Swim Programs

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2018 Swim Programs

All swim programs are led by instructor Michael Creason, a retired assistant professor in the Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation at WCU. He has been certified by the American Red Cross to teach infants and children and has been a swimming instructor for more than 40 years.  Please note that all participants in WCU swim programs must carefully read and agree to the terms of the WCU Campus Recreation Center and Reid Pool Assumption of Risk and Release/Waiver of Claims.

Spring Youth Swim Refresher
Monday - Wednesday
March 12-14 & 19-21, 2018 (6 nights)
6:30pm - 7:20pm

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- Based on an assessment, skill development may include: bobbing, holding breath underwater, rhythmic breathing, floating, prone glide, back glide, underwater glide, leg kicks and arm mechanics, proper head position or rhythmic breathing, improving swim technique, sit-down dive, learning survival floating and acclamation to deep water. For ages 5 and above only.

Advanced Beginner, Intermediate, Swimmer and Advanced Swimmer - Refresher Skills. Emphasis on proper technique on front crawl, back crawl, breast stroke, elementary backstroke, and side strokes on each side. Also survival skills in trading water, back float, survival float, stride jump, surface dives and underwater swim. For ages 7 and above only.

2018 Summer Program

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Minnow Level (6 months to 3 Years) $45

  • Session 1 - June 11-22 (M-F from 5:15pm to 6:05pm)
  • Session 2 - July 9-20 (M-F from 5:15pm to 6:05pm)
  • Session 3 - July 23-Aug. 3 (M-F from 5:15pm to 6:05pm)

Fish Level (3 years to 5 years) $45

  • Session 1 - June 11-22 (M-F from 6:10pm to 7pm)
  • Session 2 - July 9-20 (M-F from 6:10pm to 7pm)
  • Session 3 - July 23-Aug. 3 (M-F from 6:10pm to 7pm)

Shark Level (Ages 6 and up) $75

SESSION 1 - June 11-26, 2018 / M-F for 2 weeks plus June 25 & 26 (12 days total)

  • (Intermediate, Swimmer & Adv Swimmer I & II) 9:00 - 9:50am
  • (Beginners & Adv. Beg.) 10:00 - 10:50am
  • (Beginners & Adv. Beg.) 11:00 - 11: 50am

SESSION 2 -- July 9-24, 2018  (12 days total)

  • (Intermediate, Swimmer & Adv Swimmer I & II) 9:00 - 9:50am
  • (Beginners & Adv. Beg.) 10:00 - 10:50am
  • (Beginners & Adv. Beg.) 11:00 - 11: 50am

More Information

If you do not know which level your child should be in, call Mike Creason directly at 828-293-5364. 

  • An adult must be in the pool with the child.
  • Ages for this program are 6 months to 3 years for Minnows and 3-5 years for Fish Level 
  • Infants must wear a swim diaper 
  • Each child and parent must rinse off before entering the pool. 
  • Parents are encouraged to arrive 10 minutes early to get ready for pool time. 
  • Children age 3 may take either Minnow or Fish Level. Better swimmers usually enjoy the Fish Level.
  • A child may enroll in more than one session with a second registration 
  • All sessions are held in Reid Pool 
  • Youth may register for multiple sessions

Skills include stroke growth (Intermediate), stroke distinction (swimmer), and skill advancement and stroke expert (advanced swimmers) 
Beginner and Advanced Beginners skills include water discovery and principal skills (beginner) and stroke alert (advanced beginner). 
Beginners skills include water discovery, breathing techniques, arm mechanics and leg kicks. 
Parents are not allowed in the pool or the pool area while class is in session.

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