Valley Isle Aquatics Level Descriptions

 

 

 

 

 

Skill Level Descriptions


*All skills for each level are the same for Pre-School aged children (3-5 years old), however we offer a "Preschool Level" class. 
*Pre-School children must be potty-trained and be able to be with an instructor without a parent/guardian.

 

  • Level Red


    Water Entry & Exit: Enter and exit water safely using ladder, steps or side. Exit water safely over the side of the pool. Bobbing with Bubbles (10 repetitions) at side.

    Breath Control and Underwater Swimming: Wash face. Hold breath, 3 seconds. Submerge face (mouth, nose, eyes). Submerge body. Blow bubbles through mouth. Blow bubbles through nose. Open eyes under water. Hold breath/submerge- 3 seconds. Retrieve object in 3 feet of water.

    Buoyancy on Front: Maintain front float position, face in or out of water, with/without support, 3 seconds. Recover from front float to standing position.

    Gliding: with/without assistance Front Glide; face in water; 5 seconds.

    Kick using Barbell: Unassisted preferred; 3-5 yards/meters.

    Changing Direction and Position: (with/without support/assistance) Change direction of travel while using any stroke (Barbell OK).

    Buoyancy on Back: Maintain back float position, with/without support. Recover from back float to standing position.

    Swim on Front: Flutter Kick (supported)-alternating leg action.

    Swim on Back: Flutter Kick (supported)-alternating leg action.

    Water Safety + Helping Others: Water safety rules.

     

     

     

     

  • Level Red-Orange

    Water Exploration: Retrieve object in 3 feet of water; Bobbing with Bubbles (10 repetitions); Traveling Bobbing; 5 feet.

    Breath Control and Underwater Swimming: Blow bubbles through mouth & nose; Open eyes under water.

    Gliding (without assistance): Front Glide, face in water, 5 seconds; Back Glide, 5 seconds; Front Glide, face in water & kick 5 feet, unassisted; Back Glide & kicking 5-15 feet, unassisted.

    Buoyancy on Front: Maintain front float position, face in water, without support, 5 seconds; Recover from front float to standing position.

    Buoyancy on Back: Maintain back float position, without support, 5-10 seconds; Recover from back float to standing position.

    Kick with Barbell/Noodle: Unassisted; 5 yards/meters.

    Changing Direction and Position (with/without support/assistance): Change direction of travel while using any stroke (Barbell OK).

    Lateral Rolls: Roll over-front to back; Roll over-back to front.

    Swim on Front: Flutter Kick, unsupported-alternating leg action, attempting arm action.

    Swim on Back: Flutter Kick unsupported, 15 yards/meters; Back Stroke Arms-Introduction; Finning (on back); Flutter Kick, unsupported, alternating leg action, attempting arm action.

    Water Safety + Helping Others: Water safety rules.

  • Level Orange

    Gliding: with/without assistance: Front Glide, face in water & kick 5-15 feet/meters, unassisted;
    Back Glide, & kicking 5-15 feet, unassisted.

    Kick with Barbell: Unassisted preferred; 3-5 yards/meters.

    Lateral Rolls: Roll over-front to back; Roll over-back to front.

    Vertical Rotation: Front Float to Back Float; Back Float to Front Float.

    Swim on Front: Flutter Kick on Front, unsupported, 15 yards/meters; Front Crawl Arms-Introduction; Introduction of Rhythmic Breathing, holding side of pool; Combined arm & leg actions on front-15 yards/meters (Front Crawl).

    Swim on Back: Flutter Kick on Back, unsupported, 15 yards/meters; Back Crawl Arms-Introduction; Finning (on Back); Combined arm & leg actions on back, 15 yards/meters (Back Crawl).

    Water Exploration: Unsupported Bobs with bubbles, 10 repetitions; Deep Water Orientation; Jump into waist-deep water; Feet-First Surface Dive (in deep enough water to cover head).

    Water Safety + Helping Others: Water safety rules.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Level Orange-Yellow

    Breath Control and Underwater Swimming: Underwater swim, 5 feet of water-5 yards/meters; Retrieve object in 5 feet of water.

    Changing Direction and Position without support/assistance: Change Direction without assistance.

