2019 American Red Cross Swimming Lessons

The Merrimack Parks & Recreation Department will once again be offering the American Red Cross  Learn-to-Swim Program which provides instruction to help swimmers of all ages and abilities develop their swimming and water safety skills. It is designed to give students a positive learning experience. 


All classes will be taught by our Red Cross Certified instructor Ms. Deb and classes will be held at the Wasserman Park Waterfront. 


New this year, we are offering two different formats for swim lessons. At the beginning of the summer we will have classes offered 1x per week for 6 weeks. In August, we will offer three sessions of classes which are 5 straight days over the course of a single week.


Click on the links below to view a description of each swim level and the dates and times that that level is being offered:


Parent/Child Lessons

Pre-School Age Lessons (Ages 3 - 6)

Learn to Swim - Levels 1 - 3 (Ages 5 and up)  

Learn to Swim - Levels 4 - 6 (Ages 5 and up)

Adult Swim Lessons

Parent and Child Swim Lessons

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Parent and Child Lessons (Ages 6 months-4 years)

This class will focus on ways for you to enjoy water with your child. This class emphasizes parental teaching methods for water adjustment and basic skills. An adult must be in the water with the child throughout the class time. This class is designed to make your child more comfortable in and enjoy being around the water. 


Parent/Child Level 1 Classes are for Ages 6 months to 18 months.

Parent/Child Level 2 Classes are for Ages 18 months to 4 years old.


PARENT/CHILD LEVEL 1: SESSION 1

Wednesdays, June 19th - July 31st

(No Class on 7/3)

Ages: 6 months - 18 months

4:00 - 4:30 pm

$40.00

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PARENT/CHILD LEVEL 1 SESSION 2

Monday, August 19th - Friday, August 23rd

 Ages: 6 months - 18 months 

5:30 - 6:00 pm

$35.00

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PARENT/CHILD LEVEL 2: SESSION 1

Wednesdays, June 19th - July 31st

(No Class on 7/3)

Ages: 18 months - 4 years

4:45 - 5:15 pm

$40.00

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PARENT/CHILD LEVEL 2: SESSION 2

 Thursdays, June 20th - August 1st

(No Class on 7/4)

Ages: 18 months - 4 years 

6:15 - 6:45 pm

$40.00

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PARENT/CHILD LEVEL 2: SESSION 3

Monday, August 19th - Friday, August 23rd 

Ages: 18 months - 4 years 

4:45 - 5:15 pm

$35.00

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Preschool lessons (Ages 3-6) - Levels 1, 2 and 3

Preschool Level 1

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Orients children to the aquatic environment and helps them gain basic aquatic skills. Note: All skills may be performed with support. 


• Enter and exit water using ladder, steps or side • Blow bubbles through mouth and nose for 3 seconds 

• Submerge mouth, nose and eyes 

• Open eyes under water and retrieve submerged objects in shallow water 

• Front and back glides 2 body lengths and recover to a vertical position 

• Front and back float for 3 seconds and recover to a vertical position 

• Roll from front to back and back to front 

• Tread with arm and hand actions 

• Alternating and simultaneous leg actions on front and back 

• Alternating and simultaneous arm actions on front and back 

• Combined arm and leg actions on front and back 

• Complete the series of skills with support. Enter the water independently, using steps or side, travel at least 5 yards, submerge to mouth and blow bubbles, then safely exit the water 




Preschool Level 2

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Helps children gain greater independence in their skills and develop more comfort in and around water.  Note: All skills to be completed with minimal support. 


• Enter water by stepping into shoulder deep water 

• Exit water using ladder, steps or side 

• Bobbing 5 times 

• Open eyes under water and retrieve submerged objects in chest deep water 

• Front and back floats(3 seconds on front 5 seconds on back) and glides (2 body lengths) 

• Recover from a front or back float or glide to a vertical position 

• Roll from front to back and back to front 

• Tread water using arm and leg actions 

• Combined arm and leg actions on front and back (3 body lengths) 

• Finning arm action on back (3 body lengths) 

• Complete the series of skills with minimal assistance. Glide on front for at least 2 body lengths, roll to back, float on back for 15 seconds, then recover to a vertical position. 

• Complete the series of skills with minimal assistance. Glide on back for at least 2 body lengths, roll to front, and then recover to a vertical position. 

• Complete the series of skills with minimal assistance. Swim using combined arm and leg actions on front for at least 3 body lengths, roll to back, float for 15 seconds, roll to front, then continue swimming on front for at least 3 body lengths. 

