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Lessons

Bartlett Swim Academy

Swim lessons are held year-round at our indoor facility for individuals six months of age and older. Instruction is available in the form of group swim lessons, semi-private swim lessons, and private swim lessons. For information regarding class dates, times, prices and registration activity ID, please check out our Program Guide.

Learning to swim is unique to each person. Some people are visual learners and can learn through the “watch me method”, some are auditory learners and are able to transfer the direction someone gives into what they need to do, some are experience based and need to “practice, practice, practice” and some are a mixture of them all. Our Swim Academy instructors will provide all of these methods to teaching your student. Our teaching is based upon a natural progression of mastery of skills that provide a successful transition to the next level. This creates a foundation for each student to build upon and achieve success. Whether you are looking for a program to provide water safety or if you are looking for a program to build the foundation for the next Olympic Athlete the Bartlett Swim Academy is the answer.

  • Safety is always our number one priority and lifeguards are on duty at all times during lessons.
  • Our friendly instructors make learning fun and we emphasize swimming as a lifelong skill.
  • Affordable pricing and small group, semi-private, private, and custom lessons are available for a variety of ages on different days and times.
  • At the end of each session the student is given a Splash Central admission coupon to come back and practice their skills and have fun!

TOT

Parent and Tot Swimming Exploration

Come and explore the water with your infant or toddler! In this class, instructors work with the parents in the water to help the child become comfortable and independent in the water, as well as learning basic and fundamental swimming skills, for example: arm movements, introduction to floating, putting their face in the water, and more! Child/Parent ratio must be 1:1

Elements that are used to determine advancement to next level:

• Listens to instructor
• Kick on front and back with assistance
• Sits on wall when told
• Sits on wall to get into water
• Arm movements
• Introduction to back and front floats
• Blows bubbles
• Can put face in the water
• Jumps into water with help
• Feels comfortable with an instructor

Tiny Tot Adventurers

Toddlers will learn to develop independence and confidence in the water. Instructors work with each child on developing comfort in the water and teaching them new skills in a fun and safe environment, and will also be encouraged to achieve a level of comfort where they can put their entire head and body under the water. Our ultimate goal is to help prepare the student for our Basic Skills series of classes.

Elements that are used to determine advancement to next level:

• Kicks on front and back with swim tools and assistance
• Forward and backwards arm circles
• Introduction to front and back glide
• Supported back and front float (10 seconds)
• Jumps into the water independently
• Comfortable and confident in water (3ft 6in area)
• Fully submerges entire head and body underwater (consistently)
• Blows bubbles

Basic Skills Series

Level I: Introduction to Basic Skills

Elements focused on developing for advancement into the next level:

• Front stroke and backstroke 10ft with assistance
• Introduction to elementary backstroke
• Introduction to rhythmic breathing with arm alternation
• Uses swim tools independently
• Front and back floats 5 seconds (independently)
• Independent front and back glide
• Jumps into the deep end independently with swim tools
• Lifejacket Safety

Level II: Fundamentals of Swimming

Safety Note: This class will be held in at least 3 ft. 6in. water. If swimmers have trouble touching the floor, they must stay on the wall at all times. Failure to listen to directions from the instructor can result in reduction in level or removal from the program due to safety.

Elements focused on developing for advancement into the next level:

• Kicks on front and back independently with swim tools
• Front stroke and backstroke 12.5 yards (independently)
• Elementary Backstroke 12.5 yards (independently)
• Front stroke with rhythmic breathing
• Floats on front and back for 10 seconds (independently)
• Introduction to treading water
• Jumps into the deep end independently without swim tools
• Retrieval of underwater object

Level III: Endurance & Stroke Refinement

Note: For younger students not yet possessing the endurance to successfully graduate from Level III, the Bartlett Park District Swim Academy recommends enrollment in Private Swim Lessons for a specialized endurance-building program.

Elements focused on developing for advancement into the next level:

• Front Stroke 25 yards independently, alternating arms, kicking, and rhythmic breathing (consistently)
• Backstroke 25 yards independently, alternating arms and kicking (consistently)
• Elementary backstroke 25 yards independently
• Introduction to breaststroke and butterfly kicks
• Tread water for 30 seconds consistently
• Introduction to diving

Level IV: Endurance Training

Elements focused on developing for advancement into the next level:

• Freestyle 50 yards, alternating arms, kicking, and rhythmic breathing (consistently)
• Backstroke 50 yards, alternating arms and kicking (consistently)
• Elementary backstroke 50 yards without stopping
• 25 yards breaststroke and butterfly
• Tread water 1 minute consistently
• Diving (enter water head first from the side)

Swim Team Clinic

Swimmers who have the desire to swim competitively or have mastered Level IV and/or have competed in Bartlett Barracuda’s previous season, Bartlett Swim Academy Swim Team Clinic helps young swimmers prepare them for a swim team environment. This conditioning program is to help swimmers with training to improve stroke technique, endurances, fitness, discipline, goal setting, and more to make them Bartlett Barracudas Swim Team ready!

