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Denver, Colorado 80206

Stroke Swim Classes

Pre-Stroke Group Classes at Clare Gardens

Pre-Stroke Group Classes

Our approach to stroke instruction is unique both because we use survival swimming as our foundation and because we have incorporated a series of beginning group classes that promote improving a child’s core strength, breath, buoyancy, and balance before introducing arm motions commonly associated with the four competitive swim strokes.

Survival swimming allows a child from a very young age to rely on rotational breathing, balance in the water while rotating from tummy to back, floating on her back, rotating from back to tummy, and swimming in a horizontal position. These skills translate into freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly.

The goal of Pre-Stroke Group Classes is to provide opportunities for children to build confidence in their survival swimming skills and transition from survival swimming to recreational swimming with a group of peers. 

Starfish begin the transition from using survival swimming for safety into a
mode of transportation around the pool, a fifth stroke if you will. It is also an
introduction to the social aspect of swimming: modeling positive peer support,
turn taking, and camaraderie with friends.
Seahorses are students who are comfortable and confident enough in their
survival swimming to be able to begin working on pre stroke skills; perfecting
their long straight-leg flutter kicks while using their strong muscles to balance
in various positions in the water. They will perfect these skills and build upon
them in future stroke work.


Pre-Stroke Group Classes

Recommended Age: Approximately 2 1/2 to 5 years old
Teaching Ratio: Starfish 1:3 instructor to student & Seahorse 1:4 instructor to student
Duration: 1, 30-minute class per week
Cost: *$112 per month
Class Type: Group
Prerequisites: Private Intensive or Private Maintenance Lessons

*The Swim School of Denver charges a one-time, lifetime registration fee of $80 for the first student and 
$40 for each additional child to enroll from the same family.

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