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Sharing my love for the water has been amazing and I thought I should take a moment to share my somewhat unorthodox introduction to the world of water sports. In eighth grade I found myself looking for a sport to play through high school, in hopes of using it to help me get to college. I had always loved school but I needed to start expanding my extracurriculars out of my normal comfort zone. I had grown up going to the lake every summer for family vacations and had always loved the water, so swimming seemed like a natural choice. I set a tryout time for our local swim club and looked over the tryout criteria and was shocked to find that swimming wasn’t just splashing around in a modified doggy paddle… there were FOUR different strokes! So a mere 30 minutes before my tryout time, I pulled up YouTube tutorials and tried to teach myself the strokes on a kitchen barstool. Needless to say, the tryout did not go well and I found myself as a fourteen year old, in swim lessons with five year olds. The experience was humbling but I quickly progressed into more advanced lessons where I met the community team water polo coach. He suggested I try out for the water polo team. I had never seen a game in my life but decided to go for it. After a tough few months of learning I tried out for the high school team and by miracle made varsity, for both swim and water polo for all four years. I went on to play Division 1 college water polo but continue to be a student of the water every day. Upon graduation, I knew I wasn’t done with the water yet, and was so fortunate to get a job continuing my passion with Premier Swim Academy. I wasn’t born a swimmer and my learning process occurred much later in life then most.  I think this has given me a special perspective into the learning process; as I had to be aware of the tools and commitment to get me to the level I was at.


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Can the swimmer hold their breath under water?

Can the swimmer push off of a wall or step, with their face in the water, and glide on their belly for 3-5 seconds?

Can the swimmer maintain a float on their back WITHOUT the use of tools or assistance (i.e. floaties, noodles, adult assistance)?

Can the swimmer roll from a face down position in the water, into a float on their back with their face above the water?

Can the swimmer, while face down in the water, kick independently with straight legs and pointed toes?

Can the swimmer kick, face down, across the pool and breathe by rolling into a back float?

Can the swimmer kick on their back with straight legs, pointed toes across the length of the pool (aprox. 30 ft)?

Can the swimmer breathe by turning their head to the side (not lifting the head straight up/forward) while kicking independently on a kickboard?

Can the swimmer swim freestyle independently with their face down in the water, rotating to the side to breath (not lifting the head straight up/forward)?

Can the swimmer swim independent backstroke?

Can the swimmer do independent breaststroke kicks using a kickboard or noodle to support the arms?

Can the swimmer do independent dolphin kicks (butterfly stroke kicks)?

Can the swimmer do independent breaststroke?

Can the swimmer do independent butterfly?

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