Group Swim Lessons

By giving students the opportunity to master one element before moving on to the next, our swim classes make it easy to build confidence in the water. You can sign up online by clicking on the links below or at the Front Desk. If you have questions about our lessons, please contact Aideen Brannan/Assistant Aquatics Director at 540-318-6332 or abrannan@rousecenter.com

Refunds will not be issued unless the Rouse Center has to cancel a class that is not rescheduled. All refunds will be issued in the form of a credit to the Rouse Center to be used within 90 days. There are no make-up classes for absences.

Learn to Swim Levels

The ages listed with each level is to provide guidance but we recognize that each swimmer is different and we encourage all swimmers to develop their skills at their own pace and comfort. Some swimmers will require more training in basic skills while other swimmers are ready to learn more advanced skills.

Level 1: Introduction to Water Skills

Purpose – Children learn how to feel comfortable in the water and safely enjoy it.

Prerequisite – None – Participants must be at least 5-years old.

  • Swimmers learn basics of swimming: bobbing, going under water, supported front and back floating, supported rolling over from front to back and back to front, supported gliding, supported flutter kick, supported front crawl arms and jumping in.

Current Level 1 Class Offerings: Fall Session III  **Registration closes at midnight on Nov. 1st; classes begin Nov. 4th**

Monday/Wednesday 4:30-5:00 PM

Monday/Wednesday 6:15-6:45 PM

Tuesday/Thursday 10:30-11:00 AM

Level 2: Fundamental Aquatic Skills

Purpose – Children learn basic swimming skills.

Prerequisite – Valid American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim Level 1: Introduction to Water Skills certificate OR successful demonstration of all certification requirements from Level 1

  • Swimmers should already be able to float on front and back and put their head under water.
  • Swimmers will work on: independent front and back floating, independent rolling over from front to back and back to front, independent front and back glides, front crawl arms and kicks, back crawl arms and kicks, retrieving underwater objects, and jumping into water over their head.

Current Level 2 Class Offerings: Fall Session III  **Registration closes at midnight on Nov. 1st; classes begin Nov. 4th**

Monday/Wednesday 4:00-4:30 PM

Monday/Wednesday 4:30-5:00 PM

Monday/Wednesday 6:15-6:45 PM

Level 3: Stroke Development

Purpose – Additional guided practice will help students improve their skills.

Prerequisite – Valid American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim Level 2: Fundamental Aquatic Skills certificate OR successful demonstration of all certification requirements from Level 2

  • Swimmers should already be comfortable swimming front stroke and swimming on their back.
  • Swimmers will work on gliding, freestyle with side breathing, backstroke, breast stroke and dolphin kicks, retrieving objects in deeper water, treading water, jumping into deep water and compact dives.

Current Level 3 Class Offerings: Fall Session III  **Registration closes at midnight on Nov. 1st; classes begin Nov. 4th**

Monday/Wednesday 4:30-5:00 PM

Monday/Wednesday 5:00-5:30 PM

Monday/Wednesday 6:45-7:15 PM

Level 4: Stroke Improvement

Purpose – Children will gain confidence during swim lessons, improve their stroke and gain additional aquatic skills.

Prerequisite – Valid American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim Level 3: Stroke Development certificate OR successful demonstration of all completion requirements from Level 3

  • Swimmers should already be able to: swim front and back crawl 25 yards.
  • Swimmers will work on: rotary breathing, freestyle, backstroke, elementary backstroke, scissors kick and sidestroke, whip kick and breaststroke, intro to turning at wall, treading water with modified scissors, and diving in kneeling position.

Current Level 4 Class Offerings: Fall Session III  **Registration closes at midnight on Nov. 1st; classes begin Nov. 4th**

Monday/Wednesday 5:00-5:30 PM

Monday/Wednesday 6:45-7:15 PM

Level 5: Stroke Refinement (Swim Team Prep)

Purpose – Guidance allows kids to refine their strokes and become more efficient swimmers.

Prerequisite – Valid American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim Level 4: Fundamental Aquatic Skills certificate OR successful demonstration of all completion requirements from Level 4

  • Swimmers should already be able to: swim freestyle, breaststroke and backstroke 25 yards, scissors kick, whip kick, treading water, and dive.
  • Swimmers will work on: alternate breathing, stride jump, refinement of: freestyle, backstroke, elementary backstroke, sidestroke, breaststroke, dolphin kick and butterfly, open turn on front and back, feet-first surface dive, and treading water.

