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Lessons will be held at
the Foster Aquatic Center. A limited number of lesson slots will be available.
Preschool 1-3 and Levels 1-6 will be offered where possible. What classes are
still available? Go to the registration page and click on the Details button.
Once registration starts, that Details button changes to a Register button, and
then the pop-up shows which classes are still available; it updates as people
Swim lesson registration
is for eight (8) weekday classes. Any classes cancelled due to weather or other
unforeseen circumstances will be refunded at the end of each two-week set of
classes if make-up lessons cannot be completed.
Group Swimming Lessons are
divided by age and by skill level. Due to the many skills required to graduate
from each level, it is not uncommon for children to repeat a class. Our overall
goal for swim lessons is to help your swimmer become more comfortable and safer
in an aquatic environment. We work towards skill proficiency at each level.
Swimmers can advance to
the next level when they meet the objectives of their current level, which are
the same as the entry requirements for the next level. On the first day of
class, if a student is found to be in the wrong level, they will either be
moved to the correct level if there are open slots or the registration fee will
For a detailed
description of each lesson level, please review the Swim Level Chart:
ONLINE REGISTRATION and
You will be able to
register for our Learn to Swim Program online. A link to registration will be
posted when registration starts. Only online payment will be accepted during
the registration periods.
There is no walk-in
registration for these sessions.
All classes are
30-minutes long. There is a 15-minute break between classes. The class start
time is listed with the class level when registering. Classes are held 11:00am
- 1:45pm and 4:00pm - 7:00pm
LEARN TO SWIM WEB PAGE
You can test your own
swimmer by following the guidelines on the Swim Level Guide: https://www.mccsokinawa.com/uploadedFiles/MainSite/Content/Recreation_and_Leisure/Aquatics/Swim_Lesson_Level_Guide.pdf
POWER OF ATTORNEY
For you to register a
participant that is not legally your dependent, you must have a Power of
Attorney or Special Power of Attorney annotating the participant's name and
signed by the parent/legal guardian in your possession.
for refunds can be made at your lesson aquatic center or via email at
firstname.lastname@example.org. Amount is determined when the request is made.
• 100% refunds will be
given for withdrawal made on or before the 1st day of class.
• 75% refunds will be
given for withdrawal made on the 2nd day of class.
• 50% refunds will be
given for withdrawal made on the 3rd day of class.
• 25% refunds will be
given for withdrawal made on the 4th day of class.
• No refunds will be
given for withdrawal made after the 4th day of class.
In the event of thunder
or lightning the aquatic center must close for 30 minutes and the aquatic
center deck must be cleared of all personnel. If thunder or lightning is
present within 20 minutes of the lesson start time, we will cancel the lesson
for the day. For example, if your swimming lesson is scheduled for 11:00 a.m.,
the class would be cancelled if thunder or lightning was present at 10:40 a.m.
or thereafter. Any thunder or lightning before this 20-minute-prior mark does
not affect the lesson. For instance, thunder at 10:39 a.m. will not cancel the 11:00
a.m. lesson. If thunder or lightning occurs during a lesson, the remainder of
that lesson will be cancelled for the day. We will do our best to contact you
in the event of a cancellation, but we may be unsuccessful. If you are unsure
about your lesson’s status, please phone your lesson aquatic center.
• Foster Aquatic Center
645-2211 | Off Base 098-970-2211
For detailed descriptions, please check the Swim Levels Chart https://www.mccsokinawa.com/uploadedFiles/MainSite/Content/Recreation_and_Leisure/Aquatics/Swim_Level_Charts.pdf
Adult - $75
Age: 16 years old and older
Objective: Help participants gain basic aquatic skills and swimming
strokes, teach skills and concepts needed to stay safe in and around water and
to help themselves or others in an aquatic emergency, and improve proficiency
in the six basic swimming strokes.
Entry Requirements: None
Skills Covered: Vary based upon student needs.
Parent and Child -
Age: 6 months through approximately 3 years old. Parent must accompany
child in the water at each class, one parent per child.
Objective: Familiarize children between the ages of 6 months and
approximately 3 years with the water and teach swimming readiness skills;
Provide safety information for parents and teach techniques parents can use to
orient their children to the water.
Skills Covered: Holding and support techniques demonstrated by the parent;
water exploration with support; Water safety topics.
Preschool 1 - $75
Age: Approximately 4 to 6 years old
Objective: To help students become comfortable in the water and learn very
basic water safety.
Skills Covered: Enter the water using the pool steps; Blow bubbles; Put
their mouth, nose and eyes underwater; Front glide; Back glide; Roll over from
front to back and back to front; Use arm and hand treading action; Alternate
leg action on front and back; Alternate arm action on front and back; Use
combined arm action on front and back.
Preschool 2 - $75
Objective: To help students builds on the skills learned in Preschool 1.
1. Enter independently, using steps or side, travel at least 5 yards,
submerge to mouth and blow bubbles for at least 3 seconds then safely exit the
water (children can walk, move along the gutter or “swim”).
