Swim Lessons

Classes are limited and filled on a first come first served basis. All sessions are $40 and consist of 8 weekdays.

Information to Parents

  1. Preregistration: Read through the course/level descriptions to determine which level of swimming your child should be placed. In addition to the skills listed, all levels will include age appropriate water safety topics and an exit assessment for the level taken.
  2. Limited Enrollment: Class enrollment is strictly regulated in order to provide a low teacher-student ratio. Once a class is filled, no one else will be allowed to register for it, so indicate alternate choices when registering.
  3. Waiting Lists: Those wishing to be enrolled in a filled class may be placed on the waiting list at no cost. This does not guarantee a spot. If an opening occurs, the first person on the list will be called.
  4. First day of class: The first day of class will be for getting the children grouped according to ability into small classes. This may take some time, so parents need to be understanding and patient.
  5. Attire: All participants must wear regulation swimming suits. Cut-offs are not allowed. If not yet toilet trained, a swim diaper must be worn.
  6. Observation Areas: Parents are asked to stay outside the fence as to avoid distraction and confusion during classes.
  7. Problems or Concerns: Any problems or concerns should be discussed with the pool manager or head guard on duty. The manager or head guard will always be "on deck" to monitor and keep the lessons running smoothly. Arrangements can be made to talk to an instructor if necessary.
  8. Cancellation: Classes may be cancelled due to low enrollment, mechanical breakdown, or inclement weather. We will try to make up as many classes as the schedule allows. Weather cancellations will be broadcast on KDEC, KVIK, and the Calmar Pool facebook page. If in doubt, contact the pool at 563-380-0240 or the pool manager at 319-361-8532.
  9. Early Departure from Class: If your child will be leaving before the session is over, please inform the instructor so they can arrange for you to receive the skill sheet given on the last day.

Information about group lessons:

  1. Fridays will be make up days if needed.
  2. Child to participate must be 5 years old.
  3. If there is a cancellation due to weather, we will post that on Facebook a half hour before the session time. Can always call with questions.
  4. As of now, time slots do not change but due to potential numbers, we may need to combine all session into 1 time slot. Each child will still be taught their signed up level.
  5. A confirmation email with group lessons info will be sent to participants 1 week before the first day.
Session I

June 4th- 15th, 2018 Classes are Monday - Thursday (Fridays are makeup days).
Beginner: 11:15 - 11:45
Fundamental Aquatic Skills: 11:15 - 11:45
Stroke Improvement: 12:00 - 12:30
Advanced Swimming Skills: 12:00 - 12:30

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Session II

June 18th-29th, 2018, Classes are Monday - Thursday (Fridays are makeup days).
Beginner: 11:15 - 11:45
Fundamental Aquatic Skills: 11:15 - 11:45
Stroke Improvement: 12:00 - 12:30
Advanced Swimming Skills: 12:00 - 12:30

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Session III

July 9th- 20th, 2018 Classes are Monday - Thursday (Fridays are makeup days).
Beginner: 11:15 - 11:45
Fundamental Aquatic Skills: 11:15 - 11:45
Stroke Improvement: 12:00 - 12:30
Advanced Swimming Skills: 12:00 - 12:30

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Lesson Types

Beginner, Intro to the Water

Helps participants feel comfortable in the water.

