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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 running Saturday afternoons. Private swimming lessons begin September 21 and run through December 7 from 1 - 3 pm. 
There will be no private lessons on November 30.
 

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

Dates and Times

Fall Session

Session A - September 21 - October 26
Parent and Child Aquatics and Preschool Aquatics
Saturday 
11:00 - 11:45 am
 
Learn-to-Swim Level 1 - 5
Saturday
10:00 - 10:50 am
Session B - November 9 - December 7
No lessons November  30
Parent and Child Aquatics and Preschool Aquatics
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:45 am
 
Learn-to-Swim Level 1 & 2
Saturday
9:00 am - 9:50 am
10:00 - 10:50 am
Learn-to-Swim Level 3 - 5
Saturday
10:00 - 10:50 am

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 Training
Friday, November 8 and 15; 5 - 9 pm and
Saturday, November 9 and 16; 12 - 4 pm and
Sunday, November 10 ; 12 - 6 pm
 
Lifeguard Review
Sunday, December 1; 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
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