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Preschool Age Classes

  • Pike (3 to 5 years old)This class is for the beginner preschool swimmer who has advanced out of the parent/child classes, or has passed a swim evaluation. Swimmers will expand upon the skills learned in parent-assisted classes. Swimmers will learn to float independently on their front and back for 10 seconds as well as propel themselves five feet without assistance in order to advance to the Eel level.

    Prerequisites to register for this level:
    Child must be 3 years of age.
    Child is fully potty-trained.
    Child and parents can comfortably separate. (Parents are welcome to sit on the bleachers to watch.)
    Child is able to listen and follow instructions.
    Child demonstrates comfort in the water (e.g., will attempt to front/back float with assistance and can fully submerge themselves in the water.)

  • Eel (3 to 5 years old). This class is for the beginner to intermediate preschool swimmer who has advanced out of the Pike level, or has passed a swim evaluation. Eels must be able to float independently on their front and back for 10 seconds as well as swim five feet without floatation devices or assistance. Eels will continue to build upon skills learned in the Pike level. To advance to the Ray level, swimmers should be able to swim 15 feet on their front and back and float for 20 seconds on their front and back without assistance.
  • Ray (3 to 5 years old). This class is for the intermediate preschool swimmer who has advanced out of the Eel level, or has passed a swim evaluation. Rays must be able to float independently on their front and back for 20 seconds as well as swim 15 feet without floatation devices or assistance. Rays will continue to build upon skills learned in the Eel level. Swimmers will be introduced to rhythmic breathing as well as learn two new strokes: stroke breaststroke and elementary backstroke. To advance to the Starfish level, swimmers should be able to swim 20 feet on their front and back and demonstrate a working knowledge of symmetrical frontstroke and symmetrical back stroke. Swimmers should also be able to float for 30 seconds on their front and back.
  • Starfish (3 to 5 years old). This class is for the advanced preschool swimmer who has advanced out of the Ray level, or has passed a swim evaluation. Starfish must be able to float independently on their front and back for 30 seconds as well as swim 20 feet. Starfish will continue to build upon skills learned in the Ray level and will build endurance. To advance from the Starfish level into either the Polliwog or Guppy school aged levels, swimmers should be able to swim 40 feet or more doing freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and elementary back stroke. Swimmers should also be able to float for 30 seconds on their front and back and tread water 20-30 seconds.
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