You gotta crawl before you walk. You gotta swim (at least a little) before you dive.
That’s why the partnership between Denver Divers and Denver Infant Aquatics, newly named The Swim School of Denver, offers a full swimming program that ranges from teaching infant survival skills to teaching older adults how to swim. By offering the combination of Infant Aquatics’ survival swim with SSI-certified swimming, stroke and adult lessons, Denver Divers provides everyone in your family the opportunity to swim, snorkel and scuba dive!
To find a class that’s right for you, log into the Parent Portal below to create an account, or contact us at email@example.com, or call 303.399.2877. If you register online, include the names of your swimmers and parents or guardians.
If you or your child have had previous swim lessons, request a short swimming evaluation with one of our instructors. Students with no previous experience should start with private classes.
Select an available time slot and your desired lesson frequency. Since we think it valueable that beginner swimmers benefit from shorter, more frequent classes, we offer multi-day and multi-student discounts.
Survival Swimming: Infant Aquatics
Denver Divers is delighted to partner with Denver Infant Aquatics, a survival swimming program that teaches would-be swimmers of all ages the ability to float and breathe, regardless of the water’s depth, for an indefinite period of time.
Despite the name, would-be swimmers of all ages need survival skills before learning any other water sport or skill. That’s why new student swimmers are required to complete a series of private survival classes. Swimmers with previous experience will be evaluated for class placement.
Why Teach Toddlers to Swim?
Drowning was the second leading cause of unintentional injury death among U.S. children between 2000 and 2006, according to a Time magazine report published in May 2010. The risk is highest in toddlers and teen boys, according to an American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) policy statement released in 2010.
The AAP advocates survival swimming lessons for children as young as one based on the results of two recent studies — one by researchers at the National Institutes of Health and another conducted in rural China. Both recent studies found that toddler swimming lessons reduced the incidence of drowning dramatically.
To be most effective, commitment to a sequential series of short classes is required for beginning survival swimmers. Costs range according to age, frequency of classes, and skill level.
Infant Aquatics specialists at The Swim School of Denver teach infants and young children survival swimming skills. The core of the program involves teaching every student the survival back float. Infants and toddlers cannot raise their heads to take a breath, so they are taught to roll completely over onto their backs to float, relax and breathe.
Babies Six to 12 Months
Children as young as six months can start learning to roll over from a face down or submerged position onto their backs to relax and breathe, while fully clothed. Lessons are all private, one-on-one sessions. Your commitment for your six-month to one year-old is four days a week, 10-minutes a day, for four consecutive weeks. Sixteen lessons cost $320.
Toddlers 12 Months to Four Years
In Toddler Survival, toddlers and younger children who are walking learn the swim-float-swim sequence. Children will learn to swim a short distance with their faces fully submerged, to roll onto their backs to float and rest, and to flip back onto their tummies to continue to swim. The swim-float-swim sequence serves as the foundation for future stroke development. Lessons are private one-on-one sessions, four days a week, 10 minutes a day for 6 consecutive weeks. The cost for the 24 lessons is $480.
Children Four Years and Older
Regardless of age, the most important thing to learn is to survive. Older children who have not mastered survival skills should to “swim-float-swim” before they begin to learn strokes or snorkeling.
Because older children have more stamina and longer attention spans, their private one-on-one lessons are 20 minutes long. Children will learn to perform the swim-float-swim sequence in preparation for introductory stroke techniques. Families have the option of attending either two days a week for six consecutive weeks or four days a week for three consecutive weeks. The cost for this series of 24 lessons is $480.
Children’s Group Classes
Once a child becomes a “survival” swimmer, he or she is ready for group classes. Group classes are more available and less expensive than private classes.
Group classes are also desirable because children in the group learn from one another, offer companionship to one another, and have more fun! Most group classes are 30-minutes. All group classes have a maximum of four kids. The cost is $25 for a single lesson or $108 a month. The Swim School of Denver uses continuously monthly scheduling and monthly payment schedules. Families with more than one child will receive a 10% discount on total tuition.
Group Classes for Parents and Children
Even after they have learned survival swimming, many kids are not yet ready physically to learn strokes, kicks, or rhythmic breathing. In order to keep these children in the water and having fun, parents can elect to introduce their children to snorkeling, or have them participate in playful pool activities, or both.
