Huskies Group Swim Lessons

Fall 2020 October 17 - November 14 (REVISED)

Due to the fluidity of the situation, refunds will be issued closer to the session start date.

Huskies Group Swim Lessons are now open for registration! American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim Levels 1-4 are being offered at the SDC Pool on Saturday mornings beginning October 10th. Social distancing will be maintained during classes and instructors will remain on the pool deck. A parent is required to be in the water with participants in levels 1 and 2.

The COVID-19 Visitor Symptom Tracking Form is required to be completed by all participants and guardians before every class session. Participants are asked to arrive at the pool already changed into their bathing suits. Locker rooms will only be available after class sessions. Masks are required on the pool deck but not permitted in the water while swimming. Masks are also required in the locker room except for showering. Space will be provided for personal items on the pool deck. Class size is limited and based on social distancing.

Level 1 - Introduction to Water Skills

Ages: 6 years and up

A parent must accompany the child in the water for the class.

Description: The purpose of this level is to orient participants to the aquatic environment and help them gain basic aquatic skills while developing positive attitudes and safe practices around water.

Learning Objectives:

  • Techniques for entering and exiting the water
  • Blow bubbles through mouth and nose
  • Bobbing
  • Retrieve submerged objects
  • Front and back glides and floats
  • Body control and manipulation in the water
  • Tread water using arm and hand actions
  • Alternating and simultaneous leg and arm actions on front and back
  • Learn water safety skills

No previous swimming lesson skills or history needed to participate in this level.

Level 2 - Fundamental Aquatic Skills

Ages: 6 years and up

A parent must accompany the childin the water for the class.

Description: Participants build upon the basic aquatic skills and water safety skills and concepts learned in Level 1.

Learning Objectives:

  • Techniques for entering and exiting the water
  • Fully submerge and hold breath
  • Bobbing
  • Retrieve submerged objects
  • Front, jellyfish and tuck floats
  • Front and back glides and floats
  • Body control and manipulation in the water
  • Tread water using arm and leg actions
  • Combined arm and leg actions on front and back
  • Finning arm action
  • Learn water safety skills

Participants are ready for this level if they can:

  • Enter the water independently using the ramp, steps or side
  • Have the ability to travel at least 5 yards, bob 5 times and safely exit the water.
  • Be able to glide on their front for at least 2 body lengths and float for 5 seconds (with assistance) 

Level 3 - Stroke Development

Ages: 6 years and up

Description: Participants build on the skills learned in Levels 1 and 2 and achieve basic water competency in a pool environment.

Learning Objectives:

  • Techniques for entering and exiting the water
  • Headfirst entries from the side in sitting and kneeling positions
  • Bobbing while moving toward safety
  • Rotary breathing
  • Survival float and back float
  • Change from vertical to horizontal position on front and back
  • Tread water
  • Flutter, scissor, dolphin and breaststroke kicks on front
  • Front crawl and elementary backstroke
  • Learn water safety skills

Participants are ready for this level if they can:

  • Step from the side into chest-deep water, push off the bottom, move into a treading or floating position for at least 15 seconds, swim on their front and/or back for 5 body lengths, then exit the water.
  • Move into a back float for 15 seconds, roll to the front then recover to a vertical position.
  • Push off and swim using combined arm and leg actions on front for 5 body lengths, roll to back, float for 15 seconds, roll to the front, then continue swimming for 5 body lengths.
  • Independent confidence and control in the water. 

Level 4 - Stroke Improvement

Ages: 6 years and up

Description: The purpose of this level is to improve participants' proficiency in performing the swimming strokes that were introduced in Level 3.

Learning Objectives:

  • Headfirst entries from the side in compact and stride positions
  • Swim under water
  • Feet first surface dive
  • Survival swimming
  • Front crawl and backstroke open turns
  • Tread water using 2 different kicks
  • Front and back crawl, elementary backstroke, breaststroke, sidestroke and butterfly
  • Flutter and dolphin kicks on back
  • Learn water safety skills

Participants are ready for this level if they can:

  • Jump into deep water from the side, recover to the surface, maintain position by treading or floating for 1 minute, roate one full turn then turn as necessary to orient to the exit point, level off, swim front crawl and/or elementary backstroke for 25 yards, then exit the water.
  • Push off in a streamlined position then swim front crawl for 15 yards, change position and direction as necessary, swim elementary backstroke for 15 yards, then exit the water. 

Location

SDC Pool

The Student Development Complex lap pool and dive tank are licensed by the State of Michigan and inspected by the Western U.P. District Health Department. Accordingly, the water is analyzed and the temperature is taken daily. The temperature fluctuates between 81-87 degrees and this will depend on the pool usage, outside temperature and water flow rate. The water is replenished automatically due to water lost through splash, backwashing of sand filters and evaporation. This new cool water intake will not be 81 degrees until it is well mixed into the existing pool water.

Special Requirements

All students must have appropriate swimwear (no cutoffs or street clothes) and a towel. Students should bring goggles. Due to fluctuating water temperatures day to day, we advise parents to dress children in warm swim layers. Rash guard swim shirts for the upper body and fitted spandex or knit leggings for the lower body are good examples of clothing that keep the body warm but do not create excessive weight or retain water. A parent or legal guardian is required to sign a waiver of liability and concussion awareness form for all youth classes.

Days/Times

Saturdays, October 17, 24, 31, November 7, 14 (REVISED - Due to the fluidity of the situation, refunds will be issued closer to the session start date.)

Cost

$60 per participant (discount available for current SDC members!)

Deadline to register: October 14, 11:59pm

Registration and payment can be completed online, by phone at 906-487-2073, or at the SDC Ticket Office. A parent or legal guardian is required to sign a waiver of liability and concussion awareness form for all youth classes.

Questions? Contact Ann Bengry, Aquatics Manager, at 906-487-2995 or email ambengry@mtu.edu.