Westboro Tennis and Swim Club offers swim lessons for children according to the American Red Cross standard of swim lesson progression. Namely, swim lessons progress in a fashion from Level 1 to Level 5. We also strive to keep our instructor to student ratio low in order to provide personalized instruction even in a group setting. With this in mind, your child will be part of a group however unless you opt for private lessons. Some children benefit more from private lessons than group lessons.
Below are the levels and description of ability needed to participate in each level. Keep in mind a couple of things. We believe it is very important that children not only take skill level appropriate classes, but also age appropriate classes. If you have a child that is not familiar with the water and is a bit older, please contact us and consider some private lessons in order to get your child to a point where he may take lessons with his peer group and not children years younger. Additionally, each level may actually comprise a wide range of skills. We do our best to group like swimmers even within each level but it may not always be possible to have a homogenous group of children even within each level.
At the conclusion of your child’s session, he will receive a written progress report and recomendation as to whether he should remain in the current level or move up to the next level. We emphasize that this should not be looked at as a pass/fail, but simply a communication with the parent as to what skills your child needs to continue to develop if he is to keep taking lessons. Many children reach a certain level of swim, such as level 4, and choose to move on to our swim team programs in order to reach a more competitive and rewarding outlet for their aquatics skills, while others feel the time commitment is too great and simply progress in swim lessons.
Parent / Tot
A one half hour lesson designed for independent swimming with or without flotation device. Parents must accompany their children in the water. These lessons will prepare your child for Red Cross swim lessons.
Introduction to Water Skills: Enter/exit water safely – Open eyes underwater, pick up submerged objects – Swim on front and back using arm and leg actions – Submerge mouth, nose and eyes – Float on front and back – Follow basic water safety rules – Exhale under water through mouth – Explore arm and hand movement – Use a life jacket.
Fundamental Aquatics Skills: Enter water by stepping or jumping from side – Open eyes under water, pick up submerged object – Rollover from front to back, back to front – Swim on side – Exit water safely using ladder or side – Float on front and back – Tread water using arm and leg motions – Move in the water while wearing a life jacket – Submerge entire head – Perform front and back glide – Swim on front and back using combined strokes
Stroke Development: Jump into deep water from the side – Bob with the head fully submerged – Perform survival float – Butterfly kick and body motion – Use check-call-care in emergency – Dive from kneeling or standing position – Use rotary breathing in horizontal position – Change from horizontal to vertical position on front and back – Perform the HELP and huddle positions – Submerge and retrieve an object – Perform front and back glide – Perform front and back crawl – Perform a reaching assist.
Stroke Improvement: Perform shallow dive or dive from stride position – Perform open turns on front and back using any stroke – Use safe diving rules – Perform a throwing assist – Perform the following: front and back crawl, swim on side using scissor like kick, breast stroke, butterfly, elementary back stroke – Swim under water – Tread water using sculling arm motions and kick – Perform compact jump into water from a height while wearing a life jacket – Care for conscious choking victim – Perform feet first surface dive.
Stroke Refinement: Tread water with two different kicks – learn survival swimming – Perform rescue breathing – Perform the following: Standing dive, Pike surface dive, Butterfly, Shallow Dive, glide two body lengths and begin any front stroke, Front flip turn, Breast stroke, Back stroke flip turn, Elementary back stroke, Tuck surface dive, Front and back crawl, Side stroke.