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Beginners Level 1 & 2

Town of Saratoga Learn to Swim Program

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BEGINNERS LEVELS 1 & 2

PLEASE KEEP IN MIND THAT THESE TWO COURSES ARE COMBINED IN THIS PROGRAM.  UNDERSTANDABLY, ALL CHILDREN PROGRESS AT DIFFERENT RATES.  SOME CHILDREN MAY THINK THAT THE FIRST FOUR WEEKS ARE TOO SLOW, WHILE OTHER CHILDREN MAY FEEL OVERWHELMED.  IF YOUR CHILD IS EXPERIENCING ANY ANXIETY ABOUT LESSONS, PLEASE SPEAK WITH AN INSTRUCTOR.

BEGINNERS LEVEL 1

BEGINNERS LEVEL 2

Beginners 1 is designed to introduce children to the water and help them to enjoy the water safely.  In this level, we teach elementary aquatic skills. These skills include getting in and out of the water and moving through the water unassisted, feeling comfortable in the water and basic safety rules.  We gradually build upon these skills througout the first four weeks of the program.  The last four weeks focus on the fundamental skills taught in a typical beginner 2 class.
 
 
We will begin testing today, August 16th.  Swimmers will receive a Red Cross Level 1 certification card if they can do the following:
enter the water unassisted
walk through the shallow end with no help or life saving device.
 

The first four weeks of beginner 2 is focused on beginner 1 skills.  These are the basic skills all children need in order to progress into the more complicated fundamentals of swimming.  This level is the begining of real locomotion skills and learning how to help yourself in the water.  The children will learn more basic skills the last four weeks of the program. 
 
We will be testing the swimmers this week, begining 8/16.  They will receive a Red Cross Level 2 card if they can do the following:
float on their backs
float on their stomaches, face in water
swim across width of pool on belly,  face out.
swim on backs, width of pool.