Lessons for Babies and Children
Pre-School Classes – Ages: 6 months – 5 years
These classes are now considered Red Cross level classes as well. We believe that the sooner children become accustomed to the water and begin to develop, not only water skills, but also social interaction skills, the easier it will be for them to enter into the higher Red Cross levels when they turn 6 years old. As always, please consult a supervisor if you are unsure of where to place your child.
DUCKLINGS: Age 6 months to 5 years, Parents are required to be in the water.
JELLYFISH: Age 3-5 years, will try without parents in the water with them.
GUPPIES: Age 3-5 years, can swim with floatation on their front for 30 feet. and on back for 3 feet in shallow or deep water; safety skills with floatation.
FLOUNDERS: Age 3-5 years, can swim on stomach without help for 7 feet and on back for 5 feet., safety skills unaided.
SEAHORSE: Age 3-5 years, the same skills as electric eels.
Ages: 6 years and up
Fraser Aquatics follows the American Red Cross set of guidelines for swim lessons, which sets forth what skills each person must accomplish before continuing on to the next level, regardless of age.
The following is only a brief listing of the skills needed for that level:
TURTLES (Red Cross Level 1): Beginners level, requires assistance to swim in shallow or
deep water on their front or back for 30 feet.
ELECTRIC EELS (Red Cross Level 2): Comfortable swimming in deep water for 30 feet, several times unaided on their stomach and back; safety skills unaided in deep end.
STINGRAYS (Red Cross Level 3): Swims beginner’s stroke with rhythmic breathing and “birdie arms” on back with body horizontal and strong arms and legs for 15 yards.
MANATEES (Red Cross Level 4): Swims front crawl with rotary breathing for 15 yards, back crawl for 15 yards, performs elementary backstroke for 15 yards, performs Dolphin kick for 15 yards, performs a compact dive off the side, dives off the diving board, and comfortable swimming 25 yards.
MARLINS (Red Cross Level 5): Swims front crawl and back crawl with bent arm pull for 25 yards, performs elementary backstroke, breaststroke and sidestroke properly for 15 yds, standing dive off the board.
BARRACUDA (Red Cross Level 6): Swims front crawl with bilateral breathing and back crawl for 50 yards with flip turns; can swim breaststroke, butterfly, elementary backstroke and sidestroke for 25 yards.
EXIT BARRACUDA: (see pool office for more information)
A. Personal Water Safety
B. Fundamentals of Diving
C. Fitness Swimmers
Adaptive Aquatics are individual swimming lessons that adapt the aquatic environment to meet the needs of children. Youngsters without or with special needs (diagnoses may include autism, cerebral palsy, quadriplegia, or developmental delays) can all benefit from adaptive aquatics. The goals of the Adaptive Aquatics program are to teach water safety and functional and/or recreational swimming skills. Nearly any child can learn to be independent in the water (always with supervision, of course) with or without a flotation device.
Each child is unique. They have unique needs. As they grow and develop, their minds and bodies respond in many different ways. Their needs change with the seasons as they become ready for more challenges. One place that all children can learn and grow is in the water. With an adaptive aquatics class, the possibilities are endless. Each child has individual goals designed to adapt to the needs of the child. The benefits of this program can be as small as getting a child to put their face in the water, to as big as having them ready for total independence in the water. Physical fitness is a very important benefit of this swimming class. Endurance swimming and different strength concepts to help increase heart rate and make swimming a fun and healthy experience are additional elements of this program. We work with the parents to make sure the child is getting the most out of their aquatics experience and doing it at a pace in which they can handle and learn best. With many of our students we provide water therapy including range of motion, stretching, increase strength and balance, lessen muscle and joint pain, and improve dexterity and fine motor skills.