Group Swim Lessons | Fall 2017

Fall 2017 Important Information

  • Session Dates:
    • Saturday, October 7 through Thursday, December 21
    • Registration Deadline: Tuesday, October 3, after this date, registration will be accepted on an as available basis.
    • No Classes: 11/23, 11/24, 11/26


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Parent/Child Classes

Preschool Classes

Youth Classes

Adult Classes

Special Needs


Parent/Child Courses (ages 6 months-3 and a half years): 

Aquatots I (Parent/Child Level 1)swim-lesson-picture

Provides experiences and activities for children to:

  • Learn to ask for permission before entering the water.
  • Learn how to enter and exit the water in a safe manner.
  • Feel comfortable in the water.
  • Explore submerging to the mouth, nose and eyes and fully submerging.
  • Explore buoyancy on the front and back position.
  • Change body position in the water.
  • Learn how to play safely.
  • Experience wearing a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket.
  • Plus age-appropriate water safety topics.

Class Days and Times:

Sundays, 10 Lessons - $125(M)   $200(NM)

  • 8:45-9:15am

Mondays, 10 Lessons - $125(M)   $200(NM)

  • 11:00-11:30am

Wednesdays, 10 Lessons - $125(M)   $200(NM)

  • 11:00-11:30am

Aquatots II (Parent/Child Level 2)

  • Builds upon the skills learned in Level 1 and provides experiences and activities for children to:
  • Establish expectation for adult supervision.
  • Learn more ways to enter and exit the water in a safe manner.
  • Explore submerging in a rhythmic pattern.
  • Glide on the front and back with assistance.
  • Perform combined stroke on front and back with assistance.
  • Change body position in the water.
  • Experience wearing a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket in the water.
  • Plus age-appropriate water safety topics.

Class Days and Times:

Sundays,  Lessons - 10 Lessons - $125(M)   $200(NM)

  • 9:30-10:00am

Mondays, 10 Lessons - $125(M)   $200(NM)

  • 11:30am-12:00pm 

Wednesdays, 10 Lessons - $125(M)   $200(NM)

  • 11:30am-12:00pm

Little Starfish (Parent/Child Level 3)

Builds upon skills learned in Aquatots II and provides experiences and activities for children to begin to performed combined strokes without assistance, submerge, and transition to Preschool Aquatics

  • Enter water by stepping in from a deck or low height
  • Exit water using ladder, steps or side Bobbing
  • Open eyes underwater and retrieve submerged objects 
  • Front float
  • Back glide and float and recover to a vertical position
  • Roll from front to back and back to front
  • Tread water using arm and leg actions
  • Combined arm and leg actions on front and back
  • Finning arm action on back
  • Plus age-appropriate water safety topics

Class Days and Times:

Sundays, 10 Lessons - $125(M)   $200(NM)

  • 10:15-10:45am

Mondays, 10 Lessons - $125(M)   $200(NM)

  • 12:00-12:30pm

Wednesdays, 10 Lessons - $125(M)   $200(NM)

  • 12:00-12:30pm

Preschool Aquatics (approximately 4 to 5 years old)

Throughout the three levels, preschool-age children are taught basic aquatic safety and swimming skills, all the while increasing their comfort level in and around the water. Skills are age-appropriate, helping children achieve success on a regular basis and enjoy social interactions with other children. As in all Swimming and Water Safety courses, your child will always know that it’s safety first.

Starfish (Preschool Level 1)swim-lesson-picture

Orients children to the aquatic environment and helps them gain basic aquatic skills.

  • Enter water using ramp, steps or side
  • Exit water using ladder, steps or side
  • Blow bubbles through mouth and nose
  • Submerge mouth, nose and eyes
  • Open eyes underwater and retrieve submerged objects
  • Front glide and recover to a vertical position
  • Back glide and recover to a vertical position
  • Back float
  • Roll from front to back and back to front
  • Tread with arm and hand actions
  • Alternating and simultaneous arm and leg actions on front
  • Alternating and simultaneous arm and leg actions on back
  • Combined arm and leg actions on front and back
  • Plus age-appropriate water safety topics

Class Days and Times:

Saturdays, 10 Lessons - $125(M)   $250(NM)

  • 1:15-1:45pm
  • 2:00-2:30pm
  • 3:30-4:00pm
  • 4:15-4:45pm
  • 5:00-5:30pm

Sundays, 10 Lessons - $125(M)   $250(NM)

  • 8:45-9:15am
  • 9:30-10:00am
  • 10:15-10:45am
  • 11:45am-12:15pm

Mondays, 10 Lessons - $125(M)   $250(NM)

  • 12:45-1:15pm

Thursdays, 9 Lessons - $110(M)   $220(NM)

  • 1:30-2:00pm

Seaponies (Preschool Level 2)swim-lesson-picture

Helps children gain greater independence in their skills and develop more comfort in and around water.

