See how to register by Mail or Fax below.  To print off the Swim America Registration Sign-up paperwork, just click here:

2015-2016 Swim America Registration, Payment, Referral and Sign-up Forms


To make your payment online click here:  Swim America On-line Registration  and follow the directions below on this page where is says, "How to Register".  

Remember, you still have to complete the sign-up papers even if you sign-up online. 

Online registrations are processed faster than mail in registrations. 

On-line payment options are : 
  1. Credit Card,
  2. Debit Card or
  3. Cash, Money Order and Check can be mailed or delivered to training site during our practices.
When you sign-up online, all you have to do is mail or fax in your completed sign-up and registration forms that you print from this website.    you can get this form to print out by clicking here:

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






How to Register:
Online:

(1) From here click  "Swim America" 

(2) The first product you will need to purchase is your "Swim America Registration" .  This is a membership requirement for each Swim America Student when they join the Program and once a year thereafter for continued membership in the Program.


  • Monday's Training Site location is the Jefferson County Family YMCA, 1301 YMCA Drive, Festus, Missouri.  :30pm and 4:45pm.  Swimmers in Stations 8-10 can only come from 4:30pm-5:15pm and 4:45pm -5:30pm
  • Tuesday's & Thursday's: Training Site location is Mehlville Senior High School, 3200 Lemay Ferry Road, St. Louis, MO. on Tuesday's at 6:30 p.m. & Thursday's at 7:00 p.m..
  • Friday's Training Site location is the Farmington Civic Center, 2 Black Knight Drive, Farmington, Missouri.  6:30pm, and 7:00pm.  Students in Stations 8-10 can need to come at 6:30 p.m.
For a training site nearest you and or training days not listed above please contact our office at 573-358-7727 Office/Fax, 573-366-0410 Office Cell or email us at programs@loveswimming.org.

(4) Once you select the day(s) you want then you will need to select the time if more than one time is offered..



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
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.

         Welcome!
            

Swim America Worlds Best Swim Lessons!


Swim America

is a state-of-the-art, national learn to swim program developed by the American Swim Coaches Association (ASCA)

for Infants, Pre-School, School-Age and Adult Students. 

The Swim America Program is: (1) Quality Controlled - the cornerstone of this program is maintained from the National Office down to every coach working with every individual student by training, communicatoin and follow-through, (2) Goal-driven - the Swim America Program has advancement criteria that provides the student with clear tests of their own abilities, and (3) Technique-oriented - Swim America believes that "good swimming is good swimming".  There is no distinction between "competitive" and "recreational technique".

All of our Coach Instructors are trained and certified by our Swim America Program Directors. 

Trinity Fellowship's Sports Ministry Program Director is the holder of our Swim America License and has been granted the exclusive right to operate the Swim America Program in St. Louis, Missouri and surrounding areas

Swim America is designed for everybody, regardless of usage intentions.  It prepares any student who wishes to learn with the tools to participate in and appreciate a wide variety of aquatic activities like: competitive swim racing which is organized to provide excitement for children and adults alike (Swim Team), long-distance swimming, triathlon, springboard and platform diving, water polo, synchronized swimming and SCUBA diving.  Also, activities such as boating, water skiing, surfing, sailing, canoeing and fishing are made less hazardous when a participant can remove themselves from danger if the unexpected should occur.

Swim America is taught in 10 stations:

Station1: Bubbles

Station2: Floats and Glides

Station 3: Kicking

Station 4: Crawl Stroke

Station 5: Freestyle

Station 6: Backstroke

Station 7: Breastroke

Station 8: Butterfly

Station 9: Lifetime Strokes

Station 10: Individual Medley

Swim America teaches more than just how to swim.  Proper techniques are emphasized, with attention given to correct body position, movement of arms and legs, breathing and timing of the strokes.  In all stations, the students will focus on good swimming, which makes students safe in the water, fitness, health and fun.

Each new student is evaluated which may take 1 or more classes. Once the Program Director has evaluated the new student they will be placed only by the Program Director into the Swim America Station that best suits the Student.  A returning student will be placed in the station they were working on at the end of their last session or another Station by the Program Director based on their current skills ehibited because Students do forget after being away from their training.  The Program Director will track each student's progress and station placement. Unlike other learn-to-swim programs that lock a student in for the duration of a scheduled session which consists of several classes maybe even the entire program, Swim America is progressive and moves each student to a higher station(s) as they master the skills even if that means advancing  the student through several stations in one class.  This process can move in the reverse if the Student for whatever reason i.e. attendance, participation, is unable to take instruction, illness, etc.  The Students find this program concept exciting and very rewarding because they get to see immediate results as they are rewarded each time they advance.  Remember, students individually progress at different rates and that their graduation from a Station is based on the individual student not the group.  Progress depends on each student's age, maturity and fitness level and skill set.

After Station 10 of the Swim America Program, the student will be able to swim 300 non-stop yards of freestyle, 100 yards of Backstroke and 100 yards of Individual Medley because Swim America considers this to be the definition of "Learn to Swim".

