Ability level: Advanced
Instructor-to-Student Ratio: 1:8 (A minimum number of three children are needed for each class.)
Minnow-level swimmers begin learning some competitive swimming strokes, review water safety rules, and learn to dive into the water while standing.
During this class, your child will learn to:
• Recognize a dangerous situation when in and around the water
• Help a fellow swimmer without getting into the water by properly using a safety device, such as a life ring, a shepherd's crook or a rescue tube
• Enter and exit the pool without assistance
• Float on his/her front and back for 30 seconds without assistance and recover to a standing position
• Paddle while on his/her front, back and side for 25 yards with a floatation device and for 20 yards without assistance
• Tread water for 90 seconds
• Jump into the water, swim for 20 feet, float for 20 seconds and swim back to the side of the pool
• Perform a resting stroke for 3 minutes (A resting stroke involves making forward progress with the airway open and out of the water while allowing your body to rest. One example is side stroke.)
• Perform a standing dive from the side of the pool
• Perform a scissors kick
• Perform the elementary back stroke, which involves the swimmers arms and hands remaining in the water
In addition, your child will be taught the dangers of holding his/her breath for extended periods of time while underwater.