Indiana State offering Learn to Swim programs

April 23 2008

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- The Recreational Sports office at Indiana State University is offering six levels of swimming instruction beginning June 2.

Each course will take participants entirely through the level they attend. At the end of the course they will be required to complete the certification requirements to pass the level and move on.

Participants must demonstrate the appropriate skills and behaviors for entry into each course level. Children must be at least 4 years old and be able to use the restroom facilities independently.

Swim lessons are to be fun and will allow children to gain knowledge of skills that will keep them safe in and out of the water. The goal is to provide individuals with an awareness of the importance of water safety training and to provide general information on being safe.

* Level I - Introduction to Water Skills
1-1:45pm Monday - Friday

This class is for the very beginner as an introduction to water awareness. Participants will have constant contact with instructor while in the water. Participants must be able to independently use the restroom facilities. This level is the first level of many to becoming familiar with the water.

* Level II- Fundamental Aquatic Skills
1-1:45pm Monday - Friday

Participants will begin to be more independent in the water. There will be an introduction to floating, submerging head, and blowing bubbles. There will also be a slight introduction into strokes and using arms and legs simultaneously. Must have completed American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim Level I: Introduction to Water Skills certificate or demonstrate all completion requirements in Level I.

* Level III - Stroke Development
2- 2:45pm Monday - Friday

Participants will continue with stroke development. They will also work on retrieving items from shallow end of the pool. There will be an introduction to deep water. Participants will be able to demonstrate strokes independently. Participants must have completed American Red Cross Learn-to- Swim Level II: Fundamental Aquatic Skills certificate or demonstrate all completion requirements in Level II.

* Level IV - Stroke Improvement
2- 2:45pm Monday - Friday

Participants will continue stroke development and rotary breathing. This level will introduce diving and focus on deep water instruction. Participants must have completed American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim Level III: Stroke Development certificate or demonstrate all completion requirements in Level III.

* Level V - Stroke Refinement
3-3:45pm Monday - Friday

Instructors will work on providing further coordination and refinement of strokes. Topics covered at this level include; front & back crawl, butterfly, breaststroke, sidestroke, front crawl flip turn & backstroke flip turn. Participants must have completed American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim Level IV: Fundamental Aquatic Skills certificate or demonstrate all completion requirements in Level IV.

* Level VI - Advanced Aquatic Skills
3-3:45pm Monday - Friday

There are various training options available with this level. They include: Personal Water Safety, Lifeguard Readiness, Fundamentals of Diving, and Fitness Swimmer. Participants must have completed American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim Level V Stroke Refinement certificate or demonstrate all completion requirements in Level V.

Registration for Learn to Swim programs begins May 1. Cost of the program is $45 per session, payable by cash, check, or credit card. Each session is two weeks long and is conducted in the Arena pool at Indiana State. Sessions begin on the following dates: June 2; June 16; July 7 and July 21.

To register for Learn to Swim classes, contact Cheryl Pruitt, Office of Continuing Education, at 812-237-4101.

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Contact: Kim Monte, Recreational Sports, (812) 237-4097

Writer: Paula Meyer, ISU Communications & Marketing, (812) 237-3783 or pmeyer4@isugw.indstate.edu

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The Recreational Sports office at Indiana State University is offering six levels of swimming instruction beginning June 2.

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