Youth
Water Adjustment Ages 6 mos - 5 yrs

The water adjustment classes are for our starting swimmers. These children can either experience the water with an instructor or with the support of a parent. Children in these levels are getting use to the water and beginning to explore the water through play.

Tiny Tots

This class is for children and their parents to experience the water together, with the guidance of a certified instructor. Join our class full of playtime that will help your child adjust to the water in a fun and safe environment. This class is appropriate for children who are between the ages of 6 months and 3 years old. Children must be able to hold up their head independently.

Tiny Starfish

This class is for children and their parents to experience the water together, with the guidance of a certified instructor. Join our class full of playtime that will help your child gain confidence in working with an instructor in the water with your support. This class is appropriate for children who are between the ages of 2 to 5 years old. Children must be ready to begin working on skills and feel comfortable in the water.

Starfish (K1)

Starfish is for children who are ready to experience the wonderful world of water with an instructor independently of parents. Swimmers should be able to follow directions and stay with the group. This class is for children who are new to swimming and are not comfortable submerging underwater or floating on their front or backs. The instructors will introduce the young swimmers to the water in a fun and safe class in our zero-entry beach area.

Preschool Fish Ages 3 - 5 yrs

These little fish are beginning to build the foundations of swimming. They are learning to float and start to move in the water independently or with the support of a certified instructor. These swimmers are able to follow directions and work with an instructor independently of parents.

Angelfish (K2)

Angelfish just love, love, love to submerge underwater and are very comfortable floating on their fronts and being on their back. At this level swimmers will be using their floating skills to learn how to independently glide to their instructor.

Betafish (K3)

Betafish are comfortable and confident floating and gliding on their front and back and they are ready and excited to learn how to swim in the lanes. Swimmers will use their front and back glides to build their flutter kicks and introduce arm motions on both front and back.

Clownfish (K4)

Clownfish can easily glide and kick on both their front and backs 5 body lengths to an instructor. Swimmers will use these skills to build front and back crawl strokes and increase their distance. Swimmers will also learn to rotate between front and back floats and glides. Clown fish are ready and excited to begin to explore swimming in the dive tank with their instructor.

Little Fish (K5)

Little fish ready and eager to begin building swim strokes. They can swim half way across the pool on their front and back and tread water and back float for 15 seconds each. Swimmers will use their front and back rotation skills to begin learning how to side breath in front crawl. Swimmers will use their back floating and gliding skills to begin learning the elementary backstroke kick.

Fish Swim School Ages 6 yrs and up

These swimming fish are learning the basic swimming and survival strokes to keep them safe in and around the water. Swimmers will be moving independently of an instructor and gaining confidence in the water.

Guppy

Guppies have little to no experience in the water. Swimmers will learn to be comfortable and confident to submerge under water, float and glide independently on both their front and back as they begin their swimming adventure.

Minnow

Minnows love to submerge underwater. They are comfortable floating and gliding on their front and back and are ready to swim in the lanes. Swimmers will use these basic glides to build flutter kicking on the front and back as well arm motions. Swimmers will also learn how to rotate between front and back glides. Minnows will begin to explore swimming in the dive tank with their instructor.

Fish

Fish are eager and ready to start building their swimming strokes. They can swim half way across the pool on their front and back and tread water and back float for 15 seconds each. Swimmers will use their front and back rotation skills to begin learning how to side breath in front crawl. Swimmers will use their back floating and gliding skills to begin learning the elementary backstroke kick. Many of the floating and treading skills are taught in the dive tank.

Fly Fish

Flying fish can easily and comfortably float on their back and tread water in the dive tank for 30 seconds each. Swimmers are comfortable swimming 2/3 pool length for both elementary backstroke kick, and swimming back crawl and front crawl with rhythmic breathing. Swimmers will build on these basic skills to learn the full elementary back stroke and swim front crawl with more consistent side breathing. Scissor kick and sidestroke will be introduced. A successful flying fish is ready to get their swim license.

Fish Stroke School Ages 6 yrs and up

Swimmers at these levels are refining the basic strokes and adding competitive strokes to their skill set. Swimmers are also increasing their endurance while maintaining proper stroke technique. Swimmers are also learning additions swimming skills such as diving, survival swimming and refining their treading.

Sting Ray

Sting Rays can float on their backs and tread water in the dive tank for 1 minute each. Sting Rays can swim front crawl with consistent side breathing and correct elementary backstroke for 2/3 of a pool length. Sting Rays can swim back crawl and sidestroke across the dive tank with a good kick and rhythmic arm motions. Swimmers will build on these skills to refine the front crawl and elementary backstroke so that swimmers can swim the full length of the pool with consistent technique. Swimmers will continue to refine the side stroke and learn the dolphin kick and breaststroke kick on their front.

Manta Ray

Manta Rays can tread water for 1 ½ minutes and swim front crawl with correct side breathing, and the elementary backstroke with a consistent glide for 1 pool length. Manta Rays can swim sidestroke with a consistent scissors kick and breaststroke kick with glide for 2/3 of a pool length. Manta Rays can dolphin kick in stream line 5 body lengths. Swimmers will use these skills to refine the front and back crawl, elementary backstroke and sidestroke so that swimmers will be able to swim the strokes with consistent form for longer distances. Swimmers will use the dolphin kick to develop the butterfly stroke and the breast stroke kick will be developed into the breast stroke.

Dolphin

Dolphins can tread water for 2 minutes and can swim both the front crawl and elementary backstroke with correct technique and maintain form for 2 pool lengths. Dolphins can swim butterfly, breaststroke, back crawl and sidestroke with correct timing and technique. Swimmers will learn front and back flip turns and focus on stroke refinement, efficiency and endurance. Swimmers will work on the skills needed to join swim team, swim for fitness or gain the necessary stroke proficiency to become a lifeguard or swim instructor.

Youth Specialty Classes

Splash into Fitness 1

Ages 11 and under. This class is for the younger swimmer who has passed dolphin and wants to keep swimming for exercise. The emphasis for the younger, smaller swimmer is developing endurance and pacing with shorter repeat sets. Swimmers must be able to swim front crawl 2 pool lengths with good side – breathing the entire distance.

Splash into Fitness 2

Ages 11 – 17. This class is for the older swimmer who is capable of swimming front crawl for 8 pool lengths continuously. Emphasis is on training which will enhance fitness, conditioning and pacing. Personal goals may include developing swimming into a life- long fitness sport or conditioning for high school swim team.

Diving Fish Level 1

Divers in level one are learning hurdles and the basics of jumping off the diving board in a safe manner. Divers begin to work on learning basic jumps in pike, tuck and straight position. Divers also learn to go headfirst forward and backward while maintaining body position.

Diving Fish Level 2

Divers are refining their approach on the board while building their diving skills. Participants use the one meter diving board for these skills. Skills include hurdle and approach forward, backward and in pike, tuck and stretch position.

Intermediate Diving Fish

Intermediate Diving Fish is for those divers beginning to build skills to advance to diving club. this level will use both the one-meter and three-meter spring boards. To participate in this class you must have passed Diving Fish Level 2 or have instructor approval.

Splashball

Splashball is designed to introduce children ages 5-8 to the sport of water polo in a fun and safe atmosphere. Participants will learn the basics of water polo in a shallow water environment, showcasing the fun and team experience for each child.

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Program Contact Information:

Lisa Claesson-Gordon
Aquatic Coordinator
lisac@biparks.org
206-842-2302 ext 104