AquaSquirts is a play based, water orientation program that helps develop swimming skills with instructors in the water. Typically, participants are 5-8 years old and the coach will be in the water with the swimmers. AquaSquirts involves fun in the water – jumping, rolling, spinning, twisting, and turning upside down. The program is based on the belief that swimmers learn best through PLAY. Learning through play creates an atmosphere that fosters confidence and relaxation, allowing swimmers to participate in an enjoyable, successful swim. Classes are one hour in duration, once per week.
AquaSquirt Events: A Winter Water Show will be held at the end of Session 1 and a Year-End Water Show will be held at the end of May for parents and friends to come out and see the swimmers demonstrate the skills they have learned.
Entry Guidelines: Children should be 5 years of age by December 31st, 2017 and comfortable in chest deep water, be able to swim 2 meters or more and be able to float on their front and back (note: less experienced swimmers can use flotation devices for assistance if needed). Athletes do NOT need to be able to swim in the deep end for this class.
Preschoolers who have successfully completed the Sunfish program by Red Cross would also benefit from AquaSquirts. These classes are capped at 4 swimmers so register early!
AquaSquirts has been declared suitable for children with special needs and/or children with disabilities. The lesson plans are flexible and allow for modification based on the individual skill level. The use of flotation devices (such as pool noodles, kick boards and PFDs) can be incorporated into the lessons in order to provide swimmers with a certain comfort level in the water. Water acts as a natural cushion for our bodies providing less strain on limbs and joints. It is well documented that children who participate in water activities can expect to see improved flexibility, coordination, cardiovascular and circulation benefits and more!
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