WEST is a Swim Team run facility & organization focused on teaching proper competitive swimming technique from the beginning, making children most effective and safe in the water while giving them the greatest opportunity for success later if they choose to continue into our competitive programs.
Monthly Sessions Year Round
30min Classes, Twice per Week
5 Levels & Limited Class Sizes
Semi-Private & Private Settings
Summer League Swim Team
Parents are required to be watching from the viewing area or sitting the benches. WEST Swim School classes are not designed for parents to be in the water with their swimmer. We do NOT allow any parent or adult other than instructors to be in the water or interact with swimmers during the lessons.
WEST Swim School Levels:
Beginner 1: Children at this level have not been exposed to, and/or may be fearful of the water. Our main focus is to get them comfortable in the water, start introducing body position/control exercises and HAVE FUN!
Criteria for Completion: 5 relaxed head bobs with proper breathing, floating (front/back/turtle) without assistance, streamline front and back 3-5 feet w/kicking.
Beginner 2: At this level, children have been exposed to the water and are not necessarily fearful, but are not fully comfortable yet. Here, we reinforce comfort while starting to work more on body position, control in the water and basic freestyle and backstroke.
Criteria for Completion: 10 relaxed head bobs with proper breathing, streamline 8 feet front and back with kicking, basic freestyle and backstroke 10 feet, introduction to side breathing.
Intermediate 1: At this level, children are comfortable in the water and have demonstrated solid awareness of body position and control. Here, we develop freestyle with side breathing and backstroke while we continue to reinforce the basic necessities of competitive swimming, such as breath control and streamlines.
Criteria for Completion: 25 yards with kick board, 12 yards backstroke, 12 yards freestyle with proper breathing.
Intermediate 2: Swimmers at this level can perform basic freestyle and backstroke and can swim without assistance for a short period of time. Our main focus is teaching proper stroke technique in freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke kick.
Criteria for Completion: freestyle 25 yards with proper breathing, backstroke 25 yards, legal breaststroke kick 12 yards.
Advanced: At this level, swimmers have shown a solid understanding of the proper stroke mechanics in both freestyle and backstroke. Swimmers have always demonstrated proficiency in legal breaststroke kick. We focus heavily on refining the strokes while building stamina and preparing them for the pre-team. In this level, swimmers will also begin to work on body dolphin and breaststroke pull preparing them for pre-team.
Criteria for Completion: Freestyle 50 yards, backstroke 50 yards, legal breaststroke kick 25 yards, body dolphin and demonstrates understanding of breaststroke pull.