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Learn to Swim, Session 2

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IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT WHAT LEVEL YOUR CHILD SHOULD BE IN, PLEASE CALL THE PARKS AND RECREATION OFFICE - 518-456-3150


  • LEVEL 1 - Introduction to Water Skills: For students who do not feel comfortable playing in shallow water and/or do not like to put their faces in the water. Skills learned: walking in chest deep water, supported front and back float, arm action with support, kicking on front and back using a kickboard, blowing bubbles, submerge face, safety skills.  MUST HAVE A PARENT IN THE WATER WITH THEM FOR SUMMER 2020

  • LEVEL 2 - Fundamental Aquatic Skills: For students who are able to demonstrate the skills from Level 1 and are ready to learn the basics of water locomotion. Skills learned: submerge entire head, retrieve objects, explore deep water with support, unsupported back and front glide, bobbing, jump in from edge, front and back flutter kick, begin learning to swim on both front and back using arms and legs simultaneously safety skills.  MUST HAVE A PARENT IN THE WATER WITH THEM FOR SUMMER 2020

  • LEVEL 3 - Stroke Development: For students who are able to demonstrate skills from Level 2 and ready to further develop the front and back crawl. Skills learned: Bobbing from deep to shallow water, treading water, kneeling/sitting dive, front crawl with rhythmic breathing, back crawl, changing directions, safety skills.

  • LEVEL 4 - Stroke Improvement: For students who are able to demonstrate the skills from Level 3 to increase their endurance with those strokes and ready to learn other basic swim strokes. Skills learned: Improve rotary breathing, standing front dive, elementary backstroke, improve front and back crawl, breaststroke, sidestroke kick, open turns at wall, improve front and back crawl, breaststroke, elementary backstroke, butterfly stroke, scissors kick, survival, safety skills.

  • LEVEL 5 - Stroke Refinement: For students who are able to demonstrate the skills from Level 4 and to improve coordination and endurance in the basic swim strokes. Skills learned: Bi-lateral breathing, shallow dive from the side, flip turns, improve previously learned strokes, learn side stroke, safety skills.


General Information
  • Swim Director - 518-456-4446
  • Transportation not provided.
  • All families MUST have an up to date Immunization Record on file.
  • REGISTRATION CLOSES THURSDAY JULY 9TH
  • PLEASE ONLY REGISTER FOR ONE SESSION
  • Lessons are open to Guilderland Residents ONLY

COVID-19 Adjustments
  • Swim Lessons will be offered this year with modifications to adhere to the interim guidance from the DOH.
  • There will not be a Water Safety Aide Volunteer Program this summer.
  • All swim lessons will require parent/guardian transportation.
  • When entering the pool facility, parents and children above the age of 2 should wear face coverings - it is possible that when entering you will be less than six feet away from others.
  • Time slots of Swim Lessons will be different this year to be able to clean/disinfect high-touch areas between lesson times, as well as minimize the foot traffic when entering/leaving the facility.
  • There will be a clearly marked “ENTRANCE” and “EXIT” to minimize foot traffic during swim lessons times.
  • ALL Level 1 and Level 2 swimmers need to have a parent in the water with them - these classes will be taught like the Parent & Child Aquatics program. These classes will be capped at 4 participants per time slot to be able to adhere to social distancing guidelines.
  • Levels 3 through 5 will be capped at 4 participants per time slot to be able to adhere to social distancing guidelines. Depending on spacing this may be adjusted to include more swimmers.
  • Lifeguards will not touch participants, and will use teaching aids such as kickboards and noodles that can be cleaned easily.
  • Due to spacing, we will not have any Level 6 swim lessons this summer.

* Adjustments and discounts will be applied during checkout if applicable. *

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