SWIM LEVELS

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SWIM LEVELS AND SKILLS

Learn more about each unique swim level for kids and the skills that your child will learn! Experience the Bear Paddle difference in swimming, including our story-based lessons in a 90-degree pool. Bear Paddle provides weekly lessons to children as young as 6 months focused on developing swimming skills and life-saving water skills.

Introduction to Teddy

6 Months – 36 Months

Students will master Teddy Paddle and Teddy Float.

Teddy Paddle: paddling while blowing bubbles and kicking with flotation.
Teddy Float: floating on back with parent assistance for 30 seconds.

Ratio 5:1 (Parent participation class)

Water Adjustment

6 Months to 3 Years And Older

Students will master Cub Paddle, Cub Float and Tummy Pool Exit.

Cub Paddle: paddling with face in the water and kicking with flotation.
Cub Float: floating on back with assistance for 30 seconds.
Tummy Pool Exit: using elbows and tummy to pull self out of pool.

6 Months – 36 Months Ratio 4:1 (Parent participation class)

Three years and older ratio 3:1

Basics of Swimming

3 Years And Older

Students will master Bear Paddle, Kid Backstroke, Kid Breaststroke and Humpty Dumpty.

Bear Paddle: paddling and kicking on tummy.
Kid Backstroke: swooshing arms on back.
Kid Breaststroke: arms extend together in front of head, sweeping back in a circular motion and kicking.
Humpty Dumpty: fall into pool, turn, swim to wall and perform a Tummy Pool Exit.

Ratio 3:1

Flip to Breathe

3 Years And Older

Students will master Kid Freestyle, Junior Breaststroke and Humpty Dumpty with Breath.

Kid Freestyle: paddling and kicking on tummy, flip to breathe.
Junior Breaststroke: arms extend together in front of head, sweeping back in a circular motion with kicking, flip to breathe.
Humpty Dumpty with Breath: fall into pool, flip to breathe, swim to wall and perform a Tummy Pool Exit.

Ratio 3:1

Fundamentals of Swimming

3 Years And Older

Students will master Junior Freestyle, Junior Backstroke, Kid Butterfly and Chop-Chop Timber.

Junior Freestyle: straight arms move alternately in a circular motion, accompanied with flutter kicks and flip to breathe.
Junior Backstroke: on back, slightly bent arms move alternately in a circular motion, accompanied with flutter kicks.
Kid Butterfly: dolphin kick with arms on side.
Chop-Chop Timber: jump into water, swim to wall and perform a Tummy Pool Exit.

Ratio 4:1

Swimmer for Life

3 Years And Older

Students will master Freestyle, Backstroke, Junior Butterfly and Chop-Chop Timber with Breath.

Freestyle: straight arms move alternately in a circular motion, accompanied with flutter kicks and side breath.
Backstroke: on back, arms move alternately in a circular motion, accompanied with flutter kicks.
Junior Butterfly: arms move simultaneously in a circular motion, flip to breathe.
Chop-Chop Timber with Breath: jump into water, flip to breathe, swim to wall and perform a Tummy Pool Exit.

Ratio 4:1

Competitive Strokes

3 Years And Older

Students will master Breaststroke and Butterfly while building endurance for Freestyle and Backstroke.

Breaststroke: arms extend together in front of head, sweeping back in a circular motion, accompanied with frog like kicks.
Butterfly: arms move simultaneously in a circular motion, accompanied with dolphin kick.

Ratio 5:1

Competitive Advantage

3 Years And Older

Students will master Freestyle, Backstroke, Junior Butterfly and Chop-Chop Timber with Breath.

Freestyle: straight arms move alternately in a circular motion, accompanied with flutter kicks and side breath.
Backstroke: on back, arms move alternately in a circular motion, accompanied with flutter kicks.
Junior Butterfly: arms move simultaneously in a circular motion, flip to breathe.
Chop-Chop Timber with Breath: jump into water, flip to breathe, swim to wall and perform a Tummy Pool Exit.

Ratio 5:1

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