Baby & Me classes are designed to allow babies and, ideally, a primary caretaker to build trust in the water. The best “students” are at least 7 months old and younger than 30 months. Adults and their charges will sing, float, swim, and play together guided by an instructor. The activities will reinforce survival skills and keep kids in the water having fun. Baby & Me classes are designed for children who have had no previous swimming experience.
Parent-Tot classes look like Baby & Me. Parents and their young children are singing songs and playing games using familiar nursery rhymes. However, Parent-Tot classes have a different focus. These classes usually follow a child’s first survival series of swimming lessons and are designed to teach parents how to handle their children in the water to achieve optimal skills development.
Kids-Only Group Classes
Starfish are kids who have fun! This first group class offered through The Swim School of Denver is designed for kids who are survival swimmers, but who might not yet be ready for introductory stroke classes. Starfish are encouraged to have fun while advancing their skills. The structure may vary by instructor, but include water toys, floats, slides, and games. Groups are small – never more than four children.Like
Like Starfish, Gobies stick pretty close to home. However, like their ocean namesake, Gobies begin to venture short distances using flutter kicks on their backs and tummies. Gobies also learn the elementary backstroke kick, another critical survival skill.
Seahorses begin to learn rudimentary strokes and to adapt the survival ”starfish” float to side-breathing. Each class has a maximum of four seahorses. Each is in the water alone with the instructor while the others observe from a float or the pool ledge. Seahorses also learn preliminary dives from the side of the pool.
Snorkelers learn to move quietly in the water (float), wearing mask, fins and snorkel, to watch the goings-on below. Kids can also learn to free-dive and are introduced to water entries from a boat or dock, wearing their equipment. Snorkelers also learn some basic surface aid techniques such as throwing a buoy from the side to a struggling swimmer. Kids who can swim a width of the pool (17 feet) unassisted, can move into snorkeling classes – or stroke technique classes targeted to competitive swimming – or both!
No matter where in the progression of learning your student joins our swim school, our swim instructors will advance each swimmer at his own pace. Each of the stroke levels, from Turtles to Manta Rays, follows the curriculum designed and tested by our certification agency. Once your child has achieved all of the goals specified at one level, she’ll be moved to the next level.
Turtles can swim the length of the Denver Divers’ pool (50 feet) wearing only mask, fins, and a snorkel. Graduating turtles have learned to swim the length on their tummies using “windmill arms”, rolling to their backs to breath.
Blue Tangs practice rhythmic freestyle breathing and flip turns; treading water with both arms and legs; backstroke arm movements with a stress on timing; and rhythmic kicking both back and front. Final goals include the ability to swim 100 feet (two lengths of the Denver Divers’ pool) of freestyle with bilateral breathing, 100 feet of backstroke, and the ability to tread water for two minutes.
Angel Fish begin to learn breaststroke, racing dives, flip turns, and butterfly. In Angel Fish, kids begin to focus on competitive swimming by integrating previously acquired knowledge into a seamless performance of dive – glide – swim – turn – glide – swim – finish. The approach will prepare Angel Fish for relay races and multiple lengths of strokes.
Butterfly Fish learn butterfly – the hardest of the competitive strokes to master. At the beginning of Butterfly Fish classes, kids will be introduced to the butterfly stroke using a series of aided drills that isolate each component of the stroke. As skills increase, students learn to integrate motions – like combining butterfly dolphin kick with butterfly breathing.
To graduate, Butterfly Fish perform 100 feet (two lengths of the Denver Divers’ pool) each of freestyle with bilateral breathing, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly.
Manta Rays might already swim competitively for a summer league or year-round team but need some work on technique. Manta Rays can swim 100 feet (two lengths of the Denver Divers’ pool) each of freestyle with bilateral breathing, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly. Manta Ray class sessions will focus on kick sets with and without kickboards and stroke drills for all four strokes using swim aids. Because the Denver Divers pool is warm (86 degrees) and small (50 feet long), coaches will focus on short drills and sets for classes on-site.
For longer drills and endurance training, Denver Swimmers’ instructors will use standard-sized competitive pools through our affiliations with other teams and schools. Denver Swimmers seeks to fill a niche that offers these advanced swimmers ways to improve without the pressure of traditional team expectations.
