When do I know my child is ready to move up in training?
After a conversation on the pool deck last night, I felt a brief tutorial on what we are looking for in a child’s advancement to the next level.
It is important to keep in mind the following as student’s progress through the levels:
- Each level is more difficult than the previous.
- Each skill set builds the foundation for the next skill set taught.
- Each advancement will take more time and effort to complete.
- Some of the skills are very difficult and require co-ordination and strength that is a challenge for a 3-5 year old.
- Higher-level classes are taught in deep water, we need to have your child’s safety in mind when moving them to 5-8 skill levels.
With those considerations, here are skills we look for in advancements.
Level 1 moving up to Level 2
- Student must be comfort in the water.
- Student must be willing to place entire face in the water and blow bubbles.
- Student must use proper straight leg kicking skills.
- Student must be willing to let the teacher hold them in back float position.
Level 2 moving up to Level 3
- Student must be able to front glide unassisted 10 feet to teacher.
- Student must be able to back float with head off teacher’s shoulder.
- Student must be able to jump in the pool, turn, and grab wall with assistance.
Level 3 moving up to Level 4
- Student must swim with face in water and arms out of the water.
- Student must be able to unaided back float for 10 seconds.
- Student must be able to jump and turn back to the wall unassisted.
Level 4 moving up to Level 5
- Student must swim 5 yards and be able to take multiple breaths to the side.
- Student must have knowledge of the resting stroke, and be able to roll from stomach to back and either float or do the resting stroke.
- THIS IS A DIFFICULT LEVEL FOR YOUNGER CHILDREN, IT REQUIRES STRENGTH AND FINE MOTOR SKILLS. IT MAY TAKE MULTIPLE SESSIONS TO PASS THIS LEVEL.
Level 5 moving up to Level 6
- THIS IS THE FIRST DEEP WATER CLASS; STUDENT MUST BE COMFORTABLE IN WATER WHERE THEY CANNOT TOUCH THE BOTTOM AND BE CAPABLE OF GETTING FROM THE MIDDLE OF THE POOL TO THE SIDE UNASSISTED.
- Swimmer should be able to swim across the pool using side breathing.
- Swimmer can swim backstroke and have knowledge of breaststroke kick.
Level 6 moving up to Level 7
- Swimmers can swim ½ the pool lengthwise both freestyle and backstroke.
- Swimmer should have knowledge of breaststroke arms.
- Swimmer should have knowledge of timing of the stroke.
Level 7 moving up to Level 8 (Lightning Swim Team)
- Swimmer must have knowledge of butterfly.
- Swimmer must be able to swim one length of pool freestyle without fins.