YOUTH AQUATICS

Swimmers learn water safety and swimming fundamentals as they progress through skill levels, meet their aquatic goals, and develop an appreciation for the sport.

SWIM STARTERS

Infant & Toddler
6 mos. – 3 yrs.
Stage A
Introduces infants and toddlers to the aquatic environment.
Stage B
Focuses on exploring body positions, blowing bubbles, and fundamental safety and aquatic skills.

Outcomes – 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.

SWIM BASICS 

Preschool
3 – 5 yrs.
Stage 1
Increases comfort with underwater exploration and introduces basic self-rescue skills performed with assistance.
Stage 2
Encourages forward movement in water and basic self-rescue skills performed independently.
Stage 3
Develops intermediate self-rescue skills performed at longer distances than in previous stages.

Outcomes – 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.

SWIM STROKES

School Age
5 – 12 yrs.
Stage 4
Introduces basic stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl and reinforces water safety through treading water and elementary backstroke.
Stage 5
Introduces breaststroke and butterfly and reinforces water safety through treading water and sidestroke.
Stage 6
Refines stroke technique on all major competitive strokes and encourages swimming as part of a healthy lifestyle.

Outcomes – 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.

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Questions?

Contact: Jenny Malone
Aquatics Coordinator
(309)-833-2129
jrbmalone@gmail.com

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