Classes and Levels

No matter the age of your child, we have classes to help them progress in the water. From six month old water babies, to three to five year old shrimps, or swim team prep classes. We have something for every experience level. Please take a look at what we offer below.

Levels

Ages 6 - 36 Months (Water Babies)

Water Babies 1 – (6-18 mo) GOALS; Comfort in water, wall grabs, climbing in and out of pool, breath control, back float, kicking, skill development, proper holds. Accompanying parent becomes the teacher advised by an instructor

Water Babies 2 – (18-36 mo) GOALS; Proper holds and skill development, Safety jumps, breath control, rolling over, wall grab, climbing in and out of pool, more independent swimming is encouraged through game and song.

Water Babies 3 – (20-36 mo)GOALS; Independent swims. Roll over breathing, creating a more independent swimmer from parent. Fall in roll over to climb out of pool.

Water babies attending once a week lessons pay per 9 week session.

Building classes for 9 am, Monday and Wednesday. Ask to be placed on the list for consideration.

Current classes in the weekday MORNINGS:

Tuesday: 9 am / 9:30 am

Thursday: 9 am / 9:30 am / 10 am

Friday 9 am

Current classes in the weekday EVENINGS:

Monday: 6:30 pm

Tuesday:  7 pm

Wednesday: 6 pm

Thursday: 7 pm

SATURDAY morning new schedule:

9 am / 9:30 am / 10 am

Ages 3 - 5 years (Shrimp Program)

Beginner Shrimp – (3-5 yrs) GOALS OF WHITE SHRIMP; Beginning familiarity with water, puffer cheeks, bubbles, water on face and ears, back float and face floats with assistance, safety jumps and holding on to wall, climbing in and out of pool.

Adjusted Shrimp – (3-5 yrs) GOALS OF YELLOW SHRIMP; Gliding, kicking in correct positions, bubbles, safety jumps, swimming six feet with scoopers and kickers, rolling over from front to back, rolling from back to front, taking a breath of air while continuing to kick aggressively.

Intermediate Shrimp – GOALS OF ORANGE SHRIMP; Gliding and kicking with confidence, rolling to back for a breath, recovering in the water and continuing with out stopping 16 feet, back float for 10 seconds, attempts treading and swimming to wall after jumping into pool.

Advanced Shrimp – GOALS OF BLUE SHRIMP; Swimming 32 feet rolling to back for a breath, or taking a side breath, treading water for a minute and beginning elementary back stroke, back stroke, and side stroke.

Advanced Shrimp2 – (3-5 yrs) GOALS OF GREEN SHRIMP; Correct rhythm on side breathing, correct rotation on back stroke, the complete breaststroke and butterfly.

Ages 6 years and Older ( Levels 1 to 6)

Level 1 – (6 yrs and older) GOALS; Beginning familiarity with water, puffer cheeks, bubbles, water on face and ears, back float and face floats with assistance, safety jumps and holding on to wall, climbing in and out of pool.

Level 2 – (6 yrs and older) GOALS; Introduce independent breath by rolling to their back or breathing to the side 16 feet, back floats with arm pulls, correct kicking and body position: prone and supine, and jumping into 3 ft pool from deck.

Level 3 – (6 yrs and older) GOALS; Swimming the length of the pool 32 feet, using front crawl and rhythmic breathing, transitioning into back stroke, free style, introduction of elementary backstroke kick and side stroke kick, knee dives and standing dives.

Level 4 – (6 yrs and older) GOALS; Bi-lateral breathing, open turns, starts for swim team, combining arms and kick of elementary back stroke and side stroke, beginning breast stroke kick, and butterfly body motion, knee dives and standing dives.

Level 5 – (6 yrs and older) GOALS; Breast stroke and working towards endurance and fluency in 5 strokes: front crawl, back stroke, elementary back stroke, side stroke, breast stroke, knee dives and standing dives.

