Youth Swimming Programs Offered at Family Membership Beach
Hale Reservation offers the American Red Cross Swimming and Water Safety Program. The objective of the program is to teach people to swim and to be safe in, on, and around the water. The skills taught in the Learn-To-Swim program include water entry and exit, breath control and underwater swimming, buoyancy, changing direction and position, treading, swimming on front, back and side, general and personal water safety, and helping others.
American Red Cross Class Descriptions (Please read the following course descriptions thoroughly when deciding where to place your child.)
Level 1: Introduction to Water Skills
(Must be 3 years old to enroll and be independent and comfortable in the water)
Introduction to Water Skills
Purpose: To help students feel comfortable in the water and to enjoy the water safely. The course includes water adjustment, floating on front and back supported, blowing bubbles, kicking, swim on front and back while supported 2 yards, and safety skills.
Level 2: Fundamental Aquatic Skills
Purpose: To provide students with opportunities for success with fundamental skills. The course includes entering water independently by jumping or stepping from the side, floating on front and back 5 seconds, gliding on front and back 3 yards, swim on front and back unsupported 5 yards, and safety skills.
Level 3: Stroke Development
(Must be comfortable in deep water)
Purpose: To build on the skills in Level 2 by providing additional guided practice. The course includes jumping into deep water, demonstrate rotary breathing on front 5 times, front crawl 15 yards, back crawl 15 yards, butterfly kick and body motion 5 yards, treading water, and safety skills. Level 3 is taught in deep water.
Level 4: Introduction to Water Skills
Purpose: To build student confidence and performance of the strokes learned in Level 3 by providing additional guided practice. This course includes diving, swimming underwater, front crawl 25 yards, back crawl 25 yards, butterfly 15 yards, breaststroke 15 yards, elementary backstroke 15 yards, treading water 1 minute, and safety and rescue skills.
Level 5: Skill Refinement
Purpose: To build on the skill in Level 4 by providing additional guided practice. The course includes: diving, front crawl 50 yards, back crawl 50 yards, butterfly 25 yards, breaststroke 25 yards, elementary backstroke 25 yards, sidestroke 25 yards, and safety and rescue skills.
Level 6: Swimming and Skill Proficiency
Purpose: To refine strokes so that students swim with more ease, efficiency, power and smoothness over greater distances. The course includes: diving, front crawl 100 yards, back crawl 100 yards, butterfly 50 yards, elementary backstroke 50 yards, breaststroke 50 yards, sidestroke 50 yards, turns for each stroke, and in depth safety and rescue skills.
Level Six 1/2
For children who have passed all the American Red Cross levels but still want to continue working on their strokes and stamina. Registration is not required.
PRIVATE SWIMMING LESSONS
Private swimming lessons are offered to members who would like some individual attention. Lessons run for 20 minutes. Sign-ups follow the same procedure as swimming lessons registrations, on day one of the session, one hour before the start of the lesson, on a first come, first serve basis. Numbers are restricted. You can sign up each child for one lesson per session. You may also check at 12 noon each day to see if there have been any cancellations or no shows. Spare slots will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. A limited number of lessons will be offered at 3 p.m.
If your child is not quite ready for level 1, there is a time set aside for tots, aged 2 to 4 and their mom/dad/babysitter to come together, meet tots of a similar age, play games on the beach, and then have fun in the water learning basic swimming readiness skills. Tot Time will last 20 minutes. No sign-ups required. Parent Participation is required.
Sailing lessons are in great demand. Numbers unfortunately are restricted by the availability of boats and instructors.
Class size varies 4 – 12. Each instructor takes 4 children only. The child must be at least 8 years old and be in swimming Level 5 or above. Two or more sessions are recommended. A commitment to classes is required. A swim test is required to take part in the class – swim 100 yards crawl and tread water for 4 minutes.
Class Size varies 12 – 15.
Children will explore Noanet Pond while being introduced to basic rowing and canoeing skills. No sign-ups required.
Carowing – NEW!
Class size limited to 9. The child must be 7 & up and in Level 3 or above. Children will learn how to canoe and row with proper technique, as well as learn what to do if they lose a paddle or the boat tips over. The class will be offered M, W, F or T, Th, F with Friday being a combined class. Sign ups required.