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Office Phone:
(615) 898-2104

Email:
camprec@mtsu.edu

Address:
Campus Recreation P.O. Box 556 
Middle Tennessee State University
Murfreesboro, TN 37132
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Aquatics Levels

Parent and Child Aquatics (PCA)

Parents and children learn together to increase a child's comfort level in the water and build a foundation ofbasic skills. The two levels are fun-filled and help introduce water safety concepts, encouraging a healthy recreational habit.

Hours vary

Level 1:
For children 6 months to 3 years.

Provides experiences and activities for children to:

  • Ask for permission before entering the water
  • Enter and exit the water in a safe manner
  • Feel comfortable in the water
  • Explore submerging techniques
  • Explore buoyancy techniques
  • Change body position in the water
  • Play safely
  • Learn many more water safety topics
  • Experience wearing a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacketGroup Jump


Level 2:
For children 6 months to 3 years.

Builds upon all skills learned in Level 1 and develops more advanced skills including:

  • Rhythmic pattern submersion
  • Unaided gliding (both front and back)
  • Unaided combined strokes (both front and back)
  • An established expectation for adult supervision

Level 3:

For children 6 months to 3 years.

Increases proficiency and builds on the aquatic skills learned in Levels 1 and 2 by incorporating:

  • Front, jellyfish and tuck floats
  • Back float and glide
  • Change direction of travel while swimming on front and back
  • Combined arm and leg actions on front and back
  • Tread water using arm and leg actions
  • Combined arm and leg actions on front and back

 

Preschool Aquatics

Hours vary

Level 1: 
Orients children to the aquatic environment and helps them gain basic aquatic skills and taught to:

  • Enter water using ramp, steps or side
  • Exit water using ladder, steps or side
  • Blow bubbles through mouth and nose
  • Submerge mouth, nose and eyes
  • Open eyes under water and retrieve submerged objects
  • Front/back glide with vertical recovery
  • Back float
  • Roll from front to back and vice versa
  • Tread with arm and hand actions
  • Alternating and simultaneous arm and leg actions on front/back
  • Combined arm and leg actions on front/back
  • Plus water safety topics


Level 2: 
Builds on skills learned in Level 1 and helps children gain a greater independence in their skills and develop greater comfort in and around water.
Children learn and practice:

  • Entering water by stepping in from a deck or low height
  • Bobbing
  • Front float
  • Treading water using arm and leg actions
  • Finning arm action on back
  • Plus more advanced water safety topics


Level 3:
Children progress skills with additional guidance and gain basic swimming propulsive skills to remain comfortable in and around water.
Children practice how to:

  • Enter water by jumping in
  • Fully submerge and hold breath
  • Rotary breathe
  • Perform front, jellyfish and tuck floats
  • Plus more advanced water safety topics

 

Learn-To-Swim Levels

Designed to help participants achieve maximum success, Learn-to-Swim courses are based on a logical, six-level progression to help swimmers develop their water safety, survival and swim skills.

Hours vary

Level 1: Introduction to Water Skills
Participants learn how to:

  • Enter water using ramp, steps or side
  • Exit water using ladder, steps or side
  • Blow bubbles through mouth and nose
  • Bob vertically
  • Open eyes under water and retrieve submerged objects
  • Vertical glide recovery from front and back positions
  • Back float
  • Roll from front to back and vice versa
  • Tread water using arm and hand actions
  • Utilize alternating and simultaneous arm and leg actions on front and back
  • Combine arm and leg actions on front and back
  • Plus introductory water safety topics

Level 2: Fundamental Aquatic Skills 
Participants build on skills learned in Level 1 and practice:

  • Entering water by stepping or jumping from the side
  • Full submersion while holding breath
  • Rotary breathing
  • Front, jellyfish and tuck floats
  • Opening eyes underwater and retrieving submerged objects
  • Recovering to vertical position
  • Rolling from front to back and back to front
  • Treading water using arm and leg actions
  • Using combined arm and leg actions on front and back
  • Changing direction of travel while swimming on front or back
  • Finning arm action
  • Plus water safety topics


Level 3: Stroke Development 
Builds on skills learned in Level 2 through additional guided practice in deeper water. Lifeguarding
Participants practice:

  • Entering water by jumping from the side
  • Full submersion and recovery to side
  • Headfirst entries from the side in sitting and kneeling positions
  • Bobbing while moving toward safety
  • Survival float
  • Back float (unaided)
  • Changing from vertical to horizontal position on front and back
  • Treading water (30 sec)
  • Flutter and dolphin kicks on front
  • Scissors and breaststroke kicks
  • Front crawl and elementary backstroke
  • More advanced water safety topics


