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 water by themselves with an instructor. Swimmers should be able to follow directions. The instructors will introduce your child to the water in a fun and safe manner through the use of games, toys and aquatic equipment.

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)

Children at this level are comfortable in the water. At this level they are exploring more skills and being to move independently or with minimal support while playing and having fun.

Betafish (K3)

Betafish are moving independently in the water. They are beginning to push their boundaries and are moving independently in the water. The instructors will work with students introducing basic swimming mechanics while exploring deeper water.

Clownfish (K4)

Swimmers at this level are confident in the water and beginning to build the basic strokes while exploring additional safety skills in the water.

Little Fish (K5)

Swimmers at this level are confident in the water and beginning to refine the basic strokes while exploring additional safety skills in the water.  Swimmers are confident and relaxed in deep water at this level. Swimmers are also developing their endurance while maintaining basic stroke form.

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

Swimmers are able to enter and exit the water independently while working with an instructor. Swimmers will explore the basics of swimming with instructor support in shallow water. While gaining comfort in the water with play and exploration.

Minnow

Swimmers are comfortable with the water at this point and able to begin performing skills independently. Swimmers will also begin to explore deeper water with instructor support through play.

Fish

Swimmers at this level are comfortable in deeper water. They are beginning to refine the basic strokes adding rotary breathing and gaining more water confidence.

Fly Fish

Swimmers at this level are comfortable in deeper water. They are beginning to refine the basic strokes adding rotary breathing and gaining more water confidence. Swimmers at this level are also beginning to develop the basics of additional swimming strokes such as breaststroke and butterfly.

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

Swimmers are refining their swimming strokes at this level and building endurance. Diving and flip turns are being refined and introduced.

Manta Ray

Swimmers are refining their swimming strokes at this level and building endurance. Diving and flip turns are being refined.

Dolphin

Swimmers are confident in their swimming skills and begin refining butterfly and breaststroke skills. Swimmers are extending the number of laps they are swimming and increasing their ability to tread water for longer periods.

Youth Specialty Classes

Mermaid Swim & Story

Join our lead mermaid as they teach mermaid swimming techniques, go on adventures and tell stories. This class is not for the faint of heart and all mermaids must have a swim license to participate. Mermaids are encouraged to bring their own swim-able tails or a pair of swim fins can be worn!

Mermaid Swim and Story Class

Junior Fins Pre-Team Squad

This group is designed for 5-6 year olds who are ready to explore swim team but are not quite old enough. This squad will have swim practice designed workouts containing 40 minutes of swim time and the time to ease into a swim team situation.

Splash 1

Splash Level 1 is for the swimmer who would like to be introduced to swim team, but is not quite ready to swim for a full hour. New participants must have passed Manta Ray.

Splash 2

The second level of Splash is for the swimmer who is not ready for swim team but is ready for competition and working on speed while maintaining technique. New participants must have passed Splash 1.

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.

Swift & Smooth Swimming

Do you want to refine your strokes? This is a great class for anyone who wants to improve their technique of the four competitive strokes. Swimmers must be level 4 (Sting Ray) or above.

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:

Megan S. Pleli
Aquatic Program Manager
meganp@biparks.org
206-842-2302 ext 102