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Aquatics

Swimming Lessons

2 - 5 year olds

Parent and Child Aquatics
A class for children ages 2 & 3 accompanied by a parent in the water.
A brief list of skills taught in this class include:
Skills taught to parents:
  • Support and holding techniques and when to use them
  • How to help children learn and practice skills appropriate for their age and ability level
  • Basic water safety information and rescue skills
Skills taught to children
  • Increase comfort in the water
  • How to enter and exit the water in a safe manner
Preschool Aquatics
A class for children ages 4 & 5 accompanied by a parent in the water.
This level will increase children's proficiency in performing previously learned skills as well as learn to perform skills independently.
A brief list of objectives of this level include:
  • Fully submerge and hold breath
  • Floating on front and back
  • Combined arm and leg action on front and back

6 - 15 year olds

Level 1

Introduction to Water Skills
Must be at least 6 years old.
Introduces basic aquatic skills, which continue to be built upon throughout Learn-to-Swim levels.
A brief list of objectives includes:
  • Open eyes underwater and retrieve submerged objects
  • Back float (with assistance)
  • Arm and hand treading actions (with assistance in chest deep water)
  • Combined arm and leg actions on front and back

Level 2

Fundamental Aquatic Skills
Proof of Level 1 completion required.
Builds on the fundamental aquatic and water safety skills from Level 1. Swimmers begin learning independent aquatic locomotion skills.
A brief list of objectives include:
  • Rotary breathing
  • Changing direction of travel while swimming on front and back
  • Combined arm and leg actions on front and back

Level 3

Stroke Development
Proof of Level 2 completion required.
Expands proficiency of aquatic locomotion, safety and rescue skills of Level 2 by providing additional guided practice.
A brief list of objectives include:
  • Headfirst entry from the side in a sitting postition
  • Survival floating on front (30 seconds)
  • Front crawl and elementary backstroke

Level 4

Stroke Improvement
Proof of Level 3 completion required.
Increases endurance and improves aquatic skills presented in previous levels.
A brief list of objectives include:
  • Feet first surface dive
  • Front and back crawl open turns
  • Breaststroke, butterfly and back crawl

Level 5

Stroke Refinement
Proof of Level 4 completion required.
Increases endurance and improves aquatic skills presented in previous levels.
A brief list of objectives include:
  • Tuck and pike surface dives
  • Front and backstroke flip turn
  • Treading water (5 minutes)

Level 6

Level 6A - Fitness Swimmer
Proof of Level 5 completion required.
Refines strokes so participants swim with greater efficiency and effectiveness over longer distances. Preps participants that may want to participate in competitive swimming.
A brief list of objectives include:
  • Front crawl and elementary backstroke (100 yds) and back crawl, breaststroke, and butterfly (50 yds)
  • Circle swimming
  • Learn various training techniques
Level 6B - Fundamentals of Diving
Proof of Level 5 completion required.
Refines strokes so participants swim with greater efficiency and effectiveness over longer distances. Preps participants that may want to participate in competitive diving.
A brief list of objectives include:
  • Basic stretching exercises for diving
  • Body alignment and control
  • Diving from poolside and diving board

Private Swimming Lessons

One-on-one instruction with certified American Red Cross Water Safety Instructors. Ideal for those who desire individual instruction or those who need to "catch up" on skills to join a Learn-to-Swim group lesson.

Private swimming lessons are 30 minutes long and begin on June 17 running Monday - Thursday from 12 - 1 pm or 2 - 4 pm. There will be no lessons the week of July 1 - 5 and July 22 - 26.

To register and schedule for private lessons please call Community Education and Recreation at 507-387-5501.

 

Dates and Times

Summer Session

Session A - June 10 - June 20
Parent and Child Aquatics and Preschool Aquatics
Monday - Thursday 
11:00 am - 11:45 am
5:45 - 6:30 pm
 
Learn-to-Swim Level 1 - 5
1st week Monday - Friday, 2nd Week Monday - Thursday
9:00 am - 9:50 am
10:00 - 10:50 am
1:00 pm - 1:50 pm
Session B - July 8 - July 18
Parent and Child Aquatics and Preschool Aquatics
Monday - Thursday 
11:00 am - 11:45 am
5:45 - 6:30 pm
 
Learn-to-Swim Level 1 - 5
1st week Monday - Friday, 2nd Week Monday - Thursday
9:00 am - 9:50 am
10:00 - 10:50 am
1:00 pm - 1:50 pm
Session C - July 29 - August 8
Parent and Child Aquatics and Preschool Aquatics
Monday - Thursday 
11:00 am - 11:45 am
5:45 - 6:30 pm
 
Learn-to-Swim Level 1 - 5
1st week Monday - Friday, 2nd Week Monday - Thursday
9:00 am - 9:50 am
10:00 - 10:50 am
1:00 pm - 1:50 pm

Lifeguard Training

General Information

Lifeguarding makes for a great summer job as well as a challenging career. Lifeguards work together as a team to help people safely enjoy the water. Lifeguarding is a great job to help you develop skills and experiences that will be valued by future employers.

Prerequisites

  • Must be at least 15 years old by the last day of class
  • Able to swim 300 yards (6 laps) continuously
  • Able to tread water (legs only) for 2 minutes
  • Complete timed sequence of skills

Lifeguard Review

This course re-certifies current lifeguards to keep their certification up-to-date. This course covers swimming and rescue skills, first aid, and CPR/AED.

Upcoming Classes

Lifeguard Review
1 session
Saturday, July 20, 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
 
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