  • Enter water by stepping in from a deck or low height
  • Exit water using ladder, steps or side
  • Bobbing
  • Open eyes underwater and retrieve submerged objects
  • Front float
  • Back glide and float and recover to a vertical position
  • Roll from front to back and back to front
  • Tread water using arm and leg actions
  • Combined arm and leg actions on front and back
  • Finning arm action on back
  • Plus age-appropriate water safety topics

Class Days and Times:

Saturdays, 10 Lessons - $125(M)   $250(NM)

  • 1:15-1:45pm
  • 2:00-2:30pm
  • 3:30-4:00pm
  • 4:15-4:45pm
  • 5:00-5:30pm

Sundays, 10 Lessons - $125(M)   $250(NM)

  • 8:45-9:15am
  • 9:30-10:00am
  • 10:15-10:45am
  • 1:15-1:45pm
  • 2:45-3:15pm

Tuesdays, 10 Lessons - $125(M)   $250(NM)

  • 12:45-1:15pm

Wednesdays, 10 Lessons - $125(M)   $250(NM)

  • 1:30-2:00pm

Dolphins (Preschool Level 3)

Helps children start to gain basic swimming propulsive skills to be comfortable in and around water.

  • Enter water by jumping in
  • Fully submerge and hold breath
  • Bobbing
  • Rotary breathing
  • Front, jellyfish and tuck floats
  • Front and back float or glide and recover to a vertical position
  • Change direction of travel while swimming on front or back
  • Tread water using arm and leg actions
  • Combined arm and leg actions on front and back
  • Finning arm action on back
  • Plus age-appropriate water safety topics

Class Days and Times:

Saturdays, 10 Lessons - $125(M)   $250(NM)

  • 1:15-1:45pm
  • 2:00-2:30pm
  • 3:30-4:00pm
  • 4:15-4:45pm
  • 5:00-5:30pm

Sundays, 10 Lessons - $125(M)   $250(NM)

  • 8:45-9:15am
  • 9:30-10:00am
  • 10:15-10:45am
  • 11:00-11:30am
  • 1:15-1:45pm
  • 2:45-3:15pm

Mondays, 10 Lessons - $125(M)   $250(NM)

  • 1:30-2:00pm

Thursdays, 9 Lessons - $110(M)   $220(NM)

  • 2:15-2:45pm

Advanced Dolphins (Preschool Level 4)

Builds on the skills in Dolphins through additional guided practice in deeper water.

  • Enter water by jumping from the side, fully submerge then recover to the surface and return to the side
  • Headfirst entries from the side in sitting and kneeling positions
  • Bobbing while moving toward safety
  • Rotary breathing
  • Back float
  • Survival float
  • Change from vertical to horizontal position on front and back
  • Tread water
  • Flutter and dolphin kicks on front
  • Scissors and breaststroke kicks
  • Front crawl and elementary backstroke
  • Plus age-appropriate water safety topics

Class Days and Times:

Saturdays, 10 Lessons - $125(M)   $250(NM)

  • 1:15-1:45pm
  • 2:00-2:30pm
  • 3:30-4:00pm
  • 4:15-4:45pm
  • 5:00-5:30pm

Sundays, 10 Lessons - $125(M)   $250(NM)

  • 8:45-9:15am
  • 9:30-10:00am
  • 10:15-10:45am
  • 11:45am-12:15pm
  • 2:45-3:15pm

Tuesdays, 10 Lessons - $125(M)   $250(NM)

  • 1:30-2:00pm

Wednesdays, 10 Lessons - $125(M)   $250(NM)

  • 2:15-2:45pm

Youth Courses (5 years and up)

Designed to help participants achieve maximum success, Learn-to-Swim courses are based on a logical, six-level progression that helps swimmers of varying ages and abilities develop their water safety, survival and swim skills.

