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This program is designed for children to be accompanied by a parent in the water. Moms, Dads or caregivers are taught to safely work with their child in the water, including how to appropriately support and hold their child while in the pool. They are instructed on how to encourage their child to participate fully and to try the 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.
This course is for children ages 6 months to 3 years and their parents. This course will require a one parent to one child ratio in the pool.
This class introduces basic skill to parents and child then builds on those skills though 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 includes three levels that progress from the non-swimmer to children who are swimming comfortably on their own. We keep class sizes small, so there is opportunity for lots of individualized instruction.
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.
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.
Swimmers progress through as they build their swimming skills and endurance.
There are 6 Learn to Swim levels:
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.
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.
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.
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 and newest swimmers ages 5-10. To participate in this group, swimmers must be able to swim one length of our pool in both Freestyle (Front Crawl) and Backstroke. (Each length of the pool is 25 yards.)
This group is for swimmers ages 8-10 who are able to swim multiple lengths of the pool in both Freestyle (Front Crawl) and Backstroke. We will work on all 4 competitive strokes, diving, relays and building endurance.
This group is for swimmers ages 10- 14. Swimmers in this group must be able to swim multiple lengths of the pool without stopping. This practice group will have the largest range of abilities. We will work on all four competitive strokes as well as starts,turns, finishes and relays.
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, 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!
“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.”