Schools and Classes
Water Babies Preschool
Overlee’s Water Babies Preschool is intended for children who are 9 months to 3 years old. Swimmers are accompanied in the water by their parent or guardian. The focus of this class is on helping parent/guardians and children become acclimated to the water, and basic swimming skills. It is also designed to inform parent/ guardians about how to support their swimmers’ acclimation and progression.
Overlee’s Swim School encompasses all swimmers between the ages of three and eight years old. Most classes are separated between two age groups: three to five, and five to eight. Classes for children 3-5 years of age will be 30 minutes long while classes for children 5-8 years old will be 45 minutes in length. White level classes are the only exception in that swimmers can be as young as 2.5 years old and are all 30 minutes in length.
This program consists of 3 different levels which are dedicated to teaching children the fundamentals of swimming, culminating in the development of a rudimentary freestyle and mastery over the basic skills of backstroke.
Swim School Levels
|Level||Swimmer Is Able To:||Focus||Intermediary Goals||Benchmark Goals|
|White- 2.5 & Up 30 Minutes||Be separate from parent or caregiver for 30 minutes.||Comfort and Submersion||*Submerge independently for 5 seconds||*Independentfront float (with face submerged) and back float for 5 seconds|
|Orange- 3-5 Years-30 Minutes
5 & Up-45 Minute-
Be comfortable with submersion
Float for 5 sec unassisted
|Body Position and Forward Motion||*Jump into water, kick to surface, and kick on belly with arm extended for 5 yards.||*Jump into water, kick to surface, and move forward using kick and arm circles for 10 yards. Return kicking on back.|
3-5 Years-30 Minutes
5 & Up-45 Minute-
|Maintain forward motion with kick and rudimentary arm circles||Rotational (Side) Breathing and Introduction to Backstroke||*Tread water for 30 seconds.*Jump into water, kick to surface, swim freestyle with rotational, breathing 1/2 way across main pool||*Tread water for 1 minute.*Jump into water, kick to surface, and swim freestyle ½ way across the pool breathing to the side using rotational breathing, take a short break & return in the same manner (Deep Water Test Standards)|
The remaining levels, known as the Stroke School, are reserved for more advanced swimmers who want to further develop the freestyle technique in addition to mastering the other two competitive strokes of breaststroke and butterfly. As students are usually more mature, all sessions of stroke school are 45 minutes.
Stroke School Levels
|Level||Swimmer Able To:||Focus||Intermediary Goal||Benchmark Goal|
Stroke School 1
5 & Older
Swim freestyle breathing to the side more than half way across the pool, but not all of the way. Tread for one minute.
Complete Black Level
|Freestyle and Backstroke||*Swim 25 yards of freestyle using proper technique (pattern breathing, high elbow recovery, etc)*Swim 25 yards of backstroke using proper technique (body rotation/position, arm recovery, etc.)||
*Swim 50 yards.
25 yards freestyle and 25 yards backstroke counting to 5 between lengths.
Stroke School 2
5 & Older
|Swim 50 yards.25 yards of freestyle and 25 yards of backstroke. Recommend completing Stroke School- 1||Breaststroke and Butterfly||*Swim 25 yards of breaststroke with proper timing, breath, and extension.*Complete 5 strokes of butterfly lifting face to breathe once, and complete 25 yards in freestyle.||*Swim 50 yards. 25 yards breaststroke and return by swimming 10 yards of butterfly finishing the length in freestyle. Counting to 5 between lengths.|