Infant/Preschool Aquatic courses

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Infant/Preschool courses

In 2009 the American Red Cross made some significant changes to their swimming and water safety programs. The goal is to improve teaching methods for swimming and diving by distributing swim skills throughout the levels, the addition of new Preschool Aquatics program with 3 levels to better meet the developmental needs of younger children and the latest techniques and biomechanics from USA Diving and USA Swimming. The American Red Cross has committed its programs to improve water safety education in our communities with topics such as sun safety, water safety around the home and water safety in different environments [water parks, lakes and rivers].

Comparative Chart - 2008 Infant/Preschool classes to 2009 Infant/Preschool classes

2008 Program Title

2009 Program Title

Bubble Babies

Starfish Level 1

Aquatots

Starfish Level 2

Guppies 1

Sting Ray Level 1

Guppies 2

Sting Ray Level 2

Guppies 3

Sting Ray Level 3

 

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2009 Parent & Infant/Toddler Program

Course

Requirements

Skills Taught

Starfish

Level 1

[30 min]

Ages: 6 – 18 months

Parent must accompany child in water

Parents are taught to safely work with their child in the water, including how to support & hold their child, to prepare and encourage full participation and try new skills. Water safety topics are introduced and directed to parents. Goals consist of basic skills to help lay the foundation for learning to swim.

Starfish

Level 2

[30 min]

Ages: 18 – 36 months

Parent must accompany child in water

Level 2 builds on the skills introduced in Level 1. Participants improve on these skills and learn more advances skills in Level 2. Water Safety topics are introduced and directed to parents.

2009 Preschool Program 

Sting Ray

Level 1

[30 min]

Ages: 3 – 5 years

Can leave parents willingly

Follow direction in group setting

First class without parent, no prerequisites required. Goal is to help children feel comfortable & enjoy safely. Introduction of elementary aquatic skills and develop good attitudes & safe practices around the water.

Sting Ray

Level 2

[30 min]

Ages: 3 – 5 years

Can leave parents willingly

Follow direction in group setting

Sting Ray Level 1 certificate required. Goal is to build on Level 1 skills and enjoy success with fundamental skills. Learn to float on back unsupported, recover to a vertical position, explore simultaneous & alternating arm and leg actions on front & back, build foundation for future strokes. Self-help and basic rescue skills.

Sting Ray

Level 3

[30 min]

Ages: 3 – 5 years

Can leave parents willingly

Follow direction in group setting

Sting Ray Level 2 certificate required. Goal is to build on Level 2 skills by providing additional guided practice. Learn to effectively coordinate combined simultaneous arm and leg actions, alternating arm & leg actions and safety skills.

Upon completion of Sting Ray Level 3 participants are ready to advance to Level 3

Objective:

  • Promote water safety knowledge and practices
  • Aquatic adjustment and swimming readiness skills
  • Fun and enjoyment in the water
  • Participant socialization

*Instructors help create a class that is stimulating, creative, playful and safe in an Aquatic environment. Parents play a key role, by taking them to the pool often, playing with them in the water and reacting favorably if they go under accidentally. Participants are encouraged to prepare and continue with their Aquatic education at home in the bathtub.

Tips to help you and your child succeed at swim lessons:

Attend all classes and arrive on time

Sign up for the appropriate level

Questions, concerns or comments should be directed to your instructor; instructors generally have a few minutes between classes but appointments can be made to discuss important matters

Students learn at different speeds, always applaud every accomplishment, it is essential that the student has a fun experience in class

Repeating the same level is perfectly acceptable