Our goal is to get your little one swimming and safe in the water. The Chelsea Piers Swim School is built on a progression-based curriculum that teaches skills in an age and developmentally appropriate way while the kids have fun.
MINI SWIMMERS & STROKE DISCOVERY
Swimmers discover the pool and learn the basics of water safety and swimming fundamentals. As they progress through the levels, they build confidence in the water and in their basic strokes.
Once a child has earned a Gator Badge, s/he may move up to Stroke Development. Stroke Development is broken into three distinct levels, each of which is designed around different skills. As each set of skills are mastered, stars are earned. As stars accumulate, swimmers move through the three different levels of Stroke Development.
Level Requirements and Definitions
Gator BadgeGator Badge indicates that a child can swim the length of the learn to swim pool without interruption, demonstrating big arms, rolling to the back to breathe and kicking, independent of teacher intervention.
Level 1 Requires Gator Badge
|Streamline Backstroke Kick|
|Belly Kick – Assisted/Unassisted|
|Catch-Up Free – Assisted/Unassisted|
|Proper Side Breathing|
|Backstroke Arm Motion – Assisted|
|Double Arm Backstroke|
Level 2 Requires 3 Stars from level 1 or evaluation for placement
|10 Kick Switch Freestyle/Backstroke|
|Know all Freestyle/Backstroke Drills by Name|
|Beginning Butterfly/Breaststroke Kick|
|Backstroke Stroke Count from the flags to wall|
|Swim 1/2 length of space freestyle without help|
|Swim 1/2 length of space backstroke without help|
|Legal Breaststroke Kick|
|Legal Dolphin Kick|
|Technically sound Freestyle/Backstroke for 1 lap of space|
Level 3 Requires 3 Stars from level 2 or evaluation from placement
|"Race Pace" Freestyle|
|Know all Breaststroke/Butterfly Drills by name|
|3Kicks-1Pull – Breaststroke|
|Freestyle Flip Turn|
|Drop-Down Push off w/Streamline|
|Backstroke Flip Turn|