register-onlineSwimming is a vital, life-saving skill that every person should know!

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.

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2018-19 Schedule

Session 1:  September 9, 16, 23, 30, October 7, 14

Session 2:  October 21, 28, November 4, 11, 18, December 2 (no class November 25)

Session 3:  January 6, 13, 20, 27, February 3, 10

Session 4:  February 17, 24, March 3, 10, 17, 24

Session 5:  March 31, April 7, 14, 28, May 5, 12

Participants in our classes will fall into one of the six steps below.

Classes run for half an hour and are held at Fredericksburg Academy on Sunday afternoons. Each session contains six classes. Cost: $70 per session.


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.

divingStep Three  (4:40-5:10 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  (4:40-5:10 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.

Step Five  (5:20-5:50 pm)
Swimmers must be able to swim half the length of the pool unassisted. In this step, swimmers learn bilateral breathing and start to learn dives from the side of the pool. Endurance levels increase as swimmers get practice kicking the length of the pool.  Breaststroke kick is also introduced. 

Step Six  (5:20-5:50 pm)
This is the last step in Learn to Swim. Participants work on endurance and breathing to be able to swim the length of the pool without stopping and while showing proper technique. They learn kneeling and standing dives as well as continued work with breaststroke kick.

Adult Lessons (5:20-5:50 pm)
For adults who want to learn the basics of swimming and gain comfort and confidence in the water.

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