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Swimming Lesson Curriculum

Since 2012, swim instructors at Excel Aquatics have been teaching children as young as 3 years old potentially life saving skills. Since swimming lessons are a vital part of your child’s development, our personalized curriculum provides children from beginners to pre-competitive levels the opportunity to learn and develop into successful young swimmers.

Our program is for children ages 3-13 years, with the groups organized by ability level.

Excel Children Lesson Groups

Group 1 Swimmers: Water Comfort

Group 1 is the first level without parental involvement. The main focus is water comfort, while learning in a group setting, trusting instructors and developing a respect for the water. Specific skills covered are:

*Independent underwater submersion
*Introduction to kicking, floating, and scooping

Group 2 Swimmers: Floating and Kicking

In Group 2, children are comfortable in the water and are able to listen in learn in a group setting. The emphasis in Group 2 is developing independence in the water, with the fundamentals of floating and kicking introduced. Specific skills covered are:

*Kicking with assistance
*Superman glide off wall
*Independent back float
*Continuation of kicking, floating, and scooping

Group 3 Swimmers: Kicking and Independence

In Group 3, children are comfortable floating independently. The emphasis of Group 3 is the fundamentals of kicking both on the front and back, independently, along with the basics of independent swimming. Specific skills covered are:

*Independent front kick
*Independent back kick
*Independent scoops for 10 ft

Group 4 Swimmers: Freestyle Basics and Kick

In Group 4, children will continue to develop their kicking skills, and learn the basics of Freestyle pulling movements with their faces in the water. Skills covered are:

*Independent scoops for 25 ft
*Introduction to rotary breathing
*Introduction to Backstroke

Group 5 Swimmers: Freestyle Breathing and Backstroke

In Group 5, children will continue to expand on their skill set of Freestyle by learning rotary breathing, proper arm pulls, and timing of the breath, as well as be introduced to basic Backstroke. Skills covered are:

*Freestyle-arms and breathing basics
*Independent scoops for 50 ft
*Introduction to Backstroke II

Group 6 Swimmers: Competitive Freestyle and Backstroke

In Group 6, children will complete the basic progression of independent Freestyle swimming, and will also continue basic Backstroke. Skills covered are:

*Competitive Freestyle-75 ft
*Competitive Backstroke-75 ft

Group 7 Swimmers: Advanced Freestyle & Backstroke with Basic Breaststroke

In Group 7, children will begin the progression of Breaststroke, while continuing their mastery of Freestyle and Backstroke. Skills covered are:

*Competitive Freestyle-25+ yds
*Competitive Backstroke-25+ yds
*Introduction to Breaststroke kick
*Flipturn introduction

Excel Adult Lesson Groups

Beginner Lessons

Excel's beginner level is most appropriate for any adult who has little to no experience in the water. The skills focused on are:

*Water comfort/air regulation
*Kicking and floating basics
*Assisted swims and pulling

Intermediate Lessons

Excel's intermediate level is most appropriate for any adult who  Our intermediate group is most appropriate for any adult who is comfortable going under the water, understands the basic concepts of kicking and pulling, and is able to swim a short distance (10 ft) unassisted.The skills focused on are:

*Independent swimming for extended distances (25+ ft)
*Freestyle and Backstroke basics
*Floating and treading water

Swim Lesson Scheduling

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Private Lessons

Private lessons provide guaranteed one on one instruction for the entire duration of the scheduled  class. Skills taught range from beginner to competitive. Each private lesson must be purchased individually, and is scheduled on a class by class basis. To schedule your child's first Private Lesson, please send us an email at

*All group classes have a maximum student to instructor ratio of 4:1. No make-up classes are available. Private lessons are available upon request.*

Our personalized curriculum allow our swimmers to have FUN learning to swim as we teach them confidence building skills with an emphasis on water safety.

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