Class Levels/Goals

Below we have provided descriptions of the various swim levels. The Class Levels are based on age and skill level. The skills we expect a swimmer to be able to perform in order to complete a particular swim level at Wedgwood are listed in red. This information can assist you in determining which class is the most suitable for your child. It is important for your child to be placed in a class that will address his/her needs and support the development of specific skills. Additionally, flexibility to move a swimmer to a different level once the session has begun is limited. For these reasons, if you are at all unsure about your child’s skill level or need help determining an appropriate class, we highly recommend that you bring them in for a brief, complimentary swim test (conducted by one of our instructors) during our normal hours of operation.


In the Preschool/Floater levels the class size is 5 students.

Preschool I: This class is a great place to start for preschool aged children who are new to swimming and are not comfortable putting their face in the water. The focus is developing comfort in the water through games, and having fun!  

• Comfortable in water
• Horizontal position, front (asst.) • Horizontal position, back (asst.) • Bobs, 5 in shallow water
• Kicking on front
• Kicking on back
• Face float
• Deep-water exposure, 4 ft.

Preschool II: This class is for preschool aged children who are comfortable in the water, willing to join a group and are able to do bobs under water. The focus is developing beginning swimming skills, including kicking on their stomach and back, and beginning crawlstroke, while still learning through games.

• Face float, 10 count (in 3 ft) • Back float (in 3ft.)
• Float and kick, front, 10 ft.
• Float and kick, back 10 ft.
• 5 head bobs (in 3 ft)
• Beginning crawl stroke, head down, no breathing • Sit dive (asst.)
• Beginning rhythmic breathing
• Deep-water exposure, 12 ft.

Preschool III: this class is for preschool age children who are ready to work on crawl stroke with side breathing and backstroke. This class is structured like an upper level class where students take turns practicing each skill with the teacher, and focuses less on learning through games. 

• Crawl stroke, no breathing, good form, 10 ft. • Crawl stroke, some side breathing
• Backstroke, 10 ft.
• Back float, 15 seconds
• Change positions, back to crawl • Jump into deep water, 12 ft.
• Kick with kick board, 25 ft.
• Wing and kick on back, 10 ft.
• Sit dive

Floater I: This class is for children ages 6 and up who are new to swimming and are learning to be comfortable in the water and/or putting their face in the water. They will learn to do head bobs, float on their stomach and back, and beginning crawl stroke.

• Comfortable in water
• 5 head bobs (in 3 ft)
• Face float, 10 count (in 3 ft)
• Back float (in 3ft.)
• Float and kick, front, 10 ft.
• Float and kick, back 10 ft.
• Beginning crawl stroke, head down, no breathing
• Beginning rhythmic breathing

Floater II: This class is for children ages 6 and up who are comfortable in the water and are able to put their face in the water. The focus is on learning to swim crawl stroke and introductory backstroke.

• Crawl stroke, no breathing, good form, 10 ft. • Crawl stroke, some side breathing
• Backstroke, 10 ft.
• Back float, 15 seconds
• Change positions, back to crawl • Jump into deep water, 12 ft.
• Kick with kick board, 25 ft.
• Wing and kick on back, 10 ft.
• Sit dive

In the Beginner levels the class size increases from 5 students to 6 students.

Youth Beginner: this is a new class focusing on beginning swimming skills for children ages 10 and up. It is a combination of Floater I & II and Beginner I, and focuses on beginning crawl stroke and backstroke.

• Crawl stroke, good form
• Backstroke, good form, 25 ft.
• Back float, 30 seconds
• Rhythmic breathing to the side, 10 times
• Crawl stroke, some side breathing, across pool • Kick width of pool w/ kick board
• Wing and kick on back, 25 ft.
• Beginning dive

Beginner I: This class focuses on learning crawl stroke and backstroke with good form and increasing the distance to 25 feet. Children also learn winging and kicking, and beginning diving.

• Crawl stroke, good form
• Backstroke, good form, 25 ft.
• Back float, 30 seconds
• Rhythmic breathing to the side, 10 times
• Crawl stroke, some side breathing, across pool • Kick width of pool w/ kick board
• Wing and kick on back, 25 ft.
• Beginning dive

Beginner II: this class focuses on increased distance of crawl stroke with side breathing and backstroke, swimming the width of the pool. Children also learn to dive into deep water and treading water.

• Crawl stroke, side breathing, width of the pool, good form
• Backstroke, width of pool, good form
• Wing and kick on back, 25 yd.
• Back float, 45 seconds
• Combined, back to crawl
• Kick, 25 yd. w/ kick board
• Dive into deep water
• Tread water, proper coordination

Beginner III: (previously called Advanced Beginner) this class includes a significant increase in distance, swimming crawl stroke and backstroke for 25 yards. New skills include elementary backstroke and beginning breaststroke.

• Crawl stroke, side breathing, 25 yd., good form
• Backstroke, 25 yd., good form
• Elementary backstroke, 25 yd.
• Beginning breaststroke
• Breaststroke kick
• Back float, 1 min.
• Tread water 1 min.
• Dive, good from
• Bobbing in deep water, 10 times
• Under water swimming

In the intermediate levels the class size increases from 6 students to 8 students.

Intermediate I: in this class the distance children swims increases from 25 yards to 50 yards, for backstroke, crawl stroke, and elementary backstroke. Children continue to work on proper technique for swimming breast stroke and diving with good form.

• Crawl stroke, side breathing, 50 yards, good form
• Backstroke, 50 yd., good form
• Back float, 2 min.
• Breaststroke, proper coordination
• Elementary backstroke, 50 yd.
• Tread water, 2 min.
• Dive, good form
• Bobbing in deep water, 20 times
• Underwater swimming across pool

Intermediate II: The distance increases to swimming crawl stroke for 75 yards. Children also learn to swim breaststroke with good form for 25 yards and are introduced to side stroke, butterfly, and swimming turns.

• Crawl stroke, good from, 75 yd.
• Backstroke, good form, 50 yd.
• Back float, 5 min.
• Breaststroke, good form, 25 yd.
• Introduction to sidestroke
• Introduction to butterfly
• Tread water, 3 min.
• Dive, good form, from board
• Introduction to turns; Combined skills

Intermediate III: (previously called Swimmer): there is an increase in distance across all strokes at this level, and children will learn to swim butterfly with proper coordination, dive from the board and learn turns with proper coordination.

• Crawl stroke, good form, 100 yd.
• Backstroke, good form, 50 yd.
• Back float, 5 min.
• Breaststroke, good form, 50 yd.
• Sidestroke, good form, 25 yd.
• Butterfly, proper coordination
• Tread water, 5 min.
• Dive, good form, from board; Turns, proper coordination
• Underwater swimming, 25 ft.

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