Dear Parents, I thought it would be useful for you to know how we assess your child and the significance of the ribbon system. First, you may notice that your child receives a colored ribbon each day. The ribbon indicates where he/she is allowed to swim during free swim. Throughout the camp season ongoing assessments are made to see if he/she is capable of being promoted to a new free swim area. Lastly, what’s important is not pushing your child beyond what they are developmentally capable of doing. Often progression in the swimming pool happens as children grow and become more comfortable. I’m enjoying working with your child!
Explorers Aptly titled, this group learns best by working on isolated skills, playing games that build skills, and exploring the pool. What is essential with this group is learning not to fear the water, while at the same time learning to respect it, and mostly learning that swimming is fun. Listed are examples of what skills the instructors are working on with the children: Blow bubbles for 5 seconds Bounce up and down in chest deep water 10 times Demonstrate assisted back/front float Flutter kick on back/front with support Push off and glide on front/back
Beginners This beginner group is learning the essentials of swimming, the skills taught are as follows: Hold breath and fully submerge head Submerge to retrieve object in chest deep water Back/front float unsupported Supported side float Flutter kick back/front unsupported Beginner stroke on front 15 yards Ball or Jellyfish float Jumping into mid depth water
Advanced Beginners Stroke development begins here, while at the same time building endurance, and confidence while swimming in deeper water Rhythmic bobbing 25 times (hum-bobs) Beginning Survival float in mid depth water 1 minute Retrieve object in chin deep water Back/front kick 15 yards with good form Side kick 15 yards Roll from front to back glide Front crawl 15 yards Backstroke 15 yards Jump in deep water ; return to wall Dolphin pulses with hands at side
Intermediate Swimmer indeed! This group continues to work on stroke development, endurance and longevity in the pool. Survival float for 2 minutes Beginning rotary breathing Tread water 1 minute Back/ front crawl with rotary breathing 25 yards Over arm side stroke with flutter kick 25 yards Breast stroke arms with dolphin kick Dolphin pulses with breathing 25 yards Sitting dive from deck (deep end) Kneeling dive from deck Learn and know deep-water safety rules
Swimmer This is the group most ready for swim team. They’ve developed the fundamentals, and are competent swimmers. Demonstrate alternate breathing Breaststroke 25 yards Swim under water 15 feet Dolphin pulses arms in front 25 yards Back /front crawl 50 yards Tread water 2 ¼ mm Scull on back, hands at sides Standing dive from pool deck Foot first surface dive.