  • Enter and exit water safely using ladder, steps or side
  • Exhale underwater (blow bubbles) through mouth and nose
  • Bobbing
  • Open eyes underwater, pick-up a submerged object held at arm's length
  • Change direction of travel while walking or paddling
  • Front and back float (with support)
  • Recover from a front and back float to a standing position
  • Roll over from front to back (with support)
  • Roll over from back to front (with support)
  • Submerge mouth, nose and eyes
  • Flutter kick with board
  • Pick up rings from steps and 2 1/2 foot area
  • Lower down from diving board to another guard
  • Alternating arm and leg action, 5 feet (with support)
  • Simultaneous arm and leg action, 5 feet (with support)
  • Combined stroke on front, using any type of arm and leg action, 5 feet with support
  • Alternating arm and leg action, 5 feet (with support)
  • Simultaneous arm and leg action, 5 feet (with support)
  • Combined stroke on back, using any type of arm and leg action 5 feet (with support)
  • Water Safety Day
Advanced Swimming
  • Review Stroke Improvement
  • Shallow knee/standing dive from side
  • Shallow knee/standing dive, streamline two body lengths and begin to swim 25 meters for each stroke
  • Swim underwater (no hyperventilation), ½ length of pool
  • Tuck and pike surface dives, submerging completely
  • Tread water using: scissors, breaststroke and butterfly kicks with sculling arms, 2 minutes
  • Survival float on front in deep water, 2 minutes
  • Back float in deep water, 2 minutes
  • Sidestroke, 25 meters
  • Retrieve brick from deep end
  • Freestyle flip turns
  • Breaststroke turns
  • Butterfly turns
  • Butterfly, 25 meters
  • Breaststroke, 25 meters
  • Backstroke and turn, 50 meters
  • Elementary backstroke (monkey, airplane, soldier), 25 meters

Exit Skills Assessment:

  • Swim 300 meters continuously using the following strokes:
  • 100 meters Freestyle
  • 100 meters Backstroke
  • 50 meters Breaststroke
  • 50 meters Butterfly
  • Swim 20 meters using freestyle or breaststroke to the depth of 7 to 10 feet, retrieve a 10 pound object and return to the  surface. Using backstroke or sidestroke, swim with the 10 pound object back to the starting point. Swimmer must hold 10 pound object with both hands and keep their face out of the water while swimming back to the starting point.
  • Water Safety Day
Fundamental Aquatic Skills

Gives participants success with fundamental skills.

  • Review Beginner, Introduction to Water
  • Submerge entire head, 5 seconds
  • Bobs, head should be fully submerged, 10 times
  • Change direction of travel, paddling on front or back
  • Recover from a front and back float to a standing position
  • Roll over from front to back and back to front
  • Independently use kickboard
  • Open eyes underwater, pick-up a submerged object 3 times in shallow water
  • Swim on side, alternating leg action, 5 feet (with support)
  • Swim on side, simultaneous leg action, 5 feet (with support)
  • Tread water, using arm and leg motions in deep water for 30 seconds
  • Change from vertical to horizontal position on front & back, in deep water
  • Jump into deep water from side of pool
  • Sit/Knee dive from the side of the deep end
  • Perform rotary breathing (bubbles/ear) with the body in a horizontal position, 5 times
  • Alternating arm and leg actions on front, ½ length of pool (Freestyle)
  • Front float, 30 seconds    
  • Front streamline, flutter kick,  2 body lengths
  • Back float, 30 seconds
  • Back streamline, flutter kick, 2 body lengths
  • Finning arm action on back, 10 feet
  • Simultaneous arm and leg actions on back, ½ length of pool (Monkey, Airplane, Soldier)
  • Alternating arm and leg actions on front, ½ length of pool (backstroke)
  • Water Safety Day
Stroke Improvement
  • Review Fundamental Aquatic Skills
  • Independently float for 20 seconds
  • Independently bob in water above head while moving to safety
  • Knee/standing dive from the side of the deep end
  • Tread water using: scissors, breaststroke, and rotary kicks with sculling arm motions, 1 minute
  • Perform a feet-first surface dive in deep water and submerge completely underwater and resurface, independently return to side of pool
  • Survival float in deep water, 1 minute
  • Back float in deep water, 1 minute
  • Swim underwater, 3 body lengths
  • Open turn on back and push-off in streamline
  • Sidestroke, ½ length of pool
  • Open turn on front and push-off in streamline
  • Backstroke, 25 meters
  • Elementary Backstroke (monkey, airplane, soldier), 25 meters
  • Breaststroke, ½ length of pool
  • Butterfly, ½ length of pool
  • Freestyle, 25 meters
  • Water Safety Day

Private Swim Lessons
Lessons will consist of five ½ hour long classes (Monday through Friday). Times are determined by the instructor and participant. Cost of private lessons is $65 and must be paid in advance of the start date. Lessons will be geared toward the abilities the participant.

Private lessons are due July 25th, 2018.