Conference Champs

2009 - 2013, 2017 & 2019

SwimAmerica Swim Lessons

Station 1: BUBBLES

This station is for nervous or beginner students. It includes introduction to the basic skills necessary for swimming. We work on gradual water adaptation, movement in the water, breath holding and release, submersions of the face, opening eyes underwater, blowing bubbles, bobbing with bubbles, and air exchange. Swimmers will gain confidence and master submerging their face in the water. Swimmers advance when they can do 10 relaxed bobs with air exchange.

Station 2: FLOATS AND GLIDES

This station is for swimmers who are comfortable holding their breath under the water and doing 10 relaxed bobs with air exchange. Swimmers will be taught to front float and recover, front glide and recover, back float and recover, and back glide and recover. Additionally, students will learn how to safely enter the water. Swimmers advance when they can front and back glide for 5 seconds and recover. 

Station 3: KICKING

This level is for swimmers that know how to comfortably hold their breath and float on their stomach and back independently. Swimmers will be taught kicking skills with front and back glides. Swimmers advance when they can kick 15 feet on their front and 15 feet on their back in streamline position. 

Station 4: CRAWL STROKE

This station is appropriate for swimmers who have mastered breath control, body position, and kicking on their front and back on top of the water. Swimmers will be taught to roll over front to back and back to front, breathing position for freestyle (side-glide), and the crawl arm stroke with catch up. Swimmers will master short front crawl swim and advance by performing side-glide kick for 20 feet and crawl stroke for 20 feet. 

Station 5: FREESTYLE

This class is for swimmers who can swim on top of the water, but who stop when they need to take a breath. Swimmers will be taught back crawl stroke and will master front crawl stroke with bilateral side breathing. Swimmers will advance by swimming crawl stroke with a minimum of 4 side breaths. 

Station 6: BACKSTROKE

This level is appropriate for swimmers who have mastered freestyle swimming with continuous side breathing for a short distance and can swim on their backs. Swimmers will learn how to tread water, dive from the sitting, kneeling, and standing positions, and work on their endurance in freestyle. Swimmers will advance when they swim backstroke with correct body position, strong kicks, and quick arm rotation.

Station 7: BUTTERFLY

This station is for swimmers who have successfully mastered freestyle and backstroke. In this class, swimmers will learn how to dolphin kick and the timing of the butterfly stroke. The butterfly stroke should have 2 visible kicks with one arm pull. Breathing should occur every other stroke.

Station 8: BREASTSTROKE

This station is for students who have passed stations 1-7 and have mastered freestyle, backstroke, and butterfly. Swimmers will learn the breaststroke kick (up-out-around) and correct timing (pull-breathe-kick-glide) for breaststroke. Swimmers will advance when they demonstrate the legal form of breaststroke.

Station 9: TURNS

This station is for swimmers who have mastered all 4 strokes. Swimmers will learn how to perform a flip in the water, how to touch with both hands on breaststroke and butterfly, and how to correctly perform a freestyle flip turn. In this station, swimmers will also learn how to turn for the Individual Medley. 

Station 10: INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY
 

This level is for swimmers who have passed stations 1-9 and can legally swim all 4 strokes. In this station, swimmers will gain endurance and fine tune their strokes. The survival strokes Elementary Backstroke and Sidestroke are also learned in this station. To graduate from level 10 and move on to Future Stars, the swimmer must be able to complete a 100 IM, a 100 Freestyle, and a 50 of Butterfly, Backstroke, and Breaststroke with correct turns and without stopping. 

 

