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Swim Level Definitions

Pre-K
(Age 3-5)
Name Description
Beginner Pike (Ages 3-5) Designed for new swimmers, the Pile class helps children adjust to the water and develop independent movement in the pool. Children will learn to swim on their front and back with and without the use of floatation devices.
Intermediate Eel (Ages 3-5) For children who are able to swim 5 feet on their front and back without assistance. Children will practice swimming longer distances on their front and back without assistance.
Advanced Ray/Starfish (Ages 3-5) Children must be able to swim 15-20 feet on their front and back without assistance. This level builds endurance, teaches underwater swimming, treading water and reviews/refines stroke skills on front and back. More advanced swimmers (Starfish) will learn sidestroke, backstroke and the beginning of breaststroke.
 Youth
(Age 6-12)
 Name  Description
Beginner Polliwog Beginning level for swimmers who are uncomfortable or inexperienced in the water. Teaches the basics of front crawl and swimming on the back and side.
Advanced Beginner  Guppy Children must be able to swim 15-20 feet on their front and back without assistance to enter this level. Participants will work on endurance to include swimming 25 yards front crawl, backstroke and sidestroke with/without floatation devices. Swimmers will also learn the beginning elements of elementary backstroke and sidestroke.
Intermediate Minnow For children who are able to swim 25 yards of front crawl, backstroke and sidestroke with/without floatation devices. Swimmers should also know the basic movements of breaststroke and elementary backstroke. This class refines front crawl and teaches rotary breathing, and improve endurance and form of backstroke, sidestroke and elementary backstroke.
Advanced Intermediate Fish Children in the Fish level must be able to swim 25 years front crawl with rotary breathing, backstroke breaststroke, sidestroke and elementary backstroke. Swimmers increase endurance and improve form in the aforementioned strokes and will learn butterfly.
Advanced Flying Fish/Shark
Usually combined with the Fish class, children must be able to swim 50 yards front crawl, backstroke, and breaststroke as well as 25 yards of butterfly.  This class improves butterfly, learns flip turns and advances stroke technique and endurance.