Learn to swim at The Works in 2019!
NEW SESSION in March!
Member Registration opens Monday, February 25th
Community Registration opens Thursday, February 28th
The most comprehensive health and wellness center in the Seacoast! Where our members receive priority scheduling and special Swim Lesson rates! The Works offers lessons with American Red Cross Certified instructors year round in our state-of-the-art Family Aquatics Center! Many levels and class choices with small class size to accommodate the learning process!
Please check our weather policy below!
IMPORTANT! Review our instructions on how to register online here!
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Get the most out of Red Cross swim lessons with the Swim App. Created as a companion to the newly-updated Learn-to-Swim program (including Preschool Aquatics), this app will help you keep your swimmer motivated, while providing you the latest in water safety guidance to help ensure your family stays safe in, on and around the water. Download the app by texting “SWIM” to 90999 or search “Red Cross Swim” in the Apple App Store, Google Play or on the Amazon Marketplace.
Spring Lesson Schedule
Interested in Private, Semi-Private or Adaptive Swim Options?
Private Swim Lessons
A private lesson is a great option for children or adults interested in a tailored experience with 1-on-1 instruction. Lessons draw from the American Red Cross instruction curriculum but progress at a customized pace. We teach swimmers of all ages, abilities and learning styles.
Semi-Private Swim Lessons
Semi-private lessons are often perfect for two students of similar ability level. This could include friends, siblings or classmates.
Group privates are for more than 2 individuals with a maximum of 4 swimmers of similar abilities.
Ask us about our adaptive swim program, Dolphins! Private and Semi-Private options!
Learn more by emailing Sarah Cloutier
AMERICAN RED CROSS SWIMMING LEVELS
Preschool Level 2 / Ages 3 and 4:
Jump in, bob, open eyes under water and retrieve submerged objects. Glides, floats, change direction while swimming on front or back, roll from front to back.
Parent/ Child (Red Cross Parent Child Level I )
P/C familiarizes children between the ages of 6 months and 2 years with the water and teaches fundamental swimming skill by incorporating water activities.
This level will provide safety information for parents and teach techniques parents can use to orient their children to the water.
Water Drop/Parent (Red Cross PC Level 2)
WD/P is an introduction to Level I. It’s for children between the ages of 2 and 3 years old or for the fearful children not ready to be alone with an instructor. Accompanied by their parent, they continue to learn the skills introduced in the Parent/child class while adding learn Level 1 skill and one on one instruction with the instructor. Water safety knowledge is part of this level.
NEW! Preschool Level 1 – Introduction to Water Skills
In Preschool Level 1, children ages 3 to 4 learn to enter and exit the water using ladder, steps or side, to blow bubbles through mouth and nose, bob to open eyes under water and retrieve submerged objects. While learning front and back glides and float, recovery to vertical position and to roll from front to back and back to front, children begin to develop comfort in the water. Other skills include alternative and simultaneous leg actions and arm actions on front and back, treading water using arm and hand
actions and combined arm and leg actions on front and back.
Level 1 – Introduction to Water Skills
In level 1 children ages 5 and up learn to enter and exit the water using ladder, steps or side, to blow bubbles through mouth and nose, to bob to open eyes under water and retrieve submerged objects. While learning front and back glides and floats, recovery to vertical position and to roll from front to back and back to front, children begin to develop comfort in the water. Other skills include alternative and simultaneous leg actions and arm actions on front and back, treading water using arm and hand actions and combined arm and leg actions on front and back.
Level 2 – Fundamental Aquatic Skills
Success with fundamental aquatic skills begins in level 2 as children learn to enter and exit water by stepping or jumping from the side, fully submerge and hold breath, bob, open eyes under water and retrieve submerged objects. Children learn front jellyfish and tuck floats, front and back glides and floats, how to recover to a vertical position, change direction of travel while swimming on front or back, and how to roll from front to back and back to front.
Level 3 – Stroke Development
Building on the skills introduced in level 2 through additional guided practice in deeper water, children learn to enter water by jumping from side, back float, survival float, and rotary breathing . Flutter scissor, dolphin and breaststroke kicks on front will be introduced along with front crawl, elementary backstroke and treading water.
Level 4 – Stroke Improvement
This is a big level with many skills to perfect. Most students take level 4 several times before passing all the necessary skills. In this level, children develop confidence in the skills learned and improve other aquatic skills including swimming under water, feet-first surface dives and survival swimming Other skills include front crawl and backstroke open turns, front and back crawl, elementary backstroke, breaststroke, sidestroke and butterfly, plus flutter and dolphin kicks on back. To advance, children also must be able to tread water using 2 different kicks.
Level 5 – Stroke Refinement
Children learn further coordination and refinement of strokes in level 5. We’ll cover tuck and pike surface dives while submerging completely, front flip turn and backstroke flip turn while swimming, front and back crawl, elementary backstroke, breaststroke, sidestroke and butterfly, plus sculling.
In this level, students refine the strokes to swim with ease, efficiency, power and smoothness over greater distances. Students learn to swim 500 yards continuously using any 3 strokes of choice, swimming at least 50 yards of each stroke. The class includes more complex safety skills, jumping into deep water and performing a survival float for 5 minutes, rolling onto back and performing a back float for 5 minutes, performing a surface dive retrieving an object from the bottom of the pool at a depth of 7-10 feet, returning to the surface and the starting point.
Safety Topics discussed in all levels
- Look Before You Leap
- Recognizing the lifeguards Wave
- Tide or Ride, Follow the Guide
- Reach or Throw, Don’t Go
Parent/Child (PC), Water Drop w/Parent (WD w/P)
Level 3, Level 4, Adult Beginner
Level 1, PreschoolLevel 1 & Level 2
Level 5: 45 Minutes
Level 6: 1 Hour
Masters Swim (Coached Training ages 14+)
- There are no refunds once the session has started. Due to the high demand and limited spaces for swim lessons, refunds are not available except in cases where we have to cancel a class due to low enrollment.
- Classes with less than 2 participants will be canceled.
- $10.00 Fee for changes.
- Please review class descriptions prior to registering.
- Lessons must be paid in full at time of booking.
- No make-ups or credits due to missed classes by participants or for classes cancelled due to inclement weather.
- If there is a two hour delay there would be no morning swim session, but we may evening- weather pending. If there is a cancellation morning classes would be cancelled and evening classes would be held weather pending. Decisions would be made by 3:00pm.
- Class Levels & Times are subject to change based on demand.
- Weekend Snow Days: please call The Works to confirm that we are open and lessons are being held.
Please NOTE, the Family Aquatics Center is CLOSED during Swim Lessons
from 4:15-6:00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Call For Most Current Information: 742-2163 x741