Group Swim Lessons

Our goal is to provide quality instruction in a safe and comfortable environment. Although we are using the newly updated American Red Cross Swim Instructional program, we take it a step farther by maintaining a low student to instructor ratio, following a set curriculum, and assessing each student every session. We emphasize proper technique providing skills for a future of satisfying and safe aquatic pursuits whether it be for leisure or competition. Instruction is available for all ages and ability levels beginning at age 1 year. We offer group and private swim lessons year round.

Registration & Pricing


Summer Group swim lessons are available Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings and Saturday morning, and Monday – Friday after Day Camp

Fall and Spring Group Swim lessons are available Monday, Tuesday, Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings.

Registration
  • Group Lessons can be registered for in person at the Pro shop off the lobby in the Recreation Center or online by clicking here.
  • For questions on appropriate class to register for take our online quiz or contact Cindi Tscherne the Assistant Director of Aquatics at 304-696-3653
  • Participants new to the program are assessed on the first day of class to determine their comfort and current swimming abilities to be placed into the appropriate level.
  • Participants who have been in our program before should register for the level stated on the progress report received at the end of each session, or contact Assistant Director of Aquatics to determine the appropriate class.

Pricing
Early Bird Price
Available for 2 weeks, one month prior to the start of each semester session.

  • Members: $35
  • Non Members: $50

Regular Price
(If a program is only scheduled for 4 classes the price will be adjusted)

  • Members: $40
  • Non Members: $55

Swim Lessons for Babies and Toddlers


Swim Babies


For children 1 – 2 years of age. This parent and child program introduces basic skill and safety concepts to parents and children. Adults will learn how to work with their child in the water with appropriate support and holds to prepare and encourage their child to participate fully. The skills introduced will lay a foundation for learning to swim. Parents are introduced to several water safety topics. One adult per child must attend each class and participate in the water. Each class is 30 minutes long.

Upon successful completion of this level child will:

  • Exit and enter the water safely with assistance
  • Gain comfort in the water
  • Explore submersion of mouth, nose and eyes
  • Float on front and back with assistance
  • Perform arm and leg movements with assistance
  • Experience wearing an approved Life Jacket

Swim Tots


For children 2 – 3 years of age. This parent and child course will help toddlers become comfortable in and around the water learning fundamental water skills with assistance of a trusted adult. In addition, adults will learn about water safety and how to safely handle their child in and around the water. This class is not designed to teach survival in the water on their own. One adult per child must attend each class and participate in the water. Each class is 30 minutes long.

Upon successful completion of this level child will:

  • Learn to ask permission before entering the water
  • Exit and enter the water safely with and without assistance
  • Gain comfort in the water
  • Explore submerging underwater in a rhythmic pattern (bobs)
  • Float on front and back with assistance
  • Change body position in the water with assistance
  • Glide on front and back with assistance
  • Perform arm and leg movements with assistance
  • Swim and enter water with an approved Life Jacket

Preschool Level 1, 2, and 3


Preschool 1, 2, 3 is for ages 3-4 years of age who have attended a parent and child program, have been in a structured swim program previously or are comfortable without the parent in the immediate area. This class will instruct the child at their ability. Completion of Preschool 1, 2, 3 will bypass Level 1 and 2 for older children.

Preschool Level 1


The child will become familiar with the aquatic environment and learn basic aquatic skills. Children will begin to learn how to be safe around the water.

Upon successful completion, the child will:

  • Exit and enter the water safely
  • Pour water over head
  • Fully submerge mouth, nose and eyes underwater
  • Blow bubbles through the mouth and nose for 3 seconds
  • Explore underwater swimming
  • Change body position in the water with assistance
  • Float and glide on front and back with assistance
  • Perform arm and leg movements with assistance

Preschool Level 2


The child gain greater independence in their skills and develop more comfort in and around the water. This level is the start of independent aquatic locomotion skills.