SwimAmerica FAQ’s

Program Director

Coach Paul Murphy. coachpaul@goldriverstingrays.org

  1. How do I know if my child needs learn-to-swim classes?
    Drowning is the second leading cause of accidental deaths among children under the age of 18 - swimming is a sport that can actually save your child’s life.
  2. What is your definition of “learning-to-swim”?
    A child who can swim 100 yards of freestyle, 50 yards of Backstroke, Breaststroke, and Butterfly, and a 100 individual medley (25 yards of each of the “Olympic” strokes: Butterfly, Backstroke, Breaststroke and Freestyle).  When children can accomplish these goals, they graduate from station 10!
  3. How long will it take for my child to learn to swim?
    This depends on several things, such as your child’s age, pool experience, comfort level in the water, listening skills, enthusiasm and level of fitness.  It may take 30 or more lessons for a pre-school child to learn the basic skills of floating, kicking, returning to the wall and learning how to get a breath. Everyone learns at a different rate and each child will progress through the program at their own speed.
  4. Do you teach SwimAmerica year round?
    No not right now. Right now Swim America will be offered spring through the summer. Fall and winter classes maybe something we can look at in the future.
  5. What do we need to bring to class?
    Please have your child come to class already wearing their swim suit and pool shoes.  Swimsuits should be snug fitting and quick drying.  We encourage students to wear training suits which are designed to shed water and make swimming easier.  Many “fashion suits” for girls or baggy shorts for boys retain water, and actually feel very heavy in the water, making it harder to learn.  We encourage caps for children with long hair and goggles to help protect their eyes from the chlorine.  You will also need to bring a towel so that your child can dry-off immediately after swim class.
  6. What is your Instructor to Student Ratio and class size?
    To ensure the most ideal teaching conditions, we maintain an instructor to student ratio of no more than 1:4.
  7. What is your Cost?
    SwimAmerica classes’ fees will be determined as we get to closer to the summer.  Your account will be set up on auto-payment and continue to be deducted on the 1st of the month until you decide to stop. Cancelations must be submitted via email to billing@katyaquatics.net before the 20th of the month prior to the 1st of the month you want to stop your classes.
    Every swimmer will also be charged a $55 annual registration fee.
  8. Make-up Policy
    Class participants register for classes, which meet on specific days and times. Canceling a class due to hazardous conditions (lightening, pool problems, etc), attendance in scheduled classes is the responsibility of the participants.  We do not provide refunds, make-up classes, or allow the participant to attend a different class due to personal schedule conflicts.
  9. How do I withdraw my swimmer from the program?
    We accept withdrawals on a monthly basis. We require you submit a withdrawal request via email before the 20th of the month prior to the 1st of the month that you would like to withdraw your child from classes.
    For example, if you wish to stop your child’s swim classes for the month of August, we will need to have the withdrawal form submitted no later than July 20th. This allows us to go into the system and stop your billing cycle before you are billed on the first of the month.
    Please email PaulM@sparetimersportsclubs.com should you have any questions about your account.
  10. Can you tell me a little about your staff?
    Our SwimAmerica Site Supervisors have numerous years of competitive swimming, teaching and coaching experience.  All of our coaches are credentialed “SwimAmerica” Coaches and teach students how to swim by the most effective method known.  They teach politely with humor and enjoyment.  Every student receives personal attention and a caring approach to instruction.  We pride ourselves on providing a safe teaching and learning environment for all children.
  11. How does the SwimAmerica station program work?
    ​SwimAmerica features lessons for ages 3 -14.  We offer a 10-step program that allows each child to progress at their own rate.  When children pass the advancement goals for a particular station, they are immediately promoted to the next level.  SwimAmerica students are directed towards specific goals in each station and immediately rewarded for successful completion of goals through our unique “Award of Achievement Certificate System”.
  12. How will my child be rewarded?
    During the first week of lessons, each NEW SwimAmerica participant will receive a waterproof Red, White and Blue SwimAmerica Certificate.  The certificates have the station numbers printed on the front with the advancement goals for each station printed on the back.  These certificates are the perfect tool for tracking your child’s progress.  When children are promoted, they earn a gold SwimAmerica sticker to place on the station they passed.  Please help your child take pride in their accomplishments by displaying their certificate at home.  As you will notice, we make a big deal out of each student’s advancement during class, and we recommend you maintain these life-long certificates for your children.
  13. At what age can lessons begin?
    For our Youth lessons, we require that your child be 3 or older as of the first month of his or her lessons.  Our Teen lessons are for students age 13 – 17, and students 18 and over should register for Adult lessons.
  14. What is your registration process?
    Our registration is open, so you may register at any time you see an opening that fits your schedule.  To register, you will create an account where you will enter your contact, student and payment information.  You will then choose your class day and time for lessons which begin on the date specified. Our lessons are perpetual, meaning that your swimmer will automatically be enrolled in his or her weekly lesson time each month.  Lesson fees are paid monthly – your credit card on file will be debited for that month’s fees on the 1st of each month that your child is enrolled. Monthly rates are prorated to reflect the actual number of classes in the month, taking into account facility closures and holidays.
    1. How much do lessons cost?
      Lesson fees are charged monthly on the 1st of each month at a rate of $30 per class for Youth and Teen lessons..  You will pay for your first month (or prorated portion, if you start after the first week of the month) at registration, and then going forward, on the 1st of each month that your child is enrolled the credit card that you added to your account will be charged for that month’s fees. Adult lessons run in monthly terms.  Please click on the blue information dot as you register to see information about Adult lesson pricing.
  15. What can I expect on my child’s first day of class?
    On your child’s first day of class, we make a thorough assessment of each child’s skills so that they are placed in the appropriate “station.” You can expect your child to spend a lot of time learning proper breathing techniques both on-land and in the water the first few days of class. Good breathing is the KEY to good swimming. A child who has not learned how to breathe properly tires more quickly in the water. We will spend a lot of time working on bobs and other breathing exercises at all of our SwimAmerica stations.
    1. What is the SwimAmerica Station Method?
      SwimAmerica lessons are a series of stations of skill development and stroke progression. Once a child masters the skills and “advancement goals” of each level, they “move up” to the next station and begin working on more advanced skills. This way, each student progresses at their own rate – which we believe is the best way to keep kids motivated to succeed. The Deck Supervisors do on-going evaluations of each swimmer and advances students as soon as they are ready for the next challenge.
    2. What is the SwimAmerica Certificate?
      Each student enrolled in our program receives a SwimAmerica Award Certificate on the first day of lessons. When a student masters the skills of one station and advances to the next, they receive a gold “graduation” sticker to place on their certificate. We make a big deal about advancement – the child will receive a small prize as well as a sticker to place on their certificate.
    3. How quickly will my child advance through the stations?
      This varies greatly depending on each child’s age, athleticism and natural comfort level in the water. It may take a few weeks or more for a very young child to progress beyond Station 1. We will NOT advance a child before they have mastered the skills of their first station. Remember, proper breathing is the key to successful swimming! On average, it takes a preschooler 20 or more lessons to advance to station 3. On the other hand, some preschoolers will advance much more quickly – it all depends on the individual child!
    4. What is my role as a parent?
      Make sure your child comes to class ready to learn, with a snug-fitting, comfortable bathing suit, towel, etc. Please avoid swim shirts, as they interfere with good stroke technique. Talk with your child about the advancement goals required at their station, and encourage them to do their very best. Don’t push, but praise them for their efforts. Please remain in the bleachers above the pool or out in the lobby during your child’s lessons. They are in good hands. Parents on deck can distract both coaches and students from the job of learning to swim. Your help with this is appreciated.

