GROUP SWIMMING LESSONS for Children.
$11.00 / 30 minute Group Swimming Lesson
There is a maximum of 3 children per class in our 30 minute swimming lessons. Our lessons are segmented by SWIMMING ABILITY. Lessons are offered TWO DAYS PER WEEK in a Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday format. Lessons are offered ONE DAY PER WEEK on Fridays and Saturdays (depending on location and season). We offer open enrollment – start anytime. Our fees are based on the calendar month. The tuition fee noted in the class listings are for a full month of lessons. If your initial enrollment is for a partial month the fees will be prorated accordingly after enrollment. Family Registration fee applies. Fee details are available on our Policies page.
1. Read the class level descriptions below and click ENROLL NOW for the appropriate level class. If you will be registering more than one swimmer, please write down the class name for future reference in the registration process.
2. In the next window you will scroll to the LOCATION and lesson DAYS of preference. Click the ENROLL link next to the class time of preference. If WAIT LIST appears next to a class it is full. You may join the wait list or select alternate class. If there are no classes available at your preferred time, at the bottom of the page is a list of OPEN classes that are unassigned – no students/ no class level. Select one of these and your child will be the first to enroll in the class. If you will be enrolling a second child you will be able to do this in the next window as well.
3. After clicking ENROLL or WAIT LIST the Registration Form will open. Complete the Registration Form. Have credit card handy. If you are enrolling more than one student, follow the instructions on the Registration form above the “Classes” section.
TUMBLEWEED – typically 2-3 yrs
This is our introductory level where we get over our fear of water and become comfortable being away from our parents. The goal for children in the Tumbleweed level is to become comfortable being away from their parents and happily going underwater while blowing bubbles. Using songs and games swimmers are introduced to glides, kicking, back floats and climbing out of the pool with assistance. To pass the Tumbleweed level swimmers must happily go under with the instructors.
TEDDY BEAR CHOLLA – typically 2-3 yrs
This is the proper level for beginner swimmers who are already comfortable in and under the water and comfortable being away from their parents. The goal for children in the Teddy Bear Cholla level is to be able to confidently glide and kick glide independently. Swimmers in this level are challenged by working on independently rolling over from a back float, kicking to the side and climbing out of the pool independently. Children will pass the Teddy Bear Cholla level when they can independently initiate a 4-5ft glide and kick glide and independently back float/roll over and get to the wall with assistance to limb out.
GOLDEN BARREL – typically 3-5yrs
Typically 3-5 yrs but many 6 & 7 year olds will begin their swim lessons at this level. The goal for children in the Golden Barrel level is to be able to do kickers and and big arms together and be able to take a breath independently and continue to swim. Swimmers safety skills are improved by learning to back float and roll over independently, get to the wall and climb out independently. This is the most difficult level to complete. Swimmers pass into the next level when they are able to take four strokes and take a breath, repeat 3 X independently. We strongly recommend attending at least 2 lessons each week.
PRICKLY PEAR – typically 4-6 yrs
Prickly Pears are able to swim with confidence and are in the process of learning to side breath. This level also begins to focus on more challenging swimming skills like rings over a distance, diving from a knee and Elementary Backstroke which is the first survival stroke introduced in the Saguaro Aquatics curriculum. To pass the Prickly Pear level swimmers will be able to swim the crawl stroke doing proper side breathing while maintaining a proper kick. After completing this level swimmers will also be able to do Elementary Backstroke be more skilled swim 3-dimensionally in the water.
BLUE AGAVE – typically 5 yrs & Up
Swimmers entering this are able to swim the length of the pool with a strong crawl stroke. The goal for students in the Blue Agave level is to learn the Backstroke; swimming with confidence for the length of the pool. Swimmers in this level learn to tread water as a safety skill and begin discussing pool safety. The intent of the safety discussion is to encourage good decision making in and around water – pools, lakes and oceans. When swimmers move onto the next level they have added to their swimming skill set the ability to swim backstroke with correct form, tread water and have the knowledge to make good decisions around water.
Swimmers are introduced to Breaststroke and Side Stroke in the Joshua Tree Level. Because of their low energy output both strokes are critical survival strokes and safety skills. To keep swimming skills sharp other strokes and skills are revisited. To join the next level, Saguaro, swimmers can swim both Breaststroke and Side Stroke for 2 laps with proper form. After passing the Joshua Tree level the jr SWIM TEAM is a strongly recommended. See our SWIM TEAM page for more information
Students entering the Saguaro level are strong swimmers, able to perform Crawl, Back and Breaststroke and ready to master Butterfly. Students in this class may already be on swim team but want to improve their butterfly technique. To pass this level swimmers are able to swim Butterfly two lengths of the pool in proper form, with a 15-20 second rest in between each length. They are also able to swim the other major strokes with strength and proficiency, along with Elementary Back Stroke and Sidestroke.
Jr. Swim team
They also know Saguaro Aquatics Water Safety Rules. After completing this level it is time for our Jr Swim Team. Swimmers learn racing starts, improve on open turns and flip turns, become familiar with training methods and vocabulary such as circle swimming and intervals and many other aspects of being part of a swim team. The Saguaro Aquatics’ swim team is called Monsoon Swim Club. Along with swimming skills Team Monsoon promotes a positive team culture and disciplined work ethic. Team Monsoon competes in the USA Swimming league and the Southern Arizona Aquatics Association (SAAA) summer league. See our TEAM PAGE For more information on joining the Monsoon Swim Club.