Shark School Information
Shark School is our program to help your new swimmer transition from swim lessons to swim team. It’s a GREAT introduction to summer swimming and is a whole lot of fun too. We’ve divided Shark School into two age groups: 3-5 and 6&up. The instructor-to-swimmer ratio will vary for each group, and every child gets personal attention and instruction from swim teachers in the water with them.
Your 3-5 year old will learn to kick and move their arms to swim to people or the side from wherever they are in the pool. We will use flotation aids for some lessons, but the goal is to be a swimmer without any aids. Next we’ll work on getting those arms and legs to work together in a true freestyle stroke and later some backstroke. Your little ones will think they have played in the water with their teacher, but you’ll watch him become a true swimmer!
Your 6 and up child will learn about freestyle and backstroke, and will build up the strength and endurance to swim the length of the pool (or even laps). We will group the kids according to skill level, so non-swimmers get a great start and partial swimmers can keep moving forward. We will introduce diving and lateral breathing with the freestyle stroke and spend a bit of time on breaststroke and butterfly – all in an encouraging and pressure-free environment with no meet competitions. Once your child can complete a Friday swim test, he or she can move up to the team if you want!
Shark School now offers an evening session!
We want to make sure all families have the opportunity to fit this incredible program into their daily schedule, so we offer a morning and an evening session. Due to our very tight ratio of instructors to students, your family must choose either the morning or evening program for shark school. If you need to switch on a particular day, just let us know!
June 5 - July 26
(No shark school on July 4)
Shark School Morning Program
Mon, Tues, Wed, Thur - 9:30-10:00 am
(please arrive at 9:15am so your swimmer is ready to get in at 9:30am)
*No Friday classes
Mon, Tues, Wed, Thur - 10:15-10:45am
(please arrive at 10:00am so your swimmer is ready to get in at 10:15am)
*No Friday classes
Shark School Evening Program
Ages 3-5 and 6&Up:
EVENING Mon, Wed, Thur, Fri 6:45-7:15pm
(please arrive at 6:30pm so your swimmer is ready to get in at 6:45pm)
*We may have a Tuesday class if a swim meet is on a Thursday
*Yes sibling discounts apply! Take $10 off for each sibling down the line (start with the highest cost first if you have a mix of shark school and swim team kids).
**If you have a current GPRA membership -OR- have kids on swim team and have paid a swim-team-only membership, you get the Members rate for shark school.