Building Confidence in the Water
We're here for everyone. All ages—from infants to seniors— can learn to swim. Check out our class offerings below to find one that fits your skill level, or skip straight to swim level descriptions. Don't know what level you or your child should register for? Not sure what the new name for your class is? View the Lesson Conversion Chart. Still have questions? Feel free to ask our friendly and knowledgable staff! They are happy to help you find the level that's right for you. Swim lessons are no additional cost with your membership. Private swim lessons are available for an additional cost.
What age group does your student fall into?
- 6 months-2 years | Parent and Child (Infant): Stages A-B
- 2-3 years | Parent and Child (Toddler): Stages A-1
- 3-6 years | Preschool: Stages 1-4
- 6-12 years | School Age: Stages 1-6
- 12-17 years | Teen: Stages 1-6
- 18+ years | Adult: Stages 1-6
All age groups are taught the same skills, but divided according to their developmental milestones.
Which stage is the student ready for?
Can the student respond to verbal cues and jump on land?
Not yet > A / WATER DISCOVERY
Is the student comfortable working with an instructor without a parent in the water?
Not yet > B / WATER EXPLORATION
Will the student go underwater voluntarily?
Not yet > 1 / WATER ACCLIMATION
Can the student do a front and back float on his or her own?
Not yet > 2 / WATER MOVEMENT
Can the student swim 10-15 yards on his or her front or back?
Not yet > 3 / WATER STAMINA
Can the student swim 15 yards of front and back crawl?
Not yet > 4 / STROKE INTRODUCTION
Can the student swim front crawl, back crawl, and breaststroke across the pool?
Not yet > 5 / STROKE DEVELOPMENT
Can the student swim front crawl, back crawl, and breaststroke across the pool and back?
Not yet > 6 / STROKE MECHANICS
Our swim levels are broken into six stages in three categories: Swim Starters for parents, infants, and toddlers; Swim Basics for preschool, school-age, teen, and adult; and Swim Strokes for preschool, school-age, teen, and adult swimmers. Read below to learn more about each stage and register for classes.
Accompanied by a parent, infants and toddlers learn to be comfortable in the water and develop swim readiness skills through fun and confidence-building experiences, while parents learn about
water safety, drowning prevention, and the importance of supervision.
A / WATER DISCOVERY: Parents accompany children in stage A, which introduces infants and toddlers to the aquatic environment through exploration and encourages them to enjoy themselves while learning about the water.
B / WATER EXPLORATION: In stage B, parents work with their children to explore body positions, floating, bubbles, and fundamental safety and aquatic skills.
Students learn personal water safety and achieve basic swimming competency by learning two benchmark skills:
- Swim, float, swim—sequencing front glide, roll, back float, roll front glide, and exit
- Jump, push, turn, grab
1 / WATER ACCLIMATION: Students develop comfort with underwater exploration and learn to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water in stage 1. This stage lays the foundation
that allows for a student’s future progress in swimming.
2 / WATER MOVEMENT: In stage 2, students focus on body position and control, directional change, and forward movement in the water while also continuing to practice how to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water.
3 / WATER STAMINA: In stage 3, students learn how to swim to safety from a longer distance than in previous stages in the event of falling into a body of water. This stage also introduces rhythmic breathing and integrated arm and leg action.
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: Students in stage 4 develop stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl and learn the breaststroke kick and butterfly kick. Water safety is reinforced through treading water and elementary backstroke.
5 / STROKE DEVELOPMENT: Students in stage 5 work on stroke technique and learn all major competitive strokes. The emphasis on water safety continues through treading water and sidestroke.
6 / STROKE MECHANICS: In stage 6, students refine stroke technique on all major competitive strokes, learn about competitive swimming, and discover how to incorporate swimming into a healthy lifestyle.
For more information, contact our aquatics staff:
Senior Aquatics Director