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School Age Classes

  • Polliwog (6 to 12 years old). This class is the beginner level for school age children. Swimmers learn basic water skills and become acquainted with the water. Swimmers will learn front and back strokes using instructional flotation devices. They will work toward swimming independently and will learn the basics of floating. To advance to the Guppy level, swimmers must demonstrate independent front and back float for 30 seconds and swim 60 feet without floatation devices or assistance.  
  • Guppy (6 to 12 years old). This class is for the beginner to intermediate school aged swimmer that has passed the Polliwog level or a swim evaluation. Swimmers must be able to demonstrate independent front and back float for 30 seconds and swim 60 feet without floatation devices or assistance. Swimmers refine previously learned strokes and are introduced to 2 new strokes:  breaststroke and elementary backstroke. To advance to the Minnow level, swimmers should be able to swim frontstroke and backstroke 25 yards (75 feet) and have a working knowledge of breaststroke and elementary backstroke.
  • Minnow (6 to 12 years old). This class is for the intermediate school aged swimmer who has passed the Guppy level or a swim evaluation. Swimmers should be able to swim frontstroke and backstroke 25 yards (75 feet) and have a working knowledge of breaststroke and elementary backstroke. Swimmers will perfect frontstroke and backstroke, working on rotary breathing while doing frontstroke. Swimmers will be developing their breaststroke and elementary backstroke, and building endurance on all four strokes. To advance to the Fish level, swimmers should have endurance while swimming, be able to swim a refined frontstroke and backstroke, and have a rudimentary breaststroke and elementary backstroke. 
  • Fish (6 to 12 years old). This class is for the advanced school aged swimmer who has passed the Minnow level or a swim evaluation.  Swimmers should have endurance while swimming, further developed frontstroke and backstroke, and have a rudimentary breaststroke and elementary backstroke.  Swimmers work to perform the frontstroke, back stroke, and elementary backstroke with turns. Swimmers will be introduced to the butterfly stroke. To advance to the Flying Fish level, swimmers should be able to swim all strokes 50 yards without stopping.
  • Flying Fish (6 to 12 years old). This class is for the advanced school aged swimmer who has passed the Fish level or a swim evaluation. Swimmers should be able to swim all strokes 50 yards without stopping. Swimmers will work on refining their swimming skills and increasing their endurance up to 100 yards for many of the strokes to advance to the Shark level. 
  • Shark (6 to 12 years old). This class is for the advanced school aged swimmer who has passed the Flying Fish level or a swim evaluation. Swimmers focus on perfecting strokes and increasing endurance with open and flip turns. Swimmers perform frontstroke, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, and elementary backstroke with open and flip turns. 

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