Private Lessons at Your Home Pool

Instructor(s): All Swim With Gills Instructors are American Red Cross Water Safety Certified

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Please note your preferred place, level and time.  We will do our best to accomodate your request.

"Being in water is about enjoying and exploring movement in a continuing flow of graceful, unforced strokes, when every part of the body seems to be an extension of another part, and nothing is hurried or rushed" Poetry in Motion, Stephanie Dutton

Children under 3 years   Swim With Gills uses inter-active water play that is fun and enjoyable for children under 3. Parents and children learn together to increase a child’s comfort level in the water and build a foundation of basic skills, such as arm and leg movements and breath control. The initial level is not only fun-filled, it helps introduce water safety concepts while encouraging a healthy recreational habit for your entire family to enjoy. Toddlers often accomplish head submersion on their own through imitation and water play and this is the 'make or break' stage for anyone learning to be comfortable in the water. While swimming is a vital skill, learning to swim should be calm and enjoyable.

Preschool Aquatics Level 1   Exit Skills Assessment  -  All Preschool Aquatics Level 1 skills can be performed with support

1. Enter Independently, using either the ladder, steps or side, travel at least 5 yards, submerge to mouth and blow bubbles for at least 3 seconds then safely exit the water. (Children can walk, move along the gutter or “swim.”)

2. While in shallow water, glide on front at least 2 body lengths, then roll to back and float on back for 3 seconds then recover to a vertical position.

Preschool Aquatics Level 2   Exit Skills Assessment  -  All Preschool Aquatics Level 2 skills can be performed with assistance

1. Glide on front at least 2 body lengths, roll to back, float on back for 5 seconds, then recover to a vertical position.

2. Glide on back at least 2 body lengths, roll to front, float for 5 seconds, then recover to a vertical position.

3. Swim using combined arm and leg actions on front for 3 body lengths, roll to back, float for 5 seconds, roll to front then continue swimming on front then continue swimming for 3 body lengths.

Preschool Aquatics Level 3   Exit Skills Assessment  -  All Preschool Aquatics Level 3 skills are done independently.

1. Step from side into chest-deep water, move into a front float for 5 seconds, roll to back, float for 15 seconds, roll to front then continue swimming for 5 body lengths. (You can assist the child when taking breath.)

2. Move into back float for 5 seconds, roll to front then recover to a vertical position.

3. Push off then swim using combined arm and leg actions on front for 5 body lengths, roll to back, float for 15 seconds, roll to front then continue swimming for 5 body lengths. (You can assist the child when taking breath.)

Learn-to Swim Level 1   Exit Skills Assessment  

1. Enter Independently, using either the ladder, steps or side, travel at least 5 yards, bob 3 times then safely exit the water. (Participants can walk, move along the gutter or “swim.”)

2. Glide on front at least 2 body lengths, roll to back float for 3 seconds and recover to a vertical position. (This part of the assessment can be done with support.)

Learn-to Swim Level 2   Exit Skills Assessment

1. Step from side into chest-deep water, move into a front float for 5 seconds, roll to back, float for 5 seconds, roll to front then return to a vertical position.

2. Move into back float for 5 seconds, roll to front then recover to a vertical position.

3. Push off then swim using combined arm and leg actions on front for 5 body lengths, roll to back, float for 15 seconds, roll to the front then continue swimming for 5 body lengths. (You can assist the participant when taking breath.)

Learn-to Swim Level 3   Exit Skills Assessment

1. Jump into the water from the side, swim front crawl for 15 yards, maintain position by treading or floating for 30 seconds and swim elementary backstroke for 15 yards.

Now, we are ready to work on Strokes Skills  -  Exit Skills Assessment None - because:

1. We can continue to refine, correct and improve our Stroke Skills for the rest of our lives.  However, (and please take note) with all these lessons and all this preparation, we need to constantly remind ourselves and everyone else, no one can ever be 100% safe in the water.

2. Always swim in guarded areas.

3. Always swim with a buddy.

4. Learn life-saving skills such as CPR and AED