Swim Lessons

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Group Swim Lessons - Part I

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Welcome to our Swim Lesson Program. While participating in swimming lessons, you will learn all the necessary swim skills to become a proficient swimmer.

When registering a child for multiple sessions of swim lessons, please keep them in the same level for all sessions. Aquatic Center staff will make the changes necessary if that child is ready to move to a different level. Please read the descriptions below and choose the appropriate class. Hermiston Parks and Recreation reserves the right to remove a participant from any class if we deem it unsafe for that participant to be in that level. We cannot guarantee there will be an open spot in the appropriate class for the removed participant.

Parent/Tot 1 (Ages 0-18 months)

This class is for moms and dads to interact with their toddlers in the water. Parents will learn skills to help their toddler acclimate to an aquatic environment and learn water safety skills.

Parent/Tot 2 (Ages 19-36 months)

This class is for moms and dads to interact with their toddlers in the water. Parents will learn skills to help their toddler to acclimate to an aquatic environment and learn water safety skills.

PRE (2ft. of water - 25 min)

This class is for children who are afraid of the water and those who are unable to place their entire head under the water.This class will use games to help children become comfortable in the water. Students will be introduced to water safety, front and back floats, straight leg kicks, free style arms, glides, and how to put their head under the water. (Must be at least 3 years old)

Level 1 (2-3 ft. of water - 25 min)

This class is for children who are confident in placing their entire head under the water and who are comfortable when doing assisted front and back floats. Students in this class will continue with basics introduced in PRE: water safety, front and back floats, freestyle arms, glides, and straight leg kicks. Students will also be introduced to flutter kicks, side breathing, and the use of a kickboard. (Prerequisite: Completion of PRE)

Level 1.5  (3 ft. of water - 25 min)

This class is for children who are confident when doing assisted front and back floats and comfortable with the use of a kickboard while side breathing, using freestyle arms and kicks. This class will continue with the skills taught in PRE and level 1, with a focus on improving the student’s independence while freestyle swimming with the use of a kickboard. Students will be introduced to deeper water for water safety, independent glides, and independent use of the kickboard. (Prerequisite: Completion of level 1)

Level 2 (4 ft. of water- 25 min)

This class is for children who are confident and independent while freestyle swimming with the use of a kickboard and with water safety in deeper water. This class will continue with the skills taught in level 1 and 1.5, with a focus on improving the student’s technique of freestyle swimming with the use of a kickboard. Students will be introduced to breaststroke legs, freestyle swimming without the use of a kickboard, and jumping off the diving board. (Prerequisite: Completion of level 1.5)

PhotoLevel 2.5 (4 ft of water - 25 min)

This class is for children who are confident with freestyle swimming without the use of a kickboard and are ready to build endurance.This class will continue with the skills taught in level 2, with the focus of building endurance in freestyle swimming. Students will be introduced to breaststroke arms, kneeling dives, and standing dives. (Prerequisite: Completion of level 2)

Level 3 (25 min. class)

This class is to learn breaststroke without assistance. They will also be working on their freestyle endurance (50 meters). Dolphin kick will be taught along with diving. (Prerequisite: Level 2.5)

Level 4 (55 min. class)

This class is to work on endurance and proficiency in freestyle and breaststroke. Other swimming strokes will be taught. A variety of swimming survival strokes will be taught. (Prerequisite: Completion of level 3)


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Optional Group Swim Lessons - Part II

PhotoCongratulations! You completed Part I! You may now choose to participate in a diving class and/or snorkeling class.

Diving (25 min)

This class is designed to teach different types and techniques of diving, (pike dive, tuck dive, etc.) They will refine their diving skills off the diving board, the wall, and a starting block. (Prerequisite: Level 3)

Snorkeling (25 min)

This class will prepare your child for a day of snorkeling. Mask, snorkel and fins will be supplied. (Prerequisite: Level 3)


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Summer Swim Team

Love to swim? Take your swimming to the next level by joining the summer swim team.This is the next step for those who are in the upper levels of the swim lesson program. Being a part of the summer swim team will enhance your swimming strokes, endurance, health, and will build lasting friendships.You can choose to be on the competitive or recreational squad. Competitive swimmers will travel to and compete in several meets in the Tri-Cities area. Recreational swimmers will practice with the team and enhance their skills.

Days: Monday - Friday (some meets on Saturdays)
Dates: June 19 - August 18
Times: Mon. - Thur.
Competitive: 6:00 am - 8:00 am
Recreational: 7:00 am - 8:00 am
Friday
Competitive: 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Recreational: 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Ages: Must have completed Level 3 swim lessons.
Cost: Competitive:
Resident: $125
Non-Resident: $156
Recreational:
Resident: $75
Non-Resident: $95
Location: Hermiston Family Aquatic Center