Level 1 (Elementary)
Level 1 Swimming is a course designed for true beginners (non-swimmers) and those who have very rudimentary swimming skills, but are not able to tread water or swim in deep water. We initially work on water adjustment and comfort, progress to floating, and add movement skills such as treading, front crawl, backstroke, elementary backstroke, and breaststroke. We'll also explore the deep end on several occasions, first getting familiar, later jumping in, treading water, floating, and swimming. Our semester goal is to jump or dive into the deep end and swim a length (100 feet) of the pool using the front crawl.
Level 2 (Low Intermediate)
Level 2 Swimming is a course designed for those who are comfortable in the deep water (treading, floating, swimming), can swim front crawl with rotary breathing and can swim backstroke and breaststroke. Note: exceptions may be made to these prerequisites with approval of the instructor. In this course we'll start by swimming widths (50feet) at the beginning of the semester and transition to lengths (100 feet) depending on overall class level. We'll cover the four competitive strokes (free, back, breast, fly), in addition to learning how to do flip turns and working on increasing speed and endurance.
Level 3 (Intermediate)
Level 3 Swimming is an intermediate class that requires participants to swim front crawl, backstroke, and breastst roke, in addition to being able to swim multiple lengths without stopping. Most students at this level are somewhat familiar with butterfly and may know how to do flip turns. Students will be asked to take a skill evaluation and swim a 200 yard free (front crawl) for time at the beginning of the semester. Level 3 focuses primarily on the mechanics of front crawl and butterfly, while giving a secondary role to backstroke, breaststroke, flip turns, and conditioning.
Level 4 (High Intermediate)
Level 4 Swimming is primarily a workout class designed to improve fitness, speed, and endurance. It is much like a short version of a regular swim (team) workout. Many students in this class have some sort of competitive (club, high school, triathlon, etc.) swimming background, although this is NOT a requirement. Students should be well rounded in all four competitive strokes (including fly) and must be able to swim a workout of approximately 2000 yards in 35-45 minutes. Most students swim a 200 free for time in approximately 2:05 - 3:15 at the beginning of the semester. We'll swim a variety of workouts, with an emphasis on free, fly, and I.M. - many of the workouts use fins. Pure back, breast, pull, or kicking sets are rare. Longer swims toward the beginning of the semester give way to faster, higher intensity sets later. Our goal is to improve overall swimming fitness and decrease the 200 free time.