Summer Class Descriptions

CHOOSING THE CORRECT LEVEL
Red Cross updated the guidelines under each level and skills taught. Please read them closely before registering your child.
Parents are asked to leave the pool once class begins for the first 7 classes, but are welcome to observe the final class.
1. Review the skills for each class.
2. Age alone does not determine the placement of your child.
3. The skills listed are the skills each class will work to accomplish by the end of the session.
4. If your child has completed all the skills listed, advance to the next level, if not, enroll in that class.
 

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Morning Meeting Dates

Session I -  June 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12, 13
Session II -  June 17, 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26, 27
Session III-  July 8, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 18
Session IV - July 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 30, 31 Aug 1,

Evening Meeting Dates

Session I -  June 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12, 13
Session II -  June 17, 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26, 27
Session III-  July 8, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 18
Session IV - July 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 30, 31 Aug 1,


PARENT AND CHILD
6 MONTHS TO 3 YEARS
EIGHT–30 MINUTE LESSONS
Classes are divided into two age groups. Skills taught are similar. You will determine which level according to age, independence,
water experience or level of motor development. This class is for both the parent and the child.

 

Level A—Ages 6 months–3 years -

• Getting wet
• Water entry
• Exploring the pool
• Front and back float
• Front and back glide
• Leg action
• Blowing bubbles
• Underwater exploration
• Rolling back to front & front to back
• Lifting out of water

Level B—Ages 1 year–3 years  

• Water entry
• Exploring the pool
• Front and back float
• Front and back glide
• Leg action
• Arm action
• Combined stroke on front and back
• Blowing bubbles
• Underwater exploration
• Rolling back to front & front to back
• Basic safety rules
• Lifting out of water
• Using side of pool, steps or ramp
• Using ladder


YOUNG TOT

AGES 3–5
EIGHT – 30 MINUTE LESSONS
Purpose: Helps students to feel comfortable in the water.


YOUNG TOT LEVEL A:

• Enter and exit water using ladder, steps or side
• Blowing bubbles through mouth and nose, 3 seconds
• Submerging mouth, nose and eyes
• Opening eyes under water and retrieving submerged objects,
2 times
• Front glide, 2 body lengths
• Back glide, 2 body lengths
• Back float, 3 seconds
• Roll from front to back and back to front
• Treading with arm and hand actions
• Alternating leg action on front and back, 2 body lengths
• Simultaneous leg action on front and back, 2 body lengths
• Alternating arm action on front, 2 body lengths
• Simultaneous arm action on front, 2 body lengths
• Combined arm and leg actions on front and back, 2 body lengths
 

YOUNG TOT LEVEL B:
• Enter water by stepping in (in shoulder deep water)
• Exit water using ladder, steps or side (in chest deep water)
• Bobbing, 3 times
• Opening eyes under water and retrieving submerged objects, 2 times
• Front float and back fl oat, 3 seconds
• Front and back glides, 2 body lengths
• Roll from front to back and back to front
• Treading using arm and leg actions, 5 seconds (in shoulder deep water)
• Combined arm and leg actions on front, 3 body lengths
• Finning arm action on back, 3 body lengths
• Combined arm and leg actions on back, 3 body lengths
DEADLINE: 1 WEEK PRIOR TO START DATE. MIN: 5 MAX: 10
 

LEVEL I

INTRODUCTION TO WATER SKILLS
AGES 4 AND UP
EIGHT – 30 MINUTE LESSONS
Purpose: Helps students feel comfortable in the water.


