School Age children bring tremendous excitement and energy. They are physically strong, love to play and have good endurance. School Age children at this age are not fearful of water. They want to experiment, jump and play in the water immediately only to realize that they are not ready yet. At this stage a little bit of fear of water begins to set in. Our program will work on removing the fear and build their confidence in being in the water. The age group for this program is 5 years to 11 years of age.
Children at this level have never been exposed to the water and are just beginning the basics. The focus of this School Age swim Lessons is to allow the child to experience water, the weightlessness and to remove fear of water. This is a big step for the child as he/she is away from the parent and trying something totally new in an unfamiliar territory. Swim Instructors make the environment very friendly, play a few games, conducts a few activities and sings familiar songs to make the child feel at ease. There will be an introduction to back and front floating, balancing on wall inside water and side kicking. Children in this level are taught about water safety and how to safely enter and exit the pool. One of the key indicators here is to see if a child is comfortable submerging his/her head in the water.
The child here is comfortable in the water and can be totally independent. He/She will be working on floating and work on trying to swim 5 feet independently using scoops. Children are taught to retrieve objects from the ground and lots of work is done in kicking, streamlining and back floating. The child in this level must be very comfortable on the back as it lays the groundwork to move to the next level.
My daughter began swim lesson at 6 months old and disliked it until she was 3 and we switched her to Fort Aquatics. She has thrived since being here and swims on her own now. I’m amazed by how much her confidence has grown since January. The atmosphere is calm and inviting. The staff and swim teachers are amazing.
We are really enjoying our experience here and our daughter has progressed in just a few short weeks from being terrified of water to swimming to get toys off the bottom of the pool! Staff is very nice and helpful, and the facility is top notch!
Great experience! I originally signed up at Fort Aquatics because my daughter loves swimming but is sensitive to too many chemicals such as chlorine. They were the only place I found that uses a UV filter and a lot less Chlorine. We have enjoyed it so much that my daughter has gone through levels 1-4 now and is working toward participating on a swim team. The trainers kept it so fun, while still working on technique, that my daughter kept asking me to take her more days. Now she goes 4 days a week and loves it because of the caring positive culture from the trainers and owners. She was also able to advance quickly through the levels having a better teacher to student ratios than most places. For these reasons, we plan on attending Fort Aquatics until she masters all the strokes!
At this School Age swim level, the child can float and swim comfortably. Full emphasis will be laid on roll over breathing and kicking and this is the level the child is introduced to freestyle. Focus also is on independent breathing - children will be taught various techniques to master breathing. The children will work on different kicks for different styles and the child will be able to jump and swim to the side. Children will be introduced to backstroke at this level. The Swim Instructor will introduce more challenging games and swim activities to keep the child’s interest going.
The child at this level transitions from safety swimming with roll over breathing technique to competitive freestyle stroke development. The emphasis at this level is side breathing which is essential to swimming and mastery of freestyle. Children will learn to perfect backstroke and begin learning the technique of alternate side breathing. The Swim Instructor will work on freestyle and the ability to swim 25 feet. The children will be introduced to the other basic strokes - breast stroke and butterfly stroke. Lots of emphasis will be laid on lap swim and building endurances. Children will learn to begin competitive swim at this level with their friends in the same class.
The child will focus on alternate side breathing technique for freestyle at this level. This technique takes time to master but very important for further progress in swimming and in building endurance. The children will further refine butterfly and breaststroke and strengthen their kicks. At this level, the whole program is focused on repetition and endurance. Children will be made to swim many laps during the 30 minute class and are usually exhausted by the time they leave home.
The child will work on mastery of Breast stroke and Butterfly stroke. As with any stroke development, repetition is key to developing the stroke. Muscle memory is also important and the child will be encouraged to keep repeating the stroke and practice constantly. the children will be required to swim 10-15 laps on various strokes and the teachers will do stroke refinement during the classes.