Garden City Department of Recreation and Parks
Please see below for the course descriptions of the Red Cross Certified swim lessons we offer.
LEVEL 1 – INTRODUCTION TO WATER SKILLS
Purpose – Help students feel comfortable in the water.
Skills - Basic water safety rules, submerging mouth, nose and eyes under water and picking up a submerged object, swimming on front and back using arm and leg actions, recognizing a swimmer in distress and getting help, exhaling underwater, floating on front and back.
LEVEL 2 – FUNDAMENTAL AQUATIC SKILLS
Purpose – Give students success with fundamental skills.
Skills – Submerging entire head, front and back glide, treading water using arms and leg motions, bobbing in water, jelly fish float swimming using combined stroke on front and back.
LEVEL 3 – STROKE DEVELOPMENT
Purpose – Build on the skills in Level 2 by providing additional guided practice.
Skills – Reaching assist, submerging and retrieving an object, front and back glide, front and back crawl, rotary breathing in horizontal position, survival float, back float, butterfly kick and body motion.
LEVEL 4 – STROKE IMPROVEMENT
Purpose – Develop confidence in the strokes learned and improve other aquatic skills.
Skills – Safe diving rules, survival float, back float, elementary back stroke, breaststroke, butterfly, throwing assist, front and back crawl.
LEVEL 5 – STROKE REFINEMENT
Purpose – Provide further coordination and refinement of strokes.
Skills – Survival swimming, open turns on front and back, front and back crawl, performing rescue breathing, front flip turn and backstroke flip turn, elementary backstroke, butterfly, breaststroke, sidestroke.
LEVEL 6 – SWIMMING and SKILL PROFICIENCY
Purpose – Refines strokes so students swim them with ease, efficiency, power and smoothness over greater distances. The class focus is to prepare students to participate in more advanced courses.
LEVEL 7 – PREPARATION FOR LIFE GUARDING and COMPETITIVE SWIMMING
Purpose – For advanced swimmers aged 12 years old and up who might be interested in becoming lifeguards in the future. The class will focus on fitness swimming and an introduction to life guarding.
Garden City Pool