Level 6 – (6 yrs and older) GOALS; Free style, flip turns, back stroke, elementary back stroke, side stroke are reviewed, breast stroke / pullout and butterfly are refined, life saving approach stroke and increased endurance are emphasized.

Swim Team Prep – (6 yrs and older) GOALS; Work on the 4 starts and turns that will be used at swim meets and practices, correcting technique and refocusing your power into a more water dynamic and streamlined efficiency. Working on more rotation on freestyle and reaching. This class can be registered for as a straight summer week or monthly session.

Swim Team Options

Swim Team Prep – (6 yrs and older) GOALS; Work on the 4 starts and turns that will be used at swim meets and practices, correcting technique and refocusing your power into a more water dynamic and streamlined efficiency. Working on more rotation on freestyle and reaching. This class can be registered for as a straight summer week or monthly session.

Oakridge Swim Club
Contact:Maureen Poldruhi
Phone: 440.582.5172.
www.oakridgepool.com/team.shtml

Peak Performance
Contact:Mike Schmidt
Phone: 440.838.5600
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1 Eagle Valley Court
Broadview Heights, OH 44147
www.peakperformancecenter.com

Y M C A / Parma
Contact:Monica Zayd
Phone: 440.842.5200
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6840 Ridge Rd
Cleveland, OH 44129-5627
http://www.rydswimming.org/index.html

Strongsville Recreation Complex
Contact:Robin Meczka
Phone: 440.878.6000
18100 Royalton Rd
Cleveland, OH 44136
www.strongsville.org/content/Sea_Monkeys.asp

Brecksville Recreation Complex
Contact:Erin Dadas
Phone: 440.546.2318
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www.brecksville.oh.us/Depts/recreation/rec_pdf/09_belugas.pdf

Seven Hills Community Recreation
Contact:Abby Szeszak
Phone: (216) 524-6262 ext. 404
7777 Summitview Drive
Seven Hills,OH 44131

Brunswick Community Recreation & Fitness Center
3637 Center Road
Brunswick, Ohio 44212
www.swim4swat.org

Ledgewood Pool
Contact:Karen Andersen
Phone: 440.238.3781
17761 Falling Water Road
www.swim4swat.org

Medina Recreation Swim Team
Contact:Doug Davidson
Phone: 330.722.3919
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388 Weymouth
Medina, OH 44256

Echo Lake Homeowners Association
Phone: 440.238.9827
19150 Echo Drive
Strongsville, OH 44149

Harbor Light Pools
Phone: 440.237.6996
11860 Harbor Light Dr
North Royalton, OH 44133-2683

FAQ

Will I swim in 5 classes?

The Swim of Things instructs young athletes on swim team material. We coach and instruct refinement of the four strokes (butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, freestyle) four starts and four turns. We are not exclusive to any teams, we accept any swimmer seeking better times and a competitive edge.

How many classes will it take before I learn how to swim?

Each student will move at ones own pace. The more adjusted swimmer will be less apprehensive towards water and will make for a quicker learning process. Students under six years of age deal with co-ordination and strength hurdles which dictate their learning to swim.

Do you guarantee learning to swim?

Yes, in general everyone will learn to swim. We just don’t know how many classes it may take, or how much time will be needed to get over the fear and apprehension of water.

What will my child learn?

The Swim of Things staff is certified by the American Red Cross. Our instructors utilize water safety instruction (WSI) to teach according to the itinerary and skill progression. We begin our classes with bubbles, rudimentary kicking, back floats, jumping in, and treading water. Students under six years of age follow a modified progression reflecting age and abilities.

Will you force my child?

We certainly will encourage, demonstrate, push, kid, and challenge a student. Brutal force heading toward fear is discouraged. The Swim of Things creates and environment that is filled with fun swim instruction. The teacher does put their own personal touches of humor and entertainment to keep the child looking forward to each up coming class.

Why should my child attend The Swim of Things?

