Beginner (5 and under) These little swimmers need reinforcement in blowing bubbles/ putting their face in the water, learning to float/ move on their backs, all in hopes of them flipping onto their stomach and starting to take arm strokes. To graduate from this group, we hope they can jump in, flip onto their backs, make their way to the side of the pool, and flip over on their own.
Novice (5 and over) These swimmers have “graduated” from the lower level and can jump in, flip onto their backs, make their way to the side of the pool, and flip over on their own. This level will reinforce this “safety float” and progress into freestyle focusing on streamlines, breathing and arm strokes with rhythmic breathing. Backstroke will also be introduced to the swimmers whose freestyle is advanced. To graduate from this group, swimmers should be able to do half of a lap of, unassisted, freestyle with rotary breathing (breathing to both sides) and have demonstrated some legal backstroke to us.
Age Group Prep (6 and over) These swimmers have successfully shown us that they are strong enough to swim almost a full lap of freestyle with rotary breathing, and some form of the other 3 strokes (backstroke, butterfly & breaststroke). Swimmers in this group will focus on reinforcing freestyle and backstrokes and will progress into breaststroke and butterfly.
To graduate from this group, swimmers should be able to do a full lap of unassisted freestyle, with rotary breathing, backstroke, and show us some form of breaststroke and butterfly. Fly and breaststroke do not have to be a full lap.