Safari Island offers American Red Cross Swimming Lessons and Water Safety education programming. The American Red Cross recommends that children are approximately 6 years old to be in Level 1. If your child is slightly younger than 6 please call us to schedule a swimming assessment.

Please understand that repetition of many of the levels is NORMAL for most children.

If you are unsure of which level or program to sign up for, call Safari Island Aquatics to schedule a swimming assessment

Make up policy – Safari Island does not offer make up lessons for classes missed due to schedule conflict, illness, or injury. If Safari Island cancels lessons, a prorated credit refund will be issued. This can be used for the purchase of additional lessons only. When the facility schedule permits and Safari Island has canceled lessons, a make up lesson may be scheduled in lieu of credit refunds.

Wait list registrations – If a particular swimming lesson is currently at capacity, parents are highly encouraged to sign up for a wait list.  The wait list does not guarantee a space in that particular class. The wait list is used when adjustments can be made to swimming lessons and enrollment can be increased.  The aquatics director will evaluate the wait list registration numbers and open additional class space as staffing permits. When this happens, Safari Island will call individuals, in registration order, to enroll them in the lesson off the wait list.  Individuals have 24 hours to respond to wait list calls before the registration option moves to the next on the list.   

Children 6 months to 3 years old - PARENT & TOT
For Children as young as 6 months to 3 years old. Through a fun, directed, yet relaxed environment this class introduces children to a pool environment with water adjustment techniques. We will be covering swimming lesson readiness skill progressions. One parent or adult per child is required to be in the water. This class is taught in the Rec Pool which is kept at a very comfortable 86 degrees!

Children 3 - approximately 6 years old - PUDDLE JUMPERS 1

For children as young as 3 years old
This class is for the child that is new to a pool environment and/or swim lessons, being in a class setting, learning to be without a parent or guardian in the water, and learning to follow directions from an instructor. Your child will get comfortable in the pool and learn to enjoy activities safely in the water. They will learn to comfortably get their face wet, blow bubbles, glide, kick properly, float, and jump in the pool. Children MUST be age 3 at the start of this class.  If there is only 1 participant class will last 20 minutes, if there are two participants class will last 25 minutes

Children 3 - approximately 6 years old - PUDDLE JUMPERS 2

For children as young as 3
This class is a continuation of Puddle Jumpers 1 or for students with equivalent skills. Students must be comfortable getting their face and head wet. They will learn to jump into the pool unassisted and perform front and back kicks and floats with assistance.  If there is only 1 participant class will last 20 minutes, if there are two participants class will last 25 minutes

Children 4 - approximately 6 years old - PUDDLE JUMPERS 3

This class is a continuation of Puddle Jumpers 2 or for students with equivalent skills. Students will learn to retrieve multiple objects from the bottom of the pool in waist deep water, briefly hold breath while doing a front glide with their face in the water, perform front and back floats unassisted for at least 8-10 seconds, swim a sloppy back crawl, and swim 3-5 feet under water. Water safety and use of a life jacket will be introduced.  If there is only 1 participant class will last 20 minutes, if there are two participants class will last 25 minutes

Children up to approximately 6 years old PUDDLE JUMPERS 4

This class is a continuation of Puddle Jumpers 3 or for students with equivalent skills. Students will learn to retrieve multiple objects from the bottom of the pool in chest deep water, perform a front glide with their face in the water and hold their breath 3-5 seconds, swim 5-7 feet underwater, jump off side of lap pool in deep end with instructor support. Children will also work on improving their back crawl. Pool safety and pool rules will be discussed at more length.  If there is only 1 participant class will last 20 minutes, if there are two participants class will last 25 minutes

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Children about 6 years and older; 

LEVEL 1- INTRODUCTION TO WATER SKILLS 

This class will help participants learn to feel comfortable in the water and enjoy the water safely, including recognizing an emergency, how to call for help, and sun safety. Students will learn the basics such as:

Independent water entry and exit using side, steps or ladder

Blow bubbles through mouth and nose, 3 seconds

Open eyes under water and retrieve submerged objects, 2 times

Front and back glides and floats, 2 body lengths

Bobbing, 5 times

Alternate and combine arm and leg actions on front and back, 2 body lengths

LEVEL 2–FUNDAMENTAL AQUATIC SKILLS
This class is designed to give students success with fundamental water skills, including learning how to float without support and recover to a vertical position. In addition to skills learned in Level 1, students will learn:

Independent water entry by stepping or jumping into shoulder deep water

Fully submerge and hold breath, 10 seconds

Bobbing, 10 times

Front, jellyfish and tuck floats, 10 seconds each

Roll from front to back and back to front

Change direction of travel while swimming on front or back

Tread water, 15 seconds

Finning arm action, 5 body lengths

Combined arm and leg actions on front and back, 5 body lengths

LEVEL 3 – STROKE DEVELOPMENT

Level 3 will build on the previous level skills by providing additional guided practice in deeper water. Participants will learn:

Independent water entry (fully submerging) by jumping from the side

Head first entries from the side in sitting and kneeling positions

Rotary breathing, 15 times

Front crawl and elementary backstroke, 15 yards

Survival float (30 seconds) and back float (60 seconds)

Tread water, 1 minute

Scissor and breaststroke kicks on front, 15 yards

Flutter kick & dolphin kicks on front, 3-5 body lengths

Learn to perform simple non-swimming assists

Learn to recognize, prevent and respond to cold water emergencies

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LEVEL 4 – STROKE IMPROVEMENT

The objectives of this class are to develop confidence in the skills previously learned and expand on safety topics. Participants will learn:

Headfirst entries from the side in compact and stride positions

Feet first surface dive, submerging completely

Swim under water, 3-5 body lengths

Survival swimming, 1 minute

Front crawl and backstroke open turns

Tread using 2 different kicks, 2 minutes

Flutter and dolphin kicks on back, 3-5 body lengths

Front crawl and elementary backstroke, 25 yards each

Back crawl, breaststroke, sidestroke and butterfly, 15 yards each

Learn what to think about and do when exhausted, or caught in a dangerous situation

Learn about recreational water illnesses and how to prevent them

LEVEL 5 – STROKE REFINEMENT

This level will promote continued coordination and refinement of previous strokes over greater distances. This level will include:

Shallow-angle dive from the side then glide and begin a front stroke

Tuck and pike surface dives, submerge completely

Front and back flip turns while swimming

Tread water, 5 minutes

Tread water, using legs only, 2 minutes

Front crawl and elementary backstroke, 50 yards each

Back crawl, breaststroke, sidestroke and butterfly, 25 yards each

Learn when and how to call for help

Importance of knowing First Aid and CPR

LEVEL 6-SWIMMING AND SKILL PROFICIENCY

This level focuses on preparing students to participate in more advanced courses such as Water Safety Instructor and Lifeguard Training. Three specific options are offered at the start of the class within Level.

Personal Water Safety

Fundamentals of Diving

Fitness Swimmer

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PRIVATE AND SEMI-PRIVATE SWIM LESSONS

Private and semi-private swim lessons are available for youth and adults. Private and semi-private lessons give participants a customized one-on-one experience with an instructor to reduce fear of the water, improve particular strokes and refine skills. Semi-private lessons are for two students. Lessons are scheduled as instructors become available.

A minimum of four lessons must be paid for when registering for private or semi-private lessons. After four lessons are complete, subsequent lessons may be paid for individually.

Private Lessons

Members: $30 for 30 minutes
Non-Members: $37 for 30 minutes

SEMI-PRIVATE COSTS:

Members: $24 each student for 30 minutes
Non-Members: $30 each student for 30 minutes

 For more information call 952-856-7722 ext 1722!

ADULT SWIM LESSONS

If you have never been comfortable in or around water, we can help! We have adult instructors to help guide your leaning. With a lesson plan tailored to your goals, our instructors can help you gain skills, strength, knowledge, endurance, and most importantly, confidence in and around the water!

 For more information call 952-856-7722 ext 1722!

Not Sure What Level Your Child Is?

Not sure what level to sign your children up for? If you are a member you can have a free swimming lesson assessment! Call the Aquatics Line at 952-856-7722 to schedule.

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