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Sports Camps: Swimming Summer 2015

Dates/Times Summer 2015:

Morning Swimming Lessons - Levels I-IV - Beginning age: 5
Times:  9:00, 10:00, or 11:00 am

Session A: June 8 - June 19 (M-F, 2 weeks)

Session B: June 29 – July 9 (M-Th, 2 weeks)
*8 days; no lessons on Fri., July 3 & Fri., July 10

Session C: July 13 – July 24 (M-F, 2 weeks) 

Session D: July 27 - August 7 (M-F, 2 weeks): 9:00am CLOSED

Afternoon Swimming Lessons - Level IV- VII      
Times:  1:00

Session E: June 8 - June 18 (M-Th, 2 weeks)
Session F: July 13 – July 23 (M-Th, 2 weeks)
Session G: July 27 – August 6 (M-Th, 2 weeks)


Evening Swimming Lessons – Levels I-IV ONLY
Time: 6:30
Session H: (M, W, Th - 2 weeks; M & W - 2 weeks), June 8-July 1
(June 8, 10, 11, 15, 17, 18, 22, 24, 29, & July 1)


Swimming LessonsLessons are for children ages 5-18. Please use the following descriptions to determine the skill level that would be appropriate for your child.  Children with no swimming experience should be placed in Level I.  Children should be able to accomplish the skills described in Level I in order to be placed in Level II, and so on. We will spend a small portion of the first class testing those children whose parents are uncertain what skill level would be appropriate for their child, but most children will be pre-registered in a skill level; therefore, instruction can begin right away.  Some placement adjustments may be needed in the first few classes if parents have either over- or underestimated their child's ability.

Level I –Water Exploration :
submerge face, blow bubbles
supported float: back, front
enter/exit water independently
navigate comfortably at pool side
alternating arms action supported
kicking: front, back, basic safety

Level II: Primary Skills
hold breath, retrieve objects
unsupported float: back, front
rhythmic breathing
jump into shallow end unassisted
flutter kick: front, back
back flutter kick with some arm action: 5 yds
basic safety

Level III: Stroke Readiness
retrieve objects, eyes open
bobbing, complete submersion
jump into deep water
dive from side of pool
prone & supine glide
back, front crawl: 10 yds each (w/ breathing)
elementary back kick
basic safety

Level IV: Stroke Development
elementary back: 10 yds
front crawl: 25 yds
back crawl: 25 yds
breaststroke, kick
sidestroke kick
tread water: 2 min.
rescue breathing
basic safety

Level V: Stroke Refinement
beginning dive off board
breaststroke: 10 yds
sidestroke: 10 yds
elementary backstroke: 25 yds
fly kick
front, back crawl (50 yds each)
tread water using 2 kicks; 2 min.
familiarity with spinal injuries

Level VI: Skill Proficiency
diving board approach skills
front, back crawl: 100 yds each
breaststroke: 25 yds
butterfly: 10 yds
approach stroke: 25 yds
breast, sidestroke turns
surface dives
flip turns
treading water: 3 min.
spinal injuries

Level VII: Advanced Skills
front dive off board
front crawl: 200 yds
swimming under water: 15 yds
back crawl: 100 yds
breast, sidestroke: 50 yds
butterfly: 25 yds
backstroke flip turn
conditioning principles
tread water: 5 min.
assist with backboard rescue

Registration Information

Mail-in registration will begin on Monday, March 30.

Online registration (full payment only) will begin on Monday, March 30, 9:00am EDT.

Walk-in registration will begin Monday, April 13.


Sessions A, C, D & H:
10 Lessons (Levels I-IV):
$75.00 ($40 due with registration)
* Session B: 8 Morning Lessons (no lessons Fri., July 3 & 10):
$65.00 ($35 due with registration)

Sessions E-G: 8 Afternoon Lessons (Levels IV-VII): $65.00 ($35 due with registration)


Campers will meet the first day in the stands of the Venema Aquatic Center at the Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex.

Getting to Calvin

Contact Information

Director: Dan Gelderloos, Calvin College Men's and Women's Swimming Coach