How to Register
Registration begins around 3 weeks prior to the start of each session. Classes often fill up quick due to class size being limited. Registering early is advised. The cost per course is $40 for members of the JCH Wellness Center or $45 for non-members. Payment is required at the time of registration. Participants may register at the JCH Wellness Center front desk or by phone with credit card. (618) 498-3500
Water Babies- Ages 6 months-2 years
This class demonstrates basic skills that prepares young children to become comfortable in the water so they can be ready to learn how to swim. These basic skills include getting adjusted to the water environment, showing comfort while maintaining a front or back position in the water and demonstrating breath control (i.e., blowing bubbles or voluntarily submerging underwater). A parent or legal guardian must be in the water with the child. Swim diapers are required if child is not potty trained.
Preschool- Ages 3-4 years old or 5 years old & has not taken Preschool class
The objective for preschool level classes is to familiarize students with basic swim strokes (i.e. swim on front and back with arm and leg actions.) Students will also practice floating on front and back and will practice submerging mouth, nose, and eyes while picking up an object underwater.
Level I: Introduction to Water Skills- Ages 5 yrs. old and up
This class teaches water safety as well as elementary aquatic skills such as submerging face while retrieving an object, front and back floating, and kicking on front and back. Students will also learn to coordinate the front and back crawl. All skills will be supported by an instructor unless students are comfortable with the activity.
Level II: Fundamental Aquatic Skills- Ages 5-7 yrs. old & has passed level I or 8-9 yrs. old & has not passed level II
The objective of level II is to give students success with fundamental skills. This level marks the beginning of independent locomotion skills. Explore simultaneous and alternating arm and leg actions on the front and back to lay the foundation for future strokes (i.e. front crawl, back crawl, and elementary backstroke)
Level III: Stroke Development- 5-9 yrs. old & has passed level II or 10-11 yrs. old & has not passed level III
The objective of Level III is to build on the skills learned in level II by providing additional guided practice. Students work on improving back crawl and tying rotary breathing into the front crawl. Also taught are elements of the butterfly and the fundamentals of treading water, while continually working on the elementary backstroke. As in all levels, water safety skills are enforced.
Level IV: Stroke Improvement- 5-11 yrs. old & has passed level III
In this class students develop confidence in the strokes learned thus far while improving other aquatic skills. Students are taught how to increase endurance by swimming familiar strokes (front and back crawl) for greater distances. Students continue to build on the elementary backstroke. Introduced in level IV are the breaststroke, swimming underwater, and elements of the sidestroke. Also introduced, are the basics of turning at a wall.
Adult Learn To Swim-12 yrs. old & older
This class is customized to meet the objectives of each participant.
Red Cross Instructors and Staff
Certified Water Safety Instructors (WSI) and Certified Lifeguards (LG) staff the swim program. Classes are small in size with individual attention given to skill development. Teaching follows the standards of the American Red Cross.