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Academy Kids is our core lesson program at Premier Swim Academy. Although they might not be right for all learners, we firmly believe that Group Swim Lessons offer the correct balance of social opportunity, instructional engagement, and physical development for new and former swimmers. Academy Kids climb through our Premier level system, which builds on the fundamentals of safety and leads to competent and competitive strokes to prepare swimmers for future aquatic settings.

Our level system includes:

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Academy 1 – For brand new swimmers

This can include the child afraid of getting their face wet, or the eager child who needs to learn basic respect for the water. We will teach them the core competencies for safety and set them up for success in their future learning.

  • Water Comfort and Safety
  • Breath Control
  • Submersions for 3 seconds
  • Front Glides
  • Independent front glide with reaching arms
  • Back floats
  • Front Glide and Roll into a back float for 10 seconds
  • Entries and Exits
  • Jump into the pool and roll into a back float
  • Assisted exit (elbow, elbow, tummy, knee, knee)
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Academy 2 – Our “Water Safe” level

In Academy 2, swimmers learn directional kicking and how to support themselves to always get the breath they need. Upon completion, they will be able to enter and exit aquatic environments and propel themselves to safety.

  • Water Safety and confidence
  • Front Glide Review
  • Independent front glide with pizza arms
  • Kicking
  • Flutter kicking technique
  • Glide Roll Swim
  • Independent movement across the pool with breath recovery
  • Entries and Exits
  • Climb out, jump in, roll into back float, and swim back to wall
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Academy 3 – The beginning of competitive technique

In Academy 3, swimmers will learn a perfect side breath for freestyle and the importance of maintaining momentum throughout their breath. They will also learn back to properly perform backstroke kicks in preparation for backstroke.

  • Rhythmic breathing and intro to competitive technique
  • Front glide and kicking review
  • Front glide with pizza arms and kicks
  • Freestyle Side breathing
  • Freestyle breath recovery
  • Backstroke Kicking
  • Backstroke kicking technique
  • Sitting dives
  • Dives starting from sitting down position
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Academy 4

Here, swimmers will learn to swim a full lap of freestyle and backstroke. The perfect candidate for Academy 4 must be able to kick perfect flutter kicks, side breath to both sides and perform perfect backstroke kicks.

  • Kicking and side breath review
  • Freestyle side breath and backstroke kick
  • Freestyle stroke technique
  • Bilateral catch-up freestyle
  • Backstroke technique
  • Backstroke technique
  • Knee Dives
  • Dives starting from kneeling position
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Academy 5 – For higher level swimmers

In Academy 5, swimmers will learn butterfly and breaststroke kick and begin to work on endurance swimming. The perfect candidate for Academy 5 must be able to swim freestyle with side breathing and must be able to swim backstroke, both independently.

  • Advanced Competitive Stroke Technique
  • Freestyle and Backstroke review
  • Synchronized freestyle and backstroke technique
  • Breaststroke Kick technique
  • Introduction to breaststroke kick technique
  • Breaststroke kick drills
  • Butterfly dolphin kick technique
  • Introduction to dolphin kick technique
  • Dolphin kick drills
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Academy 6

In Academy 6, swimmers put together all 4 competitive strokes to get ready for swim team. The perfect candidate for Academy 6 must be able to proficiently perform breaststroke and butterfly kick and swim independent freestyle and backstroke.

  • Advanced Competitive Stroke Technique
  • Freestyle and Backstroke Review
  • Competitive freestyle and backstroke technique
  • Breaststroke advanced technique
  • Breaststroke technique
  • Breaststroke arm and synchronization drills
  • Butterfly advanced technique
  • Butterfly stroke technique
  • Butterfly arm and synchronization drills
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How old is your child?

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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