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Youth Swimming Lessons


SPRING SESSIONS 2016

The Mount St. Mary’s Instructional Swimming Program offers a progressive swimming curriculum to children between the ages of 6 months to 14 years in an effort to teach the youth of our community to swim and be safe in and around the water. Our program strives to create a safe and fun aquatic environment by teaching beginner to advanced swimming skills and inspiring a growing love of swimming.

► Children between the ages of 6 months-3 years have an opportunity to become comfortable in the water while bonding with a parent or trusted adult in the Aqua Tots class. Aqua Tots classes are held during our spring and summer sessions only.

► Children from 3 years of age through 1st grade learn the basics of swimming with an instructor in small groups in the TOPSS 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 included in all sessions for TOPSS and Swim School students.

SESSION DATES AND TIMES

Spring Session One:  Wednesdays, March 9, 16, 30, April 6, 13, and 20.  
No classes on March 23 due to Easter Break.

Aqua Tots:
5:30-6 p.m.

TOPSS:
6-6:40 p.m.

Swim School:
6:45-7:25 p.m.

Spring Session Two:  Saturdays, March 12, 19, April 2, 9, 16, and 23.  
No classes on March 26 due to Easter Break.

Aqua Tots:
9:20-9:50 a.m.

TOPSS:
9:30-10:10 a.m.

Swim School:
10:15-10:55 a.m.


Registration and Opening Dates

Mount Community

Tuesday, 2/16

ARCC Members

Wednesday, 2/17

Winter 2016 Participants

Thursday, 2/18

Non-Members

Friday, 2/19


Prices

Membership Status

Early Bird*

Regular

Mount Community**

$36

$46

ARCC Member

$48

$58

Non-Member

$60

$70

*In order to receive The "Early Bird Discount" registrations must be received on or before Thursday, Feb. 25 at 3 p.m.
Registration closes on Friday, March 4 at 3 p.m.

Once your registration has been received, you will receive an email confirming your child's placement on the roster. Email confirmations for registrations received between February 26 and March 4 will not be sent out until Monday, March 7.

**Full and part-time employees, eligible family members, and students of Mount St. Mary's University are part of the "Mount Community."

► Download the Registration Form.


Class Descriptions

Aqua Tots (Ages 6 months - 3 years)
Instructor/Student Ratio: 1/10 child + adult pairs.
This class provides an opportunity for families to introduce young children to the water in a comfortable environment. The adults are taught how to properly hold the children in the water and introduce them to introductory swimming skills.

TOPSS (Age 3 yrs.-1st grade)
Instructor/Student Ratio: 1/6. TOPSS represents the following five levels:

  • Tadpole 1 - Little or no swimming experience. Is not comfortable putting face in water. Cannot swim independently with the use of a swim belt. 

  • Tadpole 2 - Is comfortable in the water. Can put face in the water and blow bubbles. Can kick with a kickboard independently for a distance of 15 feet, and can swim on front and back independently with the use of a swim belt for a distance of 15 feet.

  • Otter - Is comfortable in the water. Can put face in the water, demonstrate front and back floats, can kick with a kickboard independently for a distance of 30 feet, and swim on front and back independently with the use of a swim belt for a distance of 50 feet.

  • Porpoise - Enjoys going under water! Can kick with a kickboard independently on front and back, swim on front and back independently with the use of a swim belt for a distance of 25 meters, and swim for a distance of 5 feet without a swim belt. 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 belt and 20 feet without a swim belt.

  • Shark - 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 belt. Is ready to start working on stroke technique for freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly.

Swim School (Grades 2-10)
Instructor/Student Ratio 1/6. There are seven levels in the program, spanning from beginner to advanced:

  • Beginner One - Little or no swimming experience. Cannot swim independently.

  • Beginner Two - Is 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 20 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 - Can demonstrate all skills listed above and can perform the following skills for a distance of 25 meters: freestyle with rotary breathing and backstroke. Can demonstrate the beginning of elementary backstroke and breaststroke kicks. Can jump and dive into deep water.

  • Intermediate Three - Can demonstrate all skills listed above and can perform the following skills: 50 meters each of freestyle with rotary breathing and backstroke.  Can complete 25 meters of elementary backstroke and breaststroke kick using proper technique. Can dive into deep water.

  • Advanced One - All skills listed above as well as the following skills with proper technique: 75 meters of freestyle and backstroke, and 50 meters of elementary backstroke and breaststroke, and 25 meters of butterfly kick. Can jump and dive into deep water.

  • Advanced Two - All skills listed above as well as the following strokes using proper technique: 100 meters of freestyle and backstroke, and 50 meters of elementary backstroke and breaststroke and 25 meters of butterfly. Can dive into deep water.

 
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