Aquatics

Swim With Me

What is Swim With Me?

Swim With Me is based on the American Red Cross parent/child swim courses. Consisting of two levels. Participants begin in Level 1. Once infants or young children are able to comfortably perform the skills in Level 1, they progress to Level 2, which builds on the skills learned in Level 1. If a child completes Parent and Child Aquatics Level 1 and is at least 3 years old, he or she may be ready to enroll in Preschool Aquatics Level 1. If a child completes Parent and Child Aquatics Level 2, is at least 3 years old and can demonstrate the exit skills assessment of Preschool Aquatics Level 1, he or she may be ready to enroll in Preschool Aquatics Level 2.

Swim With Me

Levels & Curriculum

Level 1
Level 1 provides experiences and activities for children so they:

  • Learn to ask for permission before entering the water
  • Learn how to enter and exit the water safely
  • Feel comfortable in the water
  • Practice blowing bubbles
  • Explore submerging to the mouth, nose, eyes and completely
  • Explore buoyancy on the front and back position
  • Change body position in the water
  • Learn how to play safely in the water
  • Experience wearing a U.S. Coast Guard–approved life jacket

Level 2
Level 2 skills build on the skills learned in level 1. The goals of Level 2 are to provide experiences and activities for children so they:

  • Understand the need for adult supervision around water
  • Learn more ways to enter and exit the water safely
  • Explore submerging in a rhythmic pattern
  • Glide on the front and back with assistance
  • Perform a rudimentary stroke using combined arm and leg actions on the front and back with assistance
  • Change body position in the water
  • Experience wearing a U.S. Coast Guard–approved life jacket in the water

 

Skills Parents / Guardians will be taught:

  • How to properly supervise children and maintain safe behavior in and around the water
  • How to enter and exit the water, with strict enforcement of the rule that a child must get adult permission before entering any body of water
  • How and when to use holding and support techniques
  • How to determine the child's readiness to try basic skills
  • Proper submersion techniques (supported and unsupported)
  • How to use cues, and the importance of consistency in delivering cues
  • How to help the child learn and practice skills appropriate for the child's age, current developmental level and ability
  • How to play and the importance of playing as a way to learn
  • How to select, properly fit and use a U.S. Coast Guard–approved life jacket
  • Basic water safety information, such as the dangers of playing around suction fittings and drains
  • Basic rescue skills, such as reaching and throwing assists

 

Cost & Schedule

Each Swim With Me session costs $80 and includes 8 classes. These classes are held four times per week.

Summer 2018 Swim With Me session dates are TBD. Please check back for updates.

Cancellations made eight days or more before the start of a session will receive a full refund. Cancellations made within seven days prior to the start of the session and through the second class will receive a refund with a fee of $20. All cancellations made after the second class will not receive a refund.

Parking & Directions

All swim lessons are held inside the Campus Recreation center in the Indoor Pool. Valid parking passes are required.

Learn more about parking on campus.