Fall 2022 Youth Lessons
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All swimmers must complete the medical form for minor youth programming prior to registration.
For non-members only: Please call Member Services at (617) 552-0797 to register your child.
Campus Rec offers private swimming and diving lessons to children ages four years old and up. We also offer adult swim lessons. Lessons are taught at the Connell Recreation Center in Chestnut Hill, MA.
Children from Newton, Chestnut Hill, Brighton, Brookline and surrounding areas are welcome to enroll in swim lessons; an affiliation with Boston College is not required.
Whether your child is just beginning to swim or has some prior swim experience, our experienced aquatics instructors can help improve their comfort level in the water while developing their stroke technique and form.
Fall 2022 Youth Group Lessons
Session 2 Sundays
November 6 - December 11
(No Classes on 11/20 & 11/27)
|3 years old||Sunday||9:30am - 10:00am||$80|
|Parent Tot A||6 months-18 months||Sunday||10:00am - 10:30am||$80|
|Parent Tot B & C||18 months -3 years old||Sunday||10:30am - 11:00am||$80|
|Level 1||4,5,6 years old
||Sunday||11:15am - 11:45am
||7,8,9 years old||Sunday
||11:45am - 12:15pm||$80|
|Level 1||7,8,9 years old||Sunday||1:00pm - 1:30pm
||4,5,6 years old||Sunday
||1:30pm - 2:00pm||$80|
|Level 2||7,8,9 years old||Sunday||2:00pm-2:30pm||$80|
|Level 2||4,5,6 years old||Sunday||3:30pm-3:00pm||$80|
|Level 3||7,8,9 years old||Sunday||3:00pm-3:30pm||$80|
|Level 3||10-15 years old||Sunday
Session 2 Tuesdays & Thursdays
October 18 - November 3
|Level 1||4,5,6 years old
||Tuesday & Thursday||4:15pm - 4:45pm
||7,8,9 years old||Tuesday & Thursday||4:45pm - 5:15pm||$120|
||4,5,6 years old||Tuesday & Thursday||5:15pm - 5:45pm||$120|
|Level 2||7,8,9 years old||Tuesday & Thursday||5:45pm-6:15pm||$120|
|Level 3||4,5,6 years old||Tuesday & Thursday||6:15pm-6:45pm||$120|
|Level 3-4||7 and up||Tuesday & Thursday||6:45pm-7:15pm||$120|
|Level 5-6||All||Tuesday & Thursday||7:15pm-7:45pm||$120|
Session 3 Tuesdays & Thursdays
November 8 - December 8
(No classes on 11/22 & 11/24)
|Level 1||4,5,6 years old
||Tuesday & Thursday||4:15pm - 4:45pm
||7,8,9 years old||Tuesday & Thursday||4:45pm - 5:15pm||$160|
||4,5,6 years old||Tuesday & Thursday||5:15pm - 5:45pm||$160|
|Level 2||7,8,9 years old||Tuesday & Thursday||5:45pm-6:15pm||$160|
|Level 3||4,5,6 years old||Tuesday & Thursday||6:15pm-6:45pm||$160|
|Level 3-4||7 and up||Tuesday & Thursday||6:45pm-7:15pm||$160|
|Level 5-6||All||Tuesday & Thursday||7:15pm-7:45pm||$160|
About Group Swim Lessons
BC Rec offers group Learn to Swim lessons for children of all ages and experience levels. Lessons are taught at the Connell Recreation Center Pool in Chestnut Hill, MA.
Children from Newton, Brighton, Brookline, Boston and surrounding areas are welcome to enroll in swim lessons; an affiliation with Boston College is not required.
Whether your child is just beginning to swim or has some prior swim experience, our experienced aquatics instructors can help improve their comfort level in the water while developing their stroke technique and form. The prices listed above are per child.
Parents are invited to sit on the Pool Mezzanine to watch. While classes are listed as 30 minutes, there will be about 25 minutes of instruction in the water and 5 minutes to transition for the next class.
Building basic safety skills for parents and children, helping infants and young children ages 6 months to about 3 years become comfortable in the water so they are willing and ready to learn to swim at their own pace. At Campus Recreation we do not force anyone to go in the water. These basic skills include adjusting to the water environment, safety types and show comfort while swimming. As the child gets older, parent and child will be able to do more skills.
Parent-Tot A- Ages 6 months -18 months
This class is for parents and children ages 6 - 18 months who can sit up on their own. The class will teach you techniques to help orient your child to the water, including fun activities like blowing bubbles and playing with water toys.
