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Youth Spring and Summer Swim Classes

Our lessons are designed to help children learn water safety skills and proper swimming technique in a safe, nurturing, and fun environment. We offer the smallest class sizes in Redwood City with a 2:1 ratio!

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Use the menu on the right to view our levels and program information.

About PCC Swim School

General Information

  • The Peninsula Community Center’s Swim School Program is for children of all swimming levels, ages 3-12. For classes for younger children please refer to our Parent and Toddler Swim Class information.
  • Our Swim School Program offers uniquely small class sizes with a 2:1 student to instructor ratio in every class.
  • Our lessons are designed to help children learn water safety skills and proper swimming technique in a safe, nurturing, and fun environment.
  • Our Swim School program is offered in the Spring and Summer, with private lessons being offered year-round.
  • While the levels and curriculum remain the same throughout the seasons, the structure varies (please see detailed descriptions of our Spring and Summer Swim School programs).
  • Swim School FAQ

Curriculum and Philosophy
We derive our curriculum from the theories of swim school pros, such as American Red Cross, Swim America, and Total Immersion, but further enhance it with our own activities, nurturing instructors, and the foundational belief that children will learn more when swimming is FUN!
We help children grow in the following ways:

  • Having confidence while in and around water.
  • Learning and continuing to advance water safety skills and proper swimming technique.
  • Building friendships with other swimmers and devoted, nurturing instructors.
  • Enjoying a fun, safe, and pressure-free learning environment.
  • Feeling accomplished through consistent and positive encouragement.

Questions? Email us at [email protected].

2018 Spring Swim School Program

General Description

Our Spring Lesson Program consists of two, two-week sessions. Each session consists of 4 lessons (2 per week) held on Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday. Classes are 25 minutes in length, with a 1:2 instructor to student ratio. We offer classes with start times from 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm. We do not offer make-up lessons.

Note:
Because of the limited availability of each level, there is no A/B age category. All Spring classes are for ages 3-12.

Spring Session 1: May 14-24
Spring Session 2: May 29-June 7

2018 Summer Swim School Program

General Description

Our Summer Lesson Program consists of ten, four-day sessions held Monday-Thursday. Classes are 25 minutes in length, with a 1:2 instructor to student ratio. We offer classes with start times from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm. We do not offer make-up lessons.

Summer Session 1: June 11-14
Summer Session 2: June 18-21
Summer Session 3: June 25-28
Summer Session 4: July 2,3,5 *no class on the 4th
Summer Session 5: July 9-12
Summer Session 6: July 16-19
Summer Session 7: July 23-26
Summer Session 8: July 30-August 2
Summer Session 9: August 6-9
Summer Session 10: August 13-16

Cost

Spring and Summer Sessions:

$95 per session (4 classes)

Bubble Buddies

Bubble Buddies
(Level 1)

There is no previous swimming experience required for this level. Children will be “buddied” with a kind, patient, trustworthy instructor who will help them become comfortable in the water. We recommend this class for any child is still fearful in the water. This class introduces/teaches the following:

  • Floating on back and stomach with assistance
  • Learning to blow bubbles in the water (no longer swallowing water)
  • Efficient kicking with assistance
  • Wall crawl
  • Learning to listen and trust the instructor; no longer crying
  • Learning to submerge with assistance
  • Jump to the instructor

 

Starfish Floaters

Starfish Floaters
(Level 2)

Children in this class will begin learning independence in the water. Children will learn proper body position, floating and basic water safety skills.  This session also introduces foundational skills such as efficient and independent kicking. Prerequisites for this class are skills taught in the Bubble Buddies Class. Please do not register your child for this class if they have not yet mastered all the skills in the Bubble Buddies class. Children will learn the following in this class:

  • Unassisted back and front float
  • Unassisted gliding on stomach
  • Front to back rollover with assistance
  • Independent kicking with streamline
  • Treading water 5-10 seconds without assistance
  • Jump into water and return to wall unassisted

 

Crab Kickers

Crab Kickers
(Level 3)

Children will  continue to learn how to efficiently and independently move themselves through the water with proper kicking, while also being introduced to crawl arm strokes and elementary backstroke. Prerequisites for this class are skills taught in the Starfish class. Please do not register your child for this class if they have not yet mastered all the skills in the Starfish class. Children will learn the following in this class:

  • Efficient straight leg flutter kick
  • Independent streamline with kicking (face in the water)
  • Unassisted rollovers
  • Submerge and touch the 5ft. bottom of the pool
  • Tread water 10-20 seconds without assistance
  • Elementary backstroke
  • 5-10 crawl strokes with ability to roll onto back for air without assistance
  • Introduction to basic backstroke
  • Sitting dive

Crocodile Crawlers

Crocodile Crawlers
(Level 4)

In this class children will continue to develop and strengthen their crawl stroke, side breathing, backstroke, kicking, and water safety skills while being introduced to butterfly and breaststroke. Prerequisites for this class are skills taught in the Crab class. Please do not register your child for this class if they have not yet mastered all the skills in the Crab class. Children will learn the following in this class:

  • Proficient crawl stroke with side breathing the length of the pool
  • Proficient backstroke
  • Treading water 20 seconds or longer
  • Breaststroke kick
  • Dolphin kick
  • Kneeling dive

 

Otter Strokes

Otter Strokes
(Level 5)

Swimmers learn and review the mechanic of all four competitive racing strokes while fine-tuning their water safety skills. Prerequisites for this class are skills taught in the Crocodile class. Please do not register your child for this class if they have not yet mastered all the skills in the Crocodile class. Children will learn the following in this class:

  • Proficient crawl stroke with side breathing the length of the pool
  • Proficient backstroke the length of the pool
  • Basic breaststroke
  • Basic butterfly
  • Standing dive
  • Somersault

 

Piranha Pre-Team

Piranha Pre-Team
(Level 6)

Swimmers prepare for swim team by refining efficiency of all four competitive strokes while learning additional terminology and skills necessary for swim team and competition. Prerequisites for this class are skills taught in the Otter class. Please do not register your child for this class if they have not yet mastered all the skills in the Otter class. Children will learn the following in this class:

  • Ready position
  • Crawl Stroke drills and technique work
  • Breaststroke drills and technique work
  • Butterfly drills and technique work
  • Ready position at wall
  • Race start
  • Flip turn
  • Open turn

Private Swim Lessons

Please see our Private Swim Lessons page for more information about our instructors and cost for private swim lessons.

Our private lessons are for ages 3 years and older and for all levels (beginning, intermediate, and advanced). Each lesson is tailored specifically to the students needs. Private lesson availability is limited and dependent on the time of year, pool space, and instructors available.

April Burket
April Burket
Aquatics Director