Learning a valuable life-skill while cooling off
GLENS FALLS, NY (June 14, 2023) – The Summer has gotten off to a slow start but things are just starting to heat up. The City of Glens Falls Recreation Department will be offering swimming lessons in three different two-week sessions at the Glens Falls High School swimming pool. The first session will begin on Monday, June 26, with the last session ending Friday, August 4. The cost is $60 for each swimmer and for each two-week session.
The swimming lessons will be tailored to six different levels of swimming and is as follows:
Level 1: Water Exploration (Ages 3 years old & older) – This course is designed to help preschoolers feel comfortable in the water. Elementary aquatic skills will be taught which will allow students to develop fundamental skills and good foundation as they progress through the various levels of swimming.
Level 2: Primary Skills (Ages 4 years old & older) – This level will build on the student’s success in developing fundamental skills and the beginning of true locomotion skills. Students will learn to float without any assistance from the instructor and to recover themselves into a vertical swimming position.
Level 3: Stroke Readiness (Ages 5 to 6 years old & older) – At this level of swimming, students will learn to perform the front crawl and the back crawl, the rules for diving safely into the water, as well as the fundamentals of treading water and doing the backstroke. All students must demonstrate what is taught at the Level 2 swimming level before moving up to Level 3.
Level 4: Stroke Development (Ages 7 to 8 years old & older) – The objective of this level is to develop more confidence in performing the front crawl and the back crawl as well as the backstroke while starting to increase the swimmer’s ability to perform these swimming movements over a longer distance. Swimmers will also be introduced to the breaststroke and the sidestroke while learning to turn at the side of the pool. All swimmers must demonstrate what is taught at the Level 3 swimming level before moving up to Level 4.
Level 5: Stroke Refinement (Ages 9 to 10 years old & older) – At this level, swimmers will continue to refine the various swimming strokes learned at the lower levels while being introduced to the butterfly stroke, the feet-first surface dive as well as springboard diving. Swimmers will also be expected to further increase their swimming distances with the front crawl, the back crawl, the side stroke, and the back stroke. All swimmers must demonstrate what is taught at the Level 4 swimming level before moving up to Level 5.
Level 6: Skill Proficiency (ages 11 & up) – This is the highest level that will be taught as all swimmers will focus on improving the various swimming strokes so one can swim with great ease, efficiency, and power over a long distance. Swimmers will also be introduced to the pike and tuck surface dives. All swimmers must demonstrate what is taught at the Level 5 swimming level before moving up to Level 6.
Again, the first session will begin on Monday, June 26, and run through Friday, July 7. The second session will run from Monday, July 10, to Friday, July 21. And, the third session will run from Monday, July 24, to Friday, August 4. All levels of swimming will be scheduled as follows:
|Dates & Times:||Session 1||Session 2||Session 3|
|June 26 to July 7||July 10 to July 21||July 24-August 4|
Please keep the following deadlines in mind when planning to register for one of the three sessions:
- Friday, June 23, is the Registration Deadline for Session 1;
- Friday, July 7, is the Registration Deadline for Session 2; and,
- Friday, July 21, is the Registration Deadline for Session 3.
And, in order to provide quality, free-from-distraction instruction, the City of Glens Falls Recreation Department requests that parents leave the area during the swimming sessions.
For more information or if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call the Recreation Department at (518) 615-0446 or (518) 761-3864.