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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! Florida Southern College trains all its instructors in the American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor course so they are knowledgeable about how to teach safely and effectively.  We keep the class sizes small with student to instructor ratios being 9:1 for the upper levels and 5:1 for the younger levels.  This ensures that each child receives the attention needed to complete each level’s required skills.  While participating in FSC Summer Swim Lessons, your swimmers learn safety skills, interact with other children, and work on skills for their class level.

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Swim Lessons Schedule

Session Fee Session Dates Session Times
I $70 May 18 – May 29 8 AM, 9 AM
II $70 June 8 – June 19 8 AM, 9 AM, 10 AM, 11 AM
III $70 June 29 – July 10 8 AM, 9 AM, 10 AM, 11 AM
IV $70 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 we hold 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 pro-rated 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. Please be respectful of class participants and be on time. Classes that are missed at participant’s fault 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 waitlist for that level/time slot, please contact the Assistant Director of Wellness, Alicia Rossow at 863-680-4123 or arossow@flsouthern.edu.

Refund Policy

$30.00 of swim lesson payment is non-refundable. Swim lesson refunds will be determined on a 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 pro-rated depending on the situation.

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 instructor’s and coordinator’s discretion and will be 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 Assistant Director of Wellness, Alicia Rossow at 863-680-4123 or arossow@flsouthern.edu.

Hours of Operation

Wellness Center
Mon.-Fri., 6 AM – 7 PM
Saturday, 8 AM – 6 PM
Sunday, 12 noon - 6 PM

Pool
Monday-Friday, 1 PM – 7 PM
Sat. & Sun., 12 noon - 6 PM

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Student Health 101
 

Florida Southern and American Red Cross Swim Lesson Outlines

Outlines and goals for each class are listed below. When a child enters a certain class that they must be  able to complete the skills from the class before it with consistency and confidence. The only exception is level 1 which is designed for first time swimmers older than 6 years of age. In order for a child to pass his/her “level” he/she 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 standards are 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

Expectations:

  • This class is meant for children who are over the age of 3 and have very little to no experience in the water
  • 5-7 minutes at the beginning of each lesson is dedicated to safety topics and attendance
  • First few days will be spent getting used to the water and getting the face wet while playing games
  • Games and songs will be regularly used to make activities fun
  • Toys will be intermittently used as aids as well as noodles, barbells , and other floatation devices
  • Children will have 1 safety lesson devoted to lifejackets
  • Most activities will take place 1 on 1 with the instructor meaning there will be down time while children wait their turn
  • Occasionally this class may go to the deep end

 

What skills they should already know:

  • 100%  potty trained and over the age of 3 on the first day of class
  • Children should be comfortable working with an instructor and being around other children
  • Children should be able to take instructions and implement them (huge for safety)
  • Children should be willing to get wet

 

What skills they will learn:

  • Back float with ears in with instructor help or flotation device help
  • Front float with instructor help or flotation device help
  • Arm movement also known as scoopers with instructor help or flotation help
  • Kicking when positioned on the front and the back with instructor help or flotation help
  • Putting face in the water and blowing bubbles

PS Level 2

Expectations:

  • 5-7 minutes at the beginning of each lesson is dedicated to safety topics and attendance
  • The first few days will be spent reviewing skills already known and refining them
  • Games and songs will be regularly used to make activities fun
  • Toys will be intermittently used as aids as well as noodles, barbells, and other floatation devices
  • Children will have 1 safety lesson devoted to lifejackets
  • Most activities will take place 1 on 1 with the instructor meaning there will be down time while children wait their turn
  • This class may go to the deep end
  • Children will be encouraged to do some actions independently with the instructor closely monitoring

 

What skills they should already know:

  • Be ok with putting face in the water for short periods of time
  • Front float with instructor help or  flotation help
  • Back float with instructor help or  flotation help
  • Kicking on the front and their back
  • Scoopers while on the front

 

What skills they will learn:

  • Bobs – where children submerge their entire head and resurface
  • Back float with ears in, flat back, and completely still with instructor help or flotation help
  • Front float with face in, flat body, and completely still with instructor help or flotation help
  • Moving through the water by kicking and scooping independently of instructor with the help of a flotation device
  • Jumping in

PS Level 3

Expectations:

