Developed for children 6 months to 5 years of age, American Red Cross Parent and Child Aquatics builds swimming readiness by emphasizing fun in the water.
Parents and children participate in several guided practice sessions that help children learn elementary skills, including water entry, bubble blowing, front kicking, back floating, underwater exploration and more.
Once children can perform basic skills without parental assistance, they may begin Learn-to-Swim courses. Children in swim lessons aren't required to bring any equipment except a bathing suit and a towel. We ask that any child that is not potty trained be sure to wear a swimmer's diaper.
The new American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim classes provide instruction to help swimmers of all ages and abilities develop their swimming and water safety skills. It is designed to give students a positive learning experience.
Learn-to-Swim teaches aquatic and safety skills in a logical progression. The objective is to teach people to swim and to be safe in, on and around the water.
Skills are categorized in the following way:
- Water Entry and Exit
- Breath Control and Underwater Swimming
- Changing Direction and Position
- Swimming on Front, Back and Side
- General and Personal Water Safety
- Helping Others
The six learn-to-swim levels and the objectives for each level include:
Introduction to Water Skills: helps students feel comfortable in the water and to enjoy the water safely.
Fundamental Aquatic Skills: gives students success with fundamental skills.
Stroke Development: builds on the skills in Level 2 by providing additional guided practice.
Stroke Improvement: develops confidence in the strokes learned and to improve other aquatic skills.
Stroke Refinement: provides further coordination and refinement of strokes.
Swimming and Skill Proficiency: refines the strokes so students swim them with ease, efficiency, power and smoothness over greater distances. Level 6 is designed with "menu" options. Each of these options focus on preparing students to participate in more advance courses, such as Water Safety Instructor and Lifeguard Training. These options include:
- Personal Water Safety
- Lifeguard Readiness
- Fundamentals of Diving
- Fitness Swimming
Dates & Cost:
The Norris Center will not be conducting Learn to Swim or Aqua Tots until January.
Currently we are in the process of revamping our swim program to offer a better service to our patrons.
Water aerobics offers participants a variety of shallow and deep water activities. The class develops or helps improve cardiovascular endurance, stretching, core strengthening (abdomen), and muscle tone (using water filled milk jugs as weights). Individuals with varied exercise and weight training ability can gain from these classes.
Dates & Cost:
Session 1: Monday/Wednesday/Friday
September 28th - December11th
Time: 9:00am - 10:00am
Session 2: Tuesday/Thursday
September 29th - December 10th
Time: 9:00am - 10:00am
Drop-In Rate: $4 per day
You can stop by the Norris Center Main Office to register and pay for sessions. We will also be offering registration over the phone with Visa or Master Card. Payment must accompany registration to guarantee a spot in our programs. We are no longer billing participants for classes. Registration will be on a first pay basis. Early registrations will not be taken, so please carefully read the dates for the sessions you wish to register for before calling.
There will be a $15 cancellation fee for cancellation of water exercise or learn to swim classes. After four classes there will be no refund.
*NOTE: There will be no classes if the University is closed due to inclement weather. You will be contacted if a cancellation is necessary for any other reason. Classes will be made up.