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Level 1: Introduction to Water Skills



Level 1: Introduction to Water Skills
(recommended ages: 5-8; must be at least 5 years old to enroll)
Parents, what can you do?
  • Understand that children develop swimming skills at different rates. 
  • Avoid putting pressure on achievement; encourage your child to enjoy swimming lessons and take pride in personal success.
  • Understand that physical abilities and comfort levels of children vary greatly, leading to development at different rates.  It is not uncommon for children to not achieve all of the skills in one session of lessons.
  • Ask the instructor which skills your child should practice, and then make practicing fun at home or your local pool.
How can you build on your child’s swimming experience?
  • Talk about what your child has learned in the lesson to develop safe practices for the home and other aquatic environments such as lakes, rivers, and waterparks.
  • Encourage your child, when at play, to try the skills he or she is learning in lessons.
Is my child ready for the next level?
Progress of participants is monitored and evaluated and skills are checked off throughout the class.  Once all Level 1 skills are achieved, participants are ready to move on to Level 2.  Discuss your child’s progress and if they are ready to move on to the next level with the instructor.
Be a water smart family!
Stay Safe Around Aquatic Environments
Only swim in areas where swimming is allowed and only when a lifeguard or grown-up is watching you.  Remember that pool decks are for walking only, no running or other horseplay.
How to Recognize the Lifeguard
Only swim in areas where the lifeguard can see you.  If you are having trouble or you see something that you think is dangerous, tell a lifeguard right away.
How to Call for Help
When you see someone who is in trouble, stay calm and tell a lifeguard or grown-up right away.  If a lifeguard or grown-up is not nearby, use a phone and call 911.  Never call this number unless emergency care is really needed.

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