Course Descriptions

StarBabies and StarTots

From 6 to 36 months, these children will develop a high comfort level in the water while training accompanying adults in water safety and drowning prevention. These classes provide a fun and loving experience while also building confidence. One adult must be in the water with the child. Swim diapers are required.

White

  • an adult will keep me in sight and within reach anytime there is water nearby and designate a specific “child watcher” whenever we are swimming with groups of adults and children
  • an adult can safely enter into the pool from the steps and the side
  • an adult can lightly hold and balance me in the water so that I can experience buoyancy
  • I enjoy using water toys to splash and play independently in the water
  • an adult sings songs to encourage me to accomplish new skills in the water

Red:

  • an adult can identify the types of lifejackets and flotation suits available for me to wear, and I can wear a lifejacket in class
  • I can perform a front float with help
  • I can perform a back float with help
  • I can sit on the edge of the pool, wait for an adult to say “Ready, 1,2,3”, and then slide in to the water
  • I can sit on the edge of the pool, wait for an adult to say “Ready, 1,2,3”, and then jump in to the water
  • I can slide or jump in to the water with help, then turn and look for the wall
  • I can climb out of the pool with help

Yellow:

  • an adult can use flotation to help someone who is in trouble in the water and knows how to call emergency services
  • I can perform a horizontal submerge with help
  • I can perform a vertical submerge with help
  • I can slide or jump in the water, submerge, and return to the wall with help

Blue:

  • an adult knows methods to prevent recreational water illness
  • I can roll from my front to my back with help
  • I can roll from my back to my front with help
  • I can perform bobbing by submerging underwater and coming up for air with help

Green:

  • an adult understands the importance of learning CPR and knowing how to respond in an emergency
  • I can kick on my front and on my back with help
  • I can perform reach and pull arm movements with help
  • I can drift through the water with help
  • I can perform independent movement in the water with flotation
  • I can perform independent movement in the water without flotation


Starfish Swim School  Ages 3-99

This class is for children ages 3-5 that will better develop their comfort level in water and increase their readiness to swim. It teaches functional swim skills for those developmentally ready while using creative, fun activities in the water.

Students from the age of 6-12 will work toward developing the five core swimming competencies by using age-appropriate learning activities. The learning in these classes is self-paced, but challenging.

White:

  • I always ask permission to get in the water
  • I can jump in to my teacher
  • I can sit independently
  • I can wall walk
  • I can listen and follow directions
  • I can climb out by myself
  • I can pour water over my head
  • I can jump in the water and get my head wet
  • I can hold the air I breathe inside me until I want to let it out (on land)
  • I can look underwater and hold my breath, with and without goggles

Red:

  • I can put on a lifejacket and kick
  • I can go underwater and float back up
  • I can be pulled in streamline on my front and my back
  • I can roll from my back to my front (assisted and unassisted)
  • I can roll from my front to my back (assisted and unassisted)
  • I can go underwater, kick to the top, put my head back to get my mouth out of water, and say “Starfish, Starfish, Starfish”
  • I can lay on my back to rest and breathe (assisted and unassisted)

Yellow:

  • I can reach or throw something that floats to help someone that is in trouble
  • I can streamline and kick on my front (assisted and unassisted)
  • I can streamline and kick on my back (assisted and unassisted)
  • I can streamline and kick on my front and then roll to my side to rest and breathe (assisted)
  • I can kick and pull on my front (assisted and unassisted)
  • I can kick and pull on my back (assisted and unassisted)
  • I can retrieve an object off the bottom
  • I can call 911 when someone needs help

Blue:

  • I can tread water
  • I can side glide with kick (both sides-assisted and unassisted)
  • I can roll from side glide to streamline to side glide
  • I can roll from streamline on my front to streamline on my back (unassisted)
  • I can roll from streamline on my back to streamline on my front (unassisted)
  • I can side glide, one overarm pull, roll to back to rest and breathe
  • I can side glide, one overarm pull, roll to opposite side glide to rest and breathe
  • I can side glide, one backstroke pull, roll to opposite side glide to rest and breathe

Green:

  • I can survival float
  • I can start in side glide, 3 overarm pulls, roll onto my back to rest and breathe
  • I can start in side glide, 3 overarm pulls, roll to opposite side glide
  • I can start in side glide, link 3 sets of 3 overarm pulls, rolling to opposite side glide to rest and breathe
  • I can start in side glide, link 3 sets of 3 backstroke pulls, rolling to opposite side glide to rest and breathe
  • I can dive safely into deep water


Starfish Stroke School Ages 6-99

This is a class that is open to students of all ages that have achieved the green Swim School benchmarks. During these lessons, students will refine their freestyle and learn stroke technique for backstroke, butterfly, and breaststroke while also developing endurance.

White:

  • stage focus: freestyle, introduction to backstroke
  • I always ask permission to get in the water
  • I can swim freestyle with high elbow recovery
  • I can swim freestyle with thumb touch
  • I can swim freestyle with center line pull
  • I can swim freestyle with body roll
  • I can exhale in the water before I roll to breathe
  • I can perform the “triple switch” backstroke drill (introduction to backstroke)

Red:

  • stage focus: backstroke, introduction to butterfly
  • I can put on a lifejacket in the water
  • I can swim backstroke with straight arm recovery
  • I can swim backstroke with little finger first entry
  • I can swim backstroke with bent arm pull
  • I can swim backstroke with good body and arm extension
  • I can perform backstroke flutter kick
  • I can perform backstroke with body roll
  • I can perform arm-down pushing (introduction to butterfly)

Yellow:

  • stage focus: butterfly
  • I can use flotation to assist someone that needs help
  • I can perform pulsing with my arms above my head
  • I can perform pulsing with my arms above my head and scull with my hands
  • I can lift my head to breathe during pulsing
  • I can add one butterfly arm stroke to my pulsing
  • I can pulse with hand slide three times then take two swing & stretch strokes
  • I can pull to a thumb touch when performing butterfly strokes

Blue:

  • stage focus: breaststroke
  • I can discuss the Starfish Safety Concepts with my teacher
  • I can perform the breaststroke kicking motion (assisted)
  • I can perform the breaststroke kick with support (kickboard, floatbar, rescue tube, etc..)
  • I can perform the breaststroke arm action (assisted)
  • I can perform the breaststroke arm action with support (pull buoy, noodle, rescue tube, etc..)
  • I can combine the arm action and the leg kicking
  • I can incorporate dolphin body motion into my breaststroke after the kick

Green:

  • stage focus: endurance
  • I can perform a racing dive
  • I can perform an open freestyle and backstroke turn
  • I can perform a freestyle flip turn
  • I can perform a backstroke flip turn
  • I can perform an open butterfly and breaststroke turn
  • I can swim in trains
  • I can swim on a basic pace clock interval


Guard Start

Designed for youth ages 13-14, Our GuardStart program provides a foundation of lifeguarding and life skills. For youth with swimming skills, this program makes an ideal transition between Learn-to-Swim and an American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Course.

GuardStart focuses on five key areas:

  • Prevention of aquatic accidents
  • Fitness and swimming skills
  • Response in an emergency
  • Leadership skills
  • Professionalism as a lifeguard