  • 5 minutes at the beginning of each lesson is dedicated to safety topics and attendance
  • The first few days will be spent reviewing skills already known and refining them
  • Games and songs may be used
  • Toys will be intermittently used as aids as well as noodles, barbells, and other floatation devices
  • Some activities may be 1 on 1 with instructor and others may be a group activity. There will be down time while children wait their turn
  • This class will go to the deep end
  • Children will be encouraged to do most actions independently with the instructor closely monitoring
  • This class will focus on comfort submerging and elementary
  • Swimming without assistance

 

What skills they should already know:

  • Bobs – where children submerge their entire head and resurface
  • Back float with ears in, flat back, and completely still with small amount of instructor or flotation device assistance
  • Front float with face in, flat body, and completely still with small amount of instructor or flotation device assistance
  • Comfort moving in the water independently of instructor with a flotation device

 

What skills they will learn:

  • Back float with ears in, flat back, and completely still independently
  • Front float with face in, flat body, and completely still independently
  • Moving forward in the water on the front with arm and leg action independent of instructor
  • Kicking on the back independently
  • Submerging head and retrieving objects from the bottom of the pool independently
  • Jumping in independently and swimming to the side


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

Level 1 - Introduction to Water Skills

Expectations:

  • This class is meant for those who are over the age of 6 and have a fear, distrust, or discomfort of the water or those who are over the age of 6 and have NO swimming abilities
  • 3-5 minutes at the beginning of each lesson is dedicated to safety topics and attendance
  • The first few days will be spent getting used to the water and assessing skills
  • Noodles, barbells, kickboards, and other flotation devices will be regularly used
  • Some activities may be 1 on 1 with instructor and others may be a group activity. There will be down time while children wait their turn or are given an activity to practice independently
  • Modifications may be used with certain children depending on the severity of their discomfort in water
  • What the class accomplishes highly depends on the children enrolled in the class and their fears
  • This class may move at a quicker or slower pace depending on the lesson, the children enrolled, and the instructor

 

What skills they should already know:

  • Children should be comfortable working with an instructor and being around other children
  • Children should be able to take instructions and implement them (huge for safety)
  • Children should be willing to get in the pool

 

What skills they will learn:

  • Water entry using steps, ladder, side, and jumping in
  • Back float with ears in with instructor help or flotation device help
  • Front float with instructor help or flotation device help
  • Putting face in the water and blowing bubbles
  • Kicking on front and on back
  • Other skills may be learned if the class is advanced

Level 2 - Fundamental Aquatic Skills

Expectations:

  • This class is meant for those who have passed through the preschool levels and are over the age of 6 or those who are over the age of 6 and beginner swimmers
  • 3-5 minutes at the beginning of each lesson is dedicated to safety topics and attendance
  • The first few days will be spent reviewing skills already known and refining them
  • Flotation aids such as noodles, barbells , or other flotation devices will be regularly used
  • Some activities will be 1 on 1 with instructor and others will be group activities. There will be down time while children wait their turn
  • This class will take place in the deep end
  • Most actions will be done independently of instructor and with the assistance of flotation aids with the instructor closely monitoring
  • This class will focus on beginning swimming skills and independence in the water

 

What skills they should already know:

  • Bobs – where children submerge their entire head and resurface
  • Back float with ears in, flat back, and completely still with small amount of instructor or flotation device assistance
  • Front float with face in, flat body, and completely still with small amount of instructor or flotation device assistance
  • Comfort moving in the water independently of instructor with a flotation device
  • Jumping in independently

 

What skills they will learn:

  • Back stroke – kicking on back with head flat in the water and arm movements
  • Front crawl – kicking on stomach with face in the water and arm movements
  • Treading water – staying vertical in the water and maintaining the head above the surface while in deep water
  • Front glide – pushing off the wall, face in, and basic streamline motion
  • Back glide- pushing off the wall, and basic streamline motion
  • Gaining confidence in independent movements in the water

Level 3 - Stroke Development

Expectations:

  • This class is meant for those who have passed Level 2 or possess the prerequisite skills listed below
  • 3-5 minutes at the beginning of each lesson is dedicated to safety topics and attendance
  • The first few days will be spent reviewing skills already known and refining them
  • Flotation aids such as noodles, barbells, or other flotation devices will be regularly used
  • Most activities will be done as a group and students will be swimming longer distances
  • This class will take place in the deep end
  • Almost all actions will be done independently of instructor and some may be refined with the assistance of flotation aids with the instructor closely monitoring
  • This class will focus on turning beginner swim motions in to actual coordinated swim strokes

 

