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Swim Lessons

The Carbon Valley 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 street clothing is permitted (rashguards are OK), as this inhibits proper movement when learning to swim. 

  • Make-up classes will not be offered. If CVPRD cancels a class, participants will receive a partial credit on their account for the class
  • Swim lesson fees do not include admission to the pool for open swim
  • Participants should not be in the water before or after class. Participants should wait outside the water until an instructor invites them in to start class. 
  • Refund requests will not be granted if received 7 days or later after the start of the session and refunds will be prorated if requesting a refund after the class has already started
  • Please refer to age ranges when enrolling students in lessons. 
Registration Dates 

Registration opens at 7 am for District residents and registration opens at midnight for non district residents. Registration closes at the end of the day.

Session 1 (January)

Saturday morning: January 6 - February 10 (6 weeks)

Tuesday/Thursday evening: January 9 - February 1 (4 weeks)

  • District registration opens December 4, 2023
  • Non-district registration opens December 6, 2023
  • Registration closes:
    • January 3 for Tuesday/Thursday and Saturday lessons

Session 2 (February/March)

Tuesday/Thursday evening: February 6 - 29 (4 weeks)

Saturday morning: February 17 - March 30 (6 weeks)*

  • District registration opens January 25
  • Non-district registration opens January 27
  • Registration closes:
    • February 1 for Tuesday/Thursday lessons
    • February 13 for Saturday lessons

*No lessons Saturday March 23

Session 3 (March)

Tuesday/Thursday evening: March 5 - April 4 (4 weeks)*

  • District registration opens February 22
  • Non-district registration opens February 24
  • Registration closes:
    • February 29 for Tuesday/Thursday lessons

*No lessons Tuesday March 19 and Thursday March 21

Session 4 (April/May)

Tuesday/Thursday evening: April 9 - May 5 (4 weeks)

Saturday morning: April 6 - May 11 (6 weeks)

  • District registration opens March 16
  • Non-district registration opens March 18
  • Registration closes:
    • April 4 for Tuesday/Thursday lessons
    • April 2 for Saturday lessons

     

    Swim Level Descriptions

      Parent and Child Aquatics (6 months to 3 years) 

      Introduction to the Water
      6 months - 3 years

      Children are introduced to the water and taught basic water skills. The main goal is to teach water adjustment in a fun and positive way. The class is designed for one parent per child.

      Minimum: 3    Maximum: 10

      Starfish, Preschool Level 1 (3-5 years) 

      Introduction to Water Skills
      3 - 5 years

      • Enter and exit water using ladder, steps or side of pool
      • Blow bubbles with mouth and nose
      • Submerge mouth, nose, and eyes
      • Open eyes under water and retrieve a submerged object
      • Roll from front to back and back to front with assistance
      • Jump off the side to the 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 setting.

      Minimum: 3     Maximum: 6

      Turtle, Preschool Level 2 (3-5 years) 

      Introduction to Aquatics Skills
      3 - 5 years

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

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

      Minimum: 3 Maximum: 6

      Seal, Preschool Level 3 (3-5 years) 

      Fundamental Aquatics Skills
      3 - 5 years

      • Bobbing 10 times
      • Open eyes under water and retrieve a submerged object
      • Introduction to swimming in deep water
      • Change the direction of travel while swimming on front and back
      • Jump into shoulder deep water submerge and swim to the 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 an aquatic environment

      Note: Once kids pass Seal, they should enroll in Level 2

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

      Minimum: 3 Maximum: 6

      Level 1 (5-14 years) 

      Introduction to Water Skills
      5 - 14 years

      • Enter and exit water using ladder, steps, side of the pool, or ramp
      • Blow bubbles through mouth and nose
      • Bobbing
      • Open eyes underwater and retrieve submerged objects independently
      • Front jellyfish and tuck float for 10 seconds
      • Front and back glides and back float
      • Recover to a 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.

      Minimum: 3 Maximum: 7

      Level 2 (5-14 years) 

      Fundamental Aquatics Skills
      5 - 14 years

      • Enter water by stepping or jumping from the side of the pool
      • Exit water using ladder, steps, or side of the pool
      • 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 independently.

      Minimum: 3  Maximum: 7

      Level 3 (5-14 years) 

      Stroke Development
      5 - 14 years 

      • Enter water by jumping from the side, fully submerge, and recover to surface and side.
      • Headfirst entry from the side of the pool in sitting and kneeling positions
      • Bobbing while moving toward safety
      • Rotary breathing
      • Survival float on the front, back float
      • Change from vertical to horizontal position on front and back
      • Tread water with a 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 a vertical position, rotate one full turn

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

      Minimum: 3 Maximum: 7

      Level 4 (5-14 years) 

      Strok Improvement
      5 - 14 years 

      • Head first entry from the side of the pool in compact and stride positions
      • Swim underwater
      • Feet first surface dive – submerge completely
      • Survival swimming
      • Front crawl and backstroke 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, swim 25 yards of elementary backstroke, demonstrate basic breaststroke, and can tread water for 30 seconds.

      Minimum: 3 Maximum: 8

      Level 5 (5-14 years) 

      Strok Refinement
      5 - 17 years

      • Dive into deep water
      • Surface dives in the tuck and pike positions
      • Surface dive and retrieve object 7 to 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, swim 15 yards of breaststroke, swim 15 yards of butterfly, can perform all dives and open turns, and can tread water for 1 minute.

      Minimum: 3   Maximum: 8