Level 1—Introduction to Water Skills

  • Helps participants feel comfortable in the water.
  • Enter water using ramp, steps or side
  • Exit water using ladder, steps or side
  • Blow bubbles through mouth and nose
  • Bobbing
  • Open eyes underwater and retrieve submerged objects
  • Front and back glides and recover to a vertical position
  • Back float
  • Roll from front to back and back to front
  • Tread water using arm and hand actions
  • Alternating and simultaneous arm and leg actions on front
  • Alternating and simultaneous arm and leg actions on back
  • Combined arm and leg actions on front and back
  • Plus age-appropriate water safety topics

Class Days and Times:

Saturdays,  10 Lessons - $125(M)   $250(NM)

  • 1:15-1:45pm
  • 3:30-4:00pm
  • 4:15-4:45pm

Sundays,  10 Lessons - $125(M)   $250(NM)

  • 11:00-11:30am
  • 12:30-1:00pm
  • 1:15-1:45pm

Mondays,  10 Lessons - $125(M)   $250(NM)

  • 12:45-1:15pm

Thursdays, 9 Lessons - $110(M)   $220(NM)

  • 1:30-2:00pm

Level 2—Fundamental Aquatic Skills

  • Gives participants success with fundamental skills.
  • Enter water by stepping or jumping from the side
  • Exit water using ladder, steps or side
  • Fully submerge and hold breath
  • Bobbing
  • Open eyes underwater and retrieve submerged objects
  • Rotary breathing
  • Front, jellyfish and tuck floats
  • Back glide and recover to a vertical position
  • Front glide and recover to vertical position
  • Roll from front to back and back to front
  • Tread water using arm and leg actions
  • Change direction of travel while swimming on front or back
  • Combined arm and leg actions on front and back
  • Finning arm action
  • Plus age-appropriate water safety topics

Class Days and Times:

Saturdays,  10 Lessons - $125(M)   $250(NM)

  • 1:15-1:45pm
  • 2:45-3:15pm
  • 4:15-4:45pm

Sundays, 10 Lessons - $125(M)   $250(NM)

  • 11:00-11:30am
  • 1:15-1:45pm

Tuesdays, 10 Lessons - $125(M)   $250(NM)

  • 12:45-1:15pm

Wednesdays, 10 Lessons - $125(M)   $250(NM)

  • 1:30-2:00pm

Level 3—Stroke Development

  • Builds on the skills in Level 2 through additional guided practice in deeper water.
  • Enter water by jumping from the side, fully submerge then recover to the surface and return to the side
  • Headfirst entries from the side in sitting and kneeling positions
  • Bobbing while moving toward safety
  • Rotary breathing
  • Back float
  • Survival float
  • Change from vertical to horizontal position on front and back
  • Tread water
  • Flutter and dolphin kicks on front
  • Scissors and breaststroke kicks
  • Front crawl and elementary backstroke
  • Plus age-appropriate water safety topics

Class Days and Times:

Saturdays, 10 Lessons - $125(M)   $250(NM)

  • 2:00-2:30pm
  • 2:45-3:15pm

Sundays, 10 Lessons - $125(M)   $250(NM)

  • 10:15-10:45am
  • 11:00-11:30am
  • 12:30-1:00pm
  • 2:45-3:15pm

Mondays, 10 Lessons - $125(M)   $250(NM)

  • 12:45-1:15pm

Wednesdays, 10 Lessons - $125(M)   $250(NM)

  • 1:30-2:00pm

Level 4—Stroke Improvement

  • Develops confidence in the skills learned and improves other aquatic skills.
  • Headfirst entries from the side in compact and stride positions
  • Swim underwater
  • Feetfirst surface dive
  • Survival swimming
  • Open turns on front and back
  • Tread water using 2 different kicks
  • Front and back crawl, elementary backstroke, breaststroke, sidestroke and butterfly
  • Flutter and dolphin kicks on back
  • Plus age-appropriate water safety topics

Class Days and Times:

Saturdays, 10 Lessons - $125(M)   $250(NM)

  • 2:00-2:30pm
  • 3:30-4:00pm

Sundays, 10 Lessons - $125(M)   $250(NM)

  • 11:00-11:30am
  • 11:45am-12:15pm
  • 12:30-1:00pm
  • 2:00-2:30pm

Monday, 10 Lessons - $125(M)   $250(NM)

  • 12:45-1:15pm

Wednesdays, 10 Lessons - $125(M)   $250(NM)

