Youth Swimming Lessons
Purpose: Our program strives to create a safe and fun aquatic environment to teach beginner to advanced swimming skills while also inspiring a growing love of swimming.
Objective: The Mount St. Mary’s Swimming Program offers a variety of classes for youth from the age of 6 months to 14 years. Children between the ages of 6 months-3 years have an opportunity to become comfortable in the water while bonding with a parent in the Parent & Tot class. Children between the age group of 3 years-1st grade learn the basics of swimming with an instructor in small groups in the TOPS program. Youth in 2nd grade through age 14 learn more advanced strokes and techniques all while having a great time with their peers in the Swim School program. Age appropriate swimming and boating safety skills are introduced to all TOPS and Swim School students.
Fall 2014 Classes
Wednesday Evenings - 8 classes
Class Dates: Sept. 17–Nov. 12, 2014. No classes on October 15.
TOPS – 6-6:40 p.m.
Swim School – 6:45-7:25 p.m.
**Employees, eligible family members, and students of Mount St. Mary's University are considered to be members of the "Mount Community" for the purpose of swimming lessons.
Please submit a completed registration form and your payment (check or credit card only) via campus or U.S. mail or drop off at the ARCC. Email and phone registrations will not be accepted. Instructions can be found on the registration form. Registration for the fall session will close on Friday, Sept. 12, 2014 at noon. All classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
Registration Opening Dates
Monday, Aug. 25
Summer Lesson Participants
Wednesday, Aug. 27
Friday, Aug. 29
Tuesday, Sept. 2
► T.O.P.S. (Age 3-1st grade) - see the T.O.P.S. levels
Classes of up to 6 students participate in a class with an instructor. T.O.P.S. represents the five levels: Tadpole, Otter, Porpoise, Seal, and Advanced Seal.
► Mount Swim School (Grades 2-10) - see the Swim School levels
Classes of up to 6 students participate in a class with an instructor. There are 6 levels in the program, spanning from beginner to advanced levels.
Tadpole - Little or no swimming experience. Is not comfortable putting face in water. Cannot swim independently with the use of a swim buoy.
Otter - Is comfortable in the water. Can put face in the water, demonstrate front and back floats, can kick with a kickboard independently, and swim on front and back independently with the use of a swim buoy for a distance of 50 feet.
Porpoise - Enjoys going under water! Can kick with a kickboard independently, swim on front and back independently with the use of a swim buoy for a distance of 25 meters, and swim for a distance of 20 feet without a swim buoy. Can jump into deep water without assistance.
Seal - Is very comfortable in the water. Enjoys going under water and jumping into deep water. Can swim on front and back for a distance of 25 meters with the use of a swim buoy and 50 feet without a swim buoy.
Advanced Seal - Can perform all of the above skills and can swim on front and back for a distance of 25 meters without the use of a swim buoy. Is ready to work on stroke technique for freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly.
Beginner One - Little or no swimming experience. Cannot swim independently.
Beginner Two - Is becoming comfortable in the water. Can put face in the water, kick independently with a kickboard, perform front and back floats independently, and swim on front and back for a distance of 40 feet without assistance. Can jump into shallow water independently.
Intermediate One - Can demonstrate all above skills. Can swim on front and back independently for a distance of 25 meters without assistance, and can jump into deep water without assistance.
Intermediate Two - All skills listed above and can perform the following skills for a distance of 25 meters: freestyle with rotary breathing, backstroke, and elementary backstroke and breaststroke kicks. Can jump and/or dive into deep water.
Advanced One - All skills listed above and can perform the following skills for 25 meters (1 length of the pool) with proper technique: freestyle, backstroke, elementary backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly kick. Can jump and/or dive into deep water.
Advanced Two - All skills listed above and can perform the following strokes using proper technique for 50 meters (2 lengths of the pool): freestyle, backstroke, elementary backstroke, breaststroke as well as 20 meters of butterfly. Can dive into deep water.
Winter Session: Wednesday Evenings - January 14, 21, 28, February 4, 11, and 18, 2015.
Spring I Session: Wednesday Evenings - March 11, 18, 25, April 8, 15, and 22, 2015.
Spring II Session: Saturday Mornings - March 14, 21, 28, April 11, and 18, 2015.