Swim Levels

Waterbabies Swim School Swim Levels

It all begins with building a strong bond of trust between the swimmer and the instructor. From this start, we add a carefully structured learning environment that allows the swimmer to be relaxed and comfortable around the water. Next, we add innovative teaching methods to keep learning fun and shorten the learning curve. Finally, we present knowledge and skills in a logical teaching progression so that one success builds upon another.

If you can not find the day and time you are looking for please call the office 949-488-2512. There may be a time we can create a new class.

Occasionally there may be an extra student in class to accomodate a make up.


Click the class level titles below to see an expanded details on each class.


Our Parent Tot Classes are 6 students with 2 Teachers, 30 Minute Class, with Spa Time after class!

Parent Tot

Our Parent Tot Classes are 6 students with 2 Teachers, 30 Minute Class, with Spa time after class. Ages will range from approx 4 mos to approx 2 ½ years.

There are three level formats built into our parent tot program. The teacher will assess your level and teach accordingly.

Pollywogs - These are all families new to our program. All ages less than 3 years, (or older students with special needs) are welcome to swim with a parent or caregiver attending them in the water. Babies as young as 4 months, will easily take to the water, and will begin to learn underwater swimming techniques. As the babies develop more skills will be taught to match their developmental milestones on dry land. This is the easiest age group to teach! You are their mirror! If you are comfortable, and confident, they will blossom into elite baby swimmers before their first birthday! These littlest students become role models for our older toddlers, who may be concerned about swimming underwater… The instructors will be able to meet your child and get to know him, while he becomes comfortable with this new situation. Children learn best when they are not stressed. If you cannot be in the water, we still recommend this class, with a parent or caregiver attending outside, but on the “steps”. All ages less than 3 years, (or older students with special needs) are welcome to swim with a parent or caregiver attending them in the water. The instructors will take the time to get to know each parent and child, learning about their personalities, and abilities.

Waterbabies – My Baby Can Swim! You may have been in our program for a few sessions. Waterbabies and their parents know cueing, submersions, back floats and initial wall work. They need much more guidance and practice learning how to develop longer swims, free swims, U turns, longer independent back floats, and overall independence and safety for their new baby swimmer. The teachers will guide the parents and encourage them to work on longer breath control, better cuing, proper body positioning, and safety training. You will be working on the skill sets from level 2. When your child is approximately 15 months or older, and he knows these skills well he may be ready for a level one or two class. Some children will ultimately learn more without the parent in the water, but always ask your teachers for their wisdom! Some toddlers will be upset when they are transferred to a class without a parent in the water with them. We will have you sit next to them on the steps, for their first few “solo” classes, for moral support. Most do just fine after three lessons with the new format, remember, repetition is the teacher. If you feel your child will not transfer well until he is older, then don’t! Stay in a parent tot format, and become your child’s teacher with our knowledge guiding you. Make sure to ask plenty of questions, read our baby swim manual, and make sure you are adding new skills as you continue to attend classes. Your child will only learn the skills that you, as the primary teacher, require him to learn.

Terrific Toddlers - Some children still do not do well without parents but love the water. These little ones love to swim and launch off the steps with no coaxing required. These toddlers need to be able to free swim at least 3 feet to the parent from the shelf. In this level, our swimming toddlers will learn skills designed for their new independence in the water. They will also learn how to manage their swimming skills appropriately for their ability. If not managed correctly, toddlers can become easily dangerous around swimming pools. This is not our method. We want our students to swim and be happy, but they should know their own abilities, as well as their own limitations. The instructors will guide the parents fully in how to continue to develop their babies swim ability, without encouraging dangerous practices. This class is still designed for the parent to be the teacher. If a parent cannot continue to teach the baby, then perhaps it is time to transfer to a course without the parent. It is important for the parents to remember in this class to really listen to the instructors. This is the area where we see dangerous practices becoming “habits”. Habits by nature are hard to break. Listen to your instructors and they will coach you how to become the teacher your child needs. All children are different, with differing needs, so we encourage you to watch, ask questions, and develop your skills as a teacher for your student. This class does require that the parent have discipline himself to practice skills his child might resist. The teachers with their experience and wisdom will guide you along the way!

Children near or over 2 years of age may transfer directly into a level one upon completion of this class, with instructor approval. You may also stay in this class as long as your child needs this level of support from you or the primary caregiver. Our goal is to teach you how to teach your child. We want you to become a proficient baby swim instructor yourself! How rewarding it is to have the skills to teach your own child to swim.

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Our Swimming Lessons are 3 Students with One teacher for 30 minutes, and Spa Time after class.

Level 1 – Ready, Go! Take a breath!

This class is designed for children 2 years and older who have little or no experience with the water. If your child is under the age of 2 years we recommend the Parent-Tot classes first due to separation anxiety which occurs between 12 and 36 months. In this level, we will introduce underwater submersions with your child. Any fear will subside by the third lesson, with your cooperation and support. You will see your child develop increased confidence as he acquires these preliminary swimming skills.  You can help your child progress by encouraging swimming skills at bath time!    Your child might be a level 2 if he can hold his breath, and swim to the teacher with his head down in the water, about 3-5 feet.

