Starfish Swim School

**Private Lessons Available YEAR ROUND!**

The Starfish Swim School is a wonderful, safe and effective swim program for both children and adults. This program introduces the lifelong skill of swimming to individuals as young as 6 months up to adults of any age.

The Starfish Swim School, a internationally recognized program, is a division of the Starfish Aquatics Institute. The organization’s overall vision is “Saving Lives One at a Time.” Teaching swimming saves lives!

Watch our StarBabies and StarTots swim lessons in action!

 

Curriculum Overview

The Starfish Swimming curriculum consists of courses containing age-appropriate activities that focus on development of core aquatic skill competencies. This curriculum is built around the concept that there are core aquatic skills (competencies) that every person needs to know in order to be proficient in the water. These core competencies provide foundations that will enable students to learn functional self-survival skills and correct swimming stroke techniques.

Learning Stages

The five core competencies remain the same regardless of the age of the student, and they represent the stage of skill development. For example, a student of any age must first develop the competency of trust before being able to learn other skills. The stage of skill development is identified by color and is listed lowest to highest:

White

Red

Yellow

Blue

Green

Benchmarks

A benchmark is a specific skill that, when performed, demonstrates the student has achieved the competency. The competency and benchmark approach is similar to achieving belts in martial arts. The Starbabies, Swim School and Stroke School courses in the curriculum each have Five Swim Skills and Five Safety Skill Benchmarks that students can work toward mastering.

The Starfish Swim School Courses

StarBabies (6 months – 18 months) and StarTots (18 months – 36 months)

The purpose of these 2 classes is to develop in very young children a high comfort level in the water while at the same time training the caregiver in water safety and drowning prevention.  Both classes are 45-minutes long:  30 minutes of instruction followed by 15 minutes of practice/ free time.  Group songs, safety information, games, lead up skills activities, are all incorporated into these classes for an enjoyable, educational, and learning experience.

White

Trust and Comfort Swim

Skill Benchmark:

Parent and Child are relaxed and confident, and enjoy being in the water together.  Safety Skill Benchmark (for the adult):  Understand constant and dedicated surveillance.

Red

Body Positions Swim

Skill Benchmark:

Perform a relaxed front, back, vertical, and side position for at least five seconds each.  Safety Benchmark:  Fit and properly put a lifejacket on the child e.

Yellow

Submersion Swim

Skill Benchmark:

Enter from the wall, submerge, turn around, grab on to the wall, and pull up (assisted) Safety Skill Benchmark:  Use flotation to help someone in the water (reach or throw don’t go) and know how to call emergency services.

Blue

Air Recovery & Rollover Swim

Skill Benchmark:

Enter from the wall, submerge, come to surface unassisted and get a breath in vertical or horizontal (on back) position.  Safety Skill Benchmark:  Identify six methods of preventing recreational water illness.

Green

Forward Movement Swim

Skill Benchmark:

Move 3 meters/10 feet through the water independently, with or without flotation.  Safety Skill Benchmark:  Be familiar with infant and child CPR.

Swim School

SeaSprites (3-5 Years Old) and SeaStars (6-8 Years Olds)

The core competencies for Swim School include functional safety water skills. The goal is not to teach swimming “strokes,” but to develop skills that would be useful for self-rescue and to develop a sense for how the body can move through the water. Swim School is meant to set the foundation for learning correct strokes when the student is developmentally ready.

The SeaSprites and SeaStars Swim Skill and Safety Skill Benchmarks Include:

White

Trust and Comfort Swim Skill Benchmark:

Parent and Child are relaxed and confident, and enjoy being in the water together.  Safety Skill Benchmark (for the adult):  Understand constant and dedicated surveillance.

Red

Body Positions Swim Skill Benchmark:

Perform a relaxed front, back, vertical, and side position for at least five seconds each.  Safety Benchmark:  Fit and properly put a life jacket on the child.

Yellow

Submersion Swim Skill Benchmark:

Enter from the wall, submerge, turn around, grab on to the wall, and pull up (assisted) Safety Skill Benchmark:  Use flotation to help someone in the water (reach or throw don’t go) and know how to call emergency services.

Blue

Air Recovery and Rollover Swim Skill Benchmark:

Enter from the wall, submerge, come to surface unassisted and get a breath in vertical or horizontal (on back) position.  Safety Skill Benchmark:  Identify six methods of preventing recreational water illness.

Green

Forward Movement Swim Skill Benchmark:

Move 3 meters/10 feet through the water independently, with or without flotation.  Safety Skill Benchmark:  Be familiar with infant and child CPR.

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