Swim Lessons at GT Bray

Group swim lessons have concluded for the summer time and will resume April 2019. Thanks for a great summer season.

The Aquatic staff is dedicated to water safety and swim instruction.  Anyone ages three and up are encouraged to learn how to be safe in and around the water. 

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Private Swim Lessons are offered year round at the G.T. Bray Aquatics Center and can be scheduled by calling (941) 742-5923, ext. 6021 or in person at the G.T. Bray Aquatics Center.

 

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Swim Lesson Levels

Parent/Child:  For children ages 6 months to 3 years.  This class is focused on helping your child to be comfortable in water, to prepare them to be ready to learn to swim

Preschool:  For children ages 3 to 5 years.  Focus on water safety and comfort.  Basic water skills such as floating, kicking, gliding to and from instructor, going underwater to get dive sticks and floats.

Youth Swim Levels Ages 6+ (Levels 1-6)

Level 1 & 2:  Beginner-introduction to water skills, helps participants feel comfortable in the water working on fundamental skills i.e. front float, back float, bobbing, treading basic crawl stroke, back stroke, kicking water safety.

Level 3 & 4:  Intermediate-introduction to deeper water, focus on skill development i.e. rotary breathing, elementary backstroke, front crawl.  Able to swim 50-yards (2 laps).  Develop confidence in previous learned skills and introduce new ones i.e. breaststroke, sidestroke, butterfly, back crawl.

Level 5 & 6:  Advanced-focus on stroke refinement, work on coordination in the water as well as learning safety skills.  Swimming and skill proficiency refine the strokes and focus on stroke efficiency.  Swim team style training is introduced through lap swimming and technique training.

Fees

Youth Group Swim Lessons
$35 / participant / (6) 30-minute classes

Adult Swim Lessons
$24 / participant / (4) 45-minute classes

Private Swim Lessons
$25 / participant / (1) 30-minute one-on-one class





Frequently Asked Questions

Registration for swimming lessons can be done in person at the G.T. Bray Recreation Center or register for swim lesson online.

HOW DO I KNOW WHAT LEVEL TO PUT MY CHILD IN?

If you are unsure about what level your child should be in, an Aquatic Center staff member will be available to help. We will ask some basic information about your child’s swimming ability and place them in what we feel is the appropriate level. We always encourage parents, when they are in doubt, to sign up for the lower level. We would much rather graduate a child into the next level, than move them back to a lower level.

DO I HAVE TO PAY FOR THE WHOLE SUMMER OF SESSIONS OR CAN I PAY AS I GO?

This is a personal preference; some parents will place their child in lessons the whole summer and pay for all sessions up front.  Other parents will wait and pay for sessions as they go along. Please keep in mind that we keep a ratio of 5 students to 1 instructor. So there is a chance that a class may be full when you go to sign up.

DO I NEED TO BE IN THE WATER WITH MY CHILD?

No. The only level we need a parent or guardian in the water with the child is in the parent-child class. Seating is available around the pool deck to observe the lesson. We ask that parents keep their distance so that not to distract their child during the lesson.

WHAT SUPPLIES DOES MY CHILD NEED FOR CLASSES?

Your child just needs to be prepared with a swimsuit and towel. Goggles are optional but we do encourage children to wear them.

MY THREE YEAR OLD CHILD CAN SWIM LIKE A FISH, CAN I PUT THEM IN A HIGHER LEVEL THAN PRESCHOOL?

Yes and no.  We ask all parents to be realistic when it comes to their children’s swimming ability. This program is designed for children to learn the necessary swimming skills one at a time. If they are placed in a level too high they will miss out on certain skills and terminology that they will need to know for them to swim successfully. Children progress at different speeds so we ask all parents to be patient and let the instructors use their judgment on when a child is ready to progress a level. We don’t teach kids to swim like fish; our goal is to teach them to swim correctly on top of the water.

DO I NEED TO BRING MY CHILD TO THEIR LESSON IF IT IS RAINING AT MY HOUSE?

Yes. Florida’s weather is often unpredictable and it could be raining in one part of town and bright and sunny just down the road. Just because it is storming at you house, don’t assume that we are experiencing the same weather. Many times these summer storms move in and out very quickly. We ask that each child show up at every schedule lesson. If the pool is closed for unsafe weather, we will conduct an age appropriate dry land class (maximum 1 per session). If any future weather cancellations happen within the session we will issue a rain check for a make-up class.

DOES MY CHILD STAY IN THE SAME LEVEL FOR THE WHOLE SESSION? AND WHAT LEVEL DO I PUT THEM IN IF I SIGN UP FOR ANOTHER SESSION?

A child may stay in a level for a whole session or they may move up to a different level. Each level has advancement goals and when a child reaches those goals they are able to move up to the next level, even in the middle of a session. Encourage your child with praise and recognition for all of their swimming accomplishments, even if they don’t move up to the next level as quickly as you had hoped. When you sign up for a new session, whatever level your child was in last is the level they will be put in.

HOW CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION REGARDING SWIM LESSONS?

For more information, contact Michael Ross at (941) 792-5923 ext. 6021 or email michael.ross@mymanatee.org