Adult Denver Swimmers
Our Approach for Adult Swimmers
To fully appreciate the wonders of the underwater world, we know our snorkelers and scuba divers must first achieve comfort in the water – both below and above the surface. So when our primary training agency for our core scuba business (Scuba Schools International) introduced a sister swim program (Swim Schools International), we leapt at the chance to participate.
Not surprisingly, the Swim Schools International (SSI) teaching methods rely on methods early-adopted by scuba and snorkeling instructors. In 1969, Scuba School International Instructor Paul Oberle found that many of his students who wanted to learn to scuba could not swim. The early days of scuba did not include equipment such as inflatable vests; therefore swimming skill requirements were much more rigid. Paul discovered that by initially putting a non-swimmer in vest, mask, snorkel, and fins to develop their confidence, and then reversing the process and removing the equipment one piece at a time, a person learned to swim with confidence.
In 2011, Denver Divers affiliated with SSI to deploy the same approach – particularly for adults. At Denver Divers, older non-swimmers will begin by wearing an inflatable vest (you cannot possibly sink!), mask, snorkel, and fins while learning the freestyle and many more in-water techniques. As a swimmer’s confidence builds, she can remove the gear, one piece at a time.
Classes for Adult Swimmers
Adult classes are offered as group classes or private classes. Adult private classes cost $30 for 30 minutes. Six lesson sessions are $150.
We arrange our schedule around what’s possible for you during the times that the Denver Divers’ pool is least crowded. We can also arrange a group-class experience for you.
As we developed our swim program, Denver Divers placed greatest early emphasis on learning to teach adult non-swimmers. Successful learning by adult non-swimmers typically depends upon mastery of skills different from those used to teach youth. So our certified Adult Swim Teachers are trained in special skills for teaching physically larger and stronger swimmers, as well as ways of managing lifelong aquatic fear - factors often present in adult non-swimmers.
Adult Stroke Lessons
Already know how to swim? We also offer more advanced classes for adults wishing to learn technique and advanced strokes. These skills may be used in future exercise training programs, however the water temperature in our pool is designed for teaching scenarios and is not recommended for distance workouts or endurance purposes.
Swim Clinics for Future Competitors
Is your child interested in swimming competition, but not yet quite ready for a summer or year-round team? During the summer, Denver Divers offers a taste of competition during two-hour swim camps. A sample schedule could include:
- Freestyle Mondays
- Backstroke Tuesdays
- Breaststroke Wednesdays
- Butterfly Thursdays
- Mini-Meet Fridays
Teaching the Teachers
As is true of our scuba and snorkeling programs, our’ staff are certified to “train the trainer.” Teacher students undergo a home study program, classroom training and pool training to learn the specific skills properly. Unique expertise is acquired at each certification level through hands-on apprenticeship time under another certified Infant Aquatics or SSI Swim Teacher. We are certified to qualify teacher students at the following levels:
- Level 1 Swim Teacher
- Level 2 Swim Teacher
- Adult Swim Teacher
- Baby & Me Swim Teacher
Enrollment and Class Schedules
The Swim School of Denver is using iClass Pro to manage our class scheduling. The software offers users transparency into class scheduling and availability at the most detailed levels.
Here you can request enrollment in classes and sign-up for an evaluation trial session or make-up class.
To look at available Parent-Tot or Kids-Only Group Classes, click on the Class Schedules button. At the top of the page, select the 2013 SESSION and click on the <Submit> button. You can search by day using the right-hand DAY button, followed by the <Submit> button click.
To create an account, click on the Create an Account button. To log into the system and request a class or make payment, you must create a user account. To use the software as a NEW MEMBER, create a user name and password.
To log in using existing credentials, click on the Parent Login button.
If you have previously taken a class or requested a class through Infant Aquatics or Denver Divers, you may already have a record in the system. If you are a CURRENT or PREVIOUS member and are logging into the portal for the first time, click <Forgot Password> and enter your email address. Your account is linked to the email address already in the system.
Through the Parent Portal, you can search for and register in only group classes. To request private classes, REQUEST the class by location and time in one hour blocks. You can also request an EVALUATION for appropriate placement in a group class.
Once you are registered and your swimmer is enrolled in class, you can pay online using a credit card. Classes are billed monthly.
If you need help, call Denver Divers at 303.399.2877 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions. We’ll help you create your registration and look for classes.