How Do The 3-Hour Adult Learn-To-Swim Clinics Work?
Swimming LA is doing what might seem impossible to fearful adult non-swimmers - to teach adults how to swim in deep water in 6 hours of intimate group instruction. The 6 hours are broken into two 3-hour levels taken on separate days. We do not work on any stroke mechanics until comfort in and under the water has been achieved. Read Matt's article to learn his definition of "comfortable" in the water.
Consists of 1 hour of interactive classroom discussion followed by 2 hours of shallow water instruction. In the first hour, we address the fear and mental part of swimming: what leads to adults being non-swimmers, staying in control, common misconceptions of swimming, physics of water and floating, sculling and breathing. In the last two hours, we'll test what we discussed in shallow water. We start with the absolute basics: walking in water, putting your face in the water, holding your breath, emptying your lungs (your tank), finding your natural front float, and finding your natural back float. Adults will also work on gliding and conserving energy in water while learning that water supports them whether shallow or deep. The goal of Level 1 is to comfortably get across a shallow 25-yard pool without stopping or standing.
Consists of 1 hour of shallow water review and 2 hours of deep water instruction. In the first hour, we'll review the most advanced skills from Level 1 in shallow water. In the last 2 hours, we'll take those skills and apply them to deep water. We'll start to teach the semblance of proper freestyle and some treading water, but the true goal of Level 2 is to comfortably get across a deep 25-yard pool without stopping or holding the lane line. Although plenty of students have successfully taken Levels 1 & 2 on back-to-back days, we strongly suggest that students leave at least one week between Levels to practice on their own to ensure they are approaching their comfort zone prior to Level 2. Students who enroll for Levels 1 & 2 on back-to-back days and do not make sufficient progress for Level 2 will still be held to our 72-hour cancellation policy for Level 2.
For both Levels, we require a minimum of 3 students to hold a clinic and enforce a 6-student maximum.
Read the Adult Beginners Swim Clinic Info Packet (PDF)