The Blue Dolphins at COPOCO
Class Descriptions

Preschool Aquatics

Purpose

To learn basic aquatic skills

Prerequisites

Participants are 3 to 5 years old.

Learning Objectives

  • Enter water by stepping in
  • Exit water using ladder, steps or side
  • Bobbing
  • Open eyes under water and retrieve submerged objects
  • Front and back floats and glides
  • Recover from a front or back float or glide to a vertical position
  • Roll from front to back and back to front
  • Tread water using arm and leg actions
  • Combined arm and leg actions on front and back or back
  • Finning arm action on back
  • Learn how to stay safe, including recognizing an emergency and knowing how to call for help
  • Learn how to stay safe in, on and around the water, including the use of a life jacket, recognizing lifeguards and sun safety

Certification Requirements

  • Demonstrate competency in all required skills and activities, including in-water skills
  • Successfully complete the following exit skills assessment (can be done with assistance):
    1. Glide on front at least 2 body lengths, roll to back, float on back for 5 seconds then recover to a vertical position.
    2. Glide on back for at least 2 body lengths, roll to front, float for 5 seconds then recover to a vertical position.
    3. Swim using combined arm and leg actions on front for 3 body lengths, roll to back, float for 5 seconds, roll to front then continue swimming on front for 3 body lengths.

Learn-to-swim Level 1: Introduction to Water Skill

Purpose

To begin developing positive attitudes, good swimming habits and safe practices in and around the water

Prerequisites

None - Participants start at age 6 years.

Learning Objectives

  • Enter and exit water using ladder, steps or side
  • Blow bubbles through mouth and nose
  • Bobbing
  • Open eyes under water and retrieve submerged objects
  • Front and back glides and floats
  • Recover to vertical position
  • Roll from front to back and back to front
  • Tread water using arm and hand actions
  • Alternating and simultaneous leg actions on front and back
  • Alternating and simultaneous arm actions on front and back
  • Combined arm and leg actions on front and back
  • Learn how to stay safe, including recognizing an emergency and knowing how to call for help
  • Learn how to stay safe in, on and around the water, including the use of a life jacket, recognizing lifeguards and sun safety

Certification Requirements

  • Demonstrate competency in all required skills and activities, including in-water skills
  • Successfully complete the following exit skills assessment:
    1. Enter independently, using either the ladder, steps or side, travel at least 5 yards, bob 3 times then safely exit the water. (Participants can walk, move along the gutter or “swim.”)
    2. Glide on front at least 2 body lengths, roll to a back float for 3 seconds and recover to a vertical position. (This part of the assessment can be performed with support.)
Learn-to-swim Level 2: Fundamentals of Skills

Purpose

To give participants success with fundamental skills, including learning how to float without support and to recover to a vertical position

Prerequisites

American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim Level 1: Introduction to Water Skills certificate or successful demonstration of all certification requirements from Level 1. Participants are age 6 years or older.

Learning Objectives

  • Enter and exit water by stepping or jumping from the side
  • Fully submerge and hold breath
  • Bobbing
  • Open eyes under water and retrieve submerged objects
  • Front, jellyfish and tuck floats
  • Front and back glides and floats
  • Recover to vertical position
  • Roll from front to back and back to front
  • Change direction of travel while swimming on front or back
  • Tread water using arm and leg actions
  • Combined arm and leg actions on front and back
  • Finning arm action
  • Learn how to stay safe, including recognizing an emergency, knowing how to call for help and perform simple non-swimming assists
  • Learn how to stay safe in, on and around the water, including the use of a life jacket, recognizing lifeguards and sun safety
  • Learn to look carefully before entering the water
  • Learn what to think about and do when exhausted or caught in a dangerous situation

Certification Requirements

  • Demonstrate competency in all required skills and activities, including in-water skills
  • Successfully complete the following exit skills assessment:

1. Step from side into chest-deep water, move into a front float for 5 seconds, roll to back, float for 5 seconds then return to a vertical position.

2. Move into a back float for 5 seconds, roll to front then recover to a vertical position.

3. Push off and swim using combined arm and leg actions on front for 5 body lengths, roll to back, float for 15 seconds, roll to the front then continue swimming for 5 body lengths. (You can assist the participant when taking a breath.)

Learn-to-swim Level 3: Stroke Development

Purpose

To build on the skills in Level 2 by providing additional guided practice in deeper water

Prerequisites

American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim Level 2: Fundamental Aquatic Skills certificate or successful demonstration of all certification requirements from Level 2. Participants are age 6 years or older.

Learning Objectives

  • Enter water by jumping from the side
  • Headfirst entries from the side in sitting and kneeling positions
  • Bobbing while moving toward safety
  • Rotary breathing
  • Survival float
  • Back float
  • Change from vertical to horizontal position on front and back
  • Tread water
  • Flutter, scissor, dolphin and breaststroke kicks on front
  • Front crawl and elementary backstroke
  • Learn to look carefully before entering the water
  • Learn to perform simple non-swimming assists
  • Learn to recognize, prevent and respond to cold water emergencies

Certification Requirements

  • Demonstrate competency in all required skills and activities, including in-water skills
  • Successfully complete the following exit skills assessment: Jump into deep water from the side, swim front crawl for 15 yards, maintain position by treading or floating for 30 seconds and swim elementary backstroke for 15 yards.
Swim Team - Senior Squad Concord

Swimmers ages 13 and older.

Swim Team - Junior Squad Concord

Swimmers ages 9 to 12.

Swim Team - Mini Squad Concord

Swimmers ages 8 and under.

Private Lessons

Do you or a family member need a little extra attention?

Private lessons can be a great way to speed up the learning process or to give a fearful person an easier transition into their new aquatic environment. They are also suitable for swimmers who want to refine strokes or learn specific skills such as competitive swimming techniques.


Private lessons allow you the freedom to work on the skills or the problem areas you want to work on most.


The private lesson fee does allow you to have one-on-one lessons or you can add one additional swimmer to share the fee.