As children being to form friendships and become more independent, knowing how to swim will not only be a socially enjoyable hobby, but also a life saving skill. Because you may not always be able to accompany your child to the pool, beach, or lake, knowing that they are a comfortable swimmer will put your mind at ease. Our intermediate level classes at Little Otter Swim School are the beginning of the path to an independent swimmer.
This level transitions students from safety swimming with the rollover breath to competitive beginner freestyle techniques. The gross motor skills of our students in this level are challenged (especially for our younger students) as they must maintain simultaneous movements of head, arms, and legs. Proper breath control technique is stressed as these students move into building endurance. Technical breakdown of the freestyle stroke also begins at this level.
- Prerequisite: swimming 20 feet and achieving independent breaths, independent floats, intermediate propulsion techniques
- Final Goal: Unilateral side breathing 30 feet, streamline kicks, back kicks, windmill arms, 6 beat kick
Blazing Barracudas transition the unilateral side breathing learned in the Dashing Dolphin level into the traditional freestyle stroke, which is bilateral side breathing to both sides. In addition to refining freestyle technique, our teachers continue to build the endurance of their students. Also, the elementary backstroke is taught from start to finish in this level. This stroke is a safety stroke rather than a competitive stroke, but is essential if ever faced with an open water situation.
- Prerequisite: Swimming 30 feet with several unilateral side breaths, back kicks 25 feet
- Final Goal: Bilateral breathing freestyle 60 feet, bent arm recovery, streamline into freestyle, elementary backstroke 40 feet