LEVEL 1 PARTICIPANTS LEARN TO:
• Enter and exit water using ladder, steps or side
• Blowing bubbles through mouth and nose
• Bobbing
• Opening eyes under water
• Front glide, back glide, 2 body lengths
• Back float, front fl oat, 3 seconds
• Roll from front to back and back to front
• Treading using arm and hand actions (in chest deep water)
• Alternating leg action on front and back
• Alternating arm action on front and back
• Simultaneous arm action on front and back
• Combined arm and leg actions on front and back
• Age appropriate water safety topics

LEVEL II 

FUNDAMENTAL AQUATIC SKILLS
AGES 5 AND UP
EIGHT – 45 MINUTE LESSONS
Purpose: Gives students success with fundamental skills.
LEVEL 2 PARTICIPANTS LEARN TO:
• Enter water by stepping or jumping from the side
• Exit water using ladder, steps or side (in chest deep water)
• Fully submerging and holding breath, 5 seconds
• Bobbing, 5 times (in chest deep water)
• Opening eyes under water and retrieve submerged objects, 2 times
• Front, jellyfish, tuck, and back float 5 seconds
• Front glide and back glide 2 body lengths
• Roll from front to back and back to front
• Change direction of travel while swimming on front and back
• Treading using arm and leg actions, 15 seconds (in shoulder deep water)
• Combined arm and leg actions on front and back 5 body lengths
• Finning arm action on back, 5 body lengths
• Water safety topics

LEVEL III

STROKE DEVELOPMENT
AGES 6 AND UP
EIGHT – 45 MINUTE LESSONS
Purpose: Builds on the skills in Level 2 through additional
guided practice.
LEVEL 3 PARTICIPANTS LEARN:
• Headfi rst entry from the side in a sitting and kneeling position (in water at least 9 feet deep)
• Enter water by jumping from the side
• Bobbing while moving toward safety, 5 times (in chest deep water)
• Rotary breathing, 10 times
• Survival float on front, 30 seconds (in deep water)
• Back float, 30 seconds (in deep water)
• Change from vertical to horizontal position on front and back (in deep water)
• Tread water, 30 seconds (in deep water)
• Dolphin kicking, 3 - 5 body lengths
• Front crawl, 15 yards
• Back crawl, 15 yards
• Elementary backstroke, 15 yards
• Scissors kick, 10 yards
• Water safety topics

LEVEL IV

STROKE IMPROVEMENT
AGES 6 AND UP
EIGHT 45 MINUTE LESSONS
Purpose: Develops confi dence in the skills learned and
improves other aquatic skills.
LEVEL 4 PARTICIPANTS LEARN TO:
• Headfirst entry from the side in a compact and stride position (in water at least 9 feet deep)
• Swim under water, 3 - 5 body lengths
• Feet first surface dive, submerging completely
• Front crawl and back crawl open turns
• Tread water using 2 different kicks 2 minutes
• Front crawl, 25 yards
• Breaststroke, 15 yards
• Butterfly, 15 yards
• Dolphin kicking, 3 - 5 body lengths
• Elementary backstroke, 25 yards
• Backcrawl, 15 yards
• Water safety topics
 

LEVEL V
STROKE REFINEMENT
AGES 6 AND UP
EIGHT 45 MINUTE LESSONS
Purpose: Provides further coordination and refinement of strokes.
LEVEL 5 PARTICIPANTS LEARN TO:
• Shallow-angle dive from the side
• Shallow-angle dive, glide 2 body lengths and begin any front stroke
• Tuck and pike surface dives, submerging completely
• Front and back flip turns while swimming
• Tread water, 5 minutes
• Front crawl, 50 yards
• Breaststroke, 25 yards
• Butterfl y, 25 yards
• Elementary backstroke, 50 yards
• Back crawl, 25 yards
• Standard scull, 30 seconds
• Sidestroke, 25 yards
• Water safety topics
 

Level VI

Personal Water Safety/Lifeguard Readiness
Ages 6 & Up
Eight 45 minute lessons
Purpose:  Refines the strokes so students swim with ease, efficiency, power and smoothness over greater distance. This class will prepare students for more advanced courses including Water Safety Instructor or Lifeguard Training.
Level 6 participants learn:
• Advanced rescue skills
• Front Crawl
• Breast Stroke
• Butterfly
• Back Crawl
• Elementary backstroke
• Sidestroke
• Survival swimming
• Treading water
• Surface and feet first dives
• Brick retrieval
 

