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Summer Programs

2017 Aquatics Swimming Lessons
2017 AQUATICS PROGRAM HAS BEEN CANCELLED. THERE WILL BE NO AQUATICS PROGRAM FOR 2017

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Ages 3 and up
Parent/Tot
Recreation Swim

Jr. Lifeguard Camp
The Junior Lifeguard course is designed to teach basic pool safety, how to recognize potential hazards, prevent accidents, respond to emergency situations and perform basic water rescues. Learn CPR & Basic First Aid.
Lifeguard Certification

Lifeguard Re-certification

Swim Information and Class Descriptions

Sessions are two weeks long with 30 minute classes. Lessons held at San Benito High School Pool

Parent / Tot - 6 months to 2 years and 11 months old. Swim lessons with parent and tot.

Tadpoles - Tiny Tots (3-5 years old). If you are 3 to 5 years old, and have little or no swimming experience, this course will get you started in the water. You'll learn how to keep afloat and how to control your breathing. Learn the basic water skills that will help you guard against accidents as you gain confidence in the water. Main objective is to make sure to get you comfortable around the water.

Day One Safety Topic : Be Cool, Follow the Rules. Tour the facility and swimming area. Why is it important to have rules for swimming? What are some rules at this pool?
New Skills: Enter and exit the water safely. Submerge mouth, nose and eyes. Blow bubbles.
Front float with support: Show comfort; Recover.
Back float with support: Show comfort; Recover.
Game: Cork Game Race
Day Two Safety Topic: Swim with a Buddy in a Supervised Area. Why should you not swim alone? Who should supervise you when you are swimming? Review Skills: New Skills Day 1
New Skills: Open eyes underwater. Pick up a submerged object. Swim on front with support. Alternating arms. Alternating legs. Swim on back with support. Alternating arms. Alternating legs.
Game: Tommy Over the Water
Day Three Safety Topic: Look Before You Leap. What makes a place safe for swimming? What type of safety equipment should be at the swimming site? Review Skills: New Skills Days 1 & 2
New Skills: Swim on front with support. Simultaneous arms. Simultaneous legs. Swim on back with support. Simultaneous arms. Simultaneous legs. Change direction of travel while paddling.
Game: Coin Wish-Pond

Guppy - Beginner 1 (5-7 years old). If you have little or no swimming experience, Guppy will get you started in the water. You'll learn how to keep afloat and how to control your breathing. Learn the basic water skills that will help you guard against accidents as you gain confidence in the water. Designed for individuals six years of age or older (this program accepts children as young as five years old). Guppy will help you become much more comfortable in the water.

Day One Safety Topic: Be Cool, Follow the Rules. What swimming rules should be followed at lakes, oceans or waterparks? Review Skills: Exit skills assessment Level 1
New Skills: Enter water by jumping from side. Exit water using ladder or side. Submerge entire head. Bobs. Front Float. Show comfort. Recover. Back Float. Show comfort. Recover.
Games: Kickboard Relay
Day Two Safety Topic: Swim with a Buddy in a Supervised Area. What is the job of lifeguards? What equipment do lifeguards use? Review Skills: New Skills Day 1
New Skills: Open eyes, pick up submerged object from shallow water. Front glide. Back glide. Swim on front. Alternating arms. Alternating legs. Swim on back. Alternating arms. Alternating legs.
Games: Mermaid Croquet
Day Three Safety Topic: Look Before You Leap. How do you know the depth of the water? How deep should a non-swimmer go in the water? What should the bottom of the swimming area look like? Review Skills: New Skills Days 1 & 2.
New Skills: Swim on front. Simultaneous arms. Simultaneous legs. Swim on back. Simultaneous arms. Simultaneous legs.
Games: Water Spud

Bluegill - Beginner 2 (7-9 years old). Blue Gills course is a continuation of the Guppy (Beginner I) course. The students should be able to swim the width of the pool and will receive additional training in the following skills.

