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We are very excited to once again partner with Varsity Swim Coach Jeff Sadowski and his Varsity swimmers to provide instructional swim lessons for all abilities and ages. The levels can be found online and are based on the Red Cross guidelines for swim lessons. Each level is described as accurately as possible, but some adjustments may be necessary in order to place your child in the proper level. Any physical limitations should be noted upon registration. All youth will be tested for swimming ability during the first class.

See level descriptions below (the suggested rule is to underestimate your child’s abilities):

NOTES: Classes generally include 20-30 minutes of instruction and 10 minutes of free time. Due to current guidelines and procedures, parents and/or spectators will not be allowed in the water or on deck for any level. Parents may enter the Merton Williams aquatics doors (around the back of the school), sign their child in with the instructors, and come back at the end of class to pick up their swimmer. There will be multiple lifeguards and multiple instructors on hand. Instructors will verify the ability of each participant during the first class. It is recommended that children come ready to swim with swim clothing on prior to entering the building. Although participants are not required to wear a protective face mask while in the pool, one must be worn by all who enter the school and while outside of the pool. For this reason, we recommend sending your swimmer with a labeled bag or container for them to put their mask in while in the water and have immediately accessible upon exiting the water. Instructors will wear a face shield while working with swimmers in the pool. Classes may be added, split, or combined based on registration. Pool temperature between 78-82.

Instruction Swim Level Descriptions
  • Pre-school aquatics - Gives children ages 4-6 a positive, developmentally appropriate aquatic learning experience that emphasizes water safety and survival concepts. Students will need to have a comfort level in the water. Once successful, students will advance to Level 2.
  • Level 2 – Primary skills: Provides the non-swimmer basic water safety and introductory swimming skills. Must be comfortable going under water and will continue to support the non-swimmer. Flotation devices available if necessary. Generally, the toughest level to pass before moving into the deep end of the pool.
  • Level 3 – Stroke readiness: Ability to swim underwater. Introduces the crawl stroke, back crawl, and deep water. Skills to improve stamina and basic coordination.
  • Level 4 – Stroke development: Develops confidence in the strokes previously learned and to improve other aquatic skills.
  • Level 5 – Stroke refinement: Emphasize increased coordination and distance of previous swim strokes.

* Adjustments and discounts will be applied during checkout if applicable. *

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