What skills they should already know:

  • Backstroke – basic kicking and arm movements while on the back
  • Front crawl – basic kicking and arm movements while on the front with the face in
  • Treading water – staying vertical in the water and maintaining the head above the surface while in deep water
  • Completely comfortable with submerging and swimming with the face in the water
  • Confident in independent movements in the water

 

What skills they will learn:

  • Elementary backstroke – frog kick on back and simultaneous arm movement
  • Breaststroke – frog kick on front and simultaneous arm movement with submerged face
  • Backstroke- refinement on coordination
  • Front crawl- refinement on coordination and basic breathing techniques
  • Scissor kick – the beginning of side stroke
  • Dolphin kick – the beginning of butterfly
  • Beginner level diving from the side of the pool

Level 4 - Stroke Improvement

Expectations:

  • This class is meant for those who have passed Level 3 or possess the prerequisite skills listed below
  • 3-5 minutes at the beginning of each lesson is dedicated to safety topics and attendance
  • The first few days will be spent reviewing skills already known and refining them
  • Flotation aids such as noodles, kickboards, or other flotation devices will be used
  • All activities will be done as a group
  • Students will be swimming much longer distances with shorter breaks to build endurance
  • Students will be doing multiple laps at a time
  • This class will take place in the deep end
  • All actions will be done independently of instructor and some may be refined with the assistance of flotation aids with the instructor closely monitoring
  • Class may include time devoted to turns and/or diving
  • This class will focus on learning two new strokes and refining those already learned as well as building endurance

 

What skills they should already know:

  • Backstroke – coordinated kick and arm movements
  • Front crawl – continuous kicking with coordinated arm movements, beginning knowledge of rotary breathing (breathing to the side)
  • Elementary backstroke – coordinated and simultaneous arm/leg movement
  • Breaststroke – coordinated and simultaneous arm/leg movement
  • Scissor kick
  • Butterfly kick
  • Basic diving techniques

 

What skills they will learn:

  • Sidestroke – scissor kick and arm motion while swimming on the side
  • Butterfly – butterfly kick with simultaneous arm movement above water
  • Refinement of backstroke, front crawl, elementary backstroke, and breaststroke
  • Intermediate level diving from the side of the pool
  • Basic swimming turns

Level 5/6 - Swim Team Prep:

Expectations:

  • This class is meant for those wanting to focus on the 4 competitive strokes (backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, freestyle) 
  • This level will focus on competitive swimming refinement such as flip turns, starts, different ways to exercise in the water, and more
  • This class will be doing long distances similar to a 45 minute swim practice (500 – 1500 yards)
  • This class will take the individual strokes and break them down to build the good habits of a strong swimmer
  • Students should expect to build endurance and strength

 

What skills they should already know:

  • Backstroke – able to do at least 2 continuous laps in a coordinated motion
  • Breaststroke – able to do at least 2 continuous laps in a coordinated motion
  • Butterfly – able to do at least ½ of a continuous lap with arms completely exiting the water
  • Freestyle – able to do at least 2 continuous laps in a coordinated motion with rotary breathing

 

What skills they will learn:

  • Backstroke and freestyle flip turns
  • Breaststroke and butterfly open turns
  • Backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, and freestyle refinement
  • Starts from the side and starting blocks
  • Build endurance in all strokes
  • 1 class devoted to water aerobics, water jogging, and other ways to raise heart rate in the water
 

Policies and Procedures

Welcome to Florida Southern College Summer Swim Lessons.  We are honored that you chose us to be part of your summer fun. We are looking forward to having your swimmer in class.

Below is some additional information and tips to help your swim lesson experience run smoothly.

  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 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 an older child of the opposite gender 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 and 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.

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. Any switching of levels will require approval from the instructor and aquatics coordinator and will be made on the first 2 days. After that, any changes will not be considered to maintain class consistency. Please be patient as the first few days of lessons are spent reviewing skills and getting to know new terminology, techniques, and equipment. A verbal progress report will be given at the end of each lesson from the instructor to the parents to show which skills were mastered and which still need some work. Please make sure that you are present and available for the instructor to find you after each lesson.

On deck you may see some instructors who walk around or assist with different classes. These are instructor aids whose job is to assist walking kids to the bathroom and helping teach difficult skills.
 
In the event that we cannot use the pool for a lesson, (inclement weather, bathroom accidents in pool, chemical imbalance, etc.) we will use a makeup day scheduled for the week after that session. See makeup week and inclement weather policies for details.
 
