Swim Lesson Levels & How-Tos

  • M&T (Parent & Child)
  • Toddlers
  • Beginner I
  • Beginner II
  • Advanced Beginner
  • Intermediate/Swimmer
  • Intro to Swim Team (Open to All)
  • Stroke & Turn (Team Only) F.A.Q.   How does your sign-up procedure work? First we have sign-ups, then we  make the class schedule. This way we don’t end up with too many or too few slots available for students and almost eliminate wait-listing your child for a class.
    What does that mean for me? You won’t sign up for exact classes, but rather for the sessions you’d like (i.e., which 2-week session), time slot (1st and 2nd choice) and class level (determined with staff input).
    What if I sign up for the wrong level? We move kids to the correct level as they progress. You can sign up for multiple two-week sessions knowing that we’ll put your swimmer where they’ll be comfortably encouraged to improve their skills.
    What about private lessons? We offer private lessons to members only. Non-member requests considered on a case-by-case basis. Ask in the office for details.Lesson Registration Policies & Procedures
  • You must register in person. *
  • Payment is required at the time of registration.
  • Splitting sessions is not permitted.
  • Phone sign-ups are not allowed.
  • No refunds on swim lessons.
    *If you can’t register in person:
    1. Ask a friend and have them bring along your email address; which session, level & times; child’s name & age; and payment.
    2. You may register any time after the specified time and date. Please be aware that availability of lesson times and levels may be limited.Swim Lesson Levels
    This is a list of the different levels of swim lessons Lakeridge Swim Club offers along with the elementary skills taught at each level.

    M&T (Parent & Child)*    Sign-ups for this class are different. Ask in the office.
    This is a water-adjustment class appropriate for the youngest swimmers who still need a known adult with them. Requires an adult to be in the water with the child.
    The skills taught during the lesson are:

  • Being comfortable in the water (water adjustment)
  • Horizontal position with support
  • Blowing bubbles in the water
  • Breath control to bob under the water
  • Face float and back float with help
  • Front and back kicking skills
  • Front glide and kick with help
    * Waterproof cover over swim diaper required.

Toddler * Appropriate prerequisites: being able to wait for their turn and being comfortable with a ‘stranger’ teaching the lessons. (Approx. ages 3-5) The skills taught during the lesson are:

  • Personal safety skills
  • Being comfortable in the water (water adjustment)
  • Horizontal position with support
  • Blowing bubbles with face in the water
  • Breath control to do bobs under the water
  • Open eyes underwater
  • Face float and back float with help
  • Kickboard use
  • Face float without assistance
  • Front and back kicking skills
  • Front glide and kick with help
  • Arm stroke – ‘shark-fin’ arms with help
  • Deep water exposure, optional diving board exposure
    * Waterproof cover over swim diaper required.

Beginner 1 Appropriate prerequisites: comfortable in the water, able to let go of the wall to push off to instructor. (Approx. ages 4-7) The skills taught during the lesson are:

  • Personal safety skills including life jacket usage
  • Breath control
  • Bobs
  • Kickboard use
  • Front float without assist, 8 seconds
  • Front glide and kick (streamline push-offs)
  • Back float without assist, 8 seconds
  • Back glide with kick (streamline push-offs)
  • Arm stroke – ‘shark-fin’ arms without help
  • Swimming 20 feet (about ½ the width of the pool)
  • Jumping in from the side of the pool and returning to side
  • Deep water exposure, optional diving board exposure

Beginner 2 Appropriate prerequisites: ability to swim about ½ the width of the pool without assistance and familiar with crawl stroke. (Approx. ages 5-9) The skills taught during the lesson are:

  • Personal safety skills including life jacket usage
  • Breath control, learn side breathing
  • Bobs
  • Kickboard use
  • Front float without assist, 10-15 seconds
  • Front glide and kick (streamline push-offs)
  • Back float without assist, 10-15 seconds
  • Back glide with kick (streamline push-offs)
  • Introduction to back stroke
  • Swimming 40 feet (about the width of the pool)
  • Deep water exposure, optional diving board exposure
  • Change direction and turning over
  • Treading water, 15 seconds
  • Front dive from the side of the pool

Advanced Beginner Appropriate prerequisites: ability to swim the width of the pool without assistance, comfortable with crawl stroke with some side breathing and familiarity with backstroke. (Approx. ages 6-12) The skills taught during the lesson are:

  • Personal safety skills including life jacket usage
  • Breath control, coordinated side breathing
  • Kickboard use
  • Backstroke coordination and swim without assist
  • Swimming 25 yards (the length of the pool)
  • Deep water exposure, optional diving board exposure
  • Change direction and turning over
  • Treading water, 30-45 seconds
  • Front dive from the side of the pool
  • Survival floating
  • Introduction to breaststroke with ‘whip-kick’
  • Introduction to diving

Intermediate/Swimmer Appropriate prerequisites: swim 25 yards (the length of the pool) with crawl stroke and side-breathing, familiar with back stroke and breast stroke. The skills taught during the lesson are:

  • Crawl kick, 25 yards
  • Crawl stroke, 25 yards
  • Breaststroke, 25 yards
  • Backstroke, 25 yards
  • Introduction to butterfly stroke
  • Distance swim (stroke of choice), 100 yards
  • Survival floating, 1 minute
  • Treading water, 1 minute
  • Standing front dive and underwater swimming
  • Rescue skills
  • Swim for 5 minutes

Intro to Swim Team Appropriate prerequisites: familiar with all four strokes, ability to swim 100 yards or for five minutes. The skills taught during the lesson are:

  • Rhythmic breathing
  • Understanding of clock/sets
  • Front flip turn (freestyle)
  • Open turn (butterfly and/or breaststroke)
  • Back turn
  • Dive (glide 20 feet underwater)
  • No-breath 15-yards
  • Swim for 10 minutes
  • Tread water 5 minutes
  • Distance swim (stroke of choice), 200 yards
  • Butterfly, 25 yards
  • Crawl stroke (freestyle), 50 yards
  • Backstroke, 50 yards
  • Breaststroke, 50 yards

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“This is our third summer of swim lessons, and our four children have once again enjoyed learning with the fantastic swimming instructors. We have had the opportunity to experience all class levels from “toddler” to “intermediate/
swimmer” with each of our children making tremendous progress. The instructors are very patient, sensitive to each child’s needs, extremely encouraging, and very knowledgeable. Thank you LSC for another fabulous summer of swim lessons!”
-Shira and Raphael K.
“I wish we could have swim lessons all year instead of going to school.”
– Naftali 8 yrs old

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