  • 1:30-2:00pm

Level 5—Stroke Refinement

  • Provides further coordination and refinement of strokes.
  • Shallow-angle dive from the side then glide and begin a front stroke
  • Tuck and pike surface dives, submerge completely
  • Front flip turn and backstroke flip turn while swimming
  • Front and back crawl, elementary backstroke, breaststroke, sidestroke and butterfly
  • Sculling
  • Plus age-appropriate water safety topics

Class Days and Times:

Saturdays, 10 Lessons - $125(M)   $250(NM)

  • 2:45-3:15pm
  • 5:00-5:30pm

Sundays, 10 Lessons - $125(M)   $250(NM)

  • 11:45am-12:15pm
  • 12:30-1:00pm
  • 2:00-2:30pm

Mondays, 10 Lessons - $125(M)   $250(NM)

  • 12:45-1:15pm

Wednesdays, 10 Lessons - $125(M)   $250(NM)

  • 1:30-2:00pm

Level 6—Swimming and Skill Proficiency

Refines the strokes so participants swim them with ease, efficiency, power and smoothness over greater distances. Level 6 is designed with “menu” options that focus on preparing participants for more advanced courses, including the Water Safety instructor course, or other aquatic activities, such as competitive swimming or diving. Each option also includes applicable water safety topics.

Options include the following:

  • Fitness Swimmer
  • Personal Water Safety
  • Fundamentals of Diving

Class Days and Times:

Saturdays, 10 Lessons - $125(M)   $250(NM)

  • 2:45-3:15pm
  • 5:00-5:30pm

Sundays, 10 Lessons - $125(M)   $250(NM)

  • 11:45am-12:15pm
  • 2:00-2:30pm
  • 2:45-3:15pm

Tuesdays, 10 Lessons - $125(M)   $250(NM)

  • 12:45-1:15pm

Thursdays, 9 Lessons - $110(M)   $220(NM)

  • 1:30-2:00pm

Adult Beginner

Helps participants feel comfortable in the water.

Saturdays, 10 Lessons - $125(M)   $250(NM)

  • 4:45-5:15pm

Sundays, 10 Lessons - $125(M)   $250(NM)

  • 7:45-8:15am
  • 2:45-3:15pm

Mondays, 10 Lessons - $125(M)   $250(NM)

  • 12:00-12:30pm
  • 6:30-7:00pm

Thursdays, 9 Lessons - $110(M)   $220(NM)

  • 12:30-1:00pm

Adult Intermediate

Gives participants success with fundamental skills.

Saturdays, 10 Lessons - $125(M)   $250(NM)

  • 4:00-4:30pm

Sundays, 10 Lessons - $125(M)   $250(NM)

  • 8:30-9:00am
  • 3:30-4:00pm

Tuesdays, 10 Lessons - $125(M)   $250(NM)

  • 12:00-12:30pm
  • 6:30-7:00pm

Thursdays, 9 Lessons - $110(M)   $220(NM)

  • 12:00-12:30pm

Adult Advanced

Refines the strokes so participants swim them with ease, efficiency, power and smoothness over greater distances.

Saturdays, 10 Lessons - $125(M)   $250(NM)

  • 5:00-5:30pm

Sundays, 10 Lessons - $125(M)   $250(NM)

  • 7:45-8:15am
  • 2:45-3:15pm

Wednesdays, 10 Lessons - $125(M)   $250(NM)

  • 12:00-12:30pm
  • 6:30-7:00pm

Thursdays, 9 Lessons - $110(M)   $220(NM)

  • 1:00-1:30pm

Special Needs Swimming Skills


Special Needs Swimming Skills Program swimmers-starting-image

Ages 3 - 12

All classes will be taught by certified American Red Cross Water Safety Instructors who have experience and certification in the special needs area. This program will be directly supervised by Paulette Kirchner, a public school special education teacher for 27 years and is under the direction of Stephanie Johnson, Aquatics Director/Special Olympics Local Training Program Coordinator. These lessons will be taught on a one on one basis. Lessons include instruction on how to float independently and with a device, how to control breathing, kicking, basic paddling, front crawl, back stroke and jumping/diving into the pool. Participants will also receive special attention and instruction that may help develop competency in the water as well as improve overall coordination, strength, endurance, range of movement, as well as social and attending behaviors.

If you would like more information on either program, please contact Stephanie Johnson, Head Coach/Local Training Program Coordinator at 908-443-9020 or SJohnson@ssbjcc.org.