    Gliding: with/without assistance: Front Glide + Flutter Kick, 15 yds/meters; Back Glide + Flutter Kick, 15 yds/meters.

    Front Crawl: Front Crawl Arms w/Beginning Rhythmic Breathing, 5 yds/meters..

    Back Crawl: Back Crawl Arms and Kick, 5-10 yards/meters.

    Elementary Back Stroke-Survival Stroke: Elementary Back Stroke Kick-Introduction; Elementary Back Stroke Arms-Introduction.

    Water Exploration: Traveling Bobbing, 10 repetitions, 10 yds/meters; Jump into deep water; Feet-First Surface Dive; Jump in; swim 5 yds/meters.

    Lateral Rolls: Roll over-front to back; Roll over-back to front.

    Vertical Rotation: Front Float to Back Float; Back Float to Front Float.

    Water Safety + Helping Others: Water safety rules.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Level Yellow

    Breath Control and Underwater Swimming: Underwater swim, 3 feet of water, 10 yards/meters; Retrieve object in 5 feet of water; Deep Water Bobs, 10 repetitions.

    Changing Direction and Position/without support/assistance: Demonstrate Open Turn (1 or 2-handed); Somersault in water with & without a Noodle.

    Gliding: with/without assistance: Front Glide + Flutter Kick, 25 m; Back Glide + Flutter Kick, 25m.

    Gliding: with Lateral Roll: Front Glide, LateralRoll,Float on Back; Back Glide, Lateral Roll;Floaton Front.

    Front Crawl: Front Crawl Arms w/Rhythmic Breathing (introduction); Front Crawl with Rhythmic Breathing-15 yards/meters.

    Back Crawl: Back Crawl Arms; Back Crawl Arms and Kick, 15 yards/meters.

    Elementary Back Stroke-Survival Stroke: Elementary Back Stroke Kick, 15 yards/meters; Elementary Back Stroke Arms, 15 yards/meters.

    Water Exploration: Deep Water Bobs, 10 repetitions; Jump into deep water & swim 10 yards/meters, on Front; Jump into deep water, swim 20 yards/meters, 1st 10 yards/meters on Back; reverse (Vertical Rotation), 2nd 10 yards/meters kick on Front, return to start.

    Water Entry-Diving: Head-first entry from sitting or kneeling position; Head-first entry from one-knee or crouching position; Head-first entry from squatting position; Head-first entry from standing position.

    Water Safety + Helping Others: Water Safety Rules.

  • Level Yellow-Green

    Water Entry and Exit: Head-first entry (Deep Dive); Stride Jump; Jump or Dive, swim 10 yards/meters, Lateral Roll (to opposite side), Swim 10 yards/meters.

    Breath Control and Underwater Swimming: Underwater swim, 5 feet of water-10 yards/meters; Retrieve object in 5-10 feet of water; Deep Water Bobbing-10x.

    Treading: Tread Water, 15-30 seconds; Sculling-in place.

    Front Crawl: Front Crawl w/Rhythmic Breathing, 25 yards/meters; Front Crawl Progression (25, 50, 75, 100 yards/meters).

    Back Crawl: Back Crawl, 25, 50, 75, 100 yards/meters.

    Elementary Back Stroke-Survival Stroke: Elementary Back Stroke (Arms and Legs)-25 yards/meters; Elementary Back stroke Progression (25, 50, 75, 100 yards/meters).

    Breast Stroke: Breast Stroke Kick (Whip Kick) w/noodle or Barbell, 25 yards/meters; Breast Stroke Arms; Breast Stroke, combined arms and legs, 5-10 yds/meters; Breast Stroke Progression (25, 50, 75, 100 yards/meters).
    Side Stroke: Introduction to Side Stroke Arms & Legs.
    Butterfly Stroke: Introduction of Dolphin Body Movement w/noodle or Barbell; Dolphin Body Movement, 25 yards/meters; Introduction of Butterfly Stroke Arms.

    Changing Direction and Position without support/assistance: Demonstrate Open Turn (2-handed); Introduction to Flip Turn Sequence.

    Water Safety + Helping Others: Water Safety Rules.

