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Bloomer Aquatic Swimming Lessons

 

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Bloomer Aquatic Swim Lesson Levels  
Level 1 (Beta Fish): Water Exploration (Shallow water lesson) ♦ Fully submerge face in water ♦ Front and back float with support ♦ Kicking on front and back with support ♦ Enter and exit the water independently
Level II (Catfish): Primary Skills (Shallow water lesson) ♦ Float on front and back unsupported for 5 seconds ♦ Swim on front 5 yards without assistance ♦ Swim on back 5 yards without assistance ♦ Retrieve objects under water chest deep
Level III (Guppy): Stroke Readiness (Mid-pool lesson: shallow and deep) ♦ Swim the front crawl for 10 yards ♦ Swim the back crawl for 10 yards ♦ Jump into deep water ♦ Bobs in water over the child’s head
Level IV (Jellyfish): Stroke Development (Deep water lesson) ♦ Deep water bobs ♦ Standing dive from side of pool ♦ Elementary backstroke for 10 yards ♦ Front & back crawl 25 yards (entire length of pool) ♦ Breastroke & Sidestroke kick with kickboard
Level V (Sting Ray): Stroke Refinement (Deep water lesson) ♦ Front & back crawl for 50 yards ♦ Breastroke & sidestroke for 10 yards ♦ Elementary backstroke for 25 yards
                                                                         
 
 Swim Lesson Guide
 
Which Level is right for my child?
 
Level 1 is for beginners with little or no experience in the water.
To enroll into Levels 2-6, students must have completed or at least be able to confidently demonstrate the skills listed in the previous level, including the exit skill requirements
 
LEVEL 1:(Beta) Introduction to Water Skills ages 4 & up Purpose: Helps students develop positive attitudes, good swimming habits and safe practices around the water.
 
Level 1 participant learns to:
• Enter and exit water safely
• Blow bubbles through mouth and nose • Bobbing
• Open eyes under water and retrieve submerged objects
• Front and back glides and floats
• Recover to vertical position
• Roll from front to back and back to front
• Tread water using arm and hand actions
• Alternating and simultaneous leg actions on front and back
• Alternating and simultaneous arm actions on front and back
• Combined arm and leg actions on front and back
• Learn how to stay safe, including recognizing an emergency and knowing how to call for help
• Use a life jacket
 
Level 1 Exit Skills Assessment:
1) Enter unassisted, move 5 yards, bob 3 times then safety exit water;
2) Glide on front 2 body lengths, roll to a back float for 3 seconds and recover to a vertical position.
 
LEVEL 2:(Catfish) Fundamental Aquatics Skills (Must successfully complete to participate in Sailing) Purpose: Give students success with fundamental skills. Learn to float and recover to a vertical position.
 
Level 2 participants learn to:
 
• Enter and exit water by stepping or jumping from the side
• Fully submerge and hold breath • Bobbing
• Open eyes under water and retrieve submerged objects
• Front, jellyfish and tuck floats
• Front and back glides and fronts • Recover to vertical position
• Roll from front to back and back to front
• 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
• Safety skills – recognizing an emergency, knowing how to call for help, perform non-swimming assists, using a life jacket, pool rules
 
Level 2 Exit Skills Assessment:
1) Step from side into chest-deep water, move into a front float for 5 seconds, roll over to a back float for 5 seconds then return to vertical position.
2) Move into a back float for 5 seconds, roll to a front then recover to a vertical position.
3) Push off & swim using a combination of arm and leg actions on front for 5 body lengths, float for 15 seconds, roll to the front then continue swimming for 5 body lengths.
 
LEVEL 3:(Guppy) Stroke Development Purpose: Builds on skills from Level 2 & develops strokes through additional guided practice in deeper water.
 
Level 3 participants learn:
• Jump into deep water from the side
• Bobbing • Rotary breathing
• Survival float • Back float
• Change from vertical to horizontal position on front and back
• Tread water
• Flutter, scissor, dolphin and breaststroke kicks on front
• Front crawl and elementary backstroke
• Learn to look carefully before entering the water
• Learn to perform simple non-swimming assists
• Learn to recognize, prevent and respond to cold water emergencies
 
Level 3 Exit Skills Assessment:
 
1) Demonstrate competency in all required skills and activities, including in-water skills 2) Jump into chest-deep water from the side, swim front crawl for 15 yards w/ face in the water and rhythmic breathing pattern (to front or side), and maintain position by treading or floating for 30 seconds, back crawl for 15 yards.
 
LEVEL 4:(Jellyfish) Stroke Improvement Purpose:
Develops confidence and strength to improve skills learned and introduces new aquatic skills.
 
Level 4 participants learn to:
 
• Diving entry from stride position
• Swim underwater
• Perform feet first surface dive
• Survival swimming • Front crawl and backstroke open turns
• Tread water using 2 different kicks
• Front and back crawl, elementary backstroke, breaststroke, sidestroke and butterfly
• Flutter and dolphin kicks on back
• Use safe diving rules, water safety rules, perform throwing assists
• Perform the following:  Front crawl and elementary backstroke, 25 yards of Breaststroke & back crawl, 15 yards of Butterfly and side sidestroke
 
Level 4 Exit Skills Assessment:
 
1) Perform a feet-first entry into chest-deep water, swim front crawl for 25 yards, change direction maintain position on back 1 minute in deep water (float or sculling) and swim elementary backstroke for 15 yards.
2) Swim breaststroke for 15 yards, change direction and swim back crawl for 15 yards.
 
LEVEL 5:(Stingray) Stroke Refinement Purpose:
Provides further coordination and refinement of strokes, swimming further distances.
 
Level 5 participants learn to:
 
• Tread water w/ two different kicks, 2 minutes
• Learn survival swimming, 2 minutes
• Survival floating, 2 minutes
• Sculling
• Water safety, non-swimming assists, calling for help, waterpark safety, helping others
• Perform the following: glide two body lengths and begin any front stroke of Sidestroke, elementary backstroke 25 yards of Tuck & pike surface dive, Front and back flip turns o Front and elementary backstroke, 50 yards o Breaststroke and back crawl 25 yards o Butterfly 15 yards
 
Level 5 Exit Skills Assessment:
 
1) swim front crawl for 50 yards change direction and minutes swim elementary backstroke for 50 yards.

 

2) Swim breaststroke for 25 yards and swim backstroke for 25 yards.

 

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