The Swim of Things is a private family business, and every student here is treated with a touch of personal care and concern. Our small environment ensures that learning to swim happens quickly in a relaxed and comfortable warm water (90 degree) environment environment. Class sizes are near private and never go over three students to an instructor. Three of our five instructors have taught for over 30 years and have enough experience to see anyone through a week of classes and have them enjoy it. The other two instructors are the owner Anna Paliwoda’s children Alana 18 and Albert 24.

Our classes do seem a little more expensive then the general swim class that could be found at your local pool, but we are not your ordinary pool. Swim instruction and swim tutoring are the soul function. We are an accredited member of the United Swim School Association (USSA), and abide by the United Swim School Association code of ethics.

The Swim of Things has a Public Swimming Pool/ Spa Operating License issued by the Cuyahoga County Health Department, and receives four surprise inspections during the year. This ensures that the learning environment is free of any health concerns while bringing your little swimmer in for their first bubbles.

The pool is kept in excellent condition by a specially trained and Certified Pool/ Spa Operator issued by the National Swimming Pool Foundation. This maintenance is essential to keep the pool safe for swimmers and those who are just watching.

The Swim of Things is a private family business and no monetary support comes from membership fees, initiation fees or, taxes. We also do not have the privilege to be associated with the public school systems, and are not tax deferred.

What is the benefit of 1 solid week vs. the 5 week session?

The Swim of Things offers five consecutive classes in a week, or one class a week for five weeks. Two factors dictate what is best for the aspiring swimmer, will they have practice time, and do they react well to new situations? During these brief or extended sessions much practice can take place or only the practice and instruction that The Swim of Things provides. The summer brings about outdoor pools everywhere and the swim instruction can be utilized. During the winter sessions our pool is open Monday thru Saturday and many students come for our $4.00 a person open swim, to practice with family and have fun.

The student has the opportunity to gain a heavy dose of swim experience during a consecutive week. This consolidated week can prove beneficial to brush up on old strokes or jump right in to a great deal of material. If the young swimmer is interested, likes new and fun experiences, we recommend the consecutive classes.

We have had some younger students who have been very timid on their first day and by the end of the five consecutive days they were enjoying the water and using their new swim strokes. The same two variables are to be considered while scheduling the classes. If the student has a hard time adjusting to strangers (i.e. swim teacher) or a new environment then the one class a week for five weeks is the more opportune way to go.

Do we live in this house?

No, this is a house converted into an inviting swimming education center. No one but the six gold fish and one plecothamus live here.

Are their any discounts?

(See question # 6) The Swim of Things has a three child discount, if those three children are coming from the same immediate family. Three students from the same family in classes together during the same session can take advantage of a small discount.

Who is my Instructor? How can I get the same instructor?

At the Swim of Things a total of five certified instructors conduct classes. You may inquire as to which instructor is scheduled to teach at specific times. You may also request a specific instructor and register for classes assigned with that instructor.

Referral Credit towards your own set of classes?

A small consideration will be given towards a customer who has referred more than five people to our school in one year. We have been built on word of mouth and without everyone referring non-swimmers we would be sunk.

What is the best age to start lessons?

Start with the baby’s first bath. Follow that up with pool play; make the water environment fun to be around. The parent should not portray being wet or splashed as a bad thing. At the age of two and above, lessons are offered to children in the form of ‘with parent’ classes. At the age of three and up children attend class on their own. However parents are encouraged to watch support their new swimmers from the steps, with the pool only four feet away.

Will I have classmates my own age in my class?

Students are placed in groups of three according to age and skill. Sometimes the skill is more important than age. The Swim of Things has had the occasional twenty-something together with a ten year old, but only after it was explained to each student attending. Some parents have taken lessons right along with their six year old. These classes go very smoothly because everyone is learning the same things and there are no more than three students to the class.

Do you work with a swim team?

The Swim of Things instructs young athletes on swim team material. We coach and instruct refinement of the four strokes (butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, freestyle) four starts and four turns. We are not exclusive to any teams, we accept any swimmer seeking better times and a competitive edge.