Learn to Swim
Class Level Descriptions
|Swimming is an essential skill. Our program ensures your child learns to swim in a gradual process that includes the introduction and mastery of various skill sets before moving on to new skills. Our program helps your child grow more confident in a safe and loving aquatic environment.
All Learn to Swim classes are held at the Hawthorn Woods Aquatic Center, which is located at the corner of Midlothian and Marilyn Lane. Class levels offered include: parent/tot, preschool, and levels 1-5.
The Village of Hawthorn Woods Aquatic Center Learn to Swim program is structured using American Red Cross guidelines. Levels are designed to build a foundation of basic swim skills that develop into mastering the different swim strokes. If you are new to the program, our staff will test your child to assist you in placing them in the appropriate level.
Parent and Tot (ages 6 months to approx. 3 years)
The purpose of parent/tot aquatics is to teach safe behaviors around the water. Parents and tots will develop swimming readiness as we lead them in water exploration activities with the objective of becoming comfortable in and around water, all while having fun together. This is a 30 minute class. Water temperature is maintained at 84 degrees.
Preschool (approx. 4 – 5 years old)
This class aims to promote fundamental water safety and aquatic skills to young children. It also teaches aquatic and safety skills in a logical progression through play. This is for children who are not quite ready for the larger pool. It is all about water adjustment. This is a 30 minute class.
Level 1 – Introduction to Water Skills (approx. 4 years & up)
This is a 45 minute class for children who are ready to learn how to swim. After passing this level, your child will be able to float on their front and back, kick and move their arms while swimming, and be ready to swim in the large pool.
Level 2 – Fundamental Aquatic Skills (approx. 5 years & up)
This class will continue the skills learned in level 1. In addition, swimmers will learn how to breathe, in coordination with arm movements, while swimming on their front and back.
Level 3 – Stroke Development (approx. 5 years & up)
In order to succeed in this 45 minute class, students must be comfortable in deep water above their head, and have knowledge of front crawl and back crawl with proper kick and arms. Swimmers will learn elementary backstroke, whip kick, dolphin kick, and scissors kick. Diving will be introduced at this level.
Level 4 – Stroke Improvement (approx. 5 years & up)
Level 4 will continue with perfecting the front and back crawl along with learning breast stroke, side stroke, and butterfly. Students will learn aspects of competitive swimming by learning starts and turns. After completing this level, swimmers will be able to perform all of the swimming strokes.
Level 5 – Stoke Refinement (approx. 5 years & up)
When a swimmer passes this level, they will have perfected each of the five strokes learned in level 4, have knowledge of diving and flip turns, and will be ready for junior lifeguarding.