Class Schedule + Descriptions
The UAB Recreation Center is pleased to announce our new affiliation with Starfish Aquatics Institute. Beginning the summer of 2013 the Starfish Aquatics curriculum will be used in our swim school program. Starfish Aquatics Institute, a nationally recognized curriculum for swim instruction, emphasizes water safety and promotes skill development by recognizing the achievements a swimmer makes as they advance through the program.
UAB Starfish Swim School
The Starfish Swimming curriculum is designed for students aged 6 months to adult. Benchmarks are established at each stage in the program that combines both swimming and safety skills. Students will receive acknowledgment of individual achievement as they accomplish these benchmarks. Correct swimming techniques are taught from the very beginning, providing an easy transition to swim team or lifetime fitness swimming. Our Instructors are over 18 years of age and are certified swim trainers through Starfish Aquatics Institute. Many are also Certified Water Safety instructors. All have training in First Aid, CPR and AED.
Each session consists of five classes.
Cost: Member // $35.00 Non-Member // $45.00
UAB Starfish Swimming CoursesStarBabies: for ages 6 months to 4 years. This course will foster a high comfort level in the water for very young children, while at the same time train parents and caregivers in water safety and drowning prevention. This course does not teach children to become accomplished swimmers or to survive in the water. It does build confidence with a fun and loving experience. One adult per child must attend each class. Each class is 30 minutes long.
Starfish Preschool: For ages 3 – 5 years. Participation in one class of Starbabies or equivalent program is highly recommended before enrollment in this course. Children will be grouped according to age and ability on the first day of class. Students will work toward development of the five core swimming competencies and receive color stage awards for each achievement. These color stages will be used to divide the students into ability groups. Each class is 30 minutes long.
Starfish Swim School: For ages 6 years to 12 years. Children will be grouped according to age and ability on the first day of class. Students will work toward development of the five core swimming competencies and receive color stage awards for each achievement. These color stages will be used to divide the students into ability groups. Each class is 40 minutes long.
Five Core Competencies
- Stage White – Trust and Comfort
- Stage Red - Body Positions
- Stage Yellow – Submersions
- Stage Blue - Air Recovery and Rollover
- Stage Green – Forward Movement
Starfish Stroke School: For students of any age who have completed all 5 color stages of the Starfish Swim School. They will refine freestyle and learn stroke techniques for backstroke, butterfly, breaststroke, butterfly and more. Participants will be awarded color stages as competency in each stroke is achieved.
- Stage White – Freestyle
- Stage Red - Backstroke
- Stage Yellow – Butterfly
- Stage Blue - Breaststroke
- Stage Green –Endurance
Starfish Swim Team Training: Ages 8 and over. This is a developmental program designed to transition students from swim lessons to a competitive swim team program. The focus will be on developing endurance using team training methods as well as improving stroke technique and efficiency. Each class is 45 minutes long
For adults who do not have experience in the water. The goal is to overcome any fear of water and to teach the basic swimming techniques. Participants will work on comfort in the water, body positions, submersion, air recovery and forward movement.
For adults who are comfortable in the water, can maintain body positions for back float and front float, can make forward progress through the water on the front and the back. All strokes will be developed according to individual students goals.
For adults who are competent in Freestyle, and have knowledge of other strokes. This program will work on stroke efficiency and technique, endurance and other advanced skills according to individual students goals.
Download Aquatics registration forms
For additional information or questions on what class to enroll in please contact:
Assistant Director of Aquatics