficiently. Children must be able to pay attention for 30 minutes at a time. Water safety skills will be taught.

Successful completion of Level 1 requires:

  • Safely entering & exiting the pool
  • Bobbing under water
  • Front float rolling to back float without instructor support (10 sec.)
  • 10 feet of freestyle and 10 feet of backstroke using flutter kicks and arms reaching out of the water
  • Water Safety Skills will be taught and emphasized.

Level 2 (4-14 year olds) - 30 min, 2 students/class, Pre-requisite: Level 1 skills (Bring your own pool noodle! Goggles recommended)

By Level 2, the emphasis is on continued development of confidence and feel of the water.  Students will remain in this level until they are swimming both freestyle and backstroke independently with good form and rotary breathing for 25 yards.

Successful completion of Level 2 requires:

  • Front & back streamline push-offs from the wall
  • Treading water for 15 seconds
  • Consistent independent freestyle for 25 yards using a front streamline push-off, reaching arms, rotary breathing, & straight leg flutter kick.
  • Consistent independent backstroke for 25 yards using a back streamline push-off, keeping head back, & straight leg flutter kick.
  • Level appropriate water safety skills

Level 3 (5-14 year olds) - 55 min, 4 students/class, Pre-requisite: Level 2 skills (Bring your own pool noodle or kickboard! Goggles required. No swim shirts.)

In Level 3, children will continue to build on their endurance in freestyle and backstroke.  They also will be introduced to the mechanics of breaststroke and diving skills.

Successful completion of Level 3 requires:

  • 25 yards freestyle with proper body position, strong kick and proper side breathing
  • 25 yards backstroke with proper body position and strong kick
  • Treading water for 30 seconds
  • 25 yards of elementary backstroke
  • Breaststroke with correct kick, arm pull and timing
  • Kneeling dive into the pool
  • Water safety skills

Level 4 (6-16 year olds) - 55 minutes, 4 students/class, Pre-requisite: Level 3 skills (Bring your own kickboard! Goggles required. No swim shirts.)

Level 4 builds on the freestyle and backstroke skills learned in Level 3.  Swimmers will increase their endurance, refine breaststroke technique and be taught butterfly.

Successful completion of Level 4 requires: 

  • 50 yards freestyle with proper body position, breathing, and kick
  • 50 yards backstroke with proper body position and kick
  • 25 yards breaststroke with proper whip kick, arm pull and timing
  • 25 yards butterfly with proper body position, arm pull, kick and timing
  • 25 yards elementary backstroke
  • 15 yards underwater swimming
  • 100 yards Individual Medley (25 fly, 25 back, 25 breast, 25 free)
  • Flip-turns for freestyle and backstroke
  • 60 seconds of treading water
  • Standing Dives
  • Water safety skills

Advanced Technique (Ages 6-16) - 55 minutes, 4 students/class, Pre-requisite: Consistent demonstration of Level 4 skills (Bring your own kickboard! Goggles required. No swim shirts.)

Advanced Technique (AT) continues to build on stroke technique, endurance, diving, plus the successful coordination of the breaststroke, butterfly, and mastery of flip-turns.  Many swimmers will repeat this level to learn proper technique.

Successful completion of Advanced Technique requires:

  • 100 yards freestyle (proper catch position, pull pattern, rotation & flip-turns)
  • 100 yards backstroke (proper start, pull pattern and rotation, & flip-turns)
  • 50 yards breaststroke (proper turns and underwater pull-outs, & turns)
  • 50 yards butterfly (proper timing, breath patterns, & turns)
  • 200 yards Individual Medley (50 fly, 50 back, 50 breast, 50 free)
  • 3 minutes treading water (1 minute w/ hand above the water)

Blue Sharks (9-16 years old), 55 minutes, Pre-requisite: Completion of all Advanced Technique skills or an evaluation (Bring your own kickboard! Goggles required. No swim shirts.)

This level offers training sessions that may serve as preparation for swim team try-outs or a warm-up for summer swim team participation.

To move on to our Blue Sharks group, swimmers must be between 9-16 years of age and must attend an evaluation by the Lesson Supervisor, or have attended and completed all the skills in Advanced Technique.  All four competitive strokes must be mastered to be considered.

Adult Level 1 - 18 & older, 30 min, 2 adults/class

For adults new to the water, or with fear issues with water, and/or can't float or swim. Swimmers will learn a correct body position, breathing for efficient swimming and focus on comfort level and skills to increase water safety.
Successful completion of Adult Level 1 requires:

  • Put face in water and blow bubbles
  • Fully submerge head
  • Straight leg flutter kick on back
  • Independent front float (hold for 10 sec)
  • Independent back float (hold for 10 sec) Foundations of treading water
  • Kicking 25 yds with kick board or barbell with face in water

Adult Level 2 - 18 & older, 30 min, 2 adults/class

For adults who can float on back & on stomach with face in the water without support. Can flutter kick with barbell or kick board as well as enter deep end of pool.
Swimmers will be introduced to the freestyle, the fundamental stroke in swimming. They will also be introduced to backstroke.
Successful completion of Adult Level 2 requires:

  • 25 yds. freestyle with proper body position, flutter kick and side breathing
  • 25 yds. backstroke with proper body position and flutter kick
  • 1 minute treading water

Questions: Contact Corina Simms: [email protected]