Current Level 5 Class Offerings: Fall Session III  **Registration closes at midnight on Nov. 1st; classes begin Nov. 4th**

Monday/Wednesday 5:00-5:30 PM

Level 6: Swimming & Skill Proficiency

Purpose – Students will learn to swim with ease and efficiency and gain the ability to swim smoothly over greater distances. Swimmers will also have the option to participate in more advanced courses.

Prerequisite – Valid American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim Level 5: Stroke Refinement certificate OR successful demonstration of all completion requirements from Level 5

  • Swimmers should already be able to: swim front and back crawl 50 yds, elementary backstroke 25 yards, breaststroke 25 yards, butterfly 25 yards, sidestroke 10 yards, tread water for 3 minutes, and dive.
  • Swimmers will work on: All six strokes, front and back crawl flip turn, breaststroke turn, breaststroke speed turn and pullout, butterfly turn, sidestroke turn, pike and tuck surface dive, pike and tuck dive from board, tread water for five minutes, and basic water rescue.

Please note: Not all pools are deep enough to teach all of the diving segments of all levels – program modifications may be required to meet safety guidelines.

Current Level 6 Class Offerings: Fall Session III  **Registration closes at midnight on Nov. 1st; classes begin Nov. 4th**

Monday/Wednesday 6:45-7:15 PM

Adult Swim: Learning the Basics

Purpose: 1) Learn basic swimming strokes and skills needed to stay safe, and help keep others safe in and around the water.

Prerequisite: None; Participants must be at least 18 years of age.

  • Swimmers will learn the elements of front crawl, elementary backstroke and breaststroke, along with rotary breathing, floating, and basic safety/survival tips.

Current Adult Offerings:  Fall Session III **Registration closes at midnight on Nov. 1st; classes begin Nov. 4th**

Monday/Wednesday 6:15-6:45 PM

Additional Red Cross Class Offerings
Parent & Child Aquatics

Level 1: Parents learn how to safely work with their child in the water, including how to appropriately support and hold their child in the water and how to prepare and encourage their child to participate fully and try the skills.

Level 2: This class builds on the skills introduced in Level 1. Participants improve on these skills and learn more advanced skills.

Current Level 1 & 2 Class Offerings: *No class offerings at this time**

Preschool Aquatics

Level 1: Preschool Aquatics 1

Purpose – Children learn how to feel comfortable in the water and safely enjoy it.

Prerequisite – Participants must be between the ages of 2-4 years old

  • Swimmers learn basics of swimming: bobbing, going under water, supported front and back floating, supported rolling over from front to back and back to front, supported gliding, supported flutter kick, supported front crawl arms and jumping in.

Current PSA 1 Class Offerings: Fall Session III  **Registration closes at midnight on Nov. 1st; classes begin Nov. 4th**

Monday/Wednesday 5:45-6:15 PM

Tuesday/Thursday 9:00-9:30 AM

Level 2: Preschool Aquatics 2

Purpose – Children build on what they learned in PSA 1, performing skills at a more advanced level, but still with assistance.

Prerequisite – Participants must be between the ages of 2-4 years old; valid American Red Cross PSA Level 1 OR successful demonstration of all certification requirements from PSA 1.

  • Swimmers continue to work on the basics of swimming as introduced in PSA 1, but complete the skills for longer periods of time or over longer distances or in deeper water

Current PSA 2 Class Offerings: Fall Session III  **Registration closes at midnight on Nov. 1st; classes begin Nov. 4th**

Monday/Wednesday 4:00-4:30 PM

Monday/Wednesday 5:45-6:15 PM

Tuesday/Thursday 9:30-10:00 AM

Level 3: Preschool Aquatics 3

Purpose – Additional guided practice will help students improve their skills.

Prerequisite – Participants must be between the ages of 2-4 years old; valid American Red Cross PSA 2 OR successful demonstration of all certification requirements from PSA 2.

  • Swimmers will work on: independent front and back floating, independent rolling over from front to back and back to front, independent front and back glides, front crawl arms and kicks, back crawl arms and kicks, retrieving underwater objects, and jumping into water over their head.

Current PSA 3 Class Offerings: Fall Session III  **Registration closes at midnight on Nov. 1st; classes begin Nov. 4th**

Monday/Wednesday 4:00-4:30 PM

Monday/Wednesday 5:45-6:15 PM

Tuesday/Thursday 10:00-10:30 AM

 

Little Fish Swimming holds group lessons in the Wellness Pool. You can visit the Little Fish Swimming website for more information and to register.

Little Fish Swimming