Group Lessons for Children of Every Age and Ability
From Parent and Me classes for infants, Preschool classes where your child will take their first lessons without you, to group lessons for kids five and older, there is a place for everyone to learn to swim at Upper Valley Aquatic Center! If you are an adult looking for group lessons we have those too. Here you will find class descriptions, age requirements and curricular specifics.
To swim well is an asset for life. Lots of organizations and individuals teach swimming lessons. But we don't just teach lessons. WE TEACH PEOPLE HOW TO SWIM!
PARENT AND ME
Ages 6 months - 35 months
20-25 minute classes
6-7 babies (with adults) per class maximum
This is a pre-swimming class with parent participation! This class will encourage physical development of coordination, mental development of talking skills through simple action songs, and emotional development through group games.
Parent and child work together with the instructors to learn skills including back floats, submersions (not forced) and rollover breathing through songs and games in a fun, family environment. You will be amazed at how comfortable your child can be in water at this age.
- Families with multiple students, please note that an adult must accompany each child
- All children under three years of age and older children that are not fully potty trained must wear snug-fitting cloth swim diapers available at the Welcome Desk for purchase
- Disposable paper swim diapers alone are not acceptable due to capacity for leakage
Ages 3 - 5 years
25-30 minute classes
4-5 children per class maximum
The preschool class progression includes an introduction to the basic skills necessary for joining the Group Lesson Program. We work on gradual water adaptation, movement in the water, breath holding and release, submersions of the face, opening eyes underwater, blowing bubbles, bobbing with bubbles, front and back floating and gliding, air exchange while kicking, and an introduction to lifesaving skill of falling in and rolling onto back to a stable, extended float.
Once swimmers have mastered all station goals in the preschool progression or reaches the age of 5, they are welcome to move to the Group Lesson Program.
Sign up for the Starfish class if you have a new swimmer ready to work on gradual water adaptation.
The Starfish class is for beginning swimmers who are uncomfortable moving through the water with assistance and/or putting their entire face in the water and blowing bubbles. Station goals are: comfortable face submersions with bubbles, assisted back float and forward movement through water.
Sign up for the Minnow class if your swimmer is comfortable putting their face in the water and blowing bubbles.
The Minnow class is for swimmers who can put their entire face in the water with bubbles and are comfortable with assisted movement through the water. Station goals are: 10 rhythmic and relaxed wall bobs, independent and balanced front and back floats and glides.
Sign up for the Dolphin class if your swimmer can float and glide on their front and back independently.
The Dolphin class is for swimmers who can complete 10 relaxed bobs, has independent balanced back and front floats and glides through the water. Station goals are: jumping bobs, back streamlines, propulsive, efficient front and back kicking; introduction to lifesaving skill of jumping or falling in and rolling onto back to a stable, extended float; and taking 2 independent breaths while moving through the water.
CHILDREN'S GROUP LESSONS
Ages 5 years +
5-6 students per class maximum
STATION 1: BUBBLES
Sign up for Station 1 if your swimmer is 5+ and a beginner or non-swimmer
The Bubbles class is the foundation class for all students. This class includes introduction to the basic skills necessary for swimming. We work on gradual water adaptation, movement in the water, breath holding and release, submersions of the face, opening eyes underwater, blowing bubbles, bobbing with bubbles and air exchange. Swimmers gain water confidence; master submerging their face in the water and taking a relaxed breath.
*Swimmers advance when they achieve 10 relaxed bobs.
STATION 2: FLOATS AND GLIDES
Sign up for Station 2 if your swimmer is 5+ years old and has the ability to do 10 bobs with relaxed breathing
The Floats and Glides class is appropriate for swimmers who are comfortable and able to do 10 relaxed bobs with air exchange. Swimmers will be taught to front float and recover, front glide and recover, back float and recover, and back glide and recover. Additionally, students will learn to jump in the water, rollover, and float as a safety skill.
*Swimmers advance when they can front glide and recover for 5 seconds and back glide and recover for 5 seconds.
STATION 3: KICKING
Sign up for Station 3 if your swimmer is 5+ and can do a front float and back float independently
The Kicking class is appropriate for swimmers that know how to comfortably hold their breath and float on their front and back independently. Swimmers will be taught how to porpoise, dolphin kick, and will master kicking skills with front/back glide.
