Swimming Lessons

Registration & prepayment must be completed to enroll your child in the VCSU Swim Program. A minimum of 5 students must be enrolled in a level in order to offer that level. We reserve the right to combine levels if possible. No refunds after the first day of classes.

It is not uncommon for a child to stay in a particular level several times before successful completion. It is natural for participants to develop motor skills and become comfortable with water at different paces. Practicing skills during open swim is strongly recommended to improve swimming skills.

Parent and Child Aquatics (6 months-3 years). Child must wear swim diapers if not toilet trained) Builds basic water safety skills for both parents and children aged 6 months to approx. 3 years, helping infants and young children become comfortable in the water so they are willing and ready to learn to swim. These basic skills include adjusting to the water environment, showing comfort while maintaining a front or back position in the water and demonstrating breath control, including blowing bubbles or voluntarily submerging under water.
Preschool Aquatics (ages 4-5 years approx.) Gives young children about ages 4 and 5 a positive, developmentally appropriate aquatic learning experience that emphasizes water safety and survival concepts. Skills are age-appropriate, helping participants achieve success on a regular basis while in a class environment with their peers.
  • Enter and exit water using ladder, steps or side
  • Enter water by stepping in
  • Blowing bubbles through mouth and nose
  • Fully submerging and holding breath
  • Bobbing
  • Open eyes under water and retrieve submerged objects
  • Front and back floats and glides
  • Front glide & back float and recover to a vertical position
  • Recover from a front and back float or glide to a vertical position
  • Roll from front to back and back to front
  • Front, jellyfish and tuck floats
  • 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 on back
  • Alternating & simultaneous leg/arm actions on front & back
  • Safety skills
Level 1: Introduction to Water Skills Helps participants feel comfortable in the water.
  • 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 back float
  • Recover to vertical position from a front glide & back float or glide
  • Roll from front to back and back to front
  • Tread water using arm and hand actions
  • Alternating & simultaneous arm/leg actions on front & back
  • Combined arm and leg actions on front and back
  • Safety skills

Learn-to-Swim Levels 2-6

Based on a logical, multi-level progression that helps swimmers of all ages and varying abilities develop their swimming and water safety skills. It is designed to give participants a positive learning experience.
LEVEL 2: Fundamental Aquatic Skills Gives participants success with fundamental skills.
  • Enter water by stepping or jumping from the side
  • Exit water using ladder, steps or 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 back float
  • Recover from a front and back float or glide to a 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 on back
  • Safety skills
LEVEL 3: Stroke Development Builds on the skills in Level 2 through additional guided practice in deeper waters.
  • Enter water by jumping from the side
  • Headfirst entry 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 & back
  • Tread water
  • Push off in a streamlined position then begin flutter and dolphin kicks on front
  • Front crawl and elementary backstroke
  • Scissors kick
  • Safety skills
LEVEL 4: Stroke Improvement Develops confidence in the skills learned and improves other aquatic skills.
  • Headfirst entry from the side in compact & stride positions
  • Swim under water
  • Feet first surface dive
  • Survival swimming
  • Front crawl and backstroke open turns
  • Tread water using 2 different kicks
  • Front & back crawl, elementary backstroke, breaststroke, sidestroke & butterfly
  • Push off in streamlined position then begin flutter & dolphin kicks on back
  • Safety skills
LEVEL 5: Stroke Refinement Provides further coordination and refinement of strokes.
  • Shallow-angle dive from the side
  • Shallow-angle dive from the side then glide & begin a front stroke
  • Tuck and pike surface dives
  • Front flip turn and backstroke flip turn while swimming
  • Tread water
  • Front /back crawl, elementary backstroke, breaststroke, sidestroke & butterfly
  • Standard scull on back
  • Safety skills
LEVEL 6: Swimming & Skill Proficiency Refines the strokes so participants swim them with ease, efficiency, power & smoothness over greater distances. This level is designed with "menu" options that focus on preparing participants for lifetime fitness and safety, as well as more advanced courses, such as the Water Safety Instructor course, or other aquatic activities, including competitive swimming or diving.
The 3 options include:
  • Personal Water Safety
  • Fitness Swimmer
  • Fundamentals of Diving