Swim Lessons Session 4

Developing comfort and safety in the water is the top priority, but the learning doesn’t stop there. Once swimmers feel confident, we focus on developing proper technique in all four major strokes: freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly. For those who are interested, learning to prepare for competition is part of the more advanced level program.

Swimmers are placed in their class based on their skill level. There are estimates of swimmer age in each level, but every swimmer is different and will be placed in the class that makes the most sense for them to ensure they are working on necessary skills. If there are multiple classes available for the same level, we will then break it down by age if there is a wide range to keep swimmers with others close to their age and skill.

Please email eaglesedge@stjohnsprep.org for a evaluation by Head Coach Jeff Fiore 

Level 1—Assisted w/instructor in water

  • Approximate Age: 3 to 6 years old
  • Requirements: At least three years old, toilet trained, and able to be separated from parents/guardians for 30 minutes at a time. If your child is under 6 years of age, please limit their enrollment to 30 min sessions.
  • Skills Covered: Entering and exiting the water safely, learning to submerge mouth, nose and eyes and breath control, front and back float with assistance, changing direction in the water with assistance, proper kicking on front and back with assistance.

Level 2—Assisted w/instructor in water

  • Students “graduate” to level 3 not needing assistance
  • Approximate Age: 4 to 9 years old
  • Requirements: Swimmers must demonstrate all Level 1 skills
  • Skills Covered: Entering water by stepping or jumping in from the side, submerging entire head, bobbing, blowing bubbles, front and back glide, kicking with side breathing, kicking on back unassisted, turning from front to back, life jacket use. Begin level with assistance, graduate from level with independence.

Level 3—Independent swimmers w/instructor in water

  • Requirements: Students entering this level must demonstrate all the Level 1 and 2 skills
  • Approximate Age: 6 to 10 years old
  • Skills Covered: Jump into deep water, head first entry from sitting or kneeling, submerging and retrieving an object, survival float for 30 seconds, treading water for 30 seconds, basics of front crawl (freestyle) 15 yards, basics of backstroke 15 yards, streamline push-offs on front and back.

Level 4—Instructor in and out of water

  • Requirements: Students entering this level must demonstrate all the Level 1 to 3 skills
  • Approximate Age: 7 to 11 years old
  • Skills Covered: Standing dives, underwater swimming, one minute of treading with eggbeater kick, 25-yard freestyle and 25-yard backstroke with proper technique, introductory dolphin and breaststroke kick, circle swimming.

Level 5—Instructor out of water

  • Requirements: Students entering this level must demonstrate all the Level 1 to 4 skills
  • Approximate Age: 8 to 12 years old
  • Skills Covered: Racing dives, two minutes of treading, flip turns on front and back, 50-yard freestyle and backstroke, 25-yard breaststroke, 25-yard beginner butterfly, open turns.

Level 6—Instructor out of water

  • Requirements: Students entering this level must demonstrate all the Level 1 to 5 skills
  • Approximate Age: 9 to 13 years old
  • Skills Covered: 100-yard freestyle, 100-yard backstroke, 50-yard breaststroke, 50-yard butterfly all with proper technique, 200-individual medley with proper turns, diving from starting blocks, usage of pace clock, five minutes of treading

What do you need?

For a lesson we require goggles. Important: goggles should not cover the nose. Goggles allow swimmers to see and swim with their eyes open, and having the nose exposed encourages proper rhythmic breathing techniques.

Long hair should be tied up to stay out of the swimmer’s face, and any hair past shoulder length requires a swim cap. For levels 4 and up, we do not recommend a swim shirt as they drastically increase drag and decrease mobility required for more advanced stroke techniques. A one-piece suit for girls and tighter trunks or jammer for a boy is recommended past this level.