This course teaches you the sequence of steps of the Freestyle: balance, line, kick, propulsion, drills, and breathing at your own pace. The Freestyle Course consists of ten 3-hour classes. There are no more than 8 students per class with one instructor. Once you can swim with confidence and ease after our Level 1 and Level 2 classes, it only takes a week to learn the freestyle.
At the end of seven days, you will either be able to do the freestyle, or a step or two just before the full stroke. Those steps need to be done at home and they will become the full stroke in a few hours of practice (2-6 usually). This is how it works!
Must have taken our Beginning Course
You’re ready to take our Freestyle class in deep water at the Miracle Swimming Pool if you can do the skills below in deep water (not whale jumps) and rest in deep water, unfettered by depth.
You’re ready to take our Freestyle Course in a shallow pool if you’re at ease in shallow water and can:
Learning a stroke is recommended after you've taken four of the six Level 2 courses. You'll know the water much better after those. Alternatively, you'll have to be very patient with yourself in the Freestyle course.
Stroking is one aspect of swimming. In our class you’ll learn how to be one with the water. When you’re at one with it, confident and at ease in the water, you’re no longer focused on survival: you’re ready to learn strokes.
You cannot learn freestyle while you’re out of control. People who “learn” freestyle while they’re still out of control in deep water do not swim: they stroke. Their strokes are stiff and exhausting. They can’t learn to breathe, tread water or rest: nor can they swim in deep water. Swimming implies comfort and oneness with the water. This is what you’ll learn from us.
The system you’ve most likely tried in the past is built upon the premise that learning strokes is the same thing as learning to swim. For adults, learning strokes is NOT the same thing as learning to swim! Learning strokes succeeds only if people are already comfortable in the water. That’s only about half the U.S. adult population. The traditional system is NOT equipped for people who need the steps that lead to comfort in water, shallow and deep. That’s the Miracle Swimming way.
It gives us an hour on land to discuss what comes up for you in the pool, and to apply our system. Our technique is very simple and it makes sense to everyone, yet it takes practice. For example, you probably think that working hard at something is the way to learn it. This belief will be debunked and you’ll come to understand what works best for overcoming fear.
Secondly, a two-hour pool session allows you to review what you did last time, settle into how you feel that day in the water, practice, learn more, and practice. In warm water, we’re always comfortable for two hours. It’s the ideal way to learn.
20 to 90. Older students are welcome! And, we have had some high school students by special arrangement. Most students are 30-65.
You may wear them under goggles if you wish. Or, you can buy goggles that have your prescription ground into them. Choose a pair of goggles that fit your face and don’t leak, first. Then have them ground.
We recommend eating lightly but enough that hunger won’t distract you in class. Remember we are on land for an hour before we get into the pool.
First, our classes are three to five times longer than traditional classes. They have to be, in order to deliver what you want and what we promise.
Secondly, our instructors are specially trained, committed adults.
Third, we incur pool expenses wherever we teach and we often have travel expenses.
Fourth, your course fee pays our employees’ salaries, instructors’ fees, and all our annual overhead. Whereas the YMCA covers some of their costs via United Way donations, other YMCA programs, and local fundraising efforts, and other traditional swim classes are subsidized by tax bases in municipal learn-to-swim programs, we do not and are not. It’s all on you.
Lastly, we researched this original, breakthrough teaching technology that isn’t available anywhere else. Yet it’s virtually the only way to learn to truly prevent panic and overcome your fear in water. We have 34 years’ experience giving our flagship course: teaching adults who are afraid in water to swim and to prevent panic. There is no one with this experience and no greater value than our classes in the Learn-to-Swim universe.
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