Preschool Level 3

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Helps children start to gain basic swimming propulsive skills to be comfortable in and around water. Note: All skills to be completed independently. 


• Enter water by jumping into shoulder deep water 

• Fully submerge and hold breath for 10 seconds 

• Bobbing 10 times in chest deep water 

• Front, jellyfish and tuck floats for 10 seconds 

• Recover from a front or back float or glide to a vertical position 

• Back float (15 seconds)and glide (3 body lengths) 

• Change direction of travel while swimming on front or back 

• Tread water for 30 seconds in shoulder deep water 

• Combined arm and leg actions on front and back for 5 body lengths 

• Finning arm action on back for 5 body lengths 

• Complete the series of skills independently. Step from the side into chest deep water, push off the bottom, move into a treading or floating position for 15 seconds, swim on front and/or back for 5 body lengths, then exit the water. 

• Complete the series of skills independently. Move into a back float for 15 seconds, roll to front, and then recover to a vertical position. 

• Complete the series of skills independently. Push off and swim using combined arm and leg actions on front for 5 body lengths, roll to back, float for 15 seconds, roll to front, continue swimming for 5 body lengths. 

Pre-School Swimming Lessons

Pre-School Level 1: Session 1

Tuesdays, June 18th - July 23rd

4:00 - 4:30 pm

$40.00


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Pre-School Level 2: Session 1

 Thursdays, June 20th - August 1st (No class 7/4)

5:30 - 6:00 pm

$40.00

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Pre-School Level 3: Session 1

Fridays, June 21st - July 26th

4:00 - 4:30 pm

$40.00

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Pre-School Level 2: Session 2

Monday, August 5th - Friday, August 9th

4:00 - 4:30 pm

$35.00

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Learn to Swim: Levels 1 - 3

Level 1: Intro to Aquatic Skills

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Learn to Swim Level 1 - Intro to Aquatic Skills

Helps participants feel comfortable in the water.


• Enter and exit water using ladder, steps or side independently

• Blow bubbles through mouth and nose independently

• Bobbing independently

• Open eyes under water and retrieve submerged objects independently

• Front and back glides and floats independently

• Recover to vertical position independently

• Roll from front to back and back to front independently

• Tread water using arm and hand actions with minimal support

• Alternating and simultaneous leg actions on front and back

• Alternating and simultaneous arm actions on front and back

• Combined arm and leg actions on front and back


Upon successful completion of all skills in this level, advance to Level 2.

Level 2: Fundamental Aquatic Skills

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Gives participants success with fundamental skills.


• Everything listed in learn to swim level one plus:

• Front, jellyfish and tuck floats independently

• Change direction of travel while swimming on front and back independently

• Tread water using arm and leg actions independently

• Combined arm and leg actions on front and back independently

• Finning arm action independently


Upon successful completion of all skills in this level, advance to Level 3.

Level 3: Stroke Development

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• Bobbing while moving toward safety successfully and independently

• Jump from side in deep water, fully submerge, then recover to the surface and return to the side.

• Rotary breathing 15 times.

• Survival float successfully and independently for 30 seconds.

• Back float successfully and independently for minimum of 30 seconds

• Change from vertical to horizontal position on front and back successfully and independently

• Tread water for minimum of 30 seconds successfully and independently

• Push off in streamlined position on front and back and flutter kick 3-5 body lengths.

• Front crawl and elementary backstroke minimum of 15 yards successfully and independently

• Jump into deep water from the side, recover, tread water for 30 seconds and swim to side of the pool.

• Push off in a streamlined position, swim front crawl for 15 yards, change direction and swim 15 yards elementary backstroke.


Upon successful completion of all skills in this level, advance to Level 4.

Levels 1,2 & 3 Swimming Lessons

Level 1: Session 1

Mondays, June 17th - July 22nd

4:00 - 4:30 pm

$40.00


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Level 2: Session 1

Mondays, June 17th - July 22nd

4:45 - 5:15 pm

$40.00

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Level 3: Session 1

Fridays, June 21st - July 26th

5:30 - 6:00 pm

$40.00

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Level 1: Session 2

 Tuesdays, June 18th - July 23rd

4:45 - 5:15 pm

$40.00

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Level 2: Session 2

Tuesdays, June 18th - July 23rd
5:30 - 6:00 pm
$40.00

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Level 3: Session 2

Fridays, June 21st - July 26th
4:45 - 5:15 pm
$40.00

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Level 1: Session 3

Thursdays, June 20th - Aug 1st (No class 7/3)

