916-685-7462

9360 Elk Grove Florin Rd, Elk GroveCalifornia 95624, United States
Sunshine Swim Center Swim Lesson Descriptions

Parent Tot: Designed to introduce young children to the swimming pool environment.  Parents will learn how to work and play safely with their children in the water.  The goal of this program is to help children feel at ease in the water by slowly beginning to work on basic skills. Swimmers will work alongside their guardian and instructor learning basic water skills such as how to enter & exit the water, blow bubbles through mouth & nose, roll on their backs and call for help, go under water, bobbing, retrieve submerged objects and learn how to stay safe in the water.

(Ages 6-36 months; 8 students maximum per an instructor) NOTE: A parent (or adult) must accompany the child in the water.

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We strongly recommend scheduling a swim assessment before registering for classes.  During the FREE swim assessment, swimmers will be evaluated to determine which swim level they will best be suited for.  Assessments take up to 10 minutes per swimmer and must be scheduled with the office in advance.  

*Please understand, if you choose not to complete an assessment and during the first lesson, we determine that your student is not appropriate for the level you selected, we will need to find a class that is more suitable. We will do our best to place your child in a class similar to the time and days you selected,  but are not able to make that guarantee.


Beginning Swimmers
Tadpoles (ages 3-5): New to the water environment, these little swimmers will learn how to navigate in the water submerging themselves, blowing bubbles, and floating in front and back positions with heavy assistance from the instructor. Class stays close to the wall and sits on the stairs. (3 students maximum per class)

Frogs (ages 3 and up): Swimmers will learn how to propel themselves through the water, float on their backs independently, learn basic safety rules and jump into the pool and swim to the side.  Class stays close to the wall and sits on the stairs.(3 students max. per class)

Sea Stars (ages 3 and up): Gaining more independence in this level, students will be swimming distances of up to 15 feet independently.  Using both their arms and legs in a coordinated effort to travel farther distances and well as learn to rescue roll to take breaths. (3 students max. per class)

Intermediate Swimmers
Goldfish (ages 3 and up): Swimmers in this level will be working on the development of their freestyle technique; still rolling over to take breaths, learn the basics of using a kick board for distance and practice swimming with no goggles on for portions of the class.  The target swimming distance is 7 yards for this level. (4 students maximum per class)

Sunfish (ages 4 and up): Swimmers will learn the progression of freestyle side breathing (front crawl breathing). Swimmers will continue to work on rotation and floating skills, and be introduced to treading water. Students will swim distances of up to 12 yards.  (4 students maximum per class)


Blowfish (ages 5 and up): Swimmers will learn: freestyle/front crawl with side breathing, introduction to backstroke, shallow dives as well as from the top of the wall. Continuing with the use of the kick board swimmers will be aiming for 25 yards. Students will be swimming distances of 15 yards or greater without the kick board in the level.  (4 students maximum per class)         


Advanced Swimmers
Otter: Swimmers will be focusing on learning backstroke, continuing working on side breathing and more advanced safety skills such as deep water bobbing and treading water for 30 seconds. (6 students maximum per class)

Sting Ray: At this level of swimming, students will now be expected to swim distances greater than 50 yards at a time without stopping.  In this process it is necessary to learn how to complete flip turns at the walls, dives, alternate breathing, and tread water for a minute.  (6 students maximum per an instructor)

Sea Turtle: Swimmers will learn the basics of breaststroke. Swimmers will continue to work on alternate (side) breathing as well as learn to transition from one stroke to another within a given set. (6 students maximum per an instructor)

Flying Fish: Swimmers will learn the basics of butterfly in this level, in addition to building endurance and stamina for all other competitive strokes.

Clinics: Swimmers must be able to effectively demonstrate  50 yards (2 laps) of freestyle and backstroke; incorporating flip turns/cross over turns at each wall and 25 yards of correct breast stroke and butterfly to participate in swim clinics.  These lessons are 55-minutes in duration.  (12 students maximum per instructor)

** During the winter months we do not hold group classes, with the exception of swim clinics.  The skill requirements are adjusted, for this short time period, please call to get clarification of the skill sets.  Swim Assessments are always required for those individuals interested in participating in the clinic program.