Poseidon Swim School

Poseidon Swim School’s mission is to ensure that every person, regardless of age or ability,
has the opportunity to become a safe and happy swimmer.

 

Choosing the Correct Class for my Child

The following is an outline of the skills at each level. Please use the entire skills checklist   to determine the appropriate level for your child. Preschool levels are for swimmers 3 and 4 years old. Levels 1 - 5 are for swimmers 5 years and older.

Pre-School Levels ages 3-4 – Must be potty trained – No goggles are permitted as comfort in the water is essential for skill advancement. Students in the Preschool Class will work independently in the water with an instructor. This is most often the first swim lesson for swimmers. Students will work on the following objectives and may move to Advanced Beginner when they can achieve these skills independently.

Group size is a minimum of 3 and is capped at 4 for safety and to maximize instruction time. 8 – 30 minute lessons are included in each block. Classes are determined by ability. The skills taught are individualized with a focus on safety.

 

Preschool Beginner Skills, ages 3-4

Skill progression:

  • Sits on side of pool / steps feet in water
  • Gets face/eyes wet unassisted
  • Blows bubbles
  • Submerges head completely under water willingly and blows bubbles without instructor
  • Floats on back with instructor's help
  • Floats on back unassisted
  • Pushes from wall to instructor and instructor to wall
  • Kicks on kick board with instructor help
  • Kicks on back with help
  • Jumps from the side to the instructor

 

Preschool Advanced Beginner Skills, ages 3-4 

Skill progression:

  • Repetitive bubble blowing 5 consecutive times with head submerged under water
  • 25 yards – freestyle kicking on a kick board without instructor assistance.
  • 25 yards – backstroke kick with arms at side without instructor assistance.
  • Streamline kick to and from the wall unassisted
  • Retrieves object 3 feet underwater with bubbles
  • Jumps from pool side unassisted

 

Levels 1-5, ages 5 years and older

Group size is a minimum of 3 and is capped at 5, to allow a focus on safety and maximize instruction time.  8-30 minute lessons are included in each block. Classes are determined by ability. The skills taught are individualized with a focus on safety.

Level 1: This is for swimmers who are 5 years and older who have never had lessons or are not comfortable doing the skills listed below. No goggles are allowed.

Skill progression:

  • Sits on side of pool / steps feet in water
  • Gets face/eyes wet unassisted
  • Blows bubbles – 5 times in a row
  • Submerges head completely under water willingly and blows bubbles without instructor
  • Floats on back with instructor's help
  • Floats on back unassisted
  • Pushes from wall to instructor and instructor to wall
  • Kicks on kick board with instructor help
  • Kicks on back with help
  • Jumps from the side to the instructor

Level 2: This level is for swimmers who are 5 years and older that are able to pass Level 1 skills above.

Skill progression:

  • Repetitive bubble blowing 5 consecutive times with head submerged under water
  • 25 yards – entire length of pool – proper freestyle kicking on a kick board without an instructor 
  • 25 yards – entire length of pool – proper backstroke kick with arms at side without an instructor
  • Streamline to and from the wall unassisted
  • Retrieves object 3 feet underwater with bubbles
  • Jumps from pool side unassisted

Level 3: This is for swimmers who are 5 years and older that are able to pass Level 2 skills.

Skill progression:

  • 25 yards backstroke drill with a single arm
  • 25 yards backstroke swim with both arms
  • 25 yards each kicking on Left and Right side with an extended arm (freestyle breathing position) unassisted
  • Retrieves object from pool bottom
  • Introduction to blowing bubbles through nose
  • Jumps from starting block unassisted

Level 4: This is for swimmers 5 years and older that are able to pass Levels 2 and 3 skills.

Skill progression:

  • Repetitive bubble blowing, exhaling through nose
  • Single arm catch up freestyle (rotary breathing) unassisted
  • 2 count catch up freestyle (rotary breathing) unassisted
  • 3 count catch up freestyle (rotary breathing) unassisted
  • Flips in water
  • 25 yards rifle drill backstroke 3 kick delay unassisted
  • 25 yards streamline kicking on back
  • Dives from side of pool
  • Retrieves multiple objects from pool bottom

Level 5: This is for swimmers 5 years and older that are able to pass Level 3 and 4 skills.

Skill progression:

  • 50 yards catch up freestyle unassisted
  • Transition to freestyle swim from catch up freestyle
  • Transition to backstroke swim from rifle drill
  • Backstroke count using flags
  • Flip turns (freestyle)
  • 25 yards legal breaststroke kick with kick board
  • 25 yards legal breaststroke kick with arms (2 kicks/1 pull with glide)
  • 25 yards legal breaststroke (1 kick/1 pull with glide)
  • Streamline diving from block
  • Continued improvement on Level 2-4 skills  

 

Poseidon Stroke School

Continued learning is available for swimmers upon completion of level 5 and available for those swimmers who already are established swimmers. Designed for competitive swimmers who want to focus on specific skills, our sessions are taught with rapid improvement in mind. If getting in summer league or high school shape is your goal, choose from our regularly scheduled clinics and get a jump start on the competition. Underwater videotaping is included for all participants. Numbers are capped in order to keep a good coach: swimmer ratio.  Group size is a minimum of 3 and is capped at 9.  8 – 60 minute lessons are included.

 

Summer League Prep

A great way to prepare for summer swim season by improving stroke and turn technique plus some conditioning.  Designed for swimmers who already have summer swim experience. Group size is a minimum of 3 and is capped at 9. 8 – 60 minute practices are included.

 

Adult Lessons/ Triathlon Swim Training

Separate programs for adults – one for adults interested in learning to swim and one designed for triathletes (students and adults) who want to improve their freestyle, increase distance and generate more power per stroke, evaluate stroke with underwater videotaping and personalized feedback. Group size is a minimum of 3 and is capped at 5.  8 – 45 minute lessons are included.

 

*Please note that if a swimmer is placed in the incorrect level we will do our best to find a slot in that session for them in the correct level, but we cannot guarantee it. Placing a swimmer in a level that they are not ready for is not appropriate and will not accelerate progression in our program. Swimmers that have not been in the water for several months will lose skills they may have mastered before, so enrolling in a level below is usually appropriate.

 

Questions?  Email poseidonswimlessons@woodlakeonline.com