Parent-Tot B- 18 months-3 years old
This class is for parents and slightly older children ages 18 months - 3 years old who still need a parent’s support in the water. This class will help the child gain confidence in the water, become more comfortable working with another adult, practice floating and kicking and prepare them for higher-level classes.
Adv. Parent-Tot C
This class is for kids that have already taken Parent Tot A/B. They can put their face water, follow some instructions, enter/exit water without assistance, and are ok to go with another adult (instructor).
This class is for children ages 3 - 4 years old or children who have completed Parent and Toddler class and/or are comfortable putting their face in the water. The first three classes will be done with the parent and child in the water or until the child is comfortable with the instructors.
Little Eagles 2
This class is for children that have taken Little Eagles but are too young to move to level 1 group lessons. Parents will not need to get in the water if the child is comfortable with the instructors. But parent(s) need to come ready to get in the water if needed.
Level 1: Introduction to Water Skills
Enter and exit water using the ramp, ladder, or side, blowing bubbles through the mouth and nose and putting the face in the water, bobbing- five times, opening eyes underwater, and retrieving submerged objects- two times (in shallow water), front and back glide two body lengths, roll from front to back and back to front, simultaneous leg action on front- two body lengths, combined arm and leg actions on front- two body lengths, combined arm and leg action on back with support- two body lengths, and glide on front at least two body lengths, roll to a back float for three seconds with support.
Level 2: Fundamental Aquatic Skills
- Build on the skills introduced in Level 1, with participants improving these skills and learning more advanced skills, the child must successfully complete and demonstrate level 1 skills
- Fully submerged under water, blowing bubbles while underwater, front float, five seconds, tuck float, five seconds, front glide- two body lengths, recover from a front float to glide to a vertical position, recover from a back float or glide to a vertical position, back float- ten to fifteen seconds, treading using arm and leg actions- fifteen seconds (in shoulder-deep water), combined arm and leg actions on front- five body lengths, combined arm and leg actions on back- five body lengths, and finning arm action on back- five body lengths.
Level 3: Stroke Development
The child must successfully complete and demonstrate level 2 skills.
Enter water by jumping from the side (into deep water), headfirst entry from the side in a sitting position ( in deep end), bobbing while moving toward safety- five times ( in chest-deep water), rotary breathing, survival float on front- thirty-seconds (in deep water), back float- thirty-seconds (in deep water), change from vertical to horizontal position on front ( in deep water), change from vertical to horizontal position on back (in deep water), tread water- thirty seconds ( in deep water), push off in a streamlined position on front then begin dolphin kicking five body lengths, front crawl (we teach alternative breathing techniques), and elementary backstroke- fifteen yards.
Level 4: Stroke Improvement
The child must successfully complete and demonstrate level 3 skills.
Headfirst entry from the side in a compact position ( deep end), headfirst entry from the side in a stride position (deep end), swim under water- fifteen yards, feet first surface dive- submerging completely, survival swimming- thirty seconds, front crawl open turn, backstroke open turn, tread water using two different kicks (modified scissors,modified breaststroke or rotary) two minutes, front crawl- twenty-five yards, breaststroke- fifteen yards, butterfly- fifteen yards, push off in a streamline position on back and begin flutter kicking- fifteen yards, push off in a streamline position on back and begin dolphin kick- fifteen yards, elementary backstroke- twenty-five yards, backstroke- twenty-five yards, and sidestroke- fifteen yards.
Level 5 Stroke Refinement & Skill Proficiency
The child must successfully complete and demonstrate level 4 skills
Shallow-angle dive from the side (deep end), tuck surface dive, glide two body lengths and begin any front stroke, pike surface dive, submerging completely (deep end), front flip turn while swimming, backstroke flip turn while swimming, tread water, five minutes, front crawl- fifty yards, breaststroke- twenty-five yards, butterfly- twenty-five yards, backstroke- twenty-five yards, standard scull- thirty seconds, and sidestroke- twenty-five yards.
Level 6 Stroke Refinement & Skill Proficiency
Front crawl- 100 yards, elementary backstroke- 100 yards, backstroke- 100 yards, breaststroke- 50 yards, sidestroke- 50 yards, front flip turn while swimming, backstroke flip turn while swimming, butterly turn while swimming, dive from kneeling position from poolside, forward dive fall-in from poolside, standing dive from poolside, dive from kneeling position from diving board, forward dive fall-in from diving board, standing dive from diving board, and forward jump tuck from poolside and diving boar.
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