Learn to be safe in, on or around the water!

Parent-Child Program:
For Children 6 Months To 3 Years Old
  • Parent-Child Aquatics (PC1)

    This program is designed to familiarize children between the ages of 6 months and approximately 3 years with the water and to teach swimming readiness skills. We provide safety information for parents and teach techniques parents can use to orient their children to the water.

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  • Parent-Child Aquatics (PC2)

    PC2 is designed to improve skills learned in Parent Child Aquatics Level 1 and teach more advanced skills, while continuing to build on parents’ water safety knowledge.

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Preschool Program:
For Children Ages 3-5 Years Old
  • Beginners (Preschool Aquatics)

    This class familiarizes children to the aquatic environment and teaches them rudimentary aquatic skills The class encourages participants to develop positive attitudes and safe practices in and around the water.

    To progress to Advanced Beginner, swimmers must be comfortable in the water and demonstrate that they can swim on their own while using or wearing a flotation device.

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  • Advanced Beginner (Preschool Aquatics)

    This level builds on and improves skills learned in Preschool Aquatics Level 1. Water safety topics introduced in Level 1 are expanded.

    To progress to Intermediate, swimmers must show they can swim on their backs and on their fronts for about 5 yards without a flotation device.

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  • Intermediate (Preschool Aquatics)

    Preschool Aquatics Level 3 focuses on increasing swimming proficiency by building on the basic aquatic skills learned in Levels 1 and 2. Water safety concepts are reinforced and additional water safety topics are introduced.

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Learn to Swim Program:
For Children 5 to 12 years old
  • Level 1: Introduction to Water Skills

    This class orients children to the aquatic environment and teaches them basic aquatic skills. Participants begin to develop positive attitudes and safe practices around water.

    To progress to Level 2, swimmers must show they can swim on their own using or wearing a flotation device.

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  • Level 2: Fundamental Aquatic Skills

    Level 2 builds on the basic aquatic skills and water safety skills and concepts learned in Level 1.

    To progress to Level 3, swimmers must be able to swim on their fronts and backs about ½ the length of the pool.

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  • Level 3: Stroke Development

    This class builds on the skills learned in Levels 1 and 2 and helps children achieve basic water competency in a pool environment.

    To progress to Level 4, swimmers must be able to swim at least a length of the pool on their front and back and have a basic understanding of how to swim Freestyle, Elementary Backstroke and know how to perform a Butterfly, Breaststroke and Scissors kick.

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  • Level 4: Stroke Improvement

    Level 4 improves children’s proficiency in performing the swimming strokes introduced in Level 3.

    To progress to Level 5, swimmers must be able to swim at least the length of the pool in Front Crawl, Elementary Backstroke, Back Crawl, Breaststroke, Sidestroke and Butterfly.

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  • Level 5: Stroke Refinement

    This class teaches swimmers to refine their performance of all six swimming strokes.

    To progress to Level 6, swimmers must be able to swim multiple lengths of the pool, performing each of the strokes taught.

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  • Level 6: Swimming and Skill Proficiency

    This session refines the swimming strokes so children can swim them with greater efficiency and effectiveness over longer distances. Some classes will focus on aquatic emergencies, water fitness or fundamentals of spring board diving.

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Wayside's Competitive Swim Program

Wayside Waves Swim Team:
For swimmers ages 5 to 18 years old
  • Teal (formerly Bubble) Group

    This group is for our youngest and newest swimmers ages 4-10. To participate in this group, swimmers must be able to swim more than one length of our pool and be able to float on their backs. All swimmers in this group may start the season wearing a back float for part or all of practice but as the season progresses, these swimmers will swim with less and less flotation.

     

    Goals for the Teal Group:

     

    • For the swimmers to gain enough confidence and endurance so the flotation devices can be removed by the middle of the season.
    • Have a good understanding of Freestyle and Backstroke and a basic understanding of Breaststroke, Butterfly and Diving (we will not work on diving until they can swim comfortably and consistently without the flotation device).

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  • Green Group

    This group is for swimmers ages 10 and under who are able to swim one or more lengths of the pool. We will work on all 4 competitive strokes, diving, relays and work on building endurance.

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  • Blue Group

    This group is for swimmers ages 11 and up (plus any 9-10 year olds who are ready for this work group). Swimmers in this group must be able to swim at least two lengths of the pool without stopping. We will work on all four competitive strokes as well as starts, turns, finishes and relays as well as increasing their endurance through higher workloads. This practice group will have the largest range of abilities; some will mainly focus on their strokes and others will focus on increasing endurance, perfecting their swimming skills and increasing their speeds.

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  • White Group

    This group is for our High School swimmers (plus any middle school swimmers who are able to practice at a higher level). We will work on all four competitive strokes as well as starts, turns, finishes and relays as well as increasing their endurance through higher workloads. We will also prepare swimmers for their winter high school swim team!

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