LEARN TO SWIM PROGRAM

Learn to Swim Classes at Mylan Park

Learn to swim classes are held year round in two month intervals, they will begin in January, March, May, July, September, and November annually.  The Aquatic Center at Mylan Park is proud to partner with the American Red Cross to provide curriculum, and certified Water Safety Instructors.  This program includes Parent and Child, Pre-Swim classes for toddlers and young learners, youth, teen and adult classes.  Progression through these classes will build water safety skills and teach swimming.

Please review the below tabs to determine which level to place yourself or your child into before registering.  All levels are based on participants age and skill.  If you or your child is placed in the wrong level the instructor will let you know on the first day of class and recommend an alternative, or you can work with the welcome desk staff to change programs.

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Parent and Child classes for ages 6 months+

Below are the descriptions for Parent and Child aquatics classes that are part of the Learn to Swim program at Mylan Park.  These are basic skill classes where parents or guardians are taught how to safely work with their child in the water, including how to support and hold their child. One parent or guardian must be in the water during the class, other parents and/or guardians are allowed to spectate from the side. Parents or guardians will also be taught how to positively encourage a child to participate in each activity and various water safety tips. Parents or guardians will introduce skills to their children that build a foundation for learning to swim.

Baby & Me Water Exploration
Course Information:

6 months to 1.5 year olds participate with parent

30 minute class

Instructor to participant ratio: 1:10

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Description:

Enjoy the pool with your baby and learn comfort, safety and basic swimming skills from our trained instructors. This class is meant to promote water safety. Parents and babies will sing, play and explore the water together. Parents will learn appropriate holding and support techniques to keep their children safe while swimming. Babies will get adjusted to the water and environment and set them up for future success in swim lessons. Swim diapers must be worn and may be purchased on-site.

Skills Introduced:
  • Holding and support techniques
  • Adjustment to water, with safe entry and exit
  • Control breathing, submersing in water and blowing bubbles
  • Introduction to floating on front and back
  • Rolling and changing direction
  • Arm and leg action on front and back
  • Water safety
Toddler & Me Water Comfort
Course Information:

1.5 to 3 year olds participate with parent

30 minute class

Instructor to participant ratio: 1:10

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Description:

Enjoy the pool with your toddler and learn comfort, safety and basic swimming skills from our trained instructors. This class is meant to promote water safety. Parents and toddlers will sing, play and explore the water together. Parents will learn appropriate holding and support techniques to keep their children safe while swimming. Toddlers will begin to get comfortable with the water and environment and set them up for future success in swim lessons. Swim diapers must be worn by those who are not toilet trained and may be purchased on-site.

Skills Introduced:
  • Holding and support techniques
  • Adjustment to water, with safe entry and exit
  • Control breathing, submersing in water and blowing bubbles
  • Introduction to floating on front and back
  • Rolling and changing direction
  • Arm and leg action on front and back
  • Water safety
PreSchool & Me Water Independence
Course Information:

2.4 to 4 year olds participate with parent

30 minute class

Instructor to participant ratio: 1:8

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Description:

Enjoy the pool with your preschooler and learn comfort, safety and basic swimming skills from our trained instructors. This class is meant to promote water safety. Parents and preschools will explore the water together with focus on preparing child for independent programs. Parents will learn appropriate holding and support techniques to keep their children safe while swimming. Set your child up for future success in swim lessons. Swim diapers must be worn by those who are not toilet trained and may be purchased on-site.

Skills Introduced:
  • All participants get support from a parent, teacher or flotation device
  • Safe water entry and exit
  • Breath control and submersion in water
  • Front and back floating and gliding
  • Changing direction and rolling
  • Combined stroke front and back
  • Water safety skills
  • Independence skills
  • Comfort with instructor

Pre-Swim classes for ages 3-6 years

Below are the descriptions for our Pre-Swim classes that are part of the Lean to Swim program at Mylan Park. These classes are for toddlers ages 3 – 6 years. Children may have participated in a parent and child course previously but should still enter at Pre-Swim Level 0 if 3 years of age.  Children between ages of 3.5 and  6 years old should enter Pre-Swim Level 1-3 depending on skill. Please make sure to register your child for the appropriate class based on the criteria below. Specific skill requirements are necessary to advance to the next level.

