NMU Learn to Swim Program

The NMU Rec Sports Department is proud to offer the 2020 American Red Cross version of Learn to Swim - swimming lessons. Our certified instructors will guide the swimmer through appropriate swimming levels so that greater safety and swim skills are achieved. See below for class options and registration links. Please call the Rec Sports office at 906-227-2519 or stop by PEIF office 126 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday if you have questions or are having trouble with registration.

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Fall 2020 Youth Group Swimming Lessons

Due to COVID-19, NMU Rec Sports is not able to offer Level #1 & #2 group swimming lessons.
This is due to the inability of our instructors to safely support swimmers not able to float/swim independently due to social distancing restrictions. 
  • Level #3 Group Swimming Lessons: September 14, 21, 28, October 5, 12, 19 from 6pm-6:50pm
  • Level #4 Group Swimming Lessons: September 16, 23, 30, October 7, 14, 21 from 6pm-6:50pm
  • Level #5 Group Swimming Lessons: September 12, 19, 26, October 3, 10, 17 from 11am-11:50am

To register for group swimming lessons, please click here

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Private/Semi-Private Lessons are also available for those who have passed through American Red Cross Level 2 or can provide proof of level 2 completion, are older than 9 years of age or are looking for technique/skill refinement. 

Fall 2020 Private/Semi-Private Schedule: Due to COVID-19, Private/Semi-Private lessons are only able to be held on Monday/Wednesday between 6pm-7pm, Saturday between 11am-12pm and Sunday between 1pm-2pm.

Pre-registration is required, please contact (906)227-2421

Private Lessons
6 sessions: $105 Members, $115 Non-Members
Private lessons are for those that have passed through level 2. Sessions last 30 minutes.

Semi-Private Lessons
6 sessions: $73 Members, $93 Non-Members
Semi-private lessons are for those that have passed through level 2. Sessions last 45 minutes. Both swimmers must be at the same level for semi-private lessons.
 


Class Descriptions

Wildcats (Level 1) - Intro to Water Skills

Begin to develop positive attitudes, good swimming habits and safe practices in and around water.

Prerequisites:

  • Must be 4 years old on the first day of class

  • Blow bubbles through the nose and mouth, and bob

  • Glide and float on their front and back

  • Roll from their front to their back, and back to front

If you answered yes to all of the above, your child is ready for level 2.

Tigers (Level 2) - Fundamental Aquatic Skills

Learn to float without support and recover to a vertical position.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of level 1 or ability to perform all skills listed in level 1 OR:

  • Float on their front, then float on their back for 5 seconds and return to a standing position

  • Retrieve objects underwater and jump in the pool unassisted

  • Swim the elementary backstroke for 10 body lengths

If you answered yes to all of the above, your child is ready for level 3.

Shock (Level 3) - Stroke Development

Build on skills in Level 2 by providing additional guided practice in deeper water.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of level 2 or ability to perform all skills listed in level 2 OR:

  • Tread water or float for 30 seconds

  • Perform the flutter, scissor, dolphin, and whip kick

  • Swim front crawl and elementary backstroke for 15 yards

If you answered yes to all of the above, your child is ready for level 4.

Lions (Level 4) - Stroke Improvement

To develop participants confidence in strokes learned in Level 3 and improve other aquatic skills.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of level 3 or ability to perform all skills listed in level 3 OR:

  • Perform headfirst entry from the side of the pool

  • Swim the front crawl and elementary backstroke for 25 yards

  • Swim breaststroke and back crawl for 15 yards

If you answered yes to all of the above, your child is ready for level 5.

Pistons (Level 5) - Stroke Refinement

To further learn how to coordinate and refine strokes.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of level 4 or ability to perform all skills listed in level 4 OR:

  • Dive in and swim 50 yards of front crawl then 50 yards of the elementary backstroke

  • Swim breaststroke for 25 yards and back crawl for 25 yards

  • Perform flip turns and surface dives

If you answered yes to all of the above, your child is ready for level 6.

Redwings (Level 6) - Fitness Swimmer

Refine strokes so participants swim them with more ease, efficiency, power and smoothness over greater distances.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of level 5 or ability to perform all skills listed in level 5 OR:

  • Swim 100 yards of the front and back crawl, and 50 yards of the butterfly, elementary backstroke, breaststroke, and sidestroke

  • Demonstrate all flip and open turns

  • Tread water for 2 minutes

If you answered yes to all of the above, your child can attend Junior Lifeguard GuardStart course, or train to become a Water Safety Aid.


NMU Rec Sports
recsport@nmu.edu
Call 227-2519 or visit PEIF 126 with questions.

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