*Swimmers advance when they can kick 15 feet on their front and 15 feet on their back in streamline position.
STATION 4: CRAWL STROKE
Sign up for Station 4 if your swimmer is 5+ and has mastered front and back float and kick independently
The Crawl Stroke class is appropriate for swimmers who have mastered breath control, body position, and kicking on their front and back on top of the water. Swimmers will be taught to rollover front to back and back to front, finning and skulling, breathing position for freestyle and the crawl armstroke.
*Swimmers advance by performing side-glide-kick for 20 feet and crawl stroke with no breathing for 20 feet.
STATION 5: FREESTYLE
Sign up for Station 5 if your swimmer is 5+ and can do the crawl arm stroke on top of the water
The Freestyle class is appropriate for swimmers who can swim on top of the water but stop when they need to take a breath. Swimmers will be taught crawl stroke with continuous breathing, introduction to the back crawl stroke, and will master crawl stroke with side breathing.
*Swimmers advance by swimming crawl stroke with a minimum of 4 breaths.
*Stations 6-10: Determined by UVAC staff evaluation and are only offered with enough interest and instructor availability.*
STATION 6: BACKSTROKE
Sign up for Station 6 if your swimmer is 5+ and has mastered crawl arm stroke with breathing to the side
The Backstroke class is appropriate for swimmers who have mastered Freestyle swimming with continuous side breathing for a short distance and can swim on their backs. Swimmers will be taught extended freestyle swimming, treading water, jump in and tread water and dives.
*Swimmers advance when they can swim freestyle for 75 feet, backstroke for 30 feet, and jump in and tread water for 1 minute.
STATION 7: BREASTSTROKE AND BUTTERFLY
The Breaststroke & Butterfly class is appropriate for swimmers who have passed Stations 1-6 and can swim Freestyle for 75 feet and backstroke for 30 feet. Swimmers will be taught the breaststroke kick, butterfly arms and butterfly swim.
*Swimmers advance when they have mastered a 50-yard freestyle swim, 25-yard backstroke swim, and can kick breaststroke for 20 feet.
STATION 8: TURNS
The Turns class is appropriate for swimmers who have passed Stations 1-7 and can swim a 50-yard freestyle swim, 25-yard backstroke swim and can kick breaststroke for 20 feet. Swimmers will be taught freestyle with bilateral breathing and turns for each stroke and Individual Medley.
*Swimmers advance as they perform a 100-yard freestyle swim using bi-lateral breathing, swim breaststroke 25 yards, and swim butterfly 30 feet.
STATION 9: LIFETIME STROKES
The Lifetime Strokes class is appropriate for swimmers who have passed Stations 1-8 and can perform a 100-yard Freestyle Swim using bi-lateral breathing, swim breaststroke for 25 yards and butterfly stroke for 30 feet. Swimmers will be taught sidestroke kick and swim and elementary backstroke.
*Swimmers advance as they master a 200-yard freestyle swim with bi-lateral breathing for a continuous 50 yards, swim 25 yards butterfly, 50 yards breaststroke, 50 yards elementary backstroke and 50 yards sidestroke.
STATION 10: INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY
The Individual Medley class is appropriate for swimmers who have passed Stations 1-9. Swimmers will be taught extended swimming and technique refinement in all major strokes and turns.
*Swimmers will master and graduate as they swim 300 yards freestyle, 100 yards backstroke, and a 100 yard IM.
Ages 5 years +
30-minute class and 30-minute free swim
Children receive a half hour swim lesson with a half hour of free swim immediately following the lesson where they will learn: swimming techniques like blowing bubbles, proper air exchange, the rollover, treading water and swimming the freestyle and other strokes. The children will also enjoy diving for rings, supervised games, and have a lot of fun with their new and existing friends.
"I feel lucky to have top-quality swimming instruction right here in the Upper Valley. The UVAC instructors were prompt, organized, well trained and, most importantly, skilled at engaging and teaching the children. Swimming is something I think every child needs and deserves to learn--it's a lifelong safety skill as well as great exercise that can continue throughout one's life. I know the skills and confidence my kids have gained at the Aquatic Center will stay with them. Thank you!"