 

  1. What if my child cries during class?
    Many preschoolers have trouble adjusting to any new situation. We will be as patient as we need to be. Let us handle it. Your child will eventually adjust and we will help them by gently pushing them along the way.
  2. What if my child needs to miss a lesson?  To avoid disruption to your child’s progress, we strongly encourage parents to make every effort to have their child attend their regularly scheduled lesson.  We do recognize, however, that there are times that lessons need to be missed.  Our policy with regard to make up lessons is that each student who provides a minimum of 24 hours’ notice of an absence is entitled to one make up lesson every 30 days.  Parents mark their child’s absence and book make up lessons through their accounts on the Parent Portal.  The idea with this make up system is that the students are basically swapping open spots.  As your create an opening by marking your child absent, you can do a make up in a class that another child had to cancel.  As a result, make ups aren’t available when a child is a no-show without notice.  Special consideration is always given in the event of medical emergencies – please email us directly in those situations.
    1. Who do I contact to discuss questions about my child or the program?
      You may send an email to PaulM@sparetimesportsclubs.com and we will respond as quickly as possible. We must stay focused on teaching during lessons, but they will be happy to contact you at your convenience.
  3. What if I need to withdraw my child from the program?
    To cancel your registration, we must receive written notice of your intent to cancel no later than the 15th of the month prior to the effective date.   Your swimmer will continue to be enrolled in his or her class until the end of the month in which we receive your notice, and we do not offer refunds for missed classes. The automatic debit of your credit card will be discontinued and your class registration will be cancelled effective the last day of the month in which we receive notice.