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Bloomer Aquatic Swimming Lessons


Register NOW for Swimming Lessons

We are offering Lessons, the first day will be beginning on Saturday, September 16th. These are Saturday ONLY lessons, and they will run for 6 weeks. 

8:45am - 9:25am Beta, Catfish, Guppy
9:30am - 10:10am Beta, Catfish, Guppy

If you have a higher level that you want to register please do not hesitate to call. I am more than willing to put your name and number down and if I get enough kids (3/4) with interest I will be happy to set that class up for you. 

Cost: $26 Non-Members
$13 Members

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.

Bloomer Area Aquatic and Recreation Center | 1731 17th Ave | Bloomer, WI 54724 | (715) 568-3483 |