Altoona Campus Swimming Lessons

Learning to swim can help you and your children stay safe around water. Our program Instructors are trained and certified by us to teach water safety, swimming skills, and aquatic fitness.

The Learn to Swim Program is broken into 5 different levels and subgroups therein

Infants and Toddlers 6 months–3 years Familiarizes children to the water – Provides parents with safety information and teaching techniques. This is a true bonding experience for parents and children.

  • W1 (6mths – 18mths) Basic skills for parents and children. Holding and support techniques, cueing, entry and exit, breath control, submersion, buoyancy, changing direction, and basic safety skills
  • W2 (18mths – 3yrs) Improve basic skills and learn more advanced techniques. Buoyancy with glides, basic arm and leg actions, passing between parents, rolling over, retrieving objects, and basic safety skills, are all included.
Elementary skills (As a general guideline 3-6yrs of age, or having completed W2)

  • B1: Develop positive attitudes, good swimming habits and safe practices around the water. Blowing bubbles – glides and recoveries – basic actions for treading water – stroke skills – safety skills – ‘bobs’ – travelling short distances – changing body positions. Specific stroke criteria must also be met. 5 water safety topics and skills will also be covered.
  • B2: Independent floats and recovery. Learn simultaneous and alternating arm and leg actions, laying the foundation for future strokes, and the beginning of true locomotion. Exit skills include specific stroke criteria; floats and glides, body rolls, changing directions, and recovering to a vertical position. Water safety topics and skills will also be covered.
Fine-tuning of Basic Strokes & Techniques. (As a general guideline 6-9yrs of age, or having completed B2)

  • I1: Additional guided practice time and an introduction to deeper water. Survival float, Crawl Stroke, Elementary Back Stroke, Backstroke, breathing and timing, treading water, and introduction to diving. Specific stroke criteria are required. Water safety topics and skills will also be covered.
  • I2: Fine-tuning of the Freestyle, Elementary Backstroke, and Backstroke. The Instructor will be looking at the details and specifics of the strokes, reinforcing the good habits and eliminating the bad habits before moving on. Examples: Rotary breathing and coordination of the strokes. The foundation must be strong before you continue to build upon the skills.
Advanced Strokes and Refinement (As a general guideline 9-11yrs of age, or having completed I2)

  • S1- Build confidence and improve skills. Increase endurance by swimming familiar strokes over greater distances. Sidestroke and the beginnings of Breaststroke and Butterfly. Basic turns from the wall. Specific kicks for treading water, surface dives, reaching assists, throwing assists, survival swimming. Specific stroke criteria is required. Water safety topics and skills will also be covered.
  • S2- Improve the coordination of ALL strokes, and increase the distances. Introduce front and back flip turns, Crawl Stroke, Backstroke, Breaststroke, Elementary Backstroke, Sidestroke, Butterfly, Diving entries, and surface dives. Water safety topics and skills will also be covered.
Introduction to a Lifetime of Swimming (As a general guideline 11yrs of age or older, or having completed S2) Swim with ease, efficiency, power, and smoothness, over greater distances. 4 different activities are available, all of which are designed to provide students with skills for more advanced programs.

  • Diving- Pre-requisites: 60yds of Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke, Sidestroke, and Elementary Backstroke 30yds of Butterfly Use open turns and/or flip turns as requested Demonstrate diving progressions from poolside. Basic stretching exercises, body control, surface dives, and diving from the poolside. Diving board take-offs, forward jumps, and dives in Tuck and Pike positions. Specific safety topics related to Diving will also be covered. This program will also include The Campus Aquatics “ACF Test”. This is a test of aerobic capacity and fitness.
  • Fitness Swimmer- Pre-requisites: 60yds of Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke, Sidestroke, and Elementary Backstroke 30yds of Butterfly Use open turns and/or flip turns as requested The Campus Aquatics “ACF Test”. Circle swimming, using a pace clock, and use of various equipment. Training techniques, heart rates, aquatic exercise, and setting up an exercise program for this session, and beyond.
  • Lifeguard Readiness – Pre-requisites: 60yds of Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke, Sidestroke, and Elementary Backstroke 30yds of Butterfly Use open turns and/or flip turns as requested The Campus Aquatics “ACF Test” Water safety discussion topics, in-water safety skills, reaching and throwing assists, surface dives, and treading water. Also includes approach strokes, and entries and swimming with a rescue tube. Perform survival floats and back floats for a specific time. Deep water diving and retrieval. Fully-clothed swimming, “Button – Unbutton” relay, and importance of knowing First Aid and CPR.
  • Synchronized Swimming- Pre-requisites: 60yds of Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke, Sidestroke, and Elementary Backstroke 30yds of Butterfly Use open turns and/or flip turns as requested. “Gymnastics in the water!” Learn the basic strokes, positions, skulls, transitions, figures, and pool patterns, of Synchronized Swimming. The program consists of 6 specific levels. We will be covering elements from each of the first 3 levels, building towards a separate Synchronized Swim program. (Nose clips are recommended) 500yds continuous swim using 3 different strokes, with a minimum of 50yds of any one stroke. Perform the Campus 12 minute ‘Fit Test’, and compare results with pre-assessment results.