Level 4: Stroke Improvement 
Participants develop confidence and improve other aquatic skills such as:

  • Headfirst entries from the side in compact and stride positions
  • Underwater swimming
  • Feet-first surface dives
  • Survival swimming
  • Open turns on front and back
  • Treading water via different methods
  • Front/back crawl
  • Elementary backstroke
  • Breaststroke
  • Sidestroke
  • Butterfly
  • Advance water safety topics


Level 5: Stroke Refinement 
Participants gain further coordination and refinement of strokes while practicing:

  • Shallow-angle dive from the side then glide and begin a front stroke
  • Tuck and pike surface dives with complete submersion
  • Front flip turn and backstroke flip turn while swimming
  • All previous strokes learned
  • Sculling
  • Advanced water safety topics


Level 6: Swimming and Skill Proficiency 
In this final level, participants refine all skills learned and practice efficient, powerful strokes over long distances. This course is designed to prepare participants for more advanced courses, such as the Water Safety instructor course and competitive aquatic activities.
This level is tailor-made for each person, so participants choose from:

  • Fitness Swimmer
  • Personal Water Safety
  • Fundamentals of Diving

Common skills among all three venues include:

  • Increased endurance while swimming the following strokes:
    • Front crawl - 100 yards
    • Back crawl - 100 yards
    • Butterfly - 50 yards
    • Elementary backstroke - 50 yards
    • Breaststroke - 50 yards
    • Sidestroke - 50 yards
  • Demonstration of the following turns while swimming:
    • Front crawl open turn
    • Backstroke open turn
    • Sidestroke turn
    • Front flip turn
    • Backstroke flip turn
    • Breaststroke turn
    • Butterfly turn

Specific skills for each venue are listed as follows:

Fitness Swimming

  • Demonstrate etiquette in fitness swimming
  • Discuss and demonstrate how to use the following equipment while swimming:
    • Pull buoy
    • Fins
    • Pace clock
    • Paddles
  • Describe the principles of setting up a fitness program
  • Demonstrate various training techniques
  • Calculate target heart rate
  • Apply the principles of water exercise
  • Common skills listed above

Personal Water Safety

  • Tread water, kicking only, in deep water (2 minutes)
  • Demonstrate a feet-first surface dive and retrieve an object from a depth of 7 feet
  • Demonstrate the HELP position (2 minutes)
  • Demonstrate the huddle position (2 minutes)
  • Demonstrate a survival float in deep water (5 minutes)
  • Demonstrate a back float in deep water (5 minutes)
  • Demonstrate survival swimming (10 minutes)
  • Swim while clothed using any type of stroke, if times permits
  • Demonstrate self-rescue techniques while clothed if time permits
  • Discuss basic safety rules for open water environment and boating
  • Common skills listed above

Fundamentals of Diving

  • Discuss and demonstrate the following skills for diving:
    • Basic stretching exercises
    • Body alignment and control
    • Surface dive
  • Diving from Poolside
    • Kneeling position
    • Forward dive fall-in
    • Standing dive
  • Diving from the Diving Board
    • Kneeling positionGroup Jump
    • Forward dive fall-in
    • Standing dive
  • Takeoff from the Deck
    • One-part takeoff
    • Two-part takeoff
  • Takeoff from Poolside
    • One-part takeoff
  • Takeoff from the Diving Board
    • One-part takeoff
    • Two-part takeoff
  • Tuck Position
  • Forward Jump, Tuck Position
    • With one-part takeoff from poolside
    • With one-part takeoff from the diving board
    • With two-part takeoff from the diving board
  • Forward Dive, Tuck Position
    • With one-part takeoff from poolside
    • With one-part takeoff from the diving board
    • With two-part takeoff from the diving board
  • Pike Position
  • Forward Jump, Pike Position
    • With one-part takeoff from poolside
    • With one-part takeoff from the diving board
    • With two-part takeoff from the diving board
  • Forward Dive, Pike Position
    • With one-part takeoff from poolside
    • With one-part takeoff from the diving board
    • With two-part takeoff from the diving board
  • Discuss rules for safe diving
  • Learn to look carefully before entering the water
  • Common skills listed above

 

Adult Swim

American Red Cross Adult Swim is intended for teens and adults who wish to improve their aquatic knowledge and skill for many reasons. Participants may desire to overcome their fear of water and learn the basic skills to achieve a minimum level of water competency. Participants may already be experienced, but wish to train to compete in a triathlon. Whatever the skill level, there is a course just for you! 

Hours vary

There are three levels to choose from:

  • Learning the Basics
  • Improving Skills and Swimming Strokes
  • Swimming for Fitness