Swim School

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 Session 3 & 4 Registration Dates

Returning Families:  November 10th at 10am

New Families: November 11th at 10am


Swim School lessons are 30 minutes long and held typically on Saturdays mornings.

Children are taught in small groups with others of their own skill level.  Level descriptions are below.  All levels will be offered again this year during each of the 30 minute classes.

All lessons are held at Friends' Central School (Upper School Campus) located at 1101 City Avenue, Wynnewood, PA, 19096.   You can view a map of the campus here.  The pool is in Building 11, participants will enter from building 9, the Shimada Athletic Center.  

FCA will continue to adhere to school, local, and federal guidelines in regards to Covid-19.  We will communicate current restrictions that will need to be followed prior to each sessionS start date.  We have reduced the number of participants we are accepting for each level to help with social distancing while in the water.  Note that participants will be within 6 feet of each other and instructors while in the water.  All instructors are fully vaccinated.  Participants should be prepared to arrive & depart class wearing their bathing suit and wear a mask when not in the water.  There are single use restrooms available but locker rooms will be closed to participants.  Parents may not be allowed to stay and watch lessons depending on current community spread numbers.  Complete guidelines will be emailed prior to the first class of each new session.

Level I - Explorers: 
This level introduces children to the water. Swimmers will work on a number of skills from blowing bubbles to supported floats and kicks. 
Prerequisite: Over 3 feet tall and toilet trained. 
To Pass to Level II: Swimmers must be able to blow bubbles, back float unassisted for 10 seconds, and kick with barbell independently for 10 yards.

Level II - Beginners: 
In this level, swimmers will work on submerging their heads (bobs), kicking with barbells, floating independently, gliding streamline, arm stroke skills for freestyle and backstroke. The swimmer will also be introduced to rotary breathing as well as deep water. 
Prerequisite: Passing Level I or child must be able to submerge head in water, float on the front and back, kick and glide.
To Pass to Level III: Swimmers must be able to float unassisted on front and back for 15 seconds, glide and flutter kick on back and front for 15 yards, demonstrate rotary breathing, and basic water competence.

Level III - Advanced Beginners: 
Swimmers work primarily in deep water. This level focuses on freestyle with rotary breathing, refining back stroke, and introduces diving. Another goal of Level III is building endurance specifically the ability to swim 25 yards of freestyle and/or backstroke. 
Prerequisite: Passing Level II or child must be able to swim 25 feet freestyle and backstroke with some rotary breathing and feel comfortable in deep water.
To Pass to Level IV: Swimmers must be able to swim 25 yards of freestyle and backstroke independently.

Level IV - Swimmers: 
This level offers advanced development for freestyle and backstroke increasing the distance to 50 yards. Swimmers are introduced to breaststroke. Diving development continues. 
Prerequisite: Passing Level III or child must be able to complete 25 yards freestyle and backstroke as well as be able to dive.
To Pass to Level V: Swimmers must be able to swim freestyle with rotary breathing and backstroke for 50 yards with some knowledge of breaststroke.

Level V - Advanced Swimmers: 
In this level, swimmers distance of freestyle and backstroke increases to 75 yards. Breaststroke and diving skills are further refined as well as the introduction of butterfly, flip turns and racing starts. 
Prerequisite: Passing Level IV or child must be able to complete 50 yards freestyle and backstroke as well as have some basic skill of breaststroke.
After Passing Level V: Swimmer is ready for Swim Team or Team Phoenix!


2021-2022 DATES

Session Dates/Times Registration Opens (at 10am) Registration Deadlines
Session 1 Sept. 11 - Oct. 16 Aug. 17 (returning) Aug. 18 (new) Sept. 3
Session 2 Oct. 23 - Dec. 4* Aug. 17 (returning) Aug. 18 (new) Oct. 15

Session 3

Jan. 8 - Feb. 12 Nov. 10 (returning) Nov 11 (new) Dec. 30
Session 4 Feb. 19 - Mar. 26 Nov. 10 (returning) Nov 11 (new) Feb. 11
Session 5 Apr. 2 - May 8** TBA Mar. 28
Session 6 May 14 - Jun. 18*** TBA May 6
Session 7 Jun. 25 - Jul. 30 TBA Jun. 17

* No Swim School on Saturday, November 27th *
** Swim School will be Sunday, May 8th instead of Saturday, May 7th **
*** Swim School will be Sunday, June 12th instead of Saturday, June 11th ***

$205  per session; FCS students
$235 per session; non-FCS students
Late registration fee: $30 
Cancellation Fee: $30 per session (No refunds will be processed after the posted registration deadline date)

Please email Bridget Brown, bbrown@friendscentral.org, if you have any additional questions.