Upon successful completion, the child will:

  • Perform 5 bobs with proper breathing
  • Enter water from the side and recover to a float with assistance
  • Open eyes underwater and retrieve submerged objects
  • Float from front and back and back to front float with assistance
  • Perform streamlined glide on front and back using a proper kick, with assistance
  • Float and glide on front and back with assistance
  • Perform arm and leg movements for 3 yards with assistance
  • Scull with hands while in back position with flutter kick without assistance

Preschool Level 3


The child will learn correct propulsive skills in the water on the front and back independently. They will perform skills for longer distances and times.

Upon successful completion, the child will:

  • Perform 10 bobs with proper breathing
  • Enter water from the side and recover to a float without assistance
  • Float on front and back without assistance
  • Roll from front to back ad back to front float without assistance
  • Perform streamlined glide on front and back using a proper kick without assistance
  • Perform streamlined glide rotating from front to back using a proper kick for 15 yards
  • Change direction of travel while swimming on front and on back without assistance
  • Tread water using arm and leg movements for 2 minutes
  • Perform beginner stroke independently for 5 yards
  • Scull and kick on back for 10 yards without assistance

Swim School Level 1-5


Swim School Level 1:
Introduction to Water Skills


For children 5-13 years of age, Level 1 orients the child the aquatic environment and help them gain basic aquatic skills. Participant will develop positive attitudes, effective swimming skills and safe practices in and around the water. Swim School Level 1 skills overlap Preschool Level 1 and Preschool Level 2 skills.

Upon successful completion of this level child will:

  • Exit and enter the water independently and safely
  • Fully submerge mouth, nose and eyes underwater
  • Be able to hold breath underwater for 5 seconds
  • Perform 5 bobs with proper breathing without hesitation
  • Explore underwater swimming
  • Float and glide on front and back without assistance
  • Change body position in the water with assistance
  • Perform beginner stroke on front with assistance (face in water)

Swim School Level 2:
Fundamental Aquatic Skills


For ages 5 – 13 years of age who have completed Level 1 skills or Preschool Level 2 skills. Level 2 will build on the basic aquatic skills learned in Level 1 and the child will work on performing these skills without assistance. This level is the beginning of true locomotion skills laying the foundation for learning strokes. Swim School Level 2 skills overlap Preschool Level 2 and Preschool Level 3 skills.

Upon successful completion of this level child will:

  • Perform 10 bobs with proper breathing without hesitation
  • Open eyes underwater and retrieve submerged objects
  • Float on front and back for 10 seconds without assistance
  • Roll from front to back and back to front float without assistance
  • Perform a streamlined glide with kick on front and back using a proper kick without assistance
  • Perform streamlined glide rotating from front to back using a proper kick with assistance
  • Perform head and hand lead side kick with proper lateral breathing with assistance
  • Perform arm beginner stroke with proper breathing for 10 yards
  • Scull with hands on back with kicking
  • Enter water by jumping from the side and recover to a float with assistance

Swim School Level 3:
Stroke Development


For ages 5 – 13 years of age who have completed Level 2 skills or Preschool Level 3 skills. Level 3 will develop the Freestyle and Backstroke at proficient levels for short distances. Children will also begin work on the kicks for Elementary Backstroke, Breaststroke, and Butterfly. Participants who successfully complete Level 3 will have achieved basic water competency in a pool environment.

Upon successful completion of this level child will:

  • Perform 20 bobs with proper breathing without hesitation
  • Perform streamlined glide on front and back using proper kick for 15 yards
  • Perform streamlined glide rotating from front to back using a proper kick for 15 yards
  • Perform a single switch arm and leg movement for freestyle and backstroke
  • Perform a triple switch arm and leg movement for freestyle and backstroke for 15 yards
  • Complete 15 yards of freestyle with proper lateral breathing, body position and rotation
  • Complete 15 yards of backstroke with proper body position and rotation
  • Scull and flutter kick on back for 15 yards
  • Perform whip kick on back with proper flexion of knees and ankles
  • Perform streamlined dolphin kick for 3 yards
  • Preform the survival float for 1 minute.

Swim School Level 4:
Stroke Improvement


For ages 5 – 13 years of age who have completed Level 3 skills. Level 4 will improve participant technique and endurance of the freestyle and backstroke. The Breaststroke and butterfly will be introduced along with open turns.

