Paradise Swim Lessons

This season all lesson participants will first be evaluated to determine the lesson group they should be placed in.  Each level will have certain skills that must be mastered before advancement to the next level may occur.

Swim lesson Evaluations be completed by Nate, Coach Sean and/or one of our instructors starting Saturday, June 15th from 11-1.  Show up any time Saturday for your evaluation to be recommended for a class after which time you may sign up for a time to take your swim lessons.  Swim lessons are offered for 3, two week sessions running:

Session 1- 6/24-7/5 (No lessons on July 4th)

  • Sign-ups for Session 1 begin Sunday June 16th at 11 AM

 

Session 2- 7/8-7/19

  • Sign-ups for session 2 begin Monday, July 1st at 11 AM

 

Session 3 7/22-8/2

  • Sign-ups for session 3 begin Monday, July 15th at 11 AM

 

Cost of the lessons this summer is $25 per 2 week session.  Lessons will run daily for ½ hr lessons for the 2-week session.  We guarantee 6 lessons.  If lessons are cancelled in the morning due to weather, the afternoon session will not run (even if the weather clears).  We will send out cancellation notices as early as possible so please be sure you have subscribed to our email list and that you are receiving updates.

 

Children must be 3 years old by August 1st in order to participate in swim lessons.  Young children are better off getting comfortable in the water with you or someone they are familiar with before they enroll in a group lesson. It makes lessons a much more enjoyable experience for all involved!  You are your child’s first and best teacher before age 3.  Comfort and confidence in the water are the first steps to learning to swim!

 

Please read below carefully as this will make this year’s transition much smoother.

Level 1- True beginner.  This swimmer has no experience in the water and is new to swimming.  Emphasis will be placed on becoming comfortable in the water, blowing bubbles and putting their face in the water.     

Skills to master to move to level 2:

  • Completely submerging head

  • Blow bubbles and breathe repetitively with face in water (breathe to side)

  • Kicking on front with support

  • Laying on back with support (head laid back comfortably)

 

Level 2- New swimmer.  This swimmer is able to completely submerge their head, kick on their front and lay on their back with support.  Emphasis will be placed on kicking with a board, front float and kicking on back with support.  Students will practice “ice cream scoops” (dog paddle) with a noodle and independently.                                            

Skills to master to move to level 3:                                                                             

  • Float independently on front

  • Kick independently with a kickboard (minimum 15 yards)

  • Dog paddle with a noodle or bubble 10 yards minimum

  • Float comfortably on back with support minimum 20 seconds

 

Level 3- Intermediate Swimmer.  This swimmer is able to float independently and kick 15 yards with a kickboard and “dog paddle” 10 yards with support as well as float comfortably on back with support.  Emphasis will be placed on increasing independence from floatation devices.  Treading water will be introduced and practiced daily.  Swimmers will practice rotary breathing with a dumbbell and kickboard as well as learn to float independently on their back.  Introduction to freestyle and backstroke will occur and swimmers will be introduced to competitive swim technique in both strokes.  Independent streamline glides will be introduced and practiced repetitively.  Swimmers here will jump and attempt to dive into the deep end of the pool (from side and starting block)

Skills to master to move to level 4:            

  • Independently float on front and back (15 sec. minimum each)

  • Front streamline glide from push off wall (5 yards)

  • Complete 1 lap of pool independently (mostly freestyle)

  • Complete at least 10 yards on back independently

  • Tread water 30 seconds

 

Level 4- Advanced Intermediate.  This swimmer is able to swim at least one lap of the pool and float independently.  Emphasis will be placed on refining freestyle and backstroke technique with emphasis placed on rotary breathing to prepare this swimmer for competition.  Competitive flip turns will be introduced and practiced while reinforcing the concept of streamline.  Swimmer will also be introduced to breaststroke and butterfly as well as diving off the side of the pool and the competitive starting blocks.

 

Skills to master to move to level 5:       

  • Complete one lap of pool freestyle with rotary breathing (face in water)

  • Complete one lap of pool backstroke (competitive preferred but some elementary Ok)

  • Dive from side and/or starting block

  • Tread water in deep end- 1 minute

 

Level 5- Pre-Team. These swimmers will take “lessons” with the swim team coaches from 11:30-12:00 daily for each 2-week session.  Continued emphasis on stroke technique of all 4 competitive strokes including freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly.  Swimmers will also practice diving, gliding and turning for all competitive races.  If you wish to participate in the last 2 meets on 7/14 and 7/21 as well as attend the team banquet cost is $40.

 

SKILLS TO MASTER

Level 1- Must be 3 years old b August 1st

Skills to master to move to level 2:

Completely submerging head                                                                 

Blow bubbles and breathe repetitively with face in water (breathe to side)

Kicking on front with support

Laying on back with support (head laid back comfortably)

 

Skills to master to move to level 3:

Float independently on front

Kick independently with a kickboard (minimum 15 yards)

Dog paddle with a noodle or bubble 10 yards minimum

Float comfortably on back with support minimum 20 seconds

 

Skills to master to move to level 4:

Independently float on front and back (15 sec. minimum each)

Front streamline glide from push off wall (5 yards)

Complete 1 lap of pool independently (mostly freestyle)

Complete at least 10 yards on back independently

Tread water in deep end- 1 minute

 

Skills to master to move to level 5(Pre-Team):

Complete one lap of pool freestyle with rotary breathing (face in water)

Complete one lap of pool backstroke (competitive preferred but some elementary Ok)

Dive from side and/or starting block

Tread water in deep end- 2 minutes

Tel: 203-248-4075

Board of Directors: pccisgr8@paradisecountryclub.com

Membership: pccmembership@paradisecountryclub.com


 

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