Please note that taking a course one time, does not mean it was successfully completed.  Most students will repeat courses to master necessary required skills for the next level. There is no set amount of time that is allotted to master specific skills, please be patient and remember that confidence and competency take time and repetition.

Pre-Swim Level 0
Course Information:

3 year olds participate without parent

30 minute class

Instructor to participant ratio: 1:4

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Description:

This beginner class requires no prior experience in swimming classes, but children must willingly participate without a parent/guardian. The goal is to gain confidence in the water with an instructor and a small group of children. By the end of the course the participants should be able to submerge their face and perform front and back floats comfortably with support.

Skills:

Students should comfortable to do these skills with support:

  • Submerge face and blow bubbles
  • Enter the water independently using ladder, steps and side
  • Glide on front and back with support
  • Float on front and back with support
Pre-Swim Level 1
Course Information:

3.5-6 year olds participate without parent

30 minute class

Instructor to participant ratio: 1:6

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Course Information:

This beginner class requires little or no prior experience in swimming classes, or for 3.5 year olds who have taken Pre-Swim 1 or comparable course; children must willingly participate without a parent/guardian. By the end of the course the participants should be able to fully submerge their head and perform front and back floats with limited support.

Skills:

Students will be able to:

  • Submerge face and blow bubbles for at least 3 seconds
  • Enter the water independently using ladder, steps and side
  • Comfortably glide on front and back with assistance
  • Comfortably float on front and back with assistance
Pre-Swim Level 2
Course Information:

3.5-6 year olds participate without parent

30 minute class

Instructor to participant ratio: 1:6

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Description:

This introductory course is for children who are comfortable in the water and have successfully completed Pre-Swim Level 1 or have comparable skills. Participants will learn safety skills and movement in the water on their fronts and backs. By the end of this course, participants should be able to swim a short distance on their fronts and float on their backs without support.

Skills:

Students will learn to:

  • Float unassisted on their front and back for 3-5 seconds
  • Glide on their front and back for 2 body lengths
  • Swim on front using arm and leg action for three body lengths
  • Glide and kick on back for two body lengths
  • Jump into the water with minimal assistance
  • Develop skills to retrieve objects under water from chest deep water
  • Develop skills for treading in chest deep water
Pre-Swim Level 3
Course Information:

3 year olds participate without parent

20 minute class

Instructor to participant ratio: 1:4

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Description:

This advanced introductory course is for children who have successfully completed Fin 2 or have comparable skills. Participants will learn to coordinate the front crawl and safety skills like treading water. By the end of the course, participants should be able to swim using combined arm and leg action on both their front and back for 5-10 yards without support.

Skills:

Students will be learn to:

  • Swim front crawl for 5-10 yards with face in pool using rhythmic breath control
  • Swim 5 yards of backstroke or elementary backstroke
  • Retrieve object from chest-deep water
  • Introductory rotary breathing skills
  • Introduce breaststroke leg action
  • Tread water for 30 seconds
  • Develop sitting/kneeling diving skills

Youth Swim Classes for 6-12 years

Below are the descriptions for youth swim classes that are part of the Learn to Swim program at Mylan Park. These classes are for youth ages 6 -14 years. Children may have participated in a toddler course previously which could prepare them for a higher level course than Level 1: Water Exploration. Please make sure to register your child for the appropriate class based on the criteria. Specific skill requirements are necessary to advance to the next level.

Please note that taking a course one time, does not mean it was successfully completed.  Most students will repeat courses to master necessary required skills for the next level. There is no set amount of time that is allotted to master specific skills, please be patient and remember that confidence and competency take time and repetition.

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Level 1 Introduction to Water Skills
Course Information:

6-12 year olds

45 minute class

Instructor to participant ratio: 1:8

 

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Description:

Beginners with little or no experience in the water will focus on water exploration and elementary aquatic skills. By the end of the course, participants should be able to submerge their face comfortably and float on their front and back for three seconds without support.

Skills:
  • Enter and exit water independently using ladder, steps and stairs.
  • Bob 3 times
  • Glide on front/back 2 body lengths
  • Front/Back float 3 seconds
  • Combined front swim introduction
  • Treading water introduction
  • Safety Skills
Level 2 Fundamental Aquatic Skills
Course Information:

6-12 year olds

45 minute class

Instructor to participant ratio: 1:8

 

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Description:

Children who have successfully completed Level 1 or have comparable skills will focus on developing safety skills and begin to add movement in the water. By the end of the course, participants should be able to tread water for 15 seconds and swim using combined arm and leg action on both their front and back for 5 body lengths without support.