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Level 2 – Kick, Kick, Kick, Reach and Pull!

This level is designed for children who are comfortable with submersion, and who can also swim a short distance with their heads in the water, about 3-5 feet to a teacher. The instructor will introduce an independent back float, and longer underwater swims. The child will practice propelling short distances independently with bar floats.  When the child is able to float by himself on his back, and swim short distances with the head in the water, he will be taught how to swim roll (to breath) swim, and transfer to level 2/3.   The age, coordination, and personality of your child will influence how quickly these beginning skills are acquired.  You can also support his learning by encouraging your child to “do it all by himself”. Encourage him to back float by himself, work on this in the bath tub. Praise your child for working hard, and swimming without holding on.  Encourage your child to swim with his head in the water while waiting for his turn with the teacher.  The practice time on the “shelf” is how most children gain mastery over their uncertainty and this confidence transfers to independent swimming.

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Level 2/3 – Swim, Roll, Swim!

If your child can propel himself well face down in the water, and he can float on his back all by himself, and he can swim with a noodle by himself, he may be ready for level 2/3.  In this level, we work as a group, because now the kids can motor themselves independently around the pool with a bar float or noodle for assistance.  We will be emphasizing swimming on the back, because this is the easiest way for a child to save himself, and breath, when he cannot get back to the side of the pool.  This is our swim roll swim level.  When your child has developed a good kick, good body position, and has no anxiety, he will be taught to also lift his face up to breath, and then learn to tread water.  When he can swim the length of the pool, and lift his face to breath, and tread water (doggy paddle) with his face up, he is ready for level 3.

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Level 3 – Ready, Go! Take a Breath, Go!

This is the first level where the children are completely independent swimmers, and can breathe by themselves while swimming across the pool.  In this level we will continue to emphasize swimming on the back, and learn to streamline kick on the back, using no noodle for support.  We will work on developing a proper propulsive flutter kick, teach the breastroke arm pull, dolphin kick, and most importantly, your child will be required to learn a proper egg beater water tread.  This is a necessary skill to have in deep water, especially the ocean.  Children will also learn how to go from a vertical position, to a back float position, to rest when tired.  The children will learn the free style arm pull, and also may learn the backstroke arm pull, as backstroke is easier, as it does not require side breathing…If your child can tread water by himself for 5 minutes, can kick on his back with no help in a streamline position, knows the freestyle arm pull, and can stay with a group, listen and follow directions, he might be ready for level ¾.  We recommend children be at least 4 years of age or have our teachers’ recommendation, to advance to a level ¾.

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Level 3/4 – Chin up, Streamline, and Go!

This is a preparation class for level four. In this level we will master supine streamlines, prone streamlines, freestyle arm pull, backstroke arm pull, and learn how to breathe on the side with the freestyle stroke.  We will teach your child to breath bi laterally, meaning both sides, every three strokes, so they develop proper core body rotation, and can easily transfer to swim team.    We will continue to dolphin and tread water, and have lots of fun with lots of swiming in this fast paced class.  We recommend a child be at least four, with a teacher recommendation, and many children are closer to age five in this level.   If your child can swim the length of the pool with side breathing, and knows backstroke, has a good flutter kick, with proper body position, he is probably ready for level four.

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Level 4 – Get on the Wall! Freestyle, Go!

Level four students are working on their total coordination of freestyle and backstroke.  They need to breathe bilaterally, every 3 strokes.  We like to see our kids develop proper body rotation, which assists with side breathing.  We also want to see a beautiful and powerful flutter kick which drives the stroke.  We will continue to dolphin, and may even Butterfly!  We might touch on the Breastroke kick, although Butterfly and Breastroke are taught more frequently in level five, as we encourage the kids to learn beautiful free and backstroke first, before moving on in depth to the other strokes.  If your child has a beautiful coordinated freestyle with side breathing, and a good backstroke, he might be ready for level 5.  Our baby swimmers are always at higher levels, at younger ages, but always ask your teacher what level she recommends for your child.  We also need to make sure that your child is mature enough to be in a higher level and take direction and instruction verbally, with no physical assist. All the previous levels will have much higher levels of teacher physical assisting.  But level four and up is more geared to verbal instruction.

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Level 5 – Mastery is Beautiful!

If your child is approximately six years or older and has successfully completed the level 4 skills, they may enter a level 5 course. This course is designed to refine all four competitive swim strokes, along with diving, treading water for longer time periods, and building endurance. Emphasis will be placed on the children executing accurate stroke technique so they may streamline onto the swim team or participate in a junior lifeguard program if that is desired. More teaching time will be spent on the Breaststroke and Butterfly, as the Free and Back should be very good at this level.

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