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The goal of our program is to enhance children’s ability to participate in pool activities safely as well as increase swimming ability and confidence.

Another goal, of course, is to have fun! To achieve these goals, Florida Southern College trains all its instructors in the American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor course so that they are knowledgeable about how to teach safely and effectively. We also keep the class sizes small with student to instructor ratios being no greater than 9:1 for the upper levels and 5:1 for the younger levels. This will ensure that each child receives the attention needed to complete each level’s required skills. While participating in FSC Summer Swim Lessons, your swimmer will learn safety skills, interact with other children, and work on skills set for whichever level they are participating.

 Is your child ready for group swim lessons?

Online Registration is Closed

Registration for returning families begins March 12 and for new families March 30.

 

Swim Lessons Schedule

Session Fee Session Dates Session Times
I $65 May 18 – May 29 8 AM, 9 AM
II $65 June 8 – June 19 8 AM, 9 AM, 10 AM, 11 AM
III $65 June 29 – July 10 8 AM, 9 AM, 10 AM, 11 AM
IV $65 July 20 – July 31 8 AM, 9 AM, 10 AM, 11 AM

All children must be at least 3 years of age and 100% potty trained to participate.
Swim lessons run 5 days a week, Monday through Friday, for the two week session and are 45 minutes long.
Please be aware that there ARE lessons on Memorial Day and Independence Day.

Online Registration Deadlines

  • Session I - May 14, 2015 at 11:00 PM
  • Session II - June 4, 2015 at 11:00 PM
  • Session III - June 25, 2015 at 11:00 PM
  • Session IV - July 16, 2015 at 11:00 PM

Registration after these deadline dates will need to be made in person, at the Wellness Center. If registration happens after the first lesson has begun, the cost will not be prorated or altered.

Disclaimer

The week following each swim lesson session will be used as make-up days if necessary. Please see Parent Orientation letter located on the Florida Southern Department of Wellness and Rec website for the inclement weather and makeup policy. Classes are 45 minutes long and will start on time. Repeated tardiness disrupts other students and may hinder your child’s learning experience. Classes that are missed by participant will not be permitted to be transferred to another time/session or made up.

If the maximum number of students has been reached for a certain level, it will not be available to be registered for. If you wish to be placed on the wait list for that level/time slot, please contact the Aquatics Coordinator, Maggie Cattell at 863.680.3742 or mcattell@flsouthern.edu.

Refund Policy

$30.00 of swim lesson payment is nonrefundable. Refund of swim lesson payments will be determined on case by case basis at the discretion of the Aquatics Coordinator. Refunds will be considered for cases such as death in the family, injuries, or emergencies. Refunds may be prorated depending on the situation.

Swim Levels

Placing a child in the correct level for their age and ability is the parent/guardian’s responsibility. Florida Southern is not responsible for children who have been placed in the wrong level. Instructors will do their best to accommodate and create the best learning experience for all participants. Movement made once lessons have started will be at the instructors and coordinators discretion and based on availability. If you have questions about which level your child should be placed in or if they are ready for group swim lessons, please look at the aids on the Florida Southern Department of Wellness and Rec website or contact the Aquatics Coordinator, Maggie Cattell at 863.680.3742 or mcattell@flsouthern.edu.


Hours of Operation

Wellness Center
Mon.-Wed., 6 AM – 11 PM
Thurs-Fri., 6 AM – 10 PM
Saturday, 8 AM – 10 PM
Sunday, 12 noon - 10 PM

Alumni Hours (During the academic year)
Monday-Thursday, 6 AM – 2 PM
Friday, 6 AM – 10 PM
Saturday, 8 AM – 10 PM
Sunday, 12 noon - 10 PM

Pool
Monday-Friday, 11 AM – 7 PM
Sat. & Sun., 12 noon - 6 PM

The Lap Pool hours are:
Monday-Friday 11 AM – 3 PM
Saturday & Sunday 12 noon - 6 PM

