Water Wise System of Learning
Water Wise Swim School lessons has a series of ten levels of stroke progressions and skill development. Graduation from level to level in our program is determined by the attainment of the “Advancement Goals” established for each level. Once your child has reached the advancement goal for a particular level, they then “move-up” to the next level and begin working on more advanced skills. This way, each student progresses at their own rate – which we believe is the best way to keep the kids learning and motivated to succeed.
Students in our Water Wise lessons are grouped into their appropriate level based off their age and their swimming skills. Our age range is 5-12 years old. The minimum requirement for five year olds is to be able to swim freestyle (“big arms”) for at least a half length (25 feet) of our pool Students six years and older should be able to swim freestyle at least one length (50 feet) of our pool.
We teach the kids the four competitive swimming strokes – freestyle, backstroke, butterfly and breaststroke. We also teach the kids how to do flip-turns, racing dives and safety skills such as rolling over on their back and floating and yelling for help as well as treading water. By the time a child graduates from our highest level – Station 10 –they can swim 350 yards of freestyle without stopping (within ten minutes), as well as 100 yards of backstroke and a 100 Individual Medley – a pretty good feat!
Below is the list of our Levels. Each new student will have an in-water evaluation to determine their skill level. This evaluation is typically done during the registration period for the upcoming session. It takes only a few minutes but it helps us get an accurate placement for the child’s skills.
Level 4: Crawl Stroke
Level 5: Freestyle
Level 6: Backstroke
Level 7: Individual Medley (IM) Awareness
Level 8: Breastroke or Butterfly
Level 9: Breastroke or Butterfly
Level 10: Mastery – Graduation