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The Starfish 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. Correct swimming techniques are taught form the very beginning, providing an easy transition to swim team, lifeguarding or a lifetime of fitness swimming. The instruction is in a group environment with a low student to instructor ratio. Our experienced swim instructors follow specific lesson plans designed to focus on the foundations of swimming; then break down complicated skills into simple movements. Our instructors are UAB students, certified swim trainers through Starfish Aquatics Institute, Certified American Red Cross Water Safety Instructors, 18 years or older, certified in CPR/AED and basic first aid. Our instructors receive regular training in new techniques for swim instruction. [Download Rec Swim School Schedule - Fall 2014]

View class descriptions below:

StarBabies: For ages 6 months to 2.5 years. 
A fun way to introduce swimming to your child. Comfort in the water will be achieved through games and songs. Parents and caregivers will learn how to help children develop their swimming skills along with training in water safety and drowning prevention. One adult per child must attend each class and participate in the water. [View Skills Taught]

StarTots: For ages 3 to 5 years. Preschool children will develop comfort in the water with a trusted adult. Parents and caregivers will learn how to help children develop their swimming skills along with training in water safety and drowning prevention. One adult per child must attend each class and participate in the water. [View Skills Taught]

Starfish Preschool: For ages 3 to 5 years. Young children will continue to develop their comfort level in the water and also work towards development and proficiency in the five core competencies categorized as color stages. This program focuses on the same skills as Swim School. [Participants in StarBabies, StarTots and equivalent program is highly recommended before enrollment in this course.] Parent/caregiver is NOT in the water with the child during this class. [View Skills Taught]

Starfish Swim School:  For 6 years, or attending Kindergarten to 13 years. Children will be placed into groups based on age and ability. Groups will work towards development and proficiency in 5 core competencies. These skills build upon each other to develop proper breath control, body position and rotation, along with arm and leg movement. These skills facilitate the development of the swimming strokes with correct techniques. It will take several sessions for a student to move through all stages before they are ready for Stroke School. [View Skills Taught]
 
Starfish Stroke School: For ages 4 to 13 years. This class is for students who have completed all 5 color stages of the Starfish Preschool or Swim School. They will develop their 4 strokes using drills and other training techniques. The goal is for effective and efficient strokes and turns. [View Skills Taught]

Adult Beginner/Advance Beginner: Must be at least 14 years old.
Beginner swimmers will overcome fear of water and become comfortable with submersion, floating and forward movement. Advanced beginners will begin stroke development using the Starfish swimming techniques. [View Skills Taught]   

Adult Intermediate/Advanced Swimmer: Must be at least 14 years old.
The intermediate level is for adults who are ready to develop their freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly. Advanced swimmers will work on butterfly, turns, efficiency, technique and endurance in all strokes. [View Skills Taught]

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For additional information or questions on what class to enroll in, email aquatics@uab.edu