2. While in shallow water, glide on front at least 2 body lengths, then
roll to back and float on back for 3 seconds, then recover to a vertical
Skills Covered: Enter the water using pool steps; Bob; Open their eyes
under water and retrieve an object that's under water; Front float; Front
glide; Back float; Back glide; Roll over from front to back and back to front;
Tread water for 15 seconds; Use combined arm and leg action on front and back.
Preschool 3 - $75
Objective: To help students builds on the skills learned in Preschool 1 and
2, and start to develop coordinated arm and leg movements.
1. Glide on front for at least 2 body lengths, roll to back, float on back
for 15 seconds, then recover to a vertical position.
2. Glide on back for at least 2 body lengths, roll to front, then recover
to a vertical position.
3. Swim using combined arm and leg actions on front for at least 3 body
lengths, roll to back, float for 15 seconds, roll to front, then continue
swimming on front for at least 3 body lengths.
Skills Covered: Entering water by jumping in; Bob; Go completely under
water and hold their breath; Front float; Front glide; Back float; Back glide;
Roll over from front to back and back to front; Tread water for 30 seconds; Use
combined arm and leg action on front and back five body lengths.
Level 1 -
Introduction to Water Skills - $75
Age: Approximately 5 to 15 years old
Objective: To help students feel comfortable in the water and to enjoy the water
Skills Covered: Entering and exiting the water safely, learning to submerge
mouth, nose and eyes and breath control, front and back float and recovering to
a stand, changing direction in the water, swimming 5 feet on front and back.
Level 2 - Fundamental
Aquatic Skills - $75
Objective: To give students success with fundamental skills
1. Enter independently, using either the ramp, steps or side, travel at
least 5 yards, bob 5 times, then safely exit the water (participants can walk,
move along the gutter or “swim”).
2. Glide on front at least 2 body lengths, roll to a back float for 5
seconds, then recover to a vertical position.
Skills Covered: Entering water by stepping or jumping in from the side,
submerging entire head, blowing bubbles, open eyes underwater, front and back
glide, swim 15 feet on front and 10 feet on back, swim on side, life jacket use
Level 3 - Stroke
Development - $75
Objective: To build on skills in Level 2 through additional guided practice
1. Step from the side into chest-deep water, push off the bottom, move into
a treading or floating position for at least 15 seconds, swim on front and/or
back for 5 body lengths, then exit the water.
2. Move into a back float for 15 seconds, roll to front, then recover to a
3. Push off and swim using combined arm and leg actions on front for 5 body
lengths, roll to back, float for 15 seconds, roll to the front, then continue
swimming for at least 5 body lengths.
Skills Covered: Jump into deep water, head first entry from sitting or
kneeling, submerging and retrieving an object, bobbing, survival float for 30
seconds, treading water for 30 seconds, front crawl 15 yards, butterfly 15
feet, back crawl 15 yards, elementary rescues, safe diving, check-call-care.
Level 4 - Stroke
Improvement - $75
Objective: To develop confidence in the strokes learned thus far and to
improve other aquatic skills by increasing endurance through swimming greater
1. Jump into deep water from the side, recover to the surface, maintain
position by treading or floating for 1 minute, rotate one full turn, then turn
as necessary to orient to the exit point, level off, swim front crawl and/or
elementary backstroke for 25 yards, then exit the water.
2. Push off in a streamlined position, then swim front crawl for 15 yards,
change position and direction as necessary, swim elementary backstroke for 15
yards, then exit the water.
Skills Covered: diving, underwater swimming, feet-first surface dive, 1
minute of survival floating, treading and back floating, 25 yards of front
crawl, breaststroke and back crawl, 15 yards of butterfly and elementary
backstroke and sidestroke, compact jump from height in a lifejacket, throwing
assists and caring for conscious choking victim.
Level 5/6 - Stroke
Refinement and Swimming Proficiency - $75
Objective: Coordination and refinement of strokes
1. Perform a feet first entry into deep water, swim front crawl for 25
yards, change direction and position as necessary and swim elementary
backstroke for 25 yards.
2. Swim breaststroke for 15 yards, change direction and position as
necessary and swim back crawl for 15 yards.
3. Submerge and swim a distance of 3 to 5 body lengths underwater without
hyperventilating, return to the surface, then exit the water
Skills Covered: Shallow dive, tuck and pike surface dives, 2 minutes of
survival floating, back float and treading water, flip turns on front and back,
50 yards front and back crawl, 25 yards butterfly, breaststroke, elementary
backstroke and sidestroke, 2 minutes of survival swimming, rescue breathing.
500 yards continuous swim using 100 yards each of front & back crawl, 50
yards each of breaststroke, elementary backstroke, sidestroke & butterfly
and 100 yards choice of any of those strokes, survival floating and back
floating 5 minutes each, feet first surface dive & retrieve an object from
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