Learn to Swim

All children will be individually tested and placed in a class according to their ability.

Parent & Child

Child must be 6 months old by the start of the class. The goals of this class are to help children adjust to the water, introduce safety, comfort, and basic skills using equipment, toys, and songs. The person accompanying the child must be at least 16 years old. The sooner they start learning water safety the better!

Preschool

Child must be 4 years old by the start of the class. Initial introductory level. The focus is on comfort and safety in and around the water, entering and exiting the water and learning to swim independently.

Beginner

Child must be 5 years old by the start of the class. Secondary introductory level. Focus is on safety and comfort in and around the water. Proper flutter kick, breath control, swimming independently. Students who have mastered all skills can be evaluated and placed in a level 1 class after one session in this class.

Level 1

Child must be 6 years old by the start of the class (Beginner). Introductory level. Focus is on safety and comfort in and around water. Students will learn proper breath control, how to float, properly kick, enter and exit the water, and swim independently. Front crawl and elementary backstroke will be the primary strokes learned.

Level 2

To be placed into this class child must perform the skills learned in Level 1: be able to put their face in the water, float unsupported, know elementary backstroke, and be able to swim 1 yard in the water independently. This level focuses on the development of proper stroke mechanics for front crawl and back crawl.

Level 3

To be placed into this class child must be able to perform the skills in Level 2: swim 15 yards front crawl, back crawl, and elementary backstroke. Proper stroke mechanics necessary!

This level focuses on building endurance to swim one full lap without stopping. Introduction of new kicks and deep water entries.

Level 4

To be placed into this class child must be able to swim 25 yards of front crawl, back crawl, elementary backstroke, and 15 yards breaststroke and sidestroke kick.

Full breaststroke and sidestroke will be introduced as well as diving and endurance swims.

Level 5

To be placed into this class child must be able to swim 75 yards of front and back crawl, 25 yards of breaststroke and side stroke, and complete a 5 minute continuous swim. This level focuses on building endurance for all the previous strokes learned. Dolphin kick, additional dives, and surface dives will be introduced.

Level 6

To be placed in this class the student must be able to swim 250 yards of front and back crawl, 200 yards of breaststroke and side stroke, and a 15 minute continuous swim. The level focuses on perfecting the mechanics for each stroke. Butterfly, additional dives and flip turns will be introduced.

Level 7

To be placed in this class the student must have completed level 6 and can perform correct mechanics for all 6 strokes. In this class students will learn and practice survival skills in and around the water. They will also be doing fitness swimming and be introduced to competitive swimming skills.

Adult Lessons

These 1 hour classes are offered for anyone 18 and older.

For those who are:

  • Beginners looking to become comfortable and safe in the water (It’s never too late to learn how to swim)
  • Building endurance, training to swim in an event, to take a Lifeguarding or WSI course, etc.
  • Looking to improve stroke technique
  • Looking to learn new strokes

Teen Lessons

These Classes are designed for teens 13 to 17 years old.

For those who are:

  • Beginners looking to become comfortable and safe in the water (It’s never too late to learn how to swim)
  • Building endurance, training to swim in an event, to take a Lifeguarding or WSI course, etc.
  • Looking to improve stroke technique
  • Looking to learn new strokes

Junior Lifeguarding

This class is designed to introduce participants to the lifeguarding course. They will learn swimming and lifeguarding skills while building endurance. The Junior Lifeguarding course does not certify participants in First Aid, CPR, AED, or as a Lifeguard, but does teach all skills required of a Red Cross Lifeguarding Course.

Requirements

  • 13 to 15 years old
  • Passed Level 5 or can swim 50 yards front crawl and breaststroke, swim for 15 minutes and tread water for 2 minutes.

Private Lessons

One on One instruction is offered at Holtsville Pool, West Meadow Beach and the Brookhaven Aquatic Center. These 30 minute classes are tailored to the student’s abilities and are open to any participants ages 6 and older. The 5 lessons must be within one consecutive week (Monday to Friday). If interested speak with the location supervisor to schedule your lesson time.

Water Safety Aide

If you are interested in becoming a Water Safety Instructor this is a great place to start.

Individuals will work side by side with instructors learning the skills and techniques to aid in the instruction of quality classes. Those interested in becoming a Water Safety Aide must have completed level 5. They should exhibit a strong sense of maturity, enthusiasm, responsibility, and leadership.