Swim School

THIS PAGE HAS BEEN UPDATED TO REFLECT THE 2022-2023 SEASON!

Register here for Sessions One and Two on Tuesday, July 26th at 10am

NEW THIS SEASON: Lessons will have a five minute buffer between each class.  See new class times below.

Swim School lessons are 30 minutes long and held typically on Saturdays mornings.  We are excited to offer the spring weekday lesson opportunity again this year!  

Children are taught in small groups with others of their own skill level.  Level descriptions are below. 

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.  Once in Shimada take the long hallway to your left and it will lead you to the pool.  

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!

SATURDAY CLASS TIMES
Class 1: 9:45-10:15am
Class 2: 10:20-10:50am
Class 3: 10:55-11:25am
Class 4: 11:30-12:00pm

2022-2023 SESSION DATES

Session Dates Registration Opens (at 10am) Late Registration Begins
Session 1 (6 weeks) Sept 10 - Oct 15 July 26th Aug 29
Session 2 (6 weeks) Oct 22 - Dec 3* July 26th Oct 10

Session 3 (6 weeks)

Jan 7 - Feb 11 Nov 16 (returning) Nov 17 (new) Dec 26
Session 4 (6 weeks) Feb 18 - Mar 25 Nov 16 (returning) Nov 17 (new) Jan 30
Session 5 (6 weeks) Apr 1 - May 6th Mar 15 (returning) Mar 16 (new) Mar 20
Session 6 (5 weeks) May 14- June 17* Mar 15 (returning) Mar 16 (new) May 1
Session 7 (5 weeks) June 24 - July 29*** Mar 15 (returning) Mar 16 (new) June 12

* No Swim School on Saturday, November 26th *
** Swim School will be Sunday, May 14th instead of Saturday May 13th. No Swim School on Saturday, May 27th. Swim School will be Sunday, June 11th instead of Saturday, June 10th **
***No Swim School on July 1st***

COST & FEES
FCS students: $205 per 6 week session; $175 per 5 week session
Non-FCS students: $235 per 6 week session; $195 per 5 week session
Late Registration Fee: $30 
Cancellation Fee: $30 per session. All cancellation requests must be received by 11:59pm the Sunday before the first class of a new session. No refunds will be given after.
Missed Classes: There are no make ups if your child cannot attend their lesson. This policy applies to all situations regardless of illness, injury, scheduling conflict or inclement weather.


2023 SPRING WEEKDAY LESSONS

Days of the Week & Times Dates Registration Opens (at 10am) Late Registration Begins
Tuesday 3:45-4:15pm                                    Apr 11 - May 18                                     Mar 8 (FCS Families) Mar 9 (All Families)                                        Mar 27                                                                          
Thursday 3:45-4:15pm Apr 11 - May 18  Mar 8 (FCS Families) Mar 9 (All Families)    Mar 27   
Tuesday & Thursday 4:20-4:50pm              Apr 11 - May 18  Mar 8 (FCS Families) Mar 9 (All Families)    Mar 27   


COST & FEES
FCS students: $205 once a week; $370 twice a week
Non-FCS students: $235 once a week; $400 twice a week
Late Registration Fee: $30 
Cancellation Fee: $30 per session, per participant.  All cancellation requests must be received by 11:59pm on Monday, April 3rd.  No refunds will be given after.
Missed Classes: There are no make ups if your child cannot attend their lesson. This policy applies to all situations regardless of illness, injury, scheduling conflict or inclement weather.

COVID-19
FCA will continue to adhere to school, local, and federal guidelines in regards to Covid-19.  We will communicate if any restrictions need to be followed prior to each session's start date or as changes occur.  Note that participants will be within 6 feet of each other and instructors while in the water.  All instructors are vaccinated.  Currently, masks are optional.  Participants should arrive prepared to swim in their bathing suits.  There are single use restrooms and locker rooms available.

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