Advancement Standards

Group Lessons Ages 3 – 5

Flounder - 3 years and up (Beginner)

Flounders

Standards
Seahorse - 3 years and up (Intermediate)

Seahorses 1&2

Standards
Pufferfish - 5 years and up (Beginner)

Pufferfish

Standards
Lionfish - 5 years and up (Intermediate)

Lionfish 1&2

Standards

Group Lessons Ages 6 – 12

Stingray - 6 to 12 years

Stingray 1&2

Standards
Swordfish - 6 to 12 years

Swordfish 1&2

Standards
Swordfish - 6 to 12 years

Swordfish 3

Standards
Swordfish - 6 to 12 years

Swordfish 4

Standards

Baby Basics

  • Introduction to water safety skills
  • Parent / child bonding
  • Water acclimation
  • Intro to Backfloating
  • Comfort in the water
  • Balance in the water
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Cuddlefish 1&2

Cuddlefish I
Ages 6 months through 15 months
Cuddlefish II
Ages 16 months through 35 months

  • Introduction to Water Safety Skills
  • Parent / child bonding
  • Comfortable underwater
  • Back-floats and Rollovers
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Angelfish

  • Monkey along wall
  • Put eyes open underwater
  • Five bobs with bubbles
  • Quiet glide to steps/wall assisted
  • Front float 5 seconds
  • Back float 10 seconds
  • 10 ft. swim to teacher
  • Back to wall (jump and sit)
  • Retrieve object from step
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Starfish

  • Rollovers
  • Streamline glide with kicks
  • Front float 10 seconds
  • One width balancing kickboard in front
  • Rollover breathing
  • One width rhythmic scoops and rollover
  • Elementary backstroke arms
  • Swim width of pool on back comfortably
  • Retrieve object from bottom assisted
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Flounders

  • Underwater Independently
  • Front Float 5 Seconds
  • Back Float 10 Seconds
  • Sit and Swim to Instructor
  • Jump in rollover and float
  • Back to the wall unassisted
  • Retrieve object assisted
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Seahorses 1

  • Rollovers, front to back and back to front
  • Streamline off wall half width
  • Front float 10 seconds
  • Two widths kicks with board
  • Rollover breaths (3) & swim across pool
  • Back kicks with board
  • Elementary backstroke one width
  • Get three rings from the bottom unassisted

Seahorses 2

  • Two widths side breathing (fundamental assisted)
  • Two side breaths each side unassisted
  • One width rhythmic freestyle
  • Two widths on back with board
  • Two widths backstroke
  • Fundamental dolphin kick
  • Fundamental backstroke kick
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Pufferfish

  • Underwater Independently
  • Front Float 5 Seconds
  • Back Float 10 Seconds
  • Sit and Swim to Instructor
  • Jump in rollover and float
  • Back to the wall unassisted
  • Retrieve object assisted
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Lionfish 1

  • Rollovers, front to back and back to front
  • Streamline off wall half width
  • Front float 10 seconds
  • Two widths kicks with board
  • Rollover breaths (3)
  • Elementary backstroke one width
  • Get three rings from the bottom unassisted

Lionfish 2

  • Two widths side breathing (fundamental assisted)
  • Two side breaths each side unassisted
  • One width rhythmic freestyle
  • Two widths on back with board
  • Two widths backstroke
  • Fundamental dolphin kick
  • Fundamental backstroke kick
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Stingray 1

  • Independent bobs with bubbles
  • Slide into and get out of pool on own
  • Front Float 10 Seconds w/ recovery
  • Back Float 10 Seconds w/ recovery
  • Rollover Front to Back
  • Rollover Back to Front
  • Front Glide w/ Kicking 10 feet
  • Exit pool w/o use of ladder

Stingray 2

  • 10 Freestanding Bobs
  • Sneaky Alligator w/ Kick 15 feet
  • Silent Back Push Off – Kick one width
  • Doggie Digs 15 feet (min 4 hand pulls)
  • Doggie Digs w/ Zipper drill with kicks 20 feet
  • Doggie Digs w/ Rollover breath (every 4th stroke, 1 width)
  • Elementary backstroke – (arms only)
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Swordfish 1