     

  • Level Green

    Water Entry and Exit: Head-first entry (Deep Dive) with glide; Head-first entry (Shallow Dive) with glide, top 3' of water; Stride Jump; Kneeling Dive; Standing Dive; Standing Dive & swim 25 yards/meters (stroke of choice); Jump or Dive, swim 10 yards/meters, Lateral Roll (to opposite side), Swim 10 yards/meters; Tuck Surface Dive.

    Treading: Tread Water, 30 seconds; Sculling, in place; Sculling, feet first; Sculling, head first.

    Front Crawl: Front Crawl w/Rhythmic Breathing, 100 yards/meters.

    Back Stroke: Back Stroke 100 yards/meters.
    Elementary Back Stroke: Elementary Back Stroke 100 yards/meters.

    Breast Stroke: Breast Stroke Kick, 100 yards/meters.
    Side Stroke: Side Stroke Arms & Legs, 50 yards/meters.
    Butterfly Stroke: Dolphin Body Movement, 50 yards/meters; Introduction to Arms; Butterfly Stoke combined arms and legs, 5 yards/meters.

    Change of Direction: Flip Turn Sequence on Front;  Flip Turn Sequence on Back.

    Water Safety + Helping Others: Water Safety Rules.

    *Time Improvement from Previous Levels.

  • Level Green-Blue

    Water Entry and Exit: Tuck Surface Dive; Stride Jump; Long Shallow Dive; Feet First Surface Dive to depth of 6 feet, swim underwater 5 m; Standing Dive, swim 25 m (stroke of choice); Jump or Dive, swim 10 m, Lateral Roll (to opposite side), Swim 10 m.
    Treading: Tread Water, 30 seconds; Sculling-head first.
    Front Crawl: Front Crawl w/Rhythmic Breathing-100 m.
    Back Stroke: Back Stroke-100 m.
    Elementary Back Stroke: Elementary Back Stroke-100 m.
    Breast Stroke: Breast Stroke-100 m.
    Side Stroke: Side Stroke Arms & Legs-75 m.
    Butterfly Stroke: Dolphin Body Movement, 50 m; Butterfly Arms, 5 m; Butterfly Stroke combined arms and legs, 5 m.
    Change of Direction: Flip Turn Sequence on Front; Flip Turn Sequence on Back.
    Survival Skills: Survival Float, 30 sec; Overhead (no arms), feet-first sculling (15-30 sec).
    Cardiovascular Enduarnce Swim: 3-minute continuous swim, stroke of choice; 3-minute swim using Front Crawl, Back Stroke, Side Stroke, Breast Stroke, & Elementary Back Stroke.
    Water Safety + Helping Others: Jump into deep water, swim 25 m wearing long pants, long-sleeved shirt, and light tennis shoes; Disrobe in Shallow water (5 min max); Disrobe in Deep water (5 min max); Redress in Shallow water (3 min max); Redress in Deep water (5 min max).

    *Time Improvement from previous level.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Level Blue

    Water Entry and Exit: Long Shallow Dive; Feet First Surface Dive to depth of 7 feet, swim underwater 10 yards/meters; Tuck Surface Dive, underwater swim 10 yards/meters.

    Front Crawl: Front Crawl w/Rhythmic Breathing, 100 yards/meters.

    Back Stroke: Back Stroke, 100 yards/meters.

    Breast Stroke: Breast Stroke, 100 yards/meters.

    Side Stroke: Side Stroke combined arms and legs, 100 yards/meters.
    Butterfly Stroke: Dolphin Body Movement, 75 yards/meters; Butterfly Stroke Arms, 10yards/meters; Butterfly Stoke combined arms and legs, 15 yards.

    Survival Skills: Survival Float-1 minute; Overhead, feet-first sculling, 60 seconds.

    Cardiovascular Enduarnce Swim: 5-minute continuous swim (stroke of choice); 5-minute swim using Front Crawl, Back Stroke, Side Stroke, Breast Stroke, and Elementary Back Stroke.

    Water Safety + Helping Others: Jump into deep water, swim 25 yards/meters, wearing long pants, long-sleeved shirt, and light tennis shoes; Disrobe in Shallow water (3 minutes max); Jump into deep water, swim 3 minutes, disrobe in deep water; Disrobe in Deep Water (3-5 minutes max); Redress in Deep water (5 minutes max).