Equipment Check Out
Mon.-Sat, 2 - 5 PM
or by appointment

Waterfront
Mon-Fri, 3 - 5 PM
Sat-Sun., 12 noon - 5 PM

 Alternate Break Hours

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Florida Southern/American Red Cross Swim Lesson Level Outlines

Outlines and goals for each class can be found below. It is expected that when a child enters a certain class that they are able to complete the skills from the class before it with consistency and confidence with the exception of level 1 which is built for first time swimmers older than 6 years of age. In order for a child to pass their current “level” they must master the skills listed, along with the additional safety topics taught at the beginning of each class. It is not uncommon for a child to remain in the same level for multiple sessions. These are standards set by the American Red Cross and are implemented at the discretion of each instructor.

 Preschool Swim Guidelines
 Six and Over Swim Guidelines
 

Preschool levels are for children who are over the age of 3 and under the age of 6

PS Level 1

Goals: Orients children to the aquatic environment and helps them gain basic aquatic skills. Focuses on safety and creating a positive swimming experience.

  • Enter and exit water using ladder, steps or side
  • Blow bubbles through mouth and nose
  • Submerge mouth, nose and eyes
  • Open eyes under water and retrieve submerged objects without goggles
  • Front and back glides and recover to a vertical position
  • Back float and recover to a vertical position
  • Roll from front to back and back to front
  • Tread with 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

PS Level 2

Goals: Helps children gain greater independence in their skills and develop more comfort in and around water.

  • 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
  • Finning arm action on back

PS Level 3

Goals: Helps children start to gain basic swimming propulsive skills without instructor assistance and to be comfortable in and around water.

  • Enter water by jumping in
  • Fully submerge and hold breath
  • Bobbing
  • Front, jellyfish and tuck floats
  • Recover from a front or back float or glide to a vertical position
  • Back float and glide
  • Change direction of travel while swimming on front or back
  • Tread water using arm and leg actions
  • Combined arm and leg actions


Level 1 and Up is for Children 6 years of Age and Older

Level 1 - Introduction to Water Skills

Goals: 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 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

Level 2 - Fundamental Aquatic Skills

Goals: Gives participants success with fundamental skills.

  • 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

Level 3 - Stroke Development

Goals: Builds on the skills in Level 2 through additional guided practice in deeper water.

  • 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

Level 4 - Stroke Improvement

Goals: Develops confidence in the skills learned and improves other aquatic skills.

  • Headfirst entries from the side in compact and stride positions
  • Swim under water
  • Feet first surface dive
  • Survival swimming
  • Front crawl and backstroke open turns
  • Tread water using 2 different kicks
  • Front and back crawl, elementary backstroke, breaststroke, sidestroke and butterfly
  • Flutter and dolphin kicks on back

Level 5 - Stroke Refinement

Goals: Provides further coordination and refinement of strokes.

  • Shallow-angle dive from the side then glide and begin a front stroke
  • Tuck and pike surface dives, submerge completely
  • Front flip turn and backstroke flip turn while swimming
  • Front and back crawl, elementary backstroke, breaststroke, sidestroke and butterfly
  • Sculling

Level 6 - Swimming and Skill Proficiency

Goals: Refines the strokes so participants swim them with ease, efficiency, power and smoothness over greater distances. Level 6 is designed with a focus on preparing participants for more advanced courses, including the Water Safety Instructor, or other aquatic activities, such as competitive swimming or diving.

 

Policies and Procedures

Welcome to Florida Southern College Summer Swim Lessons. We are honored that you would choose us to be part of your summer fun and are looking forward to having your swimmer in our program.

