The Solon Recreation Department Learn to Swim Program is offered to Solon and Glenwillow Residents ONLY.
The Solon Recreation Aquatic staff is very happy to provide an American Red Cross Learn to Swim program. As an ARC affiliate, your child will be receiving quality lessons that allow your child to progress as they are ready. It is very common for participants to be in a level multiple sessions. All new participants to our Learn to Swim program will be skill tested prior to registering for classes. Once tested the participant will be designated for the proper level on our Max Galaxy registration program. Participant levels are updated at the end of each session. Improper placement can lead to frustration for the parent, instructor and the student. If you have questions about placement please feel free to ask the lessons supervisor or call and make an appointment to have your child tested. We try to do the testing on Saturdays between 10am and 4pm. Rules and policies will be reviewed at the first class of each session, a parent is expected to accompany student.
AMERICAN RED CROSS LEARN TO SWIM LEVELS
PARENT AND CHILD (TODDLER) 6 MONTHS - 3 YEARS Adult must accompany the child in the water for each class. Only this adult & student will be allowed in pool area. If child is not toilet trained, they must wear a swim diaper, or cloth diaper with rubber pants under their swim suit. The purpose of Parent and Child Aquatics is to teach safe behaviors around the water and develop swimming readiness by leading parents and their children in water exploration activities with the objective of having fun and becoming comfortable in, on and around water. It is not designed to teach children to become good swimmers or to survive in the water on their own.
LEVEL 1 INTRODUCTION TO WATER SKILLS 4 YEARS AND ABOVE
Student must be completely toilet trained, and able to separate from parents. The course will help participants feel comfortable in the water, and develop the following skills: entering and exiting the pool safely, bobbing, blowing bubbles through mouth & nose, open eyes underwater and retrieve submerged objects, front and back floats, use of arms and legs on front and back, and age-appropriate water safety topics.
LEVEL 2 FUNDAMENTAL AQUATIC SKILLS 4 YEARS AND ABOVE
Student must have successfully completed all of the Level 1 skills. Level 2 will build on the skills developed in Level 1 and introduce the fundamental aquatic skills including floating without support and recovering to a vertical position. Students will also jump into the water, practice a variety of floating position, begin a combined stroke using arms and legs, and age-appropriate water safety topics.
LEVEL 3 STROKE DEVELOPMENT 5 YEARS AND ABOVE
Students must have successfully completed all of the Level 2 skills. Level 3 builds on the skills learned in Level 2 through additional guided practice in deeper water. Additional skills will include: sitting and kneeling dives, survival floating, treading water, front crawl, rotary breathing, elementary backstroke, a variety of kicks that can be used when swimming and age-appropriate water safety topics
LEVEL 4 STROKE IMPROVEMENT No age requirement
Students must have successfully completed all of the Level 3 skills. Level 4 develops confidence in the skills learned and improves other aquatic skills. Additional skills will include: headfirst dive, surface dive, front crawl, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, sidestroke, dolphin kick on back, open turns, survival swimming and age-appropriate water safety topics.
LEVEL 5 STROKE REFINEMENT No age requirement
Students must have successfully completed all of the Level 4 skills. Level 5 provides further coordination and refinement of strokes. Students will learn flip turns while continuing to improve stroke technique and build endurance. Age-appropriate water safety topics will also be covered.
LEVEL 6 SWIMMING AND SKILL PROFICIENCY No age requirement
Students must have successfully completed all of the Level 5 skills. This level provides further coordination and refinement of strokes. Level 6 refines strokes so that participants swim them with ease, efficiency, power, and smoothness over greater distances.