Focus on side breathing Freestyle

  • Side breathing standing – talk to the fish – listen to the fish
  • Streamline front kick – 20 ft
  • Backstroke kick streamline (arms at side) – 1 width
  • Fundamental underwater streamline kick – 20 ft
  • Freestyle kick with board – 2 widths
  • Full stroke w/noodle catch up with breathing – 2 widths
  • Full stroke w/o noodle catch up with breathing – 2 widths
  • Freestyle breathing  with minimum of 4 breaths right side – 1 width
  • Freestyle breathing  with minimum of 4 breaths left side – 1 width
  • Freestyle side breathing  – 2 widths w/o stopping
  • Master concept of circle swimming

Swordfish 2

Focus on Backstroke and refining Freestyle

  • Backstroke kick (arms at side) – 2 widths
  • Backstroke kick with board – 2 widths
  • Backstroke kick streamline (arms extended) – 1 width
  • Backstroke swim (minimum 4 hand touches each width) – 2 widths
  • Refine Freestyle – right side breathing with 2 second glide – 2 widths
  • Swim Freestyle – bi-lateral breathing – 2 widths w/o stopping
  • Jump in feet first, return to the surface, swim back to wall
  • Freestyle endurance – side breathing – 4 widths w/o stopping
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Swordfish 3

Focus on Breaststroke, safety and refining Freestyle and Backstroke

  • Breaststroke arms with and w/o noodle  2-second glide – 1  width
  • Breaststroke Kick –  arms extended with and w/o noodle – 1 width
  • Accordion drill 2 second glide – 1 width  
  • (USS) Breaststroke timing – Y-shiver-breathe-punch-kick-glide – 1 width   
  • Refine Freestyle:  right & left arm only, bent elbow pull – 1 width  
  • Refine Backstroke: right & left arm only, bent elbow pull – 1 width
  • Treading water – whip kick with figure-8 sculling
  • Swim 20 ft Freestyle, tread water 60 secs, swim back to wall
  • Freestyle endurance w/ side breathing – 6 widths w/o stopping
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Swordfish 4

Focus on Butterfly and distance per stroke (having a long stroke) for Free, Breast and Backstroke

  • Butterfly kick (bowing) – 2 widths
  • Butterfly kick underwater streamline (bowing) with fins – 1 width
  • Butterfly arms: crush the can (pull), angel (recovery), bow – 1 width
  • (USS) Butterfly timing: Crush the can, breathe, angel, bow, glide – 1 width
  • Refine Freestyle – 6 count and switch – 2 widths
  • Refine Breaststroke –  2 kicks/1 pull with 2 count glide – 2 widths
  • Refine Backstroke – 6 count and switch – 2 widths
  • Open Freestyle turn with streamline pushoff
  • Freestyle endurance w/ side breathing – 8 widths w/o stopping
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Swordfish 5

Focus on all four competitive strokes, 45 minutes, 30 ft course

  • Underwater streamline push off with open turn – 2 widths
  • Complete 1 width of each stroke IM order w/o stopping – 4 widths
  • Freestyle flip turn – must streamline off wall
  • Butterfly & Breaststroke open turn
  • Refine all four competitive strokes, focus on arm finish & recovery   
  • Freestyle endurance; 12 widths of Freestyle within 4 minutes
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Swordfish 6

Focus on all four competitive strokes, 60 minutes, 25 yard course

  • IM strokes & turns
  • Swim 100 IM: 25 yards each stroke with legal turns
  • Swim  200 yards Freestyle in under 5 minutes        
  • Refine all four competitive strokes, focus on the arm pull (catch)  
  • Introduce the pace clock
  • Increase drill difficulty
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Swordfish 7

Focus on interval training, 60 minutes, 25 yard course
  • Interval training using the pace clock
  • Swim 200 IM, 50 yards each stroke with legal turns
  • Introduce racing
  • Consistent use of Freestyle flip turns 
  • Underwater Breaststroke pullout
  • Backstroke streamline underwater off the wall – 15 ft
  • Breath every other Butterfly stroke
  • Goal sets: repeat 50 & 100 yard swims
  • Increase drill difficulty
  • Endurance swim 300 yards in under 6 minutes
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Sailfish

Competitive Swim Team

Coaches work from the deck and in the water with the swimmers

  • Swimmers ages 4 – 12 years old
  • Swimmers must be at least 4 years old by May 31st
  • Swimmers must be able to swim 25 yards in freestyle and backstroke
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