  • Level Blue-Purple

    Water Entry and Exit: Long Shallow Dive; Feet First Surface Dive to depth of 9 feet; Pike Surface Dive; Jump from High Diving Board; Standing Dive from Diving Board.

    Front Crawl: Front Crawl w/Rhythmic Breathing, 75 yards/meters.

    Back Stroke: Back Stroke, 75 yards/meters.

    Breast Stroke: Breast Stroke, 75 yards/meters.

    Side Stroke: Scissor Kick; Side Stroke Arms; Side Stroke combined arms and legs, 25 yards/meters.
    Butterfly Stroke: Dolphin Kick, 75 yards/meters; Butterfly Stroke Arms, 15 yards/meters; Butterfly Stoke combined arms and legs, 25 yards.

    Survival Skills: Survival Float-2 minute. Overhead, feet-first sculling.

    Cardiovascular Enduarnce Swim: 8-minute continuous swim, stroke of choice; 8-minute swim using Front Crawl, Back Stroke, Side Stroke, Breast Stroke, and Elementary Back Stroke.

    Treading: Tread water with No hands-2 minutes.

    Changing Direction and Position: Flip turn while swimming on front; Flip turn while swimming on back.

    Water Safety + Helping Others: Jump into deep water, swim 50 yards/meters wearing long pants, long-sleeved shirt, and light tennis shoes; Disrobe in Shallow water; Jump into deep water, swim 3 minutes, disrobe in deep water.  Clearing Mask and Snorkle; Retrieve object from 7 feet of water; Retrieve a 10-lb. brick from 6 feet of water; Diving Board Safety.

  • Level Purple

    Water Entry and Exit: Pike Surface Dive. Jump from High Diving Board.  Dive off Starting Blocks.  Standing Dive from Diving Board.

    Front Crawl: Front Crawl w/Rhythmic Breathing-100 yards/meters.

    Back Stroke: Back Stroke 100 yards/meters.

    Breast Stroke: Breast Stroke-100 yards/meters.

    Side Stroke: Side Stroke-100 yards/meters.

    Butterfly: Dolphin Kick-100 yards/meters; Butterfly Arms-25 yards/meters; Butterfly arms and breathing-15 yards/meters; Butterfly Stroke, 25 yards/meters.

    Cardiovascular Enduarnce Swim: 10-minute swim using the 4 competitive strokes.

    Treading: Tread water with No hands-5 minutes.

    Changing Direction and Position: Flip turn while swimming on front; Flip turn while swimming on back.

    Water Safety + Helping Others: Clearing Mask and Snorkle; Retrieve object from 9 feet of water; Retrieve a 10-lb. brick from 9 feet of water; Diving Board Safety.

  • Level Swim Team


    At this time we do not offer a swim team program, however we do offer specific training programs for those participants preparing to join a swim team.

    Please contact our customer service for details.

  • Level for Adults


    These classes are scheduled on an individual basis thus the locations, days, and times are determined by the instructor and the participant.

    We work with adults in several capacities:

    ~Adults who have a fear of the water; who may have had a negative experience in the water or in a class; or who may have any other type of emotional challenge.

    ~Adults who would like to learn a specific stroke or skill.

    ~Adults who would like to enhance their current skill level.

    ~Adults who would like to become competent swimmers for exercise.

    ~Adults who would like to perfect their skills and strokes for the Master's Program, or various competitions (i.e. triathlons).


    All adults are evaluated by an instructor; what the adult would like to accomplish in the session is discussed; and an individual plan is designed to meet the specific needs of the adult.


    Adult classes consist of two 30-minute back-to-back classes.
    These classes will follow the same session dates as the regular classes.
    Cost is the same base as the regular classes.

  • Parent-Infant & Parent-Toddler


    Requirements:
    The Parent-Infant class is for students ages 6 months through 18 months old, who will be participating with at least one (1) adult (parent/guardian).

    The Parent-Toddler class is for students ages 18 months through 3 or 4 years old, who will be participating with at least one (1) adult (parent/guardian).

    Description:
    Parents will be instructed on how to interact with their child in the water; given hints & tips for water socialization; participate in activities to enhance their child's experience; and spend quality time with their child to develop and grow a stronger parent-child bond.