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Children's Classes

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Parent/Child Aquatics
Parent and Child Aquatics will introduce infants and young children to aquatics. A child must be at least 6 months old and the parent or caregiving adult is required to accompany each child in the water and participate in the classes. This course if offered once a semester and will cancel if less that 4 are registered.

Tots/Level 1
The objective of Level 1 is to help students feel comfortable in the water and to enjoy the water safely. At this level, swimmers start developing good attitudes and safe practices around the water. Some students will have some experience with the water and may begin the program at a higher level – please check with the Aquatic Center. Student/Instructor ratios will be 5 to 6 to 1. Parent is required to sit at the pool side to assist/help child. Parents should always watch children closely in or around any water.
Must be age 3 or higher.

Level 2 & 3 Swimming
The objective of Level 2 is to give students success with fundamental skills. Students learn to float without support and to recover to a vertical position. Students explore simultaneous and alternating arm and leg actions on the front and back to lay the foundation for future strokes. Level 2 adds to the self-help and basic rescue skills begun in Level 1.
The objective of Level 3 is to build on the skills in Level 2 by providing additional guided practice. Students learn to coordinate the front crawl, back crawl, butterfly kick, and the fundamentals of treading water are introduced as well as diving safety skills. Child must have passed Level 1 (or demonstrate those skills) before registering for Level 2/3. Call the Aquatic Center if you have questions concerning skills.

Level 4 Swimming
The objective of Level 4 is to develop confidence in the strokes learned thus far and to improve other aquatic skills. Students increase their endurance by swimming familiar strokes (front crawl and back crawl) for greater distances. Students continue to build on butterfly and are introduced to the elementary backstroke, breaststroke and elements of the sidestroke. Basics of turning at a wall are also introduced.

Level 5 Swimming
The objective of Level 5 is coordination and refinement of strokes. Participants refine their performance of all the strokes (front crawl, back crawl, butterfly, breaststroke, elementary backstroke and sidestroke) and increase their distances. Flip turns on the front and back are also introduced.

Level 6- Swimming
The objective of Level 6 is to refine strokes so students swim them with more ease, efficiency, power and smoothness over greater distances. This is also the time to introduce other aquatic activities. Level 6 is designed with “menu” options—(A) Personal Water Safety, (B) Fundamentals of Diving, (C) Fitness Swimmer and (D) Lifeguard Readiness. Each of these options focus on preparing students to participate in more advanced courses, such as Water Safety Instructor and Lifeguard Training, or other aquatic activities, such as competitive swimming or diving. Look at the course title to see which menu option is being offered.

Competitive (Off-season) Training
The objective of the Competitive Training Course is to keep and enhance the skills beyond Level 6. This course is for the more advanced serious swimmer and is perfect for athletes who want to gain that extra edge before their junior high and high school swim seasons begin. College students who wish to stay in shape are welcome. This course is designed to help perfect their starts, turns, finishes, and work on the racing strokes: Butterfly, Backstroke, Breaststroke, Freestyle and the IM – Individual Medley. The athlete must have Level 6 skills or competitive experience, instructor will determine. A minimum of 6 swimmers must be enrolled or the class will be cancelled.

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If you have any questions please feel free to contact us at: chafner@wwcc.wy.edu. or (307)382-1694

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