4:45 - 5:15 pm

$40.00


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Level 2: Session 3

Thursdays, June 20th - Aug 1st (No class 7/4)

4:00 - 4:30 pm

$40.00

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Level 3: Session 3

Monday, August 5th - Friday, August 9th

6:15 - 6:45 pm

$35.00

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Level 1: Session 4

Fridays, June 21st - July 26th

5:30 - 6:00 pm

$40.00

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Level 2: Session 4

Monday, Aug 5th - Friday, Aug 9th
4:00 - 4:30 pm
$35.00

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Level 3: Session 4

Monday, August 12th - Friday, August 16th
5:30 - 6:00 pm
$35.00

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Level 1: Session 5

Monday, August 12th - Friday, August 16th

4:00 - 4:30 pm

$35.00


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Level 2: Session 5

Monday, Aug 5th - Friday, Aug 9th 

5:30 - 6:00 pm 

$35.00

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Level 2: Session 6

Monday, August 12th - Friday, August 16th
4:45 - 5:15 pm
$35.00

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Learn to Swim: Levels 4 - 6

Level 4: Stroke Development

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Develops confidence in the skills learned and improves other aquatic skills.


• Everything in learn to swim levels 1,2 and 3, plus:

• Headfirst entries from the side in compact and stride positions successfully and independently

• Swim under water minimum 5 body lengths successfully and independently

• Feet-first surface dive successfully and independently

• Survival swimming minimum 30 seconds successfully and independently

• Front crawl and backstroke open turns successfully and independently

• Tread water using 2 different kicks minimum of 2 minutes successfully and independently

• Front and elementary backstroke minimum 25 yards successfully and independently

• Back crawl, breaststroke, sidestroke and butterfly minimum of 15 yards successfully and independently

• Streamlined flutter and dolphin kicks on back minimum 3-5 body lengths successfully and independently.


Upon successful completion of all skills in this level, advance to Level 5.

Level 5: Stroke Refinement

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Provides further coordination and refinement of strokes.


• Everything in learn to swim levels 1, 2, 3 and 4, plus:

• Shallow-angle dive from the side then glide and begin a front stroke successfully and independently

• Tuck and pike surface dives, submerge completely successfully and independently

• Front flip turn and backstroke flip turn while swimming successfully and independently

• Front and elementary backstroke minimum of 50 yards successfully and independently

• Back crawl, breaststroke, sidestroke and butterfly minimum of 25 yards successfully and independently

• Sculling successfully and independently


Upon Successful completion of all skills in this level, advance to Level 6. 

Level 6: Advanced

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Skills Check

· Surface dive and retrieve object from the bottom, 7–10 feet deep

· Front crawl for 100 yards

· Elementary backstroke for 100 yards

· Breaststroke for 50 yards

· Back crawl for 50 yards

· Butterfly for 50 yards

· Sidestroke for 50 yards

· Demonstrate open turns and front and back flip turns when swimming


Exit Assessment

· Swim 500 yards continuously, using any 3 strokes of choice, swimming at least 50 yards of each stroke.

Level 4: Session 1

Mondays, June 17th - July 22nd

6:15 - 7:00 pm

$45.00


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Level 5: Session 1

Tuesdays, June 18th - July 23rd

6:15 - 7:00 pm 

$45.00

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Level 6: Session 2

Fridays, June 21st - July 26th
6:15 - 7:00 pm

$45.00

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Level 4: Session 2

Monday, August 12th - Friday, August 16th
6:15 - 7:00 pm 

$45.00

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Adult Swimming Lessons

What to Expect

 

The Adult Learn-to-Swim program allows swimmers to progress at their own pace, mastering one set of skills before moving on to the next. Swimming lessons for adults are available in the following three levels, developed to meet the needs of adult learners:


1) Learning the Basics: earn basic swimming strokes and skills needed to stay safe, and help keep others safe in and around the water.

2) Improving Skills and Swimming Strokes: Participants will gain proficiency in basic aquatic skills and the six basic swimming strokes.

3) Swimming for Fitness: Participants will learn to refine their front crawl, back crawl, breaststroke and turns to build endurance.


For ages 18+



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Adult Swim Lessons: Session 1

Tuesdays, June 18th - July 23rd

6:15 - 7:00 pm

$45.00


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Adult Swim Lessons: Session 2

Fridays, June 21st - July 26th

6:15 - 7:00 pm 

$45.00

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Level 6: Session 2

Monday, August 19th - Friday, August 23rd
6:15 - 7:00 pm

$40.00

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