Starfish focuses on building a foundation of relaxation, safety, and a love of the water for swimmers ages 2 and up. At Gold Medal Swim School, we believe if a student is comfortable and feels secure in the water, they will learn and acquire new skills more effectively. Our instructors help students warm up to the water at their own pace, transition to instruction away from the parent, and acquire skills willingly and quickly.
Starfish students learn to independently back float, swim to the wall and exit the pool, and acquire numerous underwater swimming techniques. Emphasis is placed on safety, survival skills, and independence with adult supervision. On graduation day, students jump in the pool with street clothes, turnaround, and swim back to the wall independently!
Seahorse classes are all about kicking and our Propulsion Core Value! The focus is on air regulation, correct body position, and maintaining proper relaxation during both belly and back kicking drills. After these techniques are mastered, stroke work is easily introduced.
Seahorse swimmers learn to kick fast with proper technique for forward propulsion and master air regulation through varied breathing exercises, including learning to swim to the bottom of the pool. On graduation day, students jump in the pool with street clothes and shoes and kick 30 feet on their backs!
Dolphin allows students to further their underwater swimming abilities, achieve mastery in Backstroke, and develop competency in Freestyle.
Dolphin students learn to use their “big arms” and roll to their backs to breathe, readying themselves for the side-breathing technique necessary in Freestyle. Students continue to develop their kick while stacking backstroke drills to improve their first stroke. Dolphin students are eligible for Summer Swim Team Participation.
Seal classes work to achieve mastery in Freestyle and side-breathing while improving Backstroke skills and introducing Butterfly.
Seal students master “big arms” and use side-breathing effectively. They are introduced to the basics of the Butterfly kick (wiggles!) and continue to practice Backstroke. Seal students are eligible for Summer Swim Team Participation.
Stingray focuses on learning the mechanics of Butterfly and Breaststroke and align them with proper timing and breathing. When students graduate from Stingray, they are competent in all four strokes and ready for the challenge of building stamina and increasing distance on Swim Team.
Stingray students develop proper breathing and timing of Butterfly and Breaststroke while refining techniques used in Backstroke and Freestyle. Students completing Stingray have competency in all four strokes. Stingray students are eligible for Summer Swim Team Participation.
Gold Medal Swim School Boot Camps are offered seasonally and are designed to help kids achieve their next level of swimming with a focused week of extended time in the water! Boot Camp lessons follow our Learn to Swim curriculum and enable a deeper absorption of the Gold Medal Swim School Core Values. Students get the same time and same teacher for 60 minutes, everyday for four consecutive weekdays (Typically Monday through Thursday)! Families can pick and choose which weeks they want to do – perfect for scheduling around family vacations.
Whether your goal is for your swimmer reach a new place in their swimming skills or give your swimmer an awesome physical activity for an hour each day, two months’ worth of lessons in one week will help your goals be reached! The last five minutes of classes are games or races! We award your student with a ribbon and a progress evaluation on the last day of class.
Class Details and Prerequisites
Age 2 years to 12 years
No swimming experience is required
3:1 student to teacher ratio (Starfish) / 4:1 student to teacher ratio (Seahorse, Dolphin, SealPLUS)
SealPLUS is a hybrid class which combines skill work of Seal and Stingray, swimmers work on all 4 strokes