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Swim America Graduates!
2011, 2012 & 2013 
Swim America Program Graduates


SwimAmerica operates hundreds of professional learn-to-swim programs in the United States and around the world.

SwimAmerica programs are operated by certified swim coaches who have achieved a minimum of ASCA Level II Coaching Certification.

SwimAmerica is the only
learn to swim program endorsed by the
American Swimming Coaches Association,
the most prestigious coaches association in the world.


With SwimAmerica Water Safety Comes First!
SwimAmerica lessons are designed to teach all the swim skills your child needs to be safe in and around the water for a lifetime. Our swim schools focus on safety skills and the ability to swim a minimum of 300 yards of freestyle.

To print information on the Swim America Program click here:  Swim America Program Information

Click here for our
2015-2016 Swim America       Registration & Sign-up Forms
to print out, complete, sign and   submit to us.






How To Register By Mail or Fax:

(1) Click the Swim America Sign-up Papers on this page and it will take you to the Swim America Sign-up Form.

(2) Print the Form.  Complete and Sign the Form.  Submit the Form and your payment to:

Trinity Fellowship Sports Ministry
  P.O. Box 345
8144 Terre Bleue Drive
Bonne Terre, Missouri 63628

or

Fax your Completed and signed Registration Form and Payment Information (Credit Card, Debit Card or Check) to 573-358-7727.


  

Infants and PreSchool Curriculum
How Do Infants, PreSchoolers and Adults Fit into the
 Swim America Program?


Definition:  Infants are children ages 6 months to 36 months.  Preschoolers are children age 36 months to age 5.  Adults are individuals 18 years and older.  Swim America does not accept children for lessons who are younger than 6 months.


Infants are accepted into the program with their parents with the purpose of increasing comfort in the water and developing survival floating skills.  Though some other skills are learned, this part of the program is not "learn-to-swim" because this implies a skill level that we do not intend to attempt to teach and there is danger in a parent's expectation that a small child can "swim".  Each infant must be accompanied by a parent or parent substitute. 

With preschoolers a parent or parent substitute is optional to accompany the child into the water.  Most three year olds can be away from parents, but will be grouped with other 3 year olds if possible.  At ages four and five the coach may work with small groups at one time, if the child demonstrates competent independent movement in the water and can follow directions. 

Some children at ages 3-5 may have demonstrated breath control, bobbing (air exchange) ability and some floating and horizontal movement.  With permission of both the Program Director and the parent, these children may be placed in the school age Swim America program so that they may continue to progress to a higher skill level.

Infants:  Lessons or water skills or survival skills will encourage new abilities in the areas of motor development, language, emotional and social skills.  Because the parent is with the child in the water, there will be an enrichment of the parent-child relationship.  Lessons will help develop confidence in the child's abilty to learn and enhance their self-image in the upper part of the age span (closer to two years).  They will also become acclimated to the water and learn to enjoy the sensations associated with movement in the water.  In addition, infants will learn to float on their back and breathe and to kick to the wall should they fall accidentally into the water.

Preschoolers:  Lessons can become very skill oriented at this age.  Preschool age children can learn to propel themselves independently in the water, can learn safety skills for themselves, learn to call for help for others and they can learn basic stroke skills in freestyle, backstroke, breastroke and butterfly.  They can learn to sustain themselves independently in the water for extended periods of time.

Adults: We teach our adult students how to breathe and get air first so that they are more self-sufficient in the water. Water adjustment, breath control, buoyancy, coordination and relaxation are the key areas of instruction.  Once we have taught breath control and buoyancy then we proceed to the same Ten Stations of the School-Age progression.  We teach the same sequence of skills.  We teach stroke improvement and endurance improvements in a group.  But for the non-swimmer, we usually do one-on-one teaching.
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