Our Learn-to-Swim program is an integral part of our commitment to helping children succeed in, on, and around the water. Our Swim Academy provides swimming instruction to typically developing children and adults as well as children and adults with special needs. Our program aims to improve participants swimming and water safety skills at any level, and is based upon the American Red Cross Parent and Child Aquatics, Preschool Aquatics, and Learn-to-Swim programs. Participants are introduced to aquatic skills in a developmental progression tailored to each participant's individual needs.
Swimming lessons are taught by experienced American Red Cross Water Safety Instructors.
Level 1: Introduction to Water Skills
Participants learn to enter and exit the water, and begin learning breath control. Participants learn front and back floats and glides. Additionally, participants learn alternating and simultaneous arm and leg actions on the front and back. Participants then learn combined arm and leg actions on the front and back. Participants may perform all skills with assistance in Level 1.
Level 2: Fundamental Aquatic Skills
Participants build upon the skills learned in Level 1, and begin performing skills without assistance. Participants learn to change direction on the front and back and begin learning to tread water.
Level 3: Stroke Development
Participants learn the front crawl with rotary breathing and the elementary back stroke. Additionally, participants learn the dolphin, scissor, and whip kicks. Participants begin learning to dive from the sitting and kneeling positions.
Level 4: Stroke Improvement
Participants learn the arms for the dolphin, scissor, and whip kicks to perform the butterfly, side stroke, and breast stroke. Participants also learn the back crawl and improve upon the front call and elementary back stroke. Participants begin learning open turns. Participants increase their diving skills, learning dives from the compact and stride positions.
Level 5: Stroke Refinement
Participants fine-tune and build endurance in the six strokes. Participants increase their diving skills by learning the shallow angle dive. Participants learn flip turns and improve their treading.
Level 6: Swimming and Skill Proficiency
Participants continue building their endurance in the six strokes. Participants learn advanced safety skills as well as are introduced to the idea of swimming for fitness across the lifespan. Participants begin preparing for lifeguarding and water safety instructor prerequisites.
Our private lessons emphasize individual needs that foster a fun learning environment. Safety is our number one priority in each level. Our certified American Red Cross Water Safety Instructors assess participant's swimming abilities at the first lesson and tailor a plan based on his or her individual needs. Private lessons are scheduled Monday through Saturday. Please direct inquires to (718) 423-6111 for pricing and scheduling information.