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Summer 2021 Parent and Child Rockwell Pool (Weekdays)
Swimming lessons are an essential part of a child's education. Being able to swim properly increases confidence which makes time in the water an enjoyable and safe experience. In addition, swimming is a healthy, total fitness activity that lasts a lifetime. Our Learn to Swim programs are taught by certified American Red Cross Water Safety Instructors with an enthusiasm and dedication to helping children and adults achieve their swimming goals. To determine proper class placement please review the level descriptions below and contact the front desk 860-584-3837 with any questions.
Pre-School Class Descriptions:
All pre-school aquatics classes are intended for children 3-6 years old. Currently, we are not designating our classes as "PCA1" or "PCA2", the information is below so that participants can gain an understanding of the content taught within the class. All PCA classes are tailored to each participants experience.
(PCA 1) Parent & Child Aquatics 1: This class is for parents with children ages 6 months to 1 1/2 years. This is a water introduction class where comfort in the water and submerging are taught in a low pressure and fun environment. Water experimentation, blowing bubbles, and basic skills are instructed through songs and activities.
(PCA 2) Parent & Child Aquatics 2: This class is for children between the ages of 1 1/2 and 3 years. This class expands on some skills learned in the first course, but adds some more difficult skills such as floating, submersion, and gliding. This course is recommended before PSA 1.
(PSA 1) Pre-school Aquatics 1: This class teaches children the most elementary aquatic skills. They continue to develop safe practices around the water.
(PSA 2) Pre-school Aquatics 2: This class teaches independent aquatic locomotion skills. Children continue to explore simultaneous and alternating arm and leg actions on the front and back to gain more proficiency for future strokes.
(PSA 3) Pre-school Aquatics 3: This class teaches children to perform their skills independently. They are taught to improve coordination of combined arm and leg actions and alternating arm and leg actions.
School-Age Class Descriptions:
All School-Age aquatics classes are intended for children 6 and above
(LTS 1) Level 1: Introduction to Water Skills- Children learn breath control, buoyancy on the front and back, alternating arm and leg action and general water safety rules.
(LTS 2) Level 2: Fundamental Aquatic Skills- Underwater swimming, treading water, swimming in different positions and general water safety are the main focus.
(LTS 3) Level 3: Stroke Development- Head first entries, rotary breathing, changing directions and different kicks are taught.
(LTS 4) Level 4: Stroke Improvement- Diving, surface diving, turns, breaststroke kick, elementary backstroke and scissor kicks are introduced.
(LTS 5) Level 5: Stroke Refinement- Head first surface dives, flip turns and survival swimming are taught. All other skills are refined.
(LTS 6) Level 6: There are three different sections:
1.Personal Water Safety- Focuses on endurance and safety in and around the water in addition to the core skills.
2. Fitness Swimmer- Focuses on endurance as it pertains to using the water as a medium for exercise in addition to the core skills.