Day One Safety Topic: Be Cool, Follow the Rules. What are some basic rules for diving? Review Skills: Exit skills assessment Guppy
New Skills: Submerge and retrieve an object from chest-deep water. Bob with head fully submerged (5 times). Front glide with 2 different kicks. Back glide with 2 different kicks.
Games: Coin Wish-Pond
Day Two Safety Topic: Swim With a Buddy in a Supervised Area. What do lifeguards do? What safety equipment do lifeguards use? How can you help lifeguards do their job? Review Skills: New Skills Day 1. Back float. Survival float.
New Skills: Front Crawl. Back Crawl. Jump into deep water from side.
Game: Marco Polo
Day Three Safety Topic: Look Before You Leap. How deep should the water be when you are learning to dive? How do you know if a swimming area is safe for jumping or diving? Review Skills: New Skills Days 1 and 2
New Skills: Butterfly – kick and body motion. Tread water
Game: Straw Hat Relay

Fish - Intermediate beginner (9-11 years old). In Fish swimming, you'll learn several surface swim strokes. You'll coordinate the elements of swimming breath control, body position, arm and leg movements, and begin to move through the water. Learn the crawl, the elementary backstroke, and the breaststroke. You'll also practice treading water, for greater stamina and improved safety.

Day One Safety Topic: Be Cool, Follow the Rules. How do you know when it is safe to swim? Review Skills: Exit skills assessment Bluegill.
New Skills: Tread water. Modified scissors kick. Breaststroke kick. Breaststroke.
Game: Octopus
Day Two Safety Topic: Swim With a Buddy in a Supervised Area. What should you do if a lifeguard blows a whistle and enters the water? Review Skills: New Skills Day 1.
New Skills: Elementary Backstroke. Dive from a compact or stride position.
Game: Pigeon Cross-Over
Day Three Safety Topic: Look Before You Leap. What are some rules for safe diving? Review Skills: New Skills Days 1 & 2.
New Skills: Swim on side – scissors kick
Game: Sharks and Minnows

Stingray - Advanced (11-13 years old). Learn the techniques of underwater swimming in Sting Ray. Refine your surface strokes and increase your stamina and endurance. As you improve your distance swimming, you'll also learn the "survival float" and the "survival strokes", essential techniques for staying afloat and conserving your strength in case of emergency.

Day One Safety Topic: Be Cool, Follow the Rules. List and explain the rational for 5 basic safety rules. Review Skills: Exit Skills assessment Fish. Front Crawl. Back Crawl.
New Skills: Flip turn while swimming on front
Game: Stroke Fun
Day Two Safety Topic: Swim With a Buddy in a Supervised Area. Explain the importance of swimming in a supervised area. Review Skills: New Skills Day 1. Breaststroke. Elementary Backstroke.
New Skills: Flip turn while swimming on back
Game: Sharks and Minnows
Day Three Safety Topic: Look Before You Leap. List and explain the rational for 5 rules for safe diving. Review Skills: New Skills Days 1 and 2. Butterfly.
New Skills: Sidestroke. Underwater Swimming
Game: Kickboard Relay 

Shark - Advanced Swimming. Increase your versatility, endurance, and style in the water in the Shark course. You’ll master five all-purpose swimming strokes, including: the sidestroke, backstroke, and breaststroke. You’ll increase your strength and improve your form as you work for a smoother and more energy-efficient swimming style. You’ll also learn several dives, including the long shallow dive, the running entry, and the board dive. For Shark lesson outlines, please contact Recreation staff at (831) 636-4390.

Location and Hours

Location
300 West Street, Hollister, CA 95023
Phone (831) 636-4390
Fax (831) 636-4399
Email recreation@hollister.ca.gov

Hours
Monday through Friday
8:00am to 12:00pm & 1:00pm to 5:00pm
(Closed for Lunch 12pm-1pm)