Spring Board Diving

Ages 7 to 14
Two 2 hour classes
Three outdoor clinics are being offered this summer for those youngsters who wish to learn the sport of spring board diving. The clinic will be on Saturday and Sunday mornings. The clinics are designed to teach youngsters how to do a proper approach, how to execute various dives and, most important, the safety to be observed when attempting a dive. The clinic is offered for beginner level divers. Instructor: Blue Valley West Coach Laura Quenette.

TERRIFIED ADULT

AGES 16 & UP
EIGHT 45 MINUTE LESSONS
Purpose: This class is for those afraid and uncomfortable with the water. This class is taught with each participant working at
his or her own pace.
TERRIFIED ADULT PARTICIPANTS WILL LEARN:
• Water safety skills
• Floating
• Developing deep water confi dence
• Basic swimming skills
 

ADULT BEGINNER

AGES 16 & UP
EIGHT 45 MINUTE LESSONS
Purpose: This class is for those who are not afraid of the water and are looking for a beginning swim class.
ADULT BEGINNER PARTICIPANTS LEARN:
• Floating
• Rhythmic breathing
• Crawl stroke
• Elementary backstroke
• Other swimming skills

AQUA FIT

AGES 16 & UP
TWELVE 1 HOUR CLASSES

This is a relaxing and refreshing way to get into shape. Exercises are designed to improve fl exibility, tone body muscles and
improve the cardiovascular system. Each individual can work at his or her own pace without putting stress on joints. Swimmers
and non-swimmers are welcome. Water shoes suggested
View session dates in the online catalog

SNORKELING

norkeling is one of the easiest, fun and most popular ways for your child to enjoy the underwater beauty of our lakes, streams and oceans. You will have fun playing games while learning snorkeling skills. Scuba Explorers classes are designed to give everyone a better understanding of the aquatic environment. We ensure your safety during the pool. Learn proper skills such as, entries, exits, surface dives, proper mask clearing and equalization techniques. This class is a great preparatory class for our Open Water Scuba program.

Attendees will need their own mask, snorkel and fins for class. If you wish to rent them, contact Leslie O’Neill at least two days prior to class with attendees shoe size and approx. head size (S, M, L). Rental Fee: $20

Waivers & equipment rental paid, the day of class & prior to jumping in the water. Please arrive 30 min early as we class will begin on time. (parents signature for attendees 18 years & under).

DISCOVER SCUBA

Snorkeling is one of the easiest, fun and most popular ways for your child tHave you ever wondered what it’s like to breathe underwater? If you want to find out but are not quite ready to take the plunge into a certification course; this class will let you check it out, to see if you like it. This is not an actual scuba certification. You will learn how to use scuba equipment in shallow water and get a quick, easy introduction to what it’s like to explore the underwater world.There is nothing like breathing underwater for the first time. It takes a little getting used to; after all, we were not designed to do that! After a few minutes of awestruck wonder, most participants realize how easy scuba diving really is. The biggest challenge is getting students out of the water when class is over. Learn how easy it is to breathe and move comfortably underwater. The heavy equipment is weightless underwater! See how astronauts must feel in outer space! Learn the basic skills and safety rules that will carry over into your scuba certification course, should you decide to take the next step.

Scuba Gear - a buoyancy compensator device (BCD), is the jacket that holds your scuba tank, a regulator to breathe from, instruments that monitor depth and air supply. $30

Snorkeling Gear the basic mask so you can see and fins to help you maneuver under the water $20, Please bring the total equipment rental, $50 cash the day of class. Arrive 30 min early .So we can begin class on time. (Parents signature required for attendees under age18 years). Take the next level up; Open Water Scuba Course within 30 days, Leslie will apply $50 toward your next class!