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Skill Level Information
Level 1 - Introduction to Water Skills 
In this level swimmers learn skills to help them feel more comfortable in the water. Children are also introduced to basic personal water safety information and skills.

All beginner swimmers will start their aquatic adventure in this group.

Level 2 - Fundamental Aquatic Skills
Swimmers in this level do a lot of the skills they learned in Level 1, but they do them independently (without any support).

To participate in this level, participants must be able to demonstrate the following skills: 
  • Front and back glide (this skill is done by pushing off the wall by themselves to an instructor)
  • Swimming on front and back with support (swimming while an instructor helps support them)
  • Three bobs (putting entire head under the water and blowing bubbles)

Level 3 – Stroke Development
Swimmers are taught survival float, front crawl, and elementary backstroke in this level. Students are also introduced to headfirst entries (diving).

To participate in this level, participants must be able to demonstrate the following skills: 
  • Five bobs (head completely under the water)
  • front float - five seconds (child's head must be completely under the water)
  • Float on back for 15 seconds (child's body must be on top of the water, head back) 
  • Swim on back for 20 feet (child's body must be on top of the water, head back)
  • Swim on front for 20 feet (with head in the water)
 
Level 4 – Stroke Improvement 
Students MUST be competent enough to be in the water without the assistance of an instructor.
In this level, in addition to improving their front crawl and elementary backstroke, swimmers will learn the back crawl, butterfly, breaststroke and sidestroke.

To participate in this level, participants must be able to demonstrate the following skills: 
  • Scissor kick for 20 feet (with the use of a kick board or other support)
  • Swim 15 yards using the elementary backstroke (chicken, airplane, soldier) 
  • Swim 15 yards using the front crawl (head must be in the water, breathing to the side)
  • Tread water, float on front and back (30 seconds)

Level 5/6 – Stroke Refinement / Swimming & Skill Proficiency
This level is for the advanced swimmer who wants to continue to improve their stroke, as well as, increase the distances that they can swim. Swimmers will practice their strokes going the full length of the pool (25 yards). Swimmers must be invited into this group. If you wish to join this group contact the aquatic director at (203) 854-7808.

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