The student will not only be proficient and legal in all four of the Olympic Strokes: butterfly, backstroke, breastroke and freestyle but also possess the skills of extended swimming and technique refinement in all major strokes and turns.  At this point the student will also have the skills necessary for our "Competitive Level Membership" (our highest level of membership) on LOVE Swimming or Team Genesis Swim Club.  The difference between LOVE Swimming and Team Genesis Swim Club is the level of commitment the swimmer has available and requirements as listed on our website.

Our Swim America Program for the 2014-2015 Annual Swim Season
 also has a
Pre-Competitive Swim Team

This is PERFECT for the swimmer who is a talented athlete but: (1) does not want to comit to all of the requirements of a year-round competitive swim program but wants to learn more than swim lessons. Our Pre-Competitive Swim Team requires that a student complete Station 8 in our Swim America Program.

Pre-Competitive Swim Team workouts last 45 minutes.  Swimmers in our Pre-Competitive Program are not set-up to or required to graduate from our Swim America Program.

The cost of our Pre-Competitive Swim Team is $14 per class - it is a Swim America Class and the minimum purchase is 5 classes.  A swimmer can set their own practice schedule as long as they do at least 1 class per week, else 1 class will be deducted from the remaining balance of classes purchased for that swimmer.  Purchased classes not used in the Swim Season of purchase are forfeited.

Pre-Competitive Swim Team members are required to:
  • do 2 Team scheduled swim meets per Swim Season.
  • purchase a Swim America suit, Swim America swim cap, goggles, and our Swim Team Cap at our Swim Team Store at shop.loveswimming.org
  • complete a  minimum of 10 service hours per Swim Season in our Swim America Program if they are 12 years or older.

Registration Policy:

There is a high demand for Swim America classes, so early enrollment is encouraged.  Classes are filled on a first-come first-serve basis. 

1. Payment is due at the time of registration

2. All Registration Sign-up Fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.  All new students can join our Swim Team programs at anytime and their Initial Fee is $25.00.  If they are a returning swimmer for the 1st time, their cost is $85.00 for that year and if they are a returning swimmer for the 2nd time their cost is $125.00 yearly.  2nd year plus returning swimmers pay $125.00

Refund Policy:

NO REFUNDS, NO COUPONS, NO CREDITS FOR PURCHASES OF SWIM AMERICA CLASSES, SWIM CAMPS, SWIM CLINICS, SWIM PRACTICES, TEAM TRAVEL TRIPS, SWIM MEET ENTRY FEES, SPECIAL MEET ENTRY FEES.  NO EXCEPTIONS!  Please make sure that your purchases fit your schedule. 

Make-up Policy and Purchase:

PAYMENT DEADLINE FOR ALL PURCHASES IS ONE WEEK PRIOR TO THE START OF ANY CLASSES, CAMPS, CLINICS, MEETS, OR PRACTICES, ETC. PURCHASED. A STUDENT CAN START CLASSES, CAMPS, CLINICS, PRACTICES, SWIM MEETS, ETC. NO SOONER THAN 7 DAYS AFTER PAYMENT IS RECEIVED AS OF NOVEMBER 1, 2013. THIS TIME IS REQUIRED TO ASSURE PROPER STAFF SCHEDULING. ANNUAL REGISTRATION FOR ALL RETURNING STUDENTS IS DUE AUGUST 1ST OF EACH YEAR AND IS CONSIDERED LATE AFTER AUGUST 1ST AND A LATE FEE WILL BE CHARGED IF PURCHASED LESS THAN 7 DAYS PRIOR TO THE START OF THE NEW SWIM SEASON. 

WE ARE UNABLE TO OFFER MAKEUPS FOR CLASSES, CAMPS, CLINICS, MEETS, OR PRACTICES, ETC.  MISSED BY ANY STUDENT FOR ANY REASON.

Discipline Policy:

All disciplinary issues are handled directly by our Program Director.

"Swim Suit"

Swim America Suit Information:

Swim America Suits and Swim America Suit accessories, i,e. goggles, swim cap, etc. can all be purchased on our "Team Swim Store" at shop.loveswimming.org.  A good swim suit can make learning to swim easier for swimmers.  Please remember to enter the student's current measurements in the "special instructions" section of your purchase form.   Please bring your own swim suit until your suit comes.

We can also provide you with and encourage swim caps, goggles, training fins, gear bag, training paddles, snorkels, personal kickboard, etc.  Please go to shop.loveswimming.org to purchase these items.  All items purchased at our Swim Team Store (shop.loveswimming.org) can take 4-8 weeks and sometimes longer depending on the time in the Swim Season and the number of orders that we get in to get processed and back to you, so please be patient.

For more information, send us a request by clicking the "Contact us" tab at the top of this page, or
call (573) 358-7727 Office/Fax
or email us at: programs@loveswimming.org
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