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 homogeneous group of children even within each level.
At the conclusion of your child’s session, he will receive a written progress report and recommendation 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.
We are excited to let you know that we are going to be offering 3 Parent and Tot like classes instead of the one class we currently offer. These classes will begin session 2 2019.
We are splitting the classes to better accommodate the different ages and abilities of our smallest participants.
This class introduces the little one to the water. Parent and baby will water bond through songs and movement and learn to teach them basic safety in the water. They will also learn to teach their baby fundamental aquatic skills that include buoyancy and balance in the water. The parent/nanny MUST be in the water with their child.
OFFERED Tues/Thurs/Sat @ 10:30 am
This class continues to learn through songs and activities. It helps build the tots confidence in the water and transition to becoming more independent swimmers using flotation. The tot will learn to blow bubbles, front and back floats, kicking their feet and reaching their arms, they will also become more comfortable going under water. Parents/nanny will continue to learn how to help the child become a more confident independent swimmer and work on safety skills. Swim diapers must be worn by the child; the parent/nanny MUST be in the water with their child.
OFFERED Tues/Thurs/Sat @ 10:00 am
This class is for tots that can swim independently with flotation; they have learned basic safety rules and are happy swimming with an instructor. The instructor will work with the tot teaching them the importance of waiting their turn and listening to simple directions. They will also learn how to float on their backs and roll over, begin basic stroke techniques and learn more advanced safety skills. If the child still wears diapers they MUST also wear a swim diaper. The parent/nanny MUST be in their bathing suit and sit with their child on the steps but are NOT required to participate in the swimming part of the class.
OFFERED Wednesday @ 10:00 am and Saturday @ 11:00 am
Please contact Alison Smith for more information at Alison.Smith@nullbostonsportsclubs.com Please enroll online or at the front desk.
Level 1 Introduction to Water Skills
Purpose: Helps students become comfortable in the water.
Pre-Requisites: Must be able to swim without their parents (and be able to separate from them) and have a buoyancy with a flotation device unsupported for a few moments. Usually children are around 3-4 years old.
Goals: Must use flotation device to: exit/enter water safely, swim on back and front using arm and leg actions with assistance, put chin in water and blow bubbles, float on front and back with assistance, follow basic water safety rule. Overall goal is to get the child comfortable paddling around with flotation, getting their face wet, and floating.
Level 2 Fundamental Aquatic Skills
Purpose: Gives Students success with fundamental skills.
Pre-Requisite: Comfortable in the water independently paddling around with a flotation device for short distances, able to submerge face in the water and blow bubbles, able to enter water by stepping or jumping from side. Usually children are 3-5 years old.
Goals: Bob up and down; learn how to swim using a noodle & bubble properly; float on front and back; rollover from front to back and back to front; move in water using arm and leg motions; pickup submerged objects; knowledge of basic water safety. Overall goal is to require less dependency on flotation aids and be able to do skills without flotation aid to progress to level 3.
Level 3 Stroke Development
- Purpose: Builds on skills in Level 2 through additional guided practice.
- Pre-requisite: Must be able to swim a short distance without flotation devices, as well as jump & swim to the side without assistance.
- Level 3 Low: Swimmers know motions, coordination is poor, endurance only for 10 yards of swimming.
- Level 3 Mid: Stroke coordination is improved, kicks are generally correct, needs refinement and endurance.
- Level 3 High: Strokes are nearly perfect, the goal is to be able to swim 25 yards of each stroke.
Level 4 Stroke Improvement
Purpose: Develops confidence in all major strokes.
Pre-Requisite: 25 yards of front crawl, back crawl, butterfly and breaststroke kick, shallow dive, sculling.
Goals: Introduction of coordination for butterfly and breaststroke, side stroke, streamlining, flip turns, diving from standing position or off blocks, treading water for 1 minute.
Level 5 Stroke Refinement
Purpose: To continue to imporve distance swimming and learn the swimming terminology to be successful in Raiders Prep.
Pre-Requisite: Must have passed level 4 or completed a swim evaluation.
Goals: To be able to swim between 100-200 yards of front crawl, backstroke & breaststroke while maintaining good stroke technique. To dive from the block and be able to do open and closed turns.