Registration for Summer 2017 Swim Lessons begins April 9, 2017 at the front desk.
Registration must happen in person at RVAC, payment by mail or phone is not accepted.
River Valley Athletic Club is dedicated to providing the best swim training in the St. Croix Valley, through superior instruction by a staff of knowledgeable instructors in a fun atmosphere where learning is enjoyable and meets the needs of every student.
RVAC’s robust swim program is open to both RVAC members and non-members and provides swim lessons to swimmers of all ages and abilities. Our experienced, certified instructors to help swimmers reach their goals while learning important skills to keep safe in and around the water.
To begin School-Age lessons at RVAC, swimmers must be at least kindergarten-age. Younger swimmers are encouraged to take part in our Preschool Swim Lessons.
Level 1: Introduction to Water Skills (Age 5+)
Learn to enter and exit the water safely, open eyes underwater and retrieve objects, swim on front and back using alternate arm action, float on front and back, follow basic water safety rules, breath control, and use a life jacket. Level 1 is taught at a maximum of 6 students per 1 instructor.
Level 2: Fundamental Aquatic Skills
Review skills from Level 1 and also learn to enter the water by stepping or jumping from the side, swim on their side, tread water, submerge head, perform front and back glide, breaststroke kick, scissors kick, tread water, rotary breathing, perform front and back crawl.
Swimmers must be able to swim 5 body lengths without stopping or assistance.
Level 2 is taught at a maximum of 6 students per 1 instructor.
Level 3: Stroke Development
Students review skills from Level 2 and also learn to bob with head submerged, survival float, butterfly kick and body motion, swim strokes 25 yards without stopping or needing assistance, reaching assist, and HELP and Huddle positions.
Swimmers must be able to swim 12.5 yards (half the length of the RVAC indoor pool) without stopping or assistance at least 10 times throughout the 45-minute classes.
Level 3 is taught at a maximum of 6 students per 1 instructor.
Level 4: Stroke Improvement
Students develop confidence in the skills learned in Level 3 and also learn open turns on front and back, swim on their side using scissors kick, safe diving rules, perform a throwing assist, breaststroke, butterfly, elementary backstroke, swim underwater, tread water and care for choking victim.
Swimmers must be able to swim 25 yards (the full length of the RVAC indoor pool) without stopping at least 10 times throughout the 45-minute classes.
Level 4 is taught at a maximum of 8 students per 1 instructor.
Level 5: Stroke Refinement
Students learn further coordination and refinement of strokes from the previous level. They also learn to tread water using two different kicks, survival swimming, perform rescue breathing, front flip turn, backstroke flip turn, sidestroke, pike surface dive and tuck surface dive.
Level 5 is taught at a maximum of 8 students per 1 instructor.
Level 6: Swimming and Skill Proficiency
Level 6 is designed with menu options that focus on preparing students to participate in more advanced courses including Water Safety Instructor and Lifeguard Training Courses. These levels refine the strokes so students swim with ease, efficiency, power and smoothness over great distances. Swimmers should have mastered all the technical elements of the strokes: the proper kick, timing, breathing, body position before moving on to Level 6.
Level 6 is taught at a maximum of 8 students per 1 instructor.
Junior Swim Team – Mondays & Wednesdays, March 29 – May 31, 2017*
*no class on 5/1, 5/3 or 5/29
Non-competitive class for kids interested in improving technique and building strength. Coach Tara Noer will focus on the four competitive strokes, butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, and freestyle. Swimmers must show proficiency in Red Cross Level 4 or above.
Introduction to Synchronized Swimming – Summer only
This class is for beginners looking to learn the basics of synchronized swimming. Instructors will work on sculling, figures, breathing techniques and more. Swimmers must be able to swim the entire pool length without assistance or have passed Red Cross Level 3.
Questions about Swim Lessons? Call Erin Moriarty, RVAC Aquatics Director at 651-269-2306 or email RVACswim@gmail.com