Group Lessons

Starting Summer of 2018, Virginia Vale will be offering swim lessons from the Swim America Program.  This robust curriculum will teach your children how to swim skillfully and safely.

Lessons are held Mondays through Thursdays from 11–11:30 am and 11:30 –12 noon. There are no lessons on Fridays (except the week of July 4). No make up classes or refunds due to weather or other absences.

We will offer eight week-long sessions beginning June 4th. The cost of each week-long session is $25, or you can get one week free if you sign up for the whole summer for $175.

You must register and pay ONLINE. Payment by check or cash will NOT be accepted. Registration must be submitted by 5pm each Sunday. You must be logged in as a Virginia Vale member to register.

Private lessons are also available during regular club hours with coaches, lifeguards and swim instructors. Please contact them directly for scheduling.

Skills Progression and Advancement Goals

Station 1 – Bubbles

Skills To Be Learned

  • Gradual Water adaptation
  • Movement in the water
  • Breath holding and release
  • Submersion of the face
  • Opening eyes underwater
  • Blowing bubbles
  • Wall bobs with bubbles

Advancement Goals

  • 10 relaxed bobs

Station 2 – Floats and Glides

Skills To Be Learned

  • Front float and recover
  • Front glide and recover
  • Back float and recover
  • Back glide and recover
  • Dumping bobs
  • Streamline bobs

Advancement Goals

  • Front glide and recover 5 seconds
  • Back glide and recover 5 seconds

Station 3 – Kicking

Skills To Be Learned

  • Porpoising
  • Front kick, glide, and recover
  • Back kick, glide, and recover
  • Dolphin kick, glide, and recover
  • Seesaw body movement
  • Sitting on the kickboard

Advancement Goals

  • Front kick 15 feet
  • Back kick 15 feet

Station 4 – Crawl Stroke

Skills To Be Learned

  • Rollover – front to back, back to front
  • Finning and sculling
  • Side-glide-kick
  • Crawl armstroke
  • Backwards bobs
  • Somersaults forward and back

Advancement Goals

  • Side-glide-kick, 20 feet
  • Crawl stroke, 20 feet (no breathing)

Station 5 – Freestyle

Skills To Be Learned

  • Crawl stroke with breathing
  • Back crawl stroke
  • Double somersaults
  • Handstands
  • Horizontal head first sculling

Advancement Goals

  • Crawl stroke with breathing 30 feet

Station 6 – Backstroke

Skills To Be Learned

  • Extended freestyle swimming
  • Tread water
  • Jump in and tread water
  • Sitting dive
  • Kneeling dive
  • Standing dive

Advancement Goals

  • Swim freestyle 75 feet
  • Swim backstroke 30 feet
  • Tread water for 1 minute

Station 7 – Breaststroke & Butterfly

Skills To Be Learned

  • Breaststroke kick
  • Breaststroke swim
  • Butterfly arms
  • Butterfly swim
  • Windshield wiper w/ seesaw

Advancement Goals

  • Swim freestyle 50 meters
  • Swim backstroke 25 meters
  • Kick breaststroke 20 feet

Station 8 – Turns

Skills To Be Learned

  • Freestyle with bilateral breathing

Advancement Goals

  • Swim 100 meters with bilateral breathing
  • Swim 25 meters Breaststroke
  • Swim 10 meters Butterfly

Station 9 – Lifetime Strokes

Skills To Be Learned

  • Sidestroke kick
  • Sidestroke swim
  • Elementary backstroke

Advancement Goals

  • Swim 200 meters Freestyle
  • Swim 25 meters Butterfly
  • Swim 50 meters Breaststroke
  • Swim 50 meters Elementary Backstroke
  • Swim 50 meters Sidestroke

Station 10 – Individual Medley

Skills To Be Learned

  • Extended swimming and technique refinement

Advancement Goals

  • Swim 300 meters Freestyle
  • Swim 100 meters Backstroke
  • Swim 100 meter Individual Medley