Tsunami's swimming lessons curriculum was designed with the goal of having every participant complete a length of the pool with proper freestyle and backstroke. We've eliminated all of the fluff to focus on the important skills that will help prepare you or your child for competitive or fitness swimming.
The Learn to Swim Program is for ages 5 through adult.
Classes are held at Goolrick Hall, UMW, on Sunday afternoons. Each session contains six classes. Cost: $80 per session.
Fall 2021 - Spring 2022 Schedule
Session 1: September 12, 19, 26, October 3, 10, 17
Session 2: October 24, 31, November 7, 14, 21, December 5 (no class Nov 30)
Session 3: January 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, February 6
Session 4: February 13, 20, 27, March 6, 20, 27 (no class March 13)
Session 5: April 3, 10, 24, May 1, 8, 15
Participants in our classes will fall into one of the four steps below.
Step One (4:00-4:30 pm)
Swimmers are brand new to lessons, and all skills are supported. Instructors work on water adjustment to help participants become comfortable in the water. The biggest focus in this step is getting used to going underwater.
Step Two (4:00-4:30 pm)
These swimmers will go underwater but cannot swim freestyle or backstroke for more than 5 meters. More emphasis is placed on independence in the water. Participants will work on floating and kicking skills, and must be able to swim five meters of freestyle and backstroke to continue.
Step Three (4:30-5:00 pm)
These swimmers can swim and float on their own, begin learning the basics of breathing and can swim more that 5 meters unassisted. In this level participants gain more confidence through jumping in unassisted, perfecting their gliding and floating skills, and starting the basics of stroke technique.
Step Four (4:30-5:00 pm)
Swimmers can kick the length of the pool with a kickboard, swim 10 meters on front and back, jump into deep water and swim to the side unassisted. Instruction will focus on rhythmic breathing and building endurance. To pass this level, participants must swim half of the pool length on both their front and back, and be able to kick the length of the pool unassisted.