Upon successful completion of this level child will:

  • Perform the Freestyle for 25 yards with proper technique
  • Perform the Backstroke for 25 yards with proper technique
  • Perform the triple switch for freestyle and backstroke
  • Demonstrate an open turn for freestyle and backstroke
  • Demonstrate proper arm stroke and breathing for Breaststroke
  • Demonstrate the Breaststroke kick (whip kick).
  • Demonstrate a streamline off the wall with dolphin kick for 5 yards.

Swim School Level 5:
Stroke Refinement


Level 5 will refine technique and increase endurance of all swimming strokes. Participants will learn open and flip turns for all strokes.

Upon successful completion child will:

  • Perform the Freestyle for 50 yards with proper technique
  • Perform the Backstroke for 50 yards with proper technique
  • Perform the Breaststroke for 25 yards with proper technique
  • Perform the Butterfly for 15 yards with proper technique
  • Perform proper turns for Freestyle, Backstroke and Butterfly
  • Swim 300 yards nonstop using above strokes

Group Lesson Policies


Class Schedule
Programs are five classes long. Classes are 30 or 40 minutes in length. The class schedule is available on our online Calendar page.

Pool Policies
Individuals in classes or observing must adhere to all Marshall Recreation Center Policies. View our Policies and Procedures online.

Attire
Appropriate swim wear is required. Swim goggles that do not cover the nose are permitted if desired. Children with long hair should have it secured or wear a swim cap. Children not completely toilet trained must wear a reusable swim diaper.

Refunds
Refunds are not issued for programs. Students may be transferred to another class within the same session on a space available basis.

Locker Rooms
Men’s and Women’s locker rooms are available for use. We ask that children 5 years and older of opposite sex of parent no use the All Gender locker rooms. There are a limited number of these available so please plan accordingly. Day lockers with locks are available in locker rooms as well as in the hallway for the all gender locker rooms

Arrival to class
Upon entering the pool area, please immediately check in with the Deck Instructor on duty (Green Polo Shirt). We ask that you on deck no earlier than 10 minutes prior to the start of class. Do not let your children enter the pool until the class is scheduled to begin. This is for their safety and for the safety of the other children in lessons.

Swimming After Class
Swimming after class is available for all registrants. We ask that you be considerate of the ongoing classes and not intrude in their space or interrupt the class. Children in the pool after the class are the responsibility of the parent/guardian. If a child is unable to swim on their own they must be attended by the parent in the water or wear a lifejacket. If non-members, parents must pay the guest pass fee to use the pool after lessons.

Make up Lessons
Make up classes will be scheduled at the end of each semester for classes missed or canceled due to student illness, weather, or unforeseen pool closures. During make-up lessons, there is no testing done and instructors may be different from your regularly scheduled days. Make up classes must be registered for at the Pro Shop, and are available on the basis of availability of space.

Parents
Parents and spectators are allowed on deck during lessons, but must remain in the designated area by the patio. Parents are welcome to sit outside the pool area in the hallway or on the patio, as it is much cooler. If there are small children not involved in lessons, or additional guests who are there to observe the lessons we ask that you remain outside the pool area and observe through the windows. Our purpose is to eliminate distractions for the guards, Deck Instructors and In Water Instructors to maintain a safe, calm environment. Members are free to work out during the lesson as long as the Deck Instructor is aware of where they will be in case of emergency. We ask that all interactions with the students are limited to allow the instructor to create trust and a bond with each student. If a caregiver is needed the deck instructor will notify them.

Participant Progress Reports
Individualized progress reports will be given out in person or sent to the email listed on CSI account at the end of each session group lesson session and private lesson package completed. This report will identify those skills that the student is able to complete, those that they can almost complete, and those they are unable to complete or were not introduced. The class level they are to sign up for next will be identified.

For more information about Group Swim Lessons, please contact:

Cindi Tscherne

Cindi Tscherne
Associate Director of Programs


Email: tscherne@marshall.edu


Telephone: (304) 696-3653