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Updated 4/14/14

Learn To Swim Group Lessons

Summer group lessons will begin on June 9. The schedule is still being finalized and details will be posted on this website by April 25, including the registration dates.

Summer Sessions are 2 weeks in length, meeting Monday thru Thursday.

There are 3 different sessions this summer:

  • June 9–June 19
  • June 23–July 3
  • July 7–July 17

Lessons are offered for adults (45 min/lesson), youth: 5yr and up (45 min/lesson), pre-school:3–5
(30 min/lesson), and parent/child: 6 mo.–3yr (30 min/lesson).

Please check back in late April for details on the times and registration dates.

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LTS Class Information

Parent & Child Aquatics (ages 6 months–3 years)

American Red Cross Parent and Child Aquatics introduces young children to the water and prepares them to learn to swim. It is not designed to teach children to become good swimmers or to survive in the water on their own. The course gives parents safety information and teaches techniques to help orient their children to the water. It is a bonding experience that will fill the parents and children with wonderful lifelong memories.

Preschool Aquatics (ages 3–5)

American Red Cross Preschool Aquatics promotes the developmentally appropriate learning of fundamental water safety and aquatic skills by young children. Skills are grouped into categories such as water entry and exit, breath control and submersion, swim on front and back, changing direction, and water safety.

Group Lessons: Youth Levels 1–5 (ages 5 and up)

Let us teach your children to be safe in, on and around the water. We offer an American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim program for individuals of all ages and abilities designed to focus on progressive aquatic skill development for participants to become safer and better swimmers.

Group Lessons: Adults Levels 1–3 (ages 18 and up)

Let us teach you to be safe in, on and around the water. We offer an American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim program for individuals of all ages and abilities designed to focus on progressive aquatic skill development for participants to become safer and better swimmers.

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LTS Youth Level Information

Youth Level 1

  • Enter and exit using the ladder, steps, or side independently
  • Blow bubbles through mouth and nose, 3 seconds
  • Bob 3 times
  • Front/Back Glide (with support, 2 body lengths)
  • Recover from a front/back glide to a vertical position (with support)
  • Back Float, with assistance, 3 seconds
  • Roll from front to back and back to front (with support)
  • Tread, using arm and hand actions in chest deep water
  • Alternating/Simultaneous leg and arm action on front and back (with support, 2 body lengths)
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Youth Level 2

  • Bob 5 times
  • Float on tummy independently for 5 seconds
  • Back float for 15 seconds
  • Front glide and back glide
  • Roll over from front to back and back to front
  • Combined arm and leg action on front for 5 body lengths (is not specific to front crawl or breaststroke, just says the child has to be able to put arms and legs together)
  • Combined arm and leg action on back for 5 body lengths (is not specific to back crawl or elementary backstroke, just says the child has to be able to put arms and legs together)
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Youth Level 3

  • Front crawl
  • Back crawl
  • Elementary backstroke
  • Breaststroke
  • Treading water
  • Dolphin kick for butterfly
  • Rotary breathing (breathing to the side like in front crawl)
  • Diving
  • Scissors kick for sidestroke
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Youth Level 4

  • Headfirst entry from the side in a compact and stride position
  • Swim underwater, 3–5 body lengths
  • Feet-first surface dive
  • Front crawl/Backstroke open turns
  • Tread water using 2 different kicks, 2 minutes
  • Front Crawl/Elementary Backstroke, 25 yards
  • Back Crawl/Breaststroke/Butterfly/Sidestroke, 15 yards
  • Push off in a streamlined position, flutter/dolphin kick, 3–5 body lengths
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Youth Level 5

  • Shallow-angle dive from the side, then glide 2 body lengths and begin any front stroke
  • Tuck/Surface dive, submerging completely
  • Tread water, 5 minutes
  • Front Crawl/Elementary Backstroke, 50 yards
  • Breaststroke/Butterfly/Back Crawl/Side Stroke, 25 yards
  • Sculling, 30 seconds

LTS Adult Level Information

Adult Level 1

  • Enter/Exit water using ladder, steps, or side
  • Blow bubbles through mouth and nose
  • Fully submerged bobs
  • Front/Back glides, 2 body lengths
  • Recover from a horizontal to vertical position 
  • Roll from front to back and back to front 
  • Learn arm and hand motions for treading water 
  • Alternation/Simultaneous arm/ leg actions of front and back, 2–3 body lengths 
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Adult Level 2

  • Enter water by jumping from the side 
  • Headfirst entries from the side in a sitting and kneeling position 
  • Rotary breathing (turning the head to the side to take breaths) 
  • Front/Back floats, 15 seconds
  • Treading water, 30 seconds 
  • Flutter/Scissor/Dolphin/Breaststroke kicking on the front, 15 yards 
  • Front Crawl/Elementary Backstroke, 15 yards 
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Adult Level 3

  • Shallow-angle dive from the side, kick 2–3 body lengths underwater, begin any front stroke 
  • Tuck and pike surface dives, submerging completely 
  • Front and back flip-turns 
  • Tread water, 3 minutes 
  • Front Crawl/Breaststroke/Butterfly, 25 yards 
  • Elementary Backstroke/Back Crawl/Side Stroke, 25 yards
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Group Lesson Policies:

  1. All DRS, Boilermaker Aquatic Center, and Leisure Pool policies apply when present for lessons.
  2. Group lesson participants must be of appropriate age to participate.
  3. Families are encouraged to use the family changing rooms on level 1 of the CoRec. Please note that children may not enter the opposite genders locker room.
  4. Participants must take a cleansing shower before entering the water.
  5. In order to promote a healthy learning environment, parents are not allowed to sit or stand on the deck near the lessons. Parents are asked to escort their children to the pool deck to meet the instructors then move to the mezzanine to observe lessons. Please do not leave the facility during lessons.
  6. To promote participant success, instructors may move participants to another level if they see fit.
  7. Children are not allowed to use the spa or otherwise participate in recreational use of the pool before or after scheduled lessons outside of weekend hours (starting 5 PM Friday–business close on Sunday).
  8. Please encourage your child to use the restroom before lessons. Accidents in the pool can happen. Incidents can include fecal deposits, vomit, etc. Please discuss with your child the importance of getting to the restroom and not using the pool as a restroom. If an accident occurs, the pool will be evacuated until it is safe for the participants to reenter the water and will most likely result in the lessons being cancelled for the rest of the day.
  9. We understand there will be times when a child is having a difficult day. We would like to resolve any conflicts in a timely manner to avoid any negative effects on the learning environment and to keep your child involved in the lesson. On occasion, it may be necessary to give the child a chance to re-group. Below is the behavior policy:
    • 1st Offense: participant will receive verbal warning from the instructor explaining their inappropriate behavior
    • 2nd Offense: participant will sit out of the lesson for certain amount of time based on the nature of the offense
    • 3rd Offense: participant will be removed from the activity for the remainder of the lesson
    • Steps in the behavior policy can be skipped and a participant maybe be sent directly to the Learn-to-Swim Coordinator if the incident is deemed dangerous to any participants. The Division of Recreational Sports has the right to terminate a participant’s registration (without refund) for any child not abiding by the policies set forth by DRS Learn-to-Swim. 
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For questions about swimming lessons, please contact Kathy Lawhead at klawhead@purdue.edu or 765.494.3111