Preschool Levels

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Swim Progression Chart (Preschool)
Oyster and Pearl

Oyster and Pearl (0-18 months)

Explore the water together for the first time. While an instructor will be in the water to answer questions and assist, this is unstructured play time for parents and their babies or toddlers. Learn proper holds and transmit a love of water to your “pearl.” Studies have shown that early positive exposure to water helps children become successful swimmers in the future. No experience necessary. A parent and/or guardian must always be in the water with the child.              

Seal

Seal (18-36 months)

Parents and their toddlers learn together in their first structured water learning class. An instructor uses fun games, songs, and activities to guide and teach the beginning skills of turning over from front to back, back float for safety, and encourages a sense of independence and comfort in the water. Otter parents learn to give cues, and children learn to respond to cues. No experience necessary. A parent and/or guardian must always be in the water with the child. 

Jelly Fish

Jellyfish (3-5 years)

Begin your journey of life-long water exploring and enjoyment! Our goal in the Jellyfish class is to get children excited and eager to learn to swim. Designed for those new to the water and/or new to swim lessons, the class uses fun activities and play to help Jellyfish feel comfortable and safe in the water. Teachers introduce the swimming posture and build the base for future lessons by helping students develop breath-holding capability, learn to float and glide on front and back, and find a natural balance in the water. No experience necessary.

Clownfish

Clownfish (3-5 years)

Have fun while becoming independent in the water. Teachers help students refine swimming posture and add arm and leg propulsion Swimmers should have a good knowledge of holding their breath and basic arm movements for freestyle stroke. Prerequisite: Students should also be able to submerge their entire head and hold their breath; have knowledge of front float/back float and have knowledge of freestyle arms and legs and enter and exit the water safely and comfortably on their own with a prompt from the teacher.

Dog Fish

Dogfish (3-5 years)

Have fun while learning basic strokes; backstroke, freestyle, breaststroke - including rolling over from front to back, kicking on their back with face out of the water, and safely reaching the side of the pool from a swimming position. Prerequisite: Students must be able to glide on their front and kick for 10 yards while preforming freestyle stroke. Students should also be able to glide and kick while on their back with no assistance.