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 years old 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 years old. 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 years old. 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 years old. 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 years old. 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 years old. 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.
For 6-12 years old. Builds on locomotion skills from level 2. Students learn to coordinate the front crawl and back crawl with breathing techniques. Head-first entries and elements of the butterfly, sidestroke, breaststroke and elementary backstroke are introduced. Prerequisites: Can swim on front and back unsupported for at least 15 feet with alternating arm action and continuous kicking. Can float and glide unsupported and fully submerge at least 5 times continuously.
For 6-14 years old. Stroke Improvement - Develops confidence, coordination and strength in all six strokes (front crawl, back crawl, breaststroke, butterfly, elementary backstroke and sidestroke). Open turns and more advanced entries are introduced. Prerequisites: Can swim front crawl at least 15 yards, back crawl 15 yards and butterfly and breaststroke kick at least 15 feet. Can do a kneeling dive and tread water for at least 30 seconds.
For 6-14 years old. Stroke Refinement - Builds on coordination and refinement of all six strokes (front crawl, back crawl, breaststroke, butterfly, elementary backstroke and sidestroke). Flip turns on front and back are introduced. Swimming at greater distances is achieved. Prerequisites: Can swim front crawl 25 yards with rotary breathing. Can swim 15 yards of breaststroke, butterfly, elementary backstroke, and sidestroke. Can do a standing dive and tread water for 1 minute.
For 6-14 years old. Fitness Swimmer - Refines strokes to focus on efficiency, power and smoothness over greater distances. Flip turns, treading water, and head-first entries are emphasized. Students will work to build endurance by swimming longer distances. Prerequisites: Can swim front crawl and back crawl at least 50 yards and all other strokes at least 25 yards. Technique in all the strokes should be strong with good coordination. Can do flip turns, shallow dives and tread water for at least 2 minutes.
For 8-16 years old. This class provides an opportunity for young swimmers who want to learn advanced skills in preparation for competitive swimming. Students will focus on improving stroke technique for the four competitive strokes while practicing flip turns, starts and racing skills. Endurance will be a large component of the workouts and team work, goal setting and good sportsmanship will be incorporated into the program.
For 6-14 years old. This is an introduction to springboard diving for the beginner. Students will learn basic dive skills (hurdle, straight, tuck, pike position) with emphasis on safety. Prerequisites: Must be able to demonstrate a standing dive from the side of the pool and swim 25 yards front crawl.
For 6-16 years old. A continuation of beginning springboard diving. Builds on beginning dive skills (hurdle, straight, tuck, pike position) with emphasis on safety. Twisting and reverse dives will be introduced. Prerequisites: Must be able to demonstrate a standing dive and swim using alternate breathing one length of the diving well and must have passed Beginning Diving or equivalent.
For 8-19 years old. Divers should meet the minimum dive requirements for FINA competition in their age group, and/or have the approval of the instructor. Training will reinforce the fundamentals of diving (strength and flexibility, boardwork, posture, body alignment, dive initiation mechanics and entry techniques), while focusing on learning new dives and meet preparation.
Individual swim lessons designed for adults and children with special needs. Students will be accompanied into the pool with a dedicated personal certified swim instructor to work on life-saving skills, introductory swimming skills in addition to having fun in the water. A parent or other adult is welcome to accompany the student into the water and explore the pool with them. Lessons will aim to improve strength, endurance and coordination while promoting a safe and fun atmosphere. The individual attention from the instructors will also help build self-esteem in a new learning environment. Lesson will be planned for 45 minutes allowing for an additional 15 minutes to provide a smooth transition in and out of the pool. Our pool has a zero depth entry to provide easy access into the water, a lazy river with a gentle current and is kept at 85 degrees.