Boston University Physical Education, Recreation & Dance
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For children 6-18 months. One parent or guardian must work in the water with the infant/toddler under the direction of the instructor. This class is not designed to teach children to survive in the water on their own. Following the American Red Cross Parent and Child Aquatic Program, children are encouraged to feel comfortable in the water in a fun and safe environment through the use of songs and activities. Information on safety and swimming techniques are given to parents.
For children 18 months-3 years. One parent or guardian must work in the water with the child under the direction of the instructor. This class is not designed to teach children to survive in the water on their own. Following the American Red Cross Parent and Child Aquatic Program, children are encouraged to feel comfortable in the water in a fun and safe environment through the use of songs and activities. Terrier Tots includes more advanced skills for infants/toddlers including floating, blowing bubbles, kicking and arm strokes. Information on safety and swimming techniques are also reviewed in class.
For 2.5-5 year olds who have completed Terrier Babies and/or Terrier Tots and are ready to transition to group lessons but need a little more experience working with an instructor and following directions in a class setting. The first two classes will involve the parent or guardian working with the child in the water with an emphasis on the child working with the instructor on floating, kicking, and putting their face in the water. During the third and fourth lesson, the parent or guardian will remain on the pool deck. For the final two lessons, the parent or guardian will remain in the waiting area, similar to a preschool class. The ratio for Tots in Training is one instructor to three students or two instructors to five students.
For 3-5 year olds. Terrier Explorers is designed for preschoolers who are ready to be in a class without their parent or guardian in the water. Children will learn how to get their face wet, blow bubbles, explore the water with their instructor and practice skills with support. Children must have confidence participating without a parent in the pool. The ratio for Terrier Explorers is one instructor to four students.
For 3-5 year olds. Skills from Terrier Explorers are built upon in this class and children are encouraged to try more skills such as, floating and kicking on their front and back with limited support from the instructor when they are ready. Children must be able to comfortably and voluntarily submerge their nose, eyes and mouth to enroll in this class. Completion of Terrier Explorers or an equivalent class is required to enroll in Terrier Splashers. The ratio for Terrier Splashers is one instructor to four students.
For 3-5 year olds. Children should be able to perform skills like floating and submerging underwater comfortably without any support before enrolling in this class. Participants will practice floating and swimming on their front and back as well as kicking and underwater skills. The instructors will encourage swimming without support from instructional devices and introduce the students to deep water. The ratio for Terrier Treaders is one instructor to four students.
For 6-12 year olds. An introduction to water, emphasizing comfort and safety. Elementary aquatic skills are introduced such as bubble blowing, kicking, and floating with close supervision from the instructor. There are no prerequisites for this class.
For 6-12 year olds. Builds on the fundamental skills from level 1. Students learn to float and recover without support and explore swimming on the front and back. This level marks the beginning of true locomotion skills. Prerequisites: Can do some skills unsupported, such as floating, gliding, and kicking, even if for only a few seconds. Child is very comfortable blowing bubbles and submerging mouth, nose and eyes.