Intro to Competitive Swimming

Elements focused on during the course:

•  50 yards of all four strokes (Butterfly, Backstroke, Breaststroke, and Freestyle)
• Emphasis on endurance, good form, and consistency w/ good turns
•  Knowledge of proper lane usage and using time clock
•  Tread water 2 minutes (consistently)
•  Introduction to flip turns and finishes
•  Proper streamline from dive & flip turn
•  Long and shallow dives

Intermediate Competitive Swimming

Elements focused on during the course:

•  75 yards of all four strokes (Butterfly, Backstroke, Breaststroke, and Freestyle)
•  Emphasis on endurance, good form, and consistency w/ good turns
• Introduction to 100 IM
• Knowledge of how to read and complete a swim practice set
• Tread water 3 minutes (consistently)
• Proper turns and finishes•
• Two hand touches breaststroke and butterfly
•  Dives from the starting block

Advance Competitive Swimming

Elements focused on during the course:

•  100 yards of all four strokes (Butterfly, Backstroke, Breaststroke, and Freestyle)•
• Emphasis on endurance, good form, and consistency w/ good turns
• Introduction to relay starts
• Tread water 5 minutes (consistently)
• Proper starts, turns, finishes, and streamline

 

Intro To Competitive Swimming

For students completing Advanced Skills III who have the desire to swim competitively, this course will weave elements of a swim team environment into stroke refinement and development. Students will learn the basics of flip turns and proper starting techniques. The  Swim Academy recommends this course for any individual desiring to swim for the Bartlett Barracudas Swim Team for the first time.
Location: Lap Pool- 3ft 6in-12ft

Stroke Refinement

Students will focus and develop and enhance one of the four major strokes: Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke, or Butterfly. Students will learn and gather the ability to refine and sustain good form and endurance in the stroke that most interests them. Stroke refinement is perfect for swimmers that are interested or who currently participate in recreation or competitive teams

Adult

Whether you have a fear of swimming, want to improve your swimming skills, or are looking for a year-round fitness activity, the Swim Academy’s Adult Swim Lessons are for you. Lessons will be taught based upon your present skill level. Instructors take time to work with each student and maintain a comfortable and efficient learning environment.

Private

Receive a more personalized approach with the Bartlett Park District Swim Academy’s private swim lessons. The one-on-one technique of these lessons help to facilitate a more effective learning environment for certain swimmers. Instructors will build strong relationships with students in order to understand their needs. These classes tend to fill up quickly, so register early!

Custom Private Lessons

Would you like to take private swim lessons but the scheduled times just don’t work? Is your favorite instructor already requested at a regular Private Swim Lessons time? Now you can schedule your time and instructor. Just register at the front desk and fill out the request form and the instructor will be in contact with you. Online registration is not available. This is the ONLY Private Lesson class that will allow you to take classes outside regularly published class times.

Custom Semi-Private Buddy Swim Lessons

Would you like to take semi private buddy swim lessons but the scheduled times just don’t work? Is your favorite instructor already requested at a regular Private/Semi- Private Buddy Swim Lessons time? Now you can schedule your time and instructor for semi private buddy lessons. The custom semi-private buddy lessons will have a 2:1 or 3:1 ratio and are tailored to meet your personal needs. You must register with one or two additional swimmers. Single participants will not be registered. Families or friends may sign up together to motivate each other. All parties in the lesson need to be present upon registration or else class will not be eligible to run. Online registration is not available. Lessons will be more progressive with similar skill levels. Just register at the front desk and fill out the questionnaire/ request form and the assigned instructor will be in contact with you. This Semi Private Buddy Lesson class is not available during regularly published swim lesson class times and only is available during Splash Central Operating Hours.

Semi-Private Buddy Swim Lessons

Looking for a smaller group lesson?  These lessons will have a 2:1 or 3:1 ratio and are tailored to meet your personal needs. You must register with one or two additional swimmers. Single participants will not be registered. Families or friends may sign up together to motivate each other. No online registration available. All parties in the lesson need to be present upon registration or else class will not be eligible to run. To create a smoother registration process, please be sure to fill out a questionnaire when registering. Questions will include partner’s name(s), ages, skill level and instructor request (if any). Lessons will be more progressive with similar skill levels. 

Advanced Private Swim Lessons

Get a more advanced approach with these lessons. These are taught by advanced instructors and swim team coaches and are for those swimmers and competitors looking to improve their stroke. Lessons are 30 minutes in length for a series of six lessons. Register for class and an instructor will call you within one week.

Introduction to Springboard Diving

Students will learn basic fundamentals and diving techniques, and how to ride the diving board, enter the water feet first and perform a forward head-first dive from the end of the board. They will also learn how to jump safely off the diving board backwards and how to perform a jump while twisting in the air and landing feet first.

Intermediate to Springboard Diving

Students will learn how to use their arms to improve the “five step approach” learned in the intro class. Elementary skills including the back jump and inward dive will be expanded to include arm usage. More complex movements will be added to the head-first dive including front and back twists.

Advanced to Springboard Diving

This course is designed to reinforce the five major types of dives taught in the previous two classes: front, back, inward, reverse, and twist. Students will have more freedom to safely experiment with somersaults and twists in their dives. Students will master the “five step approach” and riding the diving board.

Swim Lesson Evaluation

Swim Lesson evaluations are very important to us so that we can continue to improve and make changes to our program. Please download the evaluation, fill it out, save it, and email it in to us or drop it off at the BCC registration desk or at Splash Central.