Swim Lesson Levels
Here at Cooksey's we know every swimmer is a little different, which is why our swim instructors are trained to teach swimmers according to their unique standards. They are taught to progress their individual strengths while working to improve weaknesses to make a well-rounded and safe swimmer.
Below you will find outlines of our levels and how they work. If you are not sure what level you or your loved ones are in, do not worry! The first lesson is an assessment so that we can figure out exactly where the swimmer should start and what kind of teaching style we should ensue. During your swim lessons you can check back to see how much you have improved and what levels you have mastered!!
Infant Swim Lessons
Infant swim lessons should start at about 8 months old and go until about 2 in a half. They are all about getting the baby comfortable in the water with the instructor. These are not intense courses--they are simply having fun and learning to love the water.
Parent & Me
Parent and Me classes are designed the same way as Infant swim lessons (above), but the parent is in the water. These lessons are good for infants who are shy when with new people, and for infants who get fussy when away from parents. The instuctor and the parent will switch off doing different tasks with the infant. This makes it easier to transition into lesson without the parent when the time comes.
The Starfish [level one]
The Starfish level is all about teaching the child the fundamentals of swimming and getting them comfortable with doing things by themselves in the water. This includes skills such as floating, holding their breath, jumping in and climbing out by themselves. Our instructors get children in this level ready to learn swimming and safety skills.
The Seal [level two]
The Seal level teaches the child how to be water safe. They learn how to do the front crawl in short distances, jump in the pool and get to the side and climb out, kick by themselves on a kickboard, and dive for treasure. The child prepares for complete independence in the water.
The Dolphin [level three]
The Dolphin level is all about teaching the fundamentals of the different swimming strokes and being completely independent in the pool. The child no longer needs physical help keeping afloat or being safe while in the pool (although they should still have an eye on them from adults).
This is for swimmers of all ages that know their way around the pool. They have probably been swimming for a while and want to get a little extra help to make sure their strokes are in tip-top shape. They may need help with their swim workouts to make them more challenging, they may need help with their flipturns for a meet, or just slight little fixes here and there. Stoke technique is different for everyone, and our instructor can help you with anything you woul dliek to improve.
Special Needs Lessons
These swim lesson are designed to help children with special needs build confidence, self esteem, learn life-saving swimming skills, and become physically active during the summer months. Each child will have one swim instructor for the duration of their swim lessons. Their swim instructor will be highly trained and have experience with similar special needs cases. Each lesson is taught in the comfort of your own pool and lasts 30 minutes to an hour long.