Youth Swimming Lessons
Purpose: Our program strives to create a safe and fun aquatic environment to teach beginner to advanced swimming skills while also inspiring a growing love of swimming.
Objective: The Mount St. Mary’s Swimming Program offers a variety of classes for youth from the age of 6 months to 14 years.
Children between the ages of 6 months-3 years have an opportunity to become comfortable in the water while bonding with a parent in the Parent & Tot class.
Children between the age group of 3 years-1st grade learn the basics of swimming with an instructor in small groups in the TOPS program.
Youth in 2nd grade through age 14 learn more advanced strokes and techniques all while having a great time with their peers in the Swim School program. Age appropriate swimming and boating safety skills are introduced to all TOPS and Swim School students.
Summer Sessions 2015
Wednesday Evening Classes
Parent & Tot: 5:30-6 p.m. • TOPS: 6-6:40 p.m. • Swim School: 6:45-7:25 p.m.
June 10–July 29
*Early Bird Registration ends on May 28, 2015
All Morning Classes meet Monday–Thursday
TOPS: 10-10:40 a.m. • Swim School: 10:45-11:25 a.m.
June 22-July 2
*Early Bird Registration ends on 6/10
*Early Bird Registration ends on 6/25
*Early Bird Registration ends on 7/9
**Full and part-time employees, eligible family members, and students of Mount St. Mary's University are part of the "Mount Community."
Download the Registration Form.
► Parent & Tot (Ages 6 months - 3 years)
Classes of up to 10 children with an adult family member participate in this class with an instructor.
This class provides an opportunity for families to introduce young children to the water in a comfortable environment. The adults are taught how to hold the children in the water and guide them through the introduction to basic swimming skills.
► TOPS (Age 3yrs.-1st grade)
Instructor/Student Ratio: 1/6. TOPS represents the five levels:
Tadpole - Little or no swimming experience. Is not comfortable putting face in water. Cannot swim independently with the use of a swim buoy. We often have more than one group of Tadpoles. Groups are divided by age and ability whenever possible.
Otter - Is comfortable in the water. Can put face in the water, demonstrate front and back floats, can kick with a kickboard independently for a distance of 30 feet, and swim on front and back independently with the use of a swim buoy for a distance of 50 feet.
Porpoise - Enjoys going under water! Can kick with a kickboard independently on front and back, swim on front and back independently with the use of a swim buoy for a distance of 25 meters, and swim for a distance of 5 feet without a swim buoy. Can jump into deep water without assistance.
Seal - Is very comfortable in the water. Enjoys going under water and jumping into deep water. Can swim on front and back for a distance of 25 meters with the use of a swim buoy and 20 feet without a swim buoy.
Advanced Seal - Can perform all of the above skills and can swim on front and back for a distance of 25 meters without the use of a swim buoy. Is ready to work on stroke technique for freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly.
► Mount Swim School (Grades 2-10)
Instructor/Student Ratio 1/6. There are 6 levels in the program, spanning from beginner to advanced levels:
Beginner One - Little or no swimming experience. Cannot swim independently.
Beginner Two - Is comfortable in the water. Can put face in the water, kick independently with a kickboard, perform front and back floats independently, and swim on front and back for a distance of 20 feet without assistance. Can jump into shallow water independently.
Intermediate One - Can demonstrate all above skills. Can swim on front and back independently for a distance of 25 meters without assistance, and can jump into deep water without assistance.
Intermediate Two - All skills listed above and can perform the following skills for a distance of 25 meters: freestyle with rotary breathing, backstroke, and elementary backstroke and breaststroke kicks. Can jump and/or dive into deep water.
Advanced One - All skills listed above and can perform the following skills for 25 meters (1 length of the pool) with proper technique: freestyle, backstroke, elementary backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly kick. Can jump and/or dive into deep water.
Advanced Two - All skills listed above and can perform the following strokes using proper technique for 50 meters (2 lengths of the pool): freestyle, backstroke, elementary backstroke, breaststroke as well as 20 meters of butterfly. Can dive into deep water.