The following policies and procedures will be helpful in making your child’s/children’s swim lesson experience more enjoyable:

  1. Although we encourage parents/guardians to be active and knowledgeable about their swimmer’s learning experience, parents/guardians are not allowed to be on the deck during lessons so that the instructors can have the participant’s full attention.
  2. Parents must be present for each lesson (no matter the age of the participant) to escort children safely to and from the restroom when needed or to be available in cases of emergencies, inclement weather, or questions.
  3. If you have a child of the opposite gender who you wish to escort into the restroom/locker room area, please ask the aquatic staff, and they will direct you to private restrooms.
  4. Each child should bring his/her own towel and a pair of sandals to class. Goggles are encouraged for levels 3 and up but will not be provided by pool staff.
  5. Before entering the pool area, please have your child/children do the following things:
    1. Remove gum or candy from mouth
    2. Remove all adhesive bandages
    3. Use the restroom
  6. All children are required to shower before entering the pool.
  7. Uncooperative or disruptive children will be put in time-out for 2-5 minutes, so that the other children are not penalized for the behavior of one.
  8. After each lesson, please be available for the instructor to give you updates and feedback on your swimmer’s progress.

We will be evaluating all swimmers on the first day to be sure that they are in the appropriate skill level for their abilities. Instructors may readjust participants to different levels if possible to ensure we provide the best experience for all participants. Please be aware that FSC is not responsible for placing your child in the right level and will do it’s best to make each participant’s experience a positive one. However, due to high enrollment in certain levels, moving swimmers up levels will rarely take place and moving swimmers down levels will occur only when the ability of that swimmer interferes with the teaching of the other swimmers in that class. A verbal progress report will be given at the end of each session from the instructor to the parents to show which skills were mastered and which still need some work.

In the event that we cannot use the pool for a lesson such as a cancellation due to inclement weather, bathroom accidents in pool, chemical imbalance, etc. we will use a makeup day scheduled for the week after that session. Please be familiar with the makeup week and inclement weather policies so you can be aware and prepared if a lesson is ever needed to be rescheduled. Notification about a cancellation will be made via e-mail and sent out with as much notice as possible.

 Download Parent Orientation for Swim Lessions

Makeup Week Policies

In situations where a class is cancelled by the Aquatics Coordinator due to inclement weather or other circumstances, that class will be made up during the scheduled makeup week for each session at the same scheduled time. If cancellations occur, the first class cancellation will be made up on the Monday of makeup week, the second cancellation would be made up on the Tuesday of makeup week, and so on. Since Fun Day is the last day of the session, this class might be moved to makeup week if cancellations happen. If a makeup day has been warranted to your session and time, you will be informed via email of the makeup day. Please be aware that makeup days will only occur when the class is cancelled by the Aquatics Coordinator. Makeup days are not for days that have been missed by the participant.

Inclement Weather Policies Summer Swim Lessons

  • The pool will be cleared of all participants for thunder and lightning and will remain clear for 30 minutes after each additional occurrence
  • The pool will be cleared of all participants for precipitation, wind, or other inclement weather that occurs that causes the lifeguard or instructors to not be able to see that bottom of the pool at its deepest point
  • Swim lesson participants will be informed by e-mail as soon as possible if an upcoming lesson is being cancelled *
  • Days where inclement weather is occurring, the decision to cancel a time slot of lessons can be made up to 35 minutes before that lesson is scheduled to begin *
  • In situations where the pool has to be cleared due to downpour which hinders instructor’s and lifeguard’s vision, hail, or any other inclement weather that does not require a 30 minute all clear period, lessons may recommence if deemed safe by the Aquatic Coordinator. If students are out of the water for longer than 15 minutes, then the remaining class will be canceled
  • If swim lessons are taking place in the water and inclement weather occurs, there must be 25 minutes left of the lesson for it to be moved to a makeup day *
  • In the case of inclement weather and participants choose to not participate in the makeup day, the lesson cannot be rescheduled or refunded *

* This will also be the case in situations such as fecal accidents, vomiting in the pool, or other situations deemed necessary for pool evacuation. All pool closures are made with participant’s safety in mind and adhere to city and state aquatic regulations as well as Center for Disease Control and Health Department.

In the case of swim lessons, final say over cancellation due to inclement weather will be made at the discretion of the Aquatic Coordinator or Department of Wellness and Recreation professional staff.

Thank you for being part of the FSC Summer Swim Program

Please feel free to ask any questions by contacting the Aquatics Coordinator, Maggie Cattell at 863.680.3742 or mcattell@flsouthern.edu.