Swim Lessons

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Learn-to-Swim

Swim lessons are a great way to increase your child’s confidence while setting the foundation for a healthy hobby. All Learn to Swim lessons are taught under the philosophy of the American Red Cross. The Learn to Swim Instructors follow the recommendations of the Red Cross in their teachings. Each level introduces a challenging variety of activities for the student. At the first class each child will be evaluated to determine his/her ability level. If needed, we will accommodate participant by placing him/her in appropriate level if space permits in the class. Any cancellations are made up in the week between sessions. For cancellation information, please contact the Adventure Island Courtesy Desk at (847)-531-7030

Four age group levels are scheduled for skill learning progressions:
Parent/Preschool Orientation: ages 6-36 months: requires adult participation
Preschooler: age 3-4 years: without adult participation
Preschool/Beginners: age 4-5: without adult participation

Age Suggestion for Level 1-6
Level I: age 5-6: without adult participation
Level II: age 6-7: without adult participation
Level III: age 7-8: without adult participation
Level IV: age 8-9: without adult participation
Level V: age 9-10: without adult participation
Level VI: age 10-11: without adult participation

Red Cross Infant and Preschool Aquatic Program (IPAP)
Throughout the three levels, preschool-age children are taught basic aquatic safety and swimming skills, all the while increasing their comfort level in and around the water. Skills are age-appropriate, helping children achieve success on a regular basis and enjoy social interactions with other children. As in all Swimming and Water Safety courses, your child will always know that it’s safety first. Hours vary/

Preschool Aquatics Level 1
Orients children to the aquatic environment and helps them gain basic aquatic skills.
* Enter water using ramp, steps or side
* Exit water using ladder, steps or side
* Blow bubbles through mouth and nose
* Submerge mouth, nose and eyes
* Open eyes underwater and retrieve submerged objects
* Front glide and recover to a vertical position
* Back glide and recover to a vertical position
* Back float
* Roll from front to back and back to front
* Tread with arm and hand actions
* Alternating and simultaneous arm and leg actions on front
* Alternating and simultaneous arm and leg actions on back
* Combined arm and leg actions on front and back
* Plus age-appropriate water safety topics

Preschool Aquatics Level 2
Helps children gain greater independence in their skills and develop more comfort in and around water.
* Enter water by stepping in from a deck or low height
* Exit water using ladder, steps or side
* Bobbing
* Open eyes underwater and retrieve submerged objects
* Front float
* Back glide and float and recover 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
* Plus age-appropriate water safety topics

Preschool Aquatics Level 3
Helps children start to gain basic swimming propulsive skills to be comfortable in and around water.
* Enter water by jumping in
* Fully submerge and hold breath
* Bobbing
* Rotary breathing
* Front, jellyfish and tuck floats
* Front and back float or glide and recover to a vertical position
* 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 on back
* Plus age-appropriate water safety topics

Red Cross Level I-Water Exploration
Designed to orient the swimmer with the aquatic environment, focusing on supported floating and beginning arms. Safety skills are introduced in conjunction with stroke techniques.

Red Cross Level II-Primary Skills
This level emphasizes fundamental locomotion. Students work on unsupported floating combined with kicks and rhythmic breathing. Red Cross safety topics covered include reaching and extension assists.

Red Cross Level III-Stroke Readiness
Level III focuses on improving skill competency. Students begin deep water work including elementary backstroke, diving and treading water. Rescue breathing is a key Red Cross safety topic covered. This class will be held in the Lap Pool.

Red Cross Level IV-Stroke Development
This level reinforces the foundational strokes and safety skills. Students develop their breaststroke and sidestroke skills and are introduced to competitive turns. This class will be held in the Lap Pool.

Red Cross Level V-Stroke Refinement
Level V includes a technical review of front crawl, back crawl, elementary backstroke, breaststroke and sidestroke to refine these skills. Springboard diving safety is discussed and butterfly and surface dives are introduced.

Red Cross Level VI-Skill Proficiency/Advanced Skills
This level is designed to help advanced swimmers prepare for competitive swimming. Flip turns and endurance training are incorporated, along with stroke reinforcement. Advanced rescue skills are also introduced.

Private Swim Lessons

Get the personalized attention you need to build your swimming skills and confidence! Are the Learn-to Swim times not convenient for you? The City of Elgin is offering private swim lessons at The Centre of Elgin. Sign up through The Centre of Elgin and define the time you want for lessons. After registration, participants should receive a call within 48 hours. Participate in a one-on-one swim lesson with one of our instructors. For more information on this great program, call The Centre of Elgin at 847-531-7030.

Lecciones de natación en español

Elgin orgullosamente ofrece por primera vez instruccion de natación en español. Este curso se enseñara bajo la filosofia de la Cruz Roja Americana. Regístrese en línea!

We are excited to announce the City of Elgin has joined USA Swimming Foundation’s water safety initiative, Make a Splash. Consistent with the goal of saving lives and providing every child in America with the opportunity to learn how to swim, Make a Splash, a national child-focused water safety initiative, was created by the USA Swimming Foundation in 2007. Make a Splash partners with learn-to-swim providers across the country to provide swimming lessons and educate kids on the importance of learning how to swim. Many partner programs are located in disadvantaged or ethnically diverse communities and provide training programs (including certified instructors, resources and quality programming) to help children become water-safe and share with them a lifelong physical fitness activity.  Make a Splash’s awareness campaign is built around the staggering statistics that minority children ages 5-14 are most at risk for drowning, and drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death for children under the age of 14. Make a Splash educates parents through a national awareness campaign; saves lives by joining forces with grassroots learn-to-swim programs and reaches millions of children through its programming, promotions and publicity tours.