Swim Lesson Levels Descriptions

Parent & Child Aquatics – PCA (6months – 3 years)

  • Parent & Child Aquatics Level 1: Level 1 introduced basic skills to parents and children. Parents learn how to safely work with their child in the water, including how to appropriately support and hold their child in the water and how to prepare and encourage their child to participate fully and try the skills. Children receive an introduction to basic skills that lay a foundation for learning to swim. In addition, parents are introduced to several water safety topics.
  • Parent & Child Aquatics Level 2: Parent and Child Aquatics Level 2 builds on the skills introduced in Level 1. Participants improve on these skills and learn more advanced skills in Level 2.

Preschool Aquatics – PSA (3 years – 5 years)

  • Preschool Aquatics Level 1: Level 1 introduces basic aquatic skills. Children start developing positive attitudes and safe practices around the water.
  • Preschool Aquatics Level 2: The objectives of Level 2 are to further develop basic aquatic skills. Children begin to perform these skills at a slightly more advanced level (for example, for longer lengths of time, for longer distances or in deeper water). Level 2 marks the beginning of independent aquatic locomotion skills. Children continue to explore using simultaneous and alternating arm and leg actions on the front and back to gain greater proficiency in preparation for performing strokes.
  • Preschool Aquatics Level 3: The objective of Level 3 is to increase children’s proficiency in performing previously learned skills. This is accomplished by providing additional guided practice and increasing repetitions, distances, times, or levels of refinement. The skills in Level 3 are performed independently. Children improve their coordination and control of the combined simultaneous arm and leg actions and alternating arm and leg actions.


Learn-to-Swim – LTS (6 years – 15 years)

  • Learn-to-Swim Level 1- Introduction to Water Skills: Level 1 introduces basic aquatic skills, which participants continue to build on as they progress through Learn-to-Swim. In addition, participants start developing positive attitudes, effective swimming habits, and safe practices in and around the water.
  • Learn-to-Swim Level 2- Fundamental Aquatic Skills: The objective of Learn-to-Swim Level 2 is to give participants success with fundamental skills. This level marks the beginning of true locomotion skills. Participants learn to glide and float without support and recover to a vertical position. Participants further develop simultaneous and alternating arm and leg actions on the front and back, laying the foundation for future strokes. New water safety topics are introduced and previously acquired water safety knowledge and skills are reinforced.
  • Learn-to-Swim Level 3- Stroke Development: The objectives of Learn-to-Swim Level 3 are to expand the proficiency of previously learned skills by providing additional guided practice. Participants learn and practice survival floating and learn to swim front crawl and elementary backstroke at rudimentary proficiency levels. The scissors and dolphin kicks are introduced and extend the time duration for treading water. Participants also learn rules for headfirst entries and begin to learn to enter the water headfirst from a seated position at the poolside. Participants who successfully complete Level 3 have achieved basic water competency in a pool environment.
  • Learn-to-Swim Level 4: In Learn-to-Swim Level 4, participants improve their aquatic skills and increase their endurance by swimming the strokes learned in Level 3 (i.e., front crawl, elementary backstroke) for greater distances and with more advanced proficiency. Participants add arm actions to the previously learned scissors kick and breaststroke kick to perform the rudimentary sidestroke and to learn the breaststroke. Participants also begin to learn the back crawl and butterfly, as well as the basics of performing a simple open turn at a wall.
  • Learn-to-Swim Level 5: In Level 5, participants refine their performance of all six strokes (i.e., front crawl, back crawl, butterfly, breaststroke, elementary backstroke, and sidestroke) and increase the distances that they swim. Participants also learn to perform flip turns on the front and back.


Adult Swim Lessons (15+ years):

  • Lessons are in a group format with an instructor teaching beginning aquatic skills, swimming strokes (freestyle, breaststroke, elementary backstroke), treading water to stroke refinement. This course adapts to the needs of participants to help those feel more confident in the water and become better swimmers.


Private/Semi-Private Swim Lessons

  • Our certified instructors are able to tailor lessons based on your personal goals whether you are new to swimming or want to train for the swim team, they can help you.
  • Semi-Private is for two individuals that are the same swim skill level and swim behavior.
  • The 4 – 45-minute sessions are not recommended for those 6 and under.
  • The 6 – 30-minute sessions are recommended for those 3+ years *Please keep in mind: If the class is full at the time you register, we encourage you to sign up on the waitlist. We will contact those on the waitlist via phone if there is an opening in the class.

All Ramstein Aquatic Center Health and Safety Rules and Policies Apply

  1. Make sure your child has his/her hair tied back and out of their face
  2. Please have swim lesson participant ready to go 5 minutes prior to class
  3. Students should not enter the pool water until directed by the instructor
  4. Parents are asked to observe the lesson from a distance to not interrupt the class
  5. Please make sure siblings are properly monitored and are not a distraction
  6. Remove band-aids and jewelry entering the water
  7. Admissions fees apply before and after swim lessons, please note our supervision policy
  8. Ensure your household information is current