Each level builds upon the others in a logical progression. The groups within each level include their own sets of completion skills, pulling together the individual skills that are taught. Students will learn basic skills and stroke specifics and will build strength, flexibility, and stamina. Successful completion of each level is preferred, but not required, before moving on to the next. Remember, all children (and adults!) will learn and progress at different rates. Talk to the Program Managers for initial placement advice.

If, for health reasons, you are unsure of whether you or your child is ready for lessons, we would advise that you consult with your physician or pediatrician prior to registering for these programs.

For kids’ classes, please use waterproof diapers or plastic pants in order to assist us in maintaining the highest standards of water quality.

Children’s Swim Lessons … September 1 – December 31

Taught by Campus Swim School Qualified Instructors

Before registering for ANY lessons, please be VERY CLEAR of the following conditions:

  • Our policy: … We do not offer refunds or credit AFTER lesson 3.
  • MAXIMUM of 6 participants per Instructor.
  • If Aides are available then we will use discretion when adding students. Quality will take priority.
  • We will allow more participants in parent/child programs, such as Water-babies
  • For Definitions of all levels taught, please visit altoonacampus.com Go to “Swim Lessons”.
  • Please contact Lonnie at: LWenthe@altoonacampus.com for all lesson enquiries.

 

EVENING LESSONS       Members: $55.00     |     Nonmembers: $80.00

2 sessions:     Monday and Wednesday evenings, 5 weeks per session.

Lesson times: 5:30pm-6:00pm |  6:00pm-6:30pm  |  6:30pm-7:00pm  |  7:00pm-7:30pm

SESSION 1:  Mon., September 11 – Wed., October 11

         Register Below August 23 – September 7

SESSION 2:  Mon., October 23 – Wed., November 22

         Register Below October 11 – October 19

We offer 6 lessons every 30 minutes. When registering, please check to determine the category and level you need, and the time that it is being offered.

 

DAYTIME LESSONS       Members: $55.00    |      Nonmembers: $80.00

2 sessions:      Tuesday and Thursday mornings, 5 weeks per session.

Lesson times:    9:15am-9:45am  |  9:45am-10:15am

SESSION 1: Tue., September 12 – Thur., October 12

          Register Below August 23 – September 7

SESSION 2: Tue., October 24 – Thur., November 23

          Register Below October 11 – October 19

We offer 2 lessons every 30 minutes. When registering, please check to determine the category and Level you need, and the time that it is being offered.

 

WATERBABIES       Members AND Non-members: $40.00

This program consists of one big class combining W1 (6mths-18mths) and W2 (18mths-3yrs) babies. A reminder that at least 1 responsible adult is required to be in the water with each baby at all times.

2 sessions:      Sunday and Friday evenings, 5 weeks per session.

Lesson time:     5:15pm – 5:45pm

SESSION 1: Sun., September 10 – Fri., October 13

         Register Below August 23 – September 7

SESSION 2: Sun., October 22 – Fri., November 24

         Register Below October 11 – October 19

 

For more information, please contact Lonnie Wenthe, Assistant Aquatics Director at LWenthe@altoonacampus.com

Winter/Spring registrations begin in January. Lessons begin Monday, February 5.

Current Lessons

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The Aquatics Team

Mike Foote
Mike FooteDirector of Aquatics
Lonnie Wenthe
Lonnie WentheAssistant Aquatics Coordinator