Skills:
  •  Improve introductory water skills
  • Glide on front and back three body lengths
  •  Float on front and back 10-15 seconds
  •  Step or jump into chest-deep water
  • Combined swim front five body lengths with breathing assisted.
  • Intro to backstroke arm and leg action
  • Treading water for 15 seconds
  • Safety skills
Level 3 Stroke Development
Course Information:

6-12 year olds

45 minute class

Instructor to participant ratio: 1:8

 

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Description:

Children who have successfully completed Level 2 or have comparable skills will focus on developing specific strokes and other safety skills. By the end of the course, participants should be able to jump into the pool, tread or float for 1 minute, and swim the front crawl or elementary backstroke for 25 yards. They will also begin diving and deep water competency.

Skills:
  • Learn to enter water head first
  • Glide on front and back 3 body lengths
  • Float on front and back for 30 seconds in deep water
  • Step or jump into chest-deep water
  • Intro to scissors kick
  • backstroke arm and leg action
  • Elementary backstroke 15 yards
  • Combined swim front 25 yards
  • Tread deep water for 30 seconds
  • Safety skills
Level 4 Stroke Improvement
Course Information:

6-12 year olds

45 minute class

Instructor to participant ratio: 1:8

 

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Description:

Children who have successfully completed Youth Swim: Level 3 or have comparable skills will focus on developing confidence in their skills and improving their strokes. By the end of the course, participants should be able to swim 25 yards of front and back crawl, 25 yards of elementary backstroke, and 15 yards of breaststroke. They will also begin butterfly, continue diving skills, and learn to tread for 2 minutes with different kicks.

Skills:
  • Jump and step into deep water and swim
  • Swim front crawl 25 yards
  • Swim elementary backstroke for 25 yards
  • Swim breaststroke, sidestroke, butterfly and back crawl for 15 yards
  • Open turn at wall and tread water for two minutes
  • Enter water head first
Level 5 Stroke Refinement
Course Information:

6-12 year olds

45 minute class

Instructor to participant ratio: 1:8

 

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Description:

Children who have successfully completed Level 4 or have comparable skills will focus on refining strokes and aquatic skills. By the end of the course, participants should know aquatic safety skills and be able to perform a headfirst entry as well as swim 50 yards of front crawl and elementary backstroke and 25 yards each of breaststroke, butterfly, back crawl and sidestroke. They will also learn how to tread with no hands for 2 minutes.

Skills:
  • Dive into shallow or deep water
  • Front crawl and elementary backstroke 50 yards
  • Flip turn at the wall front and back
  • Tread water for five minutes
  • Breaststroke, elementary back, sidestroke and butterfly 25 yards
  • Safety skills

Teen and Adult Learn to Swim

Below are the descriptions for the teen and adult (13+) swim classes that are part of the Aquatics Program at Mylan Park.   Please make sure to register for the appropriate class based on the criteria below. Specific skill requirements are necessary to advance to the next level.  These classes are meant to be taught at each learner’s own pace.  Our professional staff will cater the lesson to the group’s level and provide opportunities for individual skill development.

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Adult Beginner
Course Information:

18 years olds and up

45 minute Classes

Instructor to participant ratio: 1:8

Description:

Beginners with little or no experience in the water will focus on water exploration and elementary aquatic skills. By the end of the course, participants should be able to submerge their face comfortably and float on their front and back for three seconds without support.

Skills:
  • Enter and exit water independently using ladder, steps and stairs.
  • Bob 3 times
  • Glide on front/back 2 body lengths
  • Front/Back float 3 seconds
  • Combined front swim introduction
  • Treading water introduction
  • Safety Skills

Mon Health Swim Stars Trial Swim Program

Mylan Park will offer a FREE trial swim lesson to orient new parents and children starting July 18!

The Programs will consist of

– Children under 4 with parent

– Children ages 3-4 years old

– Youth ages 6-12 years old

Wednesdays and SaturdaysRegister at mylanpark.org

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