Swim Lessons

Our American Red Cross swim program creates an ideal environment for children to learn the fundamentals of water safety as well as stroke development and refinement. Participants are given a report card to track their progress and indicate if they are ready to pass on to the next level. Proper swim attire is required, no clothing (rash-guards are OK), as this inhibits proper movement when learning to swim. 

If CVPRD cancels a class, participants will receive a credit for the class. Make up classes will not be offered. Swim lesson fees do not include admission to the pool. Please refer to age ranges when enrolling students. 

For more information on swim lessons and placement, contact the aquatics office at (303) 833-3660 ext. 125 or e-mail rporfilio@cvprd.com

SWIM LESSONS WILL NOT BE HELD THE WEEK OF MARCH 25 - 30.

Click here or scroll to the bottom to view the Winter/Spring 2019 swim lesson schedule.

CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

Parent & Child: 6 months - 3 years
Introduce children to water and teach them basic water skills. The main goal is to teach water adjustment in a fun and positive way. Minimum: 2  Maximum: 10

Preschool Classes 3 - 5 years

Minimum: 2  Maximum

Starfish

  • Enter and Exit water using  ladder, steps or side
  • Blow bubbles with mouth and Nose
  • Submerge mouth, nose and eyes
  • Open eyes under and retrieve submerged object
  • Roll from front to back and back to front with assistance
  • Jump off side to Instructor and submerge completely
  • Front float 3 seconds with face in the water
  • Back float 3 seconds with ears in the water
  • Front and Back Glide and recover to a vertical position
  • Alternate and simultaneous arm action on front and back
  • Alternate and simultaneous leg action on front and back
  • Combined Arm and Leg action on front and back
  • Staying Safe in an Aquatic environment and pool rules
  • Recognizing Lifeguards

Prerequisite: Child must be ready to participate in a group

Turtle – Introduction to Aquatics Skills

  • Enter water by stepping in from deck or low height
  • Blow nose bubbles 5 seconds
  • Bobbing 5 times
  • Roll from front to back and back to front independently
  • Jump off side to instructor, roll to back and float 5 seconds
  • Front and Back float 5 seconds independently
  • Front and back glide 2 body lengths independently
  • Combined arm and leg action on front and back
  • Staying safe in aquatic environment

Prerequisite: Comfortable going underwater, can blow bubbles through mouth and nose, and able to float and glide with assistance.

Seal – Fundamental Aquatics Skills

  • Bobbing 10 times
  • Open eyes under water and retrieve submerged object
  • Introduction to swimming in deep water
  • Change direction of travel while swimming on front and back
  • Jump into shoulder deep water submerge and swim to side
  • Float on front and back for 15 seconds
  • Front and back glide for 5 yards
  • Rotary breathing
  • Combined arm and leg action for 5 yards
  • Whip Kick
  • Elementary backstroke 5 yards
  • Staying Safe in aquatic environment

Prerequisite: Go underwater, float, and glide, make progress swimming on front and back, and tread water for 15 seconds.

 

School-Age Classes   5 - 17 Years 

 Level 1 – Introduction to water skills

  • Enter and exit water using ladder, steps, side or ramp
  • Blow bubbles through mouth and nose
  • Bobbing
  • Open eyes underwater and retrieve submerged objects independently
  • Front Jellyfish and tuck floats 10 seconds
  • Front and back glides and back float
  • Recover to vertical position from a front glide and back float or glide
  • Roll from front to back and back to front
  • Tread water using arm and had actions
  • Alternating and simultaneous leg actions on front/back
  • Alternating and simultaneous arm actions on front/back
  • Combined arm/leg actions on front/back
  • Staying safe around aquatic environments

Prerequisite: Child must be ready to participate in a group setting.

Level 2 – Fundamental Aquatics Skills

  • Enter water by stepping or jumping from the side
  • Exit water using ladder, steps or side
  • Fully submerge and hold breath
  • Open eyes under water and retrieve submerged objects
  • Font, jellyfish and tuck floats, face down
  • Front and back glides and back float
  • Recover from a front and back float or glide to a vertical position
  • Roll from front to back and back to front
  • Tread water using arm and leg actions
  • Combined arm and leg actions on front and back
  • Finning arm action on back
  • Staying safe around aquatics environments
  • Rotary breathing

Prerequisite: Comfortable going underwater, can blow bubbles through their mouth and nose, and are able to float and glide on independently.

Level 3 – Stroke Development

  • Enter water by jumping from the side, fully submerge, and recover to surface and side.
  • Headfirst entry from the side in sitting and kneeling positions
  • Bobbing while moving toward safety
  • Rotary breathing
  • Survival float on front, back float
  • Change from vertical to horizontal position on front and back
  • Tread water with modified scissor, breaststroke and rotary kick
  • Push off in a streamlined position then begin flutter and dolphin kick on front
  • Front crawl and elementary backstroke
  • While in vertical position, rotate one full turn

Prerequisite: Can swim at least 10 yards of both front crawl and back crawl, 10 yards of elementary backstroke, and can tread water for 15 seconds.

Level 4 – Stroke Improvement

  • Headfirst entry form the side in compact and stride positions
  • Swim under water
  • Feet first surface dive – submerge completely
  • Survival swimming
  • Front crawl and back stroke open turns
  • Tread water using two different kicks
  • Front and back crawl, elementary backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly

Prerequisite: Can swim at least 15 yards of both front crawl and back crawl, 25 yards of elementary backstroke, demonstrate basic breaststroke, and can tread water for 30 seconds.

Stroke Clinic

  • Dive into deep water
  • Surface dives in the tuck and pike positions
  • Surface dive and retrieve object 7 -10 feet deep
  • Tread water 5 minutes, 2 minutes without hands
  • Front  and Back Crawl 50 Yards
  • Breaststroke 25 yards
  • Butterfly 25 yards
  • Flip turn on front and back
  • Sidestroke 25 yards
  • Importance of CPR and First Aid
  • Dangers of Hyperventilation and extended breath-holding

Prerequisite: Can swim at least 25 yards of both front crawl and back crawl, 15 yards of breaststroke, 15 yards of butterfly, can perform all dives and open turns and can tread water for 1 minute

Homeschool Classes

Homeschool classes are not held in the summer.
Minimum: 2  Maximum: 6

Beginner: 5-17 years
Accommodates homeschooled students who want to participate in a structured swim class. Water adjustment and learning how to float, glide, blow bubbles, and go underwater independently, as well as treading water.
Prerequisite: Child must be comfortable participating in a group setting.

Intermediate: 5-17 years
Accommodates homeschooled students who want to participate in a structured swim class. Reinforces independence with floats and glides. Begin learning front crawl, back crawl, and elementary backstroke as well as dives.
Prerequisite: Comfortable going underwater, can blow bubbles through their mouth and nose, and are able to float and glide on their own.

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Winter/Spring 2019 Swim Lesson Schedule

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Private Swim Lessons

  • Carbon Valley Parks and Recreation District will do its best to provide all levels of instruction; however all levels of instruction may not always be available.
  • Private is a one participant to one instructor ratio and semi-private is a two participants to one instructor ratio.
  • Each participant needs to use a pass for each semi-private lesson.
  • A single session is 30 minutes in length. The fee is charged per participant, per session.
  • A cancellation fee of $20 is charged to your account for cancellations made without providing more than 24 hours notice to your instructor.
  • Contact the Aquatics Department at 303-833-3660 x 125 or rporfilio@cvprd.com for specific instructor
    information and qualifications.

To sign up for private lessons please click here to complete the private lesson request form or call 303-833-3660 x 125.

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