Thank you for being part of the FSC Summer Swim Program.  Please feel free to ask any questions by contacting the Assistant Director of Wellness, Alicia Rossow at 863-680-4123 or arossow@flsouthern.edu.

 Download Parent Orientation for Swim Lessons

Makeup Week Policies

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 or FSC Professional Staff. 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 EMAIL 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 will 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, 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 cancelled
  • 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 will not 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.

Thank you for being part of the FSC Summer Swim Program

Please feel free to ask any questions by contacting the Assistant Director of Wellness, Alicia Rossow at 863-680-4123 or arossow@flsouthern.edu.

 

Meet Our Instructors

Photo: Mr. Dave

Mr. Dave

Favorite Color: Blue
Favorite Disney Character: Baymax
Certification: WSI, Lifeguard, CPR/AED, First Aid
Years with FSC: 2
Four words that describe you: Energetic, Positive, Sensible and Motivated

About Mr. Dave: I am originally from Washington Township, New Jersey. I am going into my Junior year. I am a mathematics major. I started lifeguarding the summer before college, but I have always been around and loved the water. My other passions are Flow-boarding, sports, the gym, and traveling.

 
Photo: Miss Maria

Miss Maria

Favorite Color: Yellow
Favorite Disney Character: Simba
Certification: WSI, Lifeguard, CPR/AED, First Aid, O2 admin
Years with FSC: 4
Four words that describe you: Energetic, Bubbly, Clumsy, and Optimistic

About Miss Maria: I am a senior athletic training major who is set to graduate from Florida Southern in December following an internship with football and gymnastics at the College of William and Mary. This is my fourth summer teaching swim lessons and I absolutely love it! When not in the pool, I love to travel and make my own adventures. I'd like to backpack through Europe soon!

 
Photo: Yue Chen

Yue Chen

Favorite Color: Teal/Sea Green
Favorite Disney Character: Aladdin
Certification: WSI, LG, O2 and CPR
Years with FSC: 4 years as a student, 1 year as a wellness employee
Four words that describe you: Friendly, Open-Minded, Creative, Energetic

About Mr. Yue: I was born and raised in New York City until the age of 18, at which point I moved to Florida for college. My passion includes traveling, trying new things, writing and many other activities including teaching. I look forward to swim lessons this summer and being amongst a staff that will teach and give your child a wonderful experience which I am sure they will remember.

 
Photo: Miss Katie

Miss Katie

Favorite Color: Purple & Blue
Favorite Disney Character: Dory
Certification: WSI, Lifeguard, CPR/AED
Years with FSC: First Summer
Four words that describe you: Kind, Trustworthy, Teacher, Fun

About Miss Katie: I am a sophomore at Florida Southern College. I am a WSI and love spending time around the pool. For the past two years I have taught private swim lessons back home but I am very excited to start teaching for Florida Southern. I have also been a swim coach for kids age 6 and under. I also love to be around kids and teach them the sport that I love so much. I am excited to meet everyone.

 
Photo: Miss Shannon

Miss Shannon

Favorite Color: Yellow
Favorite Disney Character: Olaf
Certification: WSI, Lifeguard, CPR/AED, First Aid
Years with FSC: 3
Four words that describe you: Happy, Relaxed, Creative and Caring

About Miss Shannon: I just graduated from FSC and I had so much fun teaching swim lessons last year, I decided to stay and do it again! I love being at the pool and I love to make new friends. I have wonderful things planned for my swimmers this year!

 
Photo: Miss Chloe

Miss Chloe

Favorite Color: Blue
Favorite Disney Character: Milan
Certification: WSI, Lifeguard, CPR/AED, First Aid
Years with FSC: 2
Four words that describe you: Energetic, Silly, Caring and Punctual

About Miss Chloe: I am a senior nursing major at Florida Southern College. I have been a WSI for about 7 years but this is my first summer teaching at FSC! I love being able to have fun with the kids while helping them achieve their swimming goals.

 
Photo: Mr. Anthony

Mr. Anthony

Favorite Color: Green
Favorite Disney Character: Flounder
Certification: WSI
Years with FSC: First Summer
Four words that describe you: Happy, Energetic, Sports, Cool

About Mr. Anthony: I am a junior at Florida Southern College. I am a 2nd year WSI and love spending time around the pool. I also love to be around with kids and be goofy. I can’t wait for swim lessons to start.