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PRESCHOOL
LESSONS

For children 3- 5 years old. Gives young children a positive, developmentally appropriate aquatic learning experience that emphasizes water safety, survival, and foundational swimming concepts.  Skills are age-appropriate, helping participants achieve success on a regular basis while in a class environment with their peers.

Preschool Level 1

For children ages 3-5 years

Prerequisites: Child must be able to stand in the shallow end of the pool (depth = 2 feet 6 inches).

Skills Learned at this Stage:

First swim lesson without a parent in water; designed for beginner swimmers. Familiarize how to enter and exit the water safely, breath control, submerging, supported front and back floats, supported arm and leg actions on front and back.  Develop positive attitudes and safe practices in and around water.  Children must wear a swim diaper if not toilet trained.

  • Enter and exit water using ladder, steps, or side     

  • Back glide                    

  • Staying safe around aquatic environments

  • Blowing bubbles through mouth and nose        

  • Roll from front to back and back to front        

  • Recognizing the lifeguards

  • Submerging mouth, nose, and eyes          

  • Treading with arm and hand actions          

  • Don’t just pack it, wear your jacket

  • Open eyes underwater and retrieve submerged objects  

  • Alternating and simultaneous leg actions on front and back  

  • Recognizing an emergency

  • Front glide and recover to a vertical position        

  • Alternating and simultaneous arm actions on front and back    

  • How to call for help

  • Back float and recover to a vertical position        

  • Combined arm and leg actions on front and back

  • Too much sun is no fun

Preschool Level 2

For children ages 3-5 years

Prerequisites: Complete Preschool Level 1 

Skills Learned at this Stage:

Participants are comfortable in the water, build on and improve skills of water safety, breath control for 5 seconds, submerging, front and back floats with minimal assistance for 15 seconds, arm and leg actions on front and back with minimal assistance for 2 body lengths.
 

  • Enter water by stepping in

  • Roll from front to back and back to front      

  • Don’t just pack it, wear your jacket

  • Exit water using ladder, steps or side          

  • Tread water using arm and leg actions        

  • Recognizing an emergency

  • Bobbing                      

  • Combined arm and leg actions on front and back 

  • How to call for help

  • Open eyes underwater and retrieve submerged objects      

  • Finning arm action on back          

  • Too much sun is no fun

  • Front and back floats and glides

  • Staying safe around aquatic environments

  • Recover from a front and back float or glide to a vertical position  

  • Recognizing the lifeguards

Preschool Level 3

For children ages 3-5 years

Prerequisites: Complete Preschool Stage 2

Skills Learned at this Stage:

Participants submerge comfortably in chest deep water and swim on front and back independently 3 body lengths.  Build endurance and independence in gliding on front and back, front and back crawl, elementary backstroke, and treading water.  Water safety skills are reinforced.  Must be school age to move to Learn To Swim Levels.
 

  • Enter water by jumping in                 

  • Change the direction of travel while swimming on front or back    

  • Recognizing an emergency

  • Fully submerging and holding breath            

  • Tread water using arm and leg actions        

  • How to call for help

  • Bobbing                        

  • Combined arm and leg actions on front and back 

  • Too much sun is no fun

  • Front, jellyfish, and tuck floats                

  • Finning arm action on back          

  • Look before you leap

  • Back float and glide  

  • Staying safe around aquatic environments        

  • Think so you don’t sink

  • Recover from a front and back float or glide to a vertical position

  • Don’t just pack it, wear your jacket            

  • Reach or throw, don’t go

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