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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 register.
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.
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.
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 be refunded.
a detailed description of each lesson level, please review the Swim Level
REGISTRATION and PAYMENT
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.
is no walk-in registration for these sessions.
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
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
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
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.
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 Charthttps://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.
Child - $50
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
Preschool 1 -
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 -
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
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 -
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
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 safely
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
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 vertical position.
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,
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 distances.
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 7 feet.
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