TEACHING METHOD

Class Information

Classes are limited to four students with each instructor. Small groups stimulate the most successful teaching and provide students with the pleasure of sharing and competing in a learning experience. Normally the student stays with the same teacher for the two weeks.

Students grouped according to age and ability (see Ability / Levels description below). We take great care to make sure each student is in the appropriate class.
Classes are open to children four years of age and older and to adults.

Instruction Style

Expert instruction for swimmers four years of age and up, and at all levels of ability. Emphasis is on building a strong foundation of basic skills—essential for proper swimming technique—and life-long swimming enjoyment.

All instructors follow the same progression developed by Ann Curtis Cuneo, and use the same drills and “buzz words”.

Our warm, shallow teaching pool provides a secure and comfortable setting for the new swimmer. We also use our wading pool (dolphin pool) for the student who is shy to put his/her face in the water. Our main pool is 25 yards long for the student learning and perfecting his/her strokes.

Progression

Our classes emphasize correct technique from the beginning. We break down the stroke and drill individual parts, correcting stroke faults, then rebuild the stoke as each piece is done properly.


Ability/Levels Description:

NON SWIMMER
N/S

Does not put whole face in the water.

N/S+

Puts whole face in the water for 10 seconds.

N/S++

Independent airplane float (facedown) and glide 10 seconds.

BEGINNER
B-

Torpedo (streamline) kicking for 10 feet.

B

Torpedo kicking for 20 feet.

B+

Proper kicking with freestyle arm circles 20 feet.

BREATHING INSTRUCTION
B++

Survival breathing (dog paddle) taught until student is deep water safe.
Paddle 1, paddle 2, bite of air, face down for bubbles, repeat pattern 20 feet across in 4 foot depth.

Awards (Patch, Blue, Green, Purple, Gold and Rainbow Ribbons, and Medal are for deep water swimming)

B+A/B

Patch Student swims across the deep end (12 feet deep, 30 feet across) with correct survival breathing pattern.

CLASSIC SIDE BREATHING (FREESTYLE) – Advanced beginner through Intermediate
A/B

Blue Ribbon The student begins the classic side breathing drills.

A/B+

Green ribbon Student swims with correct side breathing across the deep end. Diving off the side is now introduced.

I-

Purple ribbon Student swims freestyle correctly 25 yards.

STROKE INSTRUCTION—Intermediate plus through Advanced
I+

Gold ribbon Student can swim 1 length freestyle, 1 length backstroke.

ADV-

Rainbow ribbon Student can swim 1 length freestyle, 1 length backstroke, 1 length breaststroke.

ADV

Medal Student can swim 1 length freestyle, 1 length backstroke, 1 length breaststroke, 1 length butterfly.

STROKE CLINIC

Emphasis on the four competitive swimming strokes—starts and turns.