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This program is designed for children to be accompanied by a parent or caregiver in the water. A one-to-one ratio, adult to a child is required. Moms, Dads, or caregivers are taught to safely work with their child in the water using basic skills, including how to appropriately support and hold their child while in the pool. They are instructed on how to prepare and encourage their child to participate fully and to try new skills. Children are introduced to basic skills that lay the foundation for learning to swim in the future. Water safety topics are introduced and discussed with the parents and caregivers.
Due to the COVID Pandemic, this program is currently not being taught.
It will return in the summer at the outdoor pool.
This course is for children ages 6 months to 3 years and their parents. This course will require one parent one child ratio in the pool.
This class introduces basic skills to parents and child then builds on those skills through song and games. Parents are taught to safely work with their child in the water, including how to appropriately support their child and how to prepare and encourage their child to participate fully and try new skills. Parents or caregivers will be introduced to water safety topics while children will be given a foundation for future skills.
This program starts with the non-swimmer getting them comfortable in the aquatic environment and follows them through as they build their swimming skills and endurance. Levels 1 & 2 classes are kept small to give students as much individualized instruction as possible.
There are 5 Learn to Swim levels:
Due to the COVID pandemic, this class requires an adult from the household to be in the water with the child.
This class introduces children to the aquatic environment and teaches them basic 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 for a distance of 3-5 feet. This may be done while wearing a flotation device. The student must also be able to completely submerge their head.
This level builds on and improves skills learned in Level 1. Water safety topics introduced in Level 1 are expanded.
To progress to Level 3, swimmers must show they can swim on their backs and on their fronts for about 12.5 yards (about ½ the length of the pool) without a flotation device and when on their front, putting their face in the water at regular intervals. They must also be able to float on both their front and their back for 30 seconds.
This level focuses on increasing swimming proficiency by building on the basic aquatic skills learned in Levels 1 and 2 helping the student achieve basic water competency. Diving is introduced. Water safety concepts are reviewed, and additional water safety topics are introduced.
To progress to Level 4, swimmers must be able to swim at least one length of the pool in Front Crawl Stroke and Backstroke and Elementary Backstroke and have a basic understanding of how to perform a Butterfly, Breaststroke and Scissors kick. Students must be able to perform a standing forward dive from the side of the pool.
Level 4 improves children’s proficiency in performing the swimming strokes introduced in Level 3 as well as teaching them the Breaststroke, Butterfly Stroke, and Side Stroke. Safety topics covered in this level include Survival Floating and pre-lifeguarding topics.
To progress to Level 5, swimmers must be able to swim at least two lengths of the pool in Front Crawl, Elementary Backstroke, Back Crawl, and one length of Breaststroke, Sidestroke and Butterfly.
This class teaches swimmers to refine their performance of all six swimming strokes and prepares them for competitive swimming, the life-long love of lap-swimming, or the desire to pursue lifeguarding courses.
Coaches create fun activities to challenge swimmers to increase their physical and mental fitness while improving technical swimming skills.
At Wayside, it is important to provide the environment where swimmers can improve through hard work and commitment as they develop a healthy competitive spirit, sportsmanship, and team mindset.
This group is for our youngest swimmers ages 5-8. To participate in this group, swimmers must be able to swim at least one length of our pool (each length of the pool is 25 yards) in both Freestyle (Front Crawl) and Backstroke without the help of floatation. This does not have to be perfect. For the Freestyle, the arms must come out of the water on rotation and the face must go into the water in some rhythmic fashion. For the Backstroke, the arms must come out of the water on rotation, the legs should be straight and kicking up and down, and the body should be comfortable lying on the top of the water with ears in the water.
This group of swimmers (ages 9-10) will be swimming multiple lengths of the pool in both Freestyle (Front Crawl) and Backstroke with rests incorporated in the practice set. We will work on all 4 competitive strokes, diving, relays and building endurance. Swimmers will be put in lanes according to abilities and practices will be planned to challenge each swimmer to strengthen current skills and acquire new skills.
This group of swimmers (ages 11- 18) will be swimming multiple lengths of the pool without stopping. This practice group will have the largest range of abilities. Swimmers will be put in lanes according to abilities and practices will be planned to challenge each swimmer to strengthen current skills and acquire new skills. The greater the ability, the more challenging the practice sets. We will work on all four competitive strokes, starts, turns, finishes and relays as well as increasing their endurance through higher workloads
This group of swimmers is coming off of their high swim team season and wish to continue with Wayside Waves beginning in late February. Suitable for ages 11-18
“The reason why I enjoy working at Wayside is I don’t always have to adhere to a strict curriculum set up by the Aquatics director. Because I am a veteran instructor, I am given the freedom to create my own lessons accordingly. I like to make them fun and enjoyable for the variety of lessons I teach whether they are a group lesson or private.”
Michael is a great instructor and really cares about each student. I have been to a lot of other clubs and have seen a lot of Level 4 instructors. Michael really breaks down the strokes, does much needed instruction and really gets to know the kids.
“It’s fun here. The pool is deep and there is a diving board. Other pools I go to don’t have a diving board.”
“There is an indoor and outdoor pool! When my brothers are in swim lessons, we hang out and go on the slide and diving board.”
“I love going in all the pools. There are great opportunities to learn how to swim. I love the diving board and slide!”
“There are different activities — the swim test to keep people safe and I like the slide and diving board.”
“The pools have different depths, so you can dive into the water. It is fun because there is a diving board and slide.”
“I can have fun and cool off and because if you do the swim test, you can go down the slide and the diving board.”