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Youth Group Lessons

These lessons are for youth ages 6 months through 14 years of age. Make friends, have fun, learn about water safety, and learn how to swim!

Nova Southeastern University students, faculty, staff, and alumni with active N numbers plus their dependents may sign up.

Which level do I sign my child up for?

Please feel free to click the drop down menus for each lesson below. There you will find detailed descriptions about each level which will help you decide.  If you are still not sure, contact us and we will do our best to guide you.  However, until we get your child in the water it is often impossible to tell exactly which level is best for them.  Sometimes we are able to switch children to a different level but at other times maximum capacities in each class prevent us from doing so.

Fall 2017

Youth group lessons will be taking place on Tuesday and Thursday, over the four-week course, with a total of eight lessons per session for Fall 2017.

  • Session I: September 12 – October 3
  • Session II: October 10 – November 2
Class Times NSU Affiliated Community
Parent/Child Aquatics 5:15 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. $100 $120
Pre-school Level 1 4:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. $100 $120
Pre-school Level 2 4:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. $100 $120
Pre-school Level 3 4:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. $100 $120
Learn-to-Swim Level 1 5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. $100 $120
Learn-to-Swim Level 2 5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. $100 $120
Learn-to-Swim Level 3 5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. $100 $120
Learn-to-Swim Level 4 5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. $100 $120

 

Purpose 

To familiarize young children (from ages 6 months to about 3 years) with the water and prepare them to learn to swim in the American Red Cross Preschool Aquatics or Learn-to-Swim courses. It is not designed to teach children to become good swimmers or to survive in the water on their own.

Prerequisites

  • No skill prerequisites.
  • Child must be at least 6 months old to enroll.
  • Parent or other caregiver must accompany each child into the water and participate in each class.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn to ask for permission before entering the water.
  • Learn how to enter and exit the water in a safe manner.
  • Feel comfortable in the water.
  • Explore submerging to the mouth, nose and eyes completely.
  • Explore buoyancy on the front and back position.
  • Change body position in the water with support.
  • Learn basic water safety rules and how to avoid water hazards around the home.
  • Learn about the importance of wearing a life jacket and experience wearing one.
  • Learn how to stay safe in, on and around the water, including knowing how to stay safe in the sun and how to avoid recreational water illnesses.
  • Learn how to call for help and the importance of knowing first aid and CPR.

Pre-School Aquatics Level 1

Purpose

To orient preschool-age children to the aquatic environment and to help them acquire rudimentary levels of basic aquatic skills.

Prerequisites 

  • There are no skill prerequisites for Preschool Aquatics Level 1.
  • Participants start at about 4 and 5 years old.

Learning Objectives

  • 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
  • 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
  • Experience wearing a life jacket in the water
  • Learn how to stay safe, including recognizing an emergency and knowing how to call for help
  • Learn how to stay safe in, on and around the water, including the use of a life jacket, recognizing lifeguards and sun safety.

Pre-School Aquatics Level 2

Purpose

To build on the basic aquatic skills learned in PSA Level 1.

Prerequisites 

  • Successfully demonstrate the exit skills assessments from Preschool Aquatics Level 1.

Learning Objectives

  • 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 or back
  • Finning arm action on back
  • Learn how to stay safe, including recognizing an emergency and knowing how to call for help
  • Learn how to stay safe in, on and around the water, including the use of a life jacket, recognizing lifeguards and sun safety

Pre-School Aquatics Level 3

Purpose

To increase proficiency and build on the basic aquatic skills learned in Levels 1 and 2 by providing additional guided practice with increased distances and times

Prerequisites 

  • Successfully demonstrate the exit skills assessments of Preschool Aquatics Level 2

Learning Objectives

  • 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 and back
  • Combined arm and leg actions on front and back
  • Tread water using arm and leg actions
  • Combined arm and leg actions on front and back
  • Learn how to stay safe, including recognizing an emergency and knowing how to call for help
  • Learn how to stay safe in, on and around the water, including the use of a life jacket, recognizing lifeguards and sun safety

Level 1 – Introduction to Water Skills

Purpose

To begin developing positive attitudes, good swimming habits and safe practices in and around the water

Prerequisites

  • There are no skill prerequisites for Introduction to Water Skills.
  • Participants start at about 6 years of age.

Learning Objectives

  • 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
  • Learn how to stay safe, including recognizing an emergency and knowing how to call for help
  • Learn how to stay safe in, on and around the water, including the use of a life jacket, recognizing lifeguards, and sun safety

 Level 2 – Fundamental Aquatic Skills

Purpose

To give participants success with fundamental skills, including learning how to float without support and to recover to a vertical position

 Prerequisites 

  • Valid American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim Level 1: Introduction to Water Skills certificate or successful demonstration of all certification requirements from Level 1

Learning Objectives

  • 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
  • Learn how to stay safe, including recognizing an emergency, knowing how to call for help and perform
  • simple non-swimming assists
  • Learn how to stay safe in, on and around the water, including the use of a life jacket, recognizing lifeguards, and sun safety
  • Learn to look carefully before entering the water
  • Learn what to think about and do when exhausted or caught in a dangerous situation

 Level 3 – Stroke Development

Purpose

To build on the skills in Level 2 by providing additional guided practice in deeper water

Prerequisites 

  • Valid American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim Level 2: Fundamental Aquatic Skills certificate or successful demonstration of all certification requirements from Level 2

Learning Objectives

  • 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
  • Learn to look carefully before entering the water
  • Learn to perform simple non-swimming assists
  • Learn to recognize, prevent and respond to cold water emergencies

 Level 4 – Stroke Improvement

Purpose

To develop participants’ confidence in the strokes learned in Level 3 and to improve other aquatic skills

Prerequisites 

  • Valid American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim Level 3: Stroke Development certificate or successful demonstration of all completion requirements from Level 3

Learning Objectives

  • 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
  • Learn to look carefully before entering the water
  • Learn what to think about and do when exhausted or caught in a dangerous situation
  • Learn to perform simple non-swimming assists
  •  Learn about recreational water illnesses and how to prevent them

REGISTER HERE

For more information, please contact:

Rialto Heller
Coordinator of Aquatic Programs and Services
(954) 262-6804
rh820@nova.edu

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