This class introduces water in a fun way to infants, toddlers, and a parent. Children learn basic arm and leg movements while singing songs and playing games. You and your child will have a comfortable and enjoyable introductory experience in the water.
Pre-requisites: Children who are not toilet trained must wear a swim diaper and rubber pants under their swimsuit.
If your child, has never been in the water, prefers not to get their face wet or can swim with a floatation device this beginner swimmer class will be a great water adjustment. Swimmers gain confidence as they are introduced to fundamental water skills.
Eel is a program for swimmers who have completed Pike or can swim 10 feet front and back crawl independently without assistance. Swimmers will work to develop endurance on their front and back, placing their face in the water and jumping in without assistance.
Ray is for children who have mastered Pike and Eel level skills or can swim 15 feet of strong front crawl. Swimmers work on front and back crawl as well as developing endurance while swimming and begin rotary breathing.
Polliwog I is the beginning level for school-age children with little or no experience in the water. This class is designed to get students comfortable in the water and to introduce the beginnings of front crawl, back crawl, and personal safety in and around the water.
Polliwog II is designed to continue work previously learned in Ray and Polliwog I. Students will continue to work on their skills and endurance without the use of a floatation device.
The Guppy class is for swimmers who have completed Polliwog and/or Ray and can swim 15 feet on their front without a floatation device. Swimmers continue to build confidence by practicing strokes, floating, and rotary breathing. Swimmers learn new skills such as sidestroke, breaststroke, elementary backstroke, and treading water.
Minnow is for swimmers who completed Guppy and can swim 25 yards of strong front and back crawl. Minnow continues to develop endurance by swimming 25 yards refining known strokes. Students also begin to learn diving skills.
Fish swimmers have completed Minnow or can swim a full lap both front and back crawl. Students will work on performing freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and introductory butterfly. Swimmers continue learning additional diving skills and stroke turns.
At this advanced level, students work on refining their strokes and increasing their strokes and increasing their endurance. They develop the ability to perform more complex combinations of strokes, treading water, and diving from the deck and the block. Students in this class are preparing for a full time commitment to a swim team.
These classes are designed to be student centered. The adult student sets his/her goals for the class and the instructor provides him/her with instruction and the techniques to meet those goals.
During this pre-swim team class, swimmers participate in mini-swim team practices. Two full classes per week are completely solely in the water, while the third class consists of a half in-water and half dry land exercise component. Students must be able to complete 100yds of freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly or should be tested by the Aquatics Department.
During this class, parents and the instructor will work together to meet the needs of a swimmer with disabilities. A parent must accompany the swimmer with disabilities in the water during the first lesson. Instructor will determine whether parent must be in the water for remainder of the classes. Class can include up to five children.
Educational Services Commission of New Jersey
Formerly Known As: Middlesex Regional Educational Services Commission
The Aquatics & Fitness Center • 333 Cheesequake Road, Parlin, New Jersey 08859 • (732) 317 0333