School Age Swim Lessons (5–13 years)


Students learn personal water safety and achieve basic swimming competency by learning two benchmark skills: swim, float, swim—sequencing front glide, roll, back float, roll, front glide, and exit—and jump, push, turn, grab.

In Water Acclimation, Water Movement, and Water Stamina, students are taught the recommended skills for all to have around water including safe water habits, underwater exploration, and how to swim to safety and exit in the event of falling into a body of water. Activities, games, and drills geared to reinforce learning, are utilized heavily as students progress in this skill-based approach to swimming.

Having mastered the fundamentals in Water Acclimation, Water Movement, and Water Stamina, students learn additional water safety skills and build stroke techniques, developing skills that prevent chronic disease, increase social-emotional and cognitive well-being, and foster a lifetime of physical activity.

In Stroke Introduction, Stroke Development, and Stroke Mechanics, swimmers are introduced to the four competitive swimming strokes as well as rescue skills and healthy lifestyle habits.

Stage Descriptions:
1 / Water Acclimation
Increases comfort with underwater exploration and introduces basic self-rescue skills performed with assistance.
2 / Water Movement
Encourages forward movement in the water and basic self-rescue skills performed independently.
3 / Water Stamina
Develops intermediate self-rescue skills performed at longer distances than in previous stages.
4 / Stroke Introduction
Introduces basic stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl and reinforces water safety through treading water and elementary backstroke.
5 / Stroke Development
Introduces breaststroke and butterfly and reinforces water safety through treading water and sidestroke.
6 / Stroke Mechanics
Refines stroke technique on all major competitive strokes and encourages swimming as part of a healthy lifestyle.

For more information, please contact:
Caldwell Aquatics Coordinator – 208 459 2498 ext 675
Downtown Boise Aquatics Director – 208 344 5502 ext 229
Tomlinson South Meridian Aquatics Director – 208 331 9622 ext 545
West Boise Assistant Aquatics Director – 208 377 9622 ext 437

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