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Ages 3-5 years

Swim Basics

Recommended skills for all to have around water. Students learn personal water safety and achieve basic swimming compentency by learning two benchmark skills:

  • Swim-Float-Swim
  • Jump, push, turn, grab


1: Water Acclimation

Continue to:

  • Develop comfort with underwater exploration
  • Learn to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water

2: Water Movement

Focus on:

  • body position and control
  • directional change and forward movement in the water
  • how to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water

3: Water Stamina

Students learn:

  • how to swim to safety from a longer distance
  • introduction to rhythmic breathing
  • integrated arm and leg action

Swim Strokes

Having mastered the fundamentals, students learn additional water safety skills and build stroke technique, developing skills that prevent chronic disease, increase social-emotional and cognitive well-being, and foster a lifetime of physical activity.


4: Stroke Introduction

Work on:

  • stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl
  • learn the breaststroke kick and butterfly kick
  • treading water  
  • elementary backstroke