Franklin Knolls Swim Lessons

Register for youth swim lessons here.

Register for MASTER SWIM here

Payments can be made to @FKPswim on Venmo (preferred) or by check hand-delivered to instructors on the first day of the session. The last four digits of the associated phone number for Venmo confirmation are 0539. For masters, please write your name and MASTERS SWIM REGISTRATION in the note field. For lessons, write LESSONS: Child’s first & last name, and Session Number.

MASTERS SWIM (Members only)

We are offering masters swim from June 18-July 16th on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:15-7:15am (one exception: the July 4th session will be moved to Friday July 5th). This 5-week program will provide practices for all different skill levels, whether you swam last week or last decade!  You can follow the provided practice set, bring your own, or just enjoy an open lap swim! Masters swim practices are a total of $100 for all 10 sessions throughout the five weeks. However, if you commit by June 8th, we are offering a discounted price of $90!  When making payment, please write your name and MASTERS SWIM REGISTRATION in the note field.

SWIM LESSON OVERVIEW

The Franklin Knolls Gator Swim Team is pleased to offer swim lessons to our Silver Spring community as a fundraiser for the team.

Group lessons are designed to introduce children as young as three to the water, to build their comfort and confidence in the water, and to help them learn basic swimming skills. This year, we are also offering more advanced courses for swimmers who want to put in extra time improving their strokes, starts, and turns. These classes are geared toward older/more developed swimmers. Gator swim team members under 12 are strongly encouraged to consider these competitive stroke development lessons as an alternative to individual lessons.

You can register your swimmer for lessons here. Prior to registering, please read the rest of this page for important information about session timing, fees, and where to place your swimmer.

SESSION TIMING

Two-week sessions are offered in the mornings for members only (9am – 11am) and evenings for both members and non-members (5:30pm – 8:00pm). Most sessions have seven lessons, with some having an additional “bonus” lesson when possible.

In the event of inclement weather, we will make every effort to notify parents of cancellations via email at least 30 minutes prior to the lessons. Make-up classes for weather-related cancelations only will be held on Sunday mornings, when possible. Due to dedicated pool availability, we are unable to offer more than this one makeup session per week and refunds are not offered for missed classes.

Session 1: June 17-28
Please note: Juneteenth (June 19) is a Federal Holiday, but we are still offering lessons on this day.
$80 for members; $100 for non-members

Morning Sessions: 9:00 am -11:00 am (members only)
Week 1: Monday (6/17), Tuesday (6/18) , Wednesday (6/19), and Thursday (6/20)
Week 2: Monday (6/23), Tuesday (6/24), Wednesday (6/25), and Thursday (6/26)

Evening Sessions: 5.30 pm – 8.00pm (open to all)
Week 1: Monday (6/17), Wednesday (6/19), and Thursday (6/20)
Week 2: Sunday (6/23), Monday (6/24), Tuesday (6/25), and Thursday (6/27)

Session 2: July 2 – 11
$70 for members; $90 for non-members

Morning Sessions: 9:00 am -11:00 am (members only)
Week 1: Tuesday (7/2) and Wednesday (7/3)
Week 2: Monday (7/8), Tuesday (7/9), Wednesday (7/10), and Thursday (7/11)

Evening Sessions: 5.30 pm – 8.00pm (open to all)
Week 1: Wednesday (7/3) and Friday (7/5)
Week 2: Sunday (7/7), Monday (7/8), Tuesday (7/9), and Thursday (7/11)

Session 3: July 15 – 25
$80 for members

Morning Sessions: 9:00 am -11:00 am (members only)
Week 1: Monday (7/15), Tuesday (7/16), Wednesday (7/17), and Thursday (7/18)
Week 2: Monday (7/22), Tuesday (7/23), Wednesday (7/24), and Thursday (7/25)

FEES
Electronic payment is (vastly) preferred via Venmo @FKPSwim. The last 4 digits of the associated phone number are 0539. For those without access to this platform, we will accept checks made out to Franklin Swim Team hand-delivered to the swim lesson coordinators on the first day of lessons. Whichever method you choose, please type in the memo: LESSONS: Child’s first & last name, and Session Number. For example: LESSONS: Sally Swift, Session 1 or LESSONS: Sally Swift, Sessions 1, 2, and 3.

The registration deadline for lessons is Wednesday at noon before the start of the new session. Classes are organized once registrations are received. A schedule will be posted at the pool, and parents will be notified of your child’s lesson time via email before sessions start.

When you register your child, please do your best to place them in the class where you think they will be most comfortable (see class descriptions below). We will not be offering pre-lesson assessments. If it is clear after one or two lessons that your child should be in a different class, we will work with you to move your child to a class that is more appropriate for their skill level.

EXPECTATIONS
Classes will start and end promptly. Swimmers and parents/guardians should arrive at Franklin Knolls at least five minutes prior to your lesson start time. Parents/guardians should remain on deck during lessons.

Children must be three years old by June 1st, and reliably potty trained to participate in swimming lessons.

For liability reasons, nonmember swim students are allowed in the water ONLY during swim lessons. Students cannot remain and play at the pool after their swim lessons, but they may exit and re-enter the pool as a guest of a member after paying for a guest pass. All non-members will receive a bracelet upon entering the pool, and will be asked to exit the pool deck promptly after their lesson ends unless they return as a paid guest of a member.

QUESTIONS
Questions can be directed to FKPswimlessons@gmail.com

LESSON DESCRIPTIONS

Beginner I Low is for a child without much experience in the water. The lessons will be focused on putting their face in the water, blowing bubbles, and feeling comfortable in the water. Skills that will be taught and practiced:
Submerge face up to (in including) nose
Blow bubbles
Supported float on front
Walk in chest deep water for about 5 yards, comfortably
Walk 5 yards in chest deep water with alternating arm action

Beginner I Medium is for a child with some experience in the water, is comfortable getting their face wet, and is looking to put their new water skills together by learning to float independently and kick & blow bubbles at the same time. Skills that will be taught and practiced:
Independently put face under water – 1 second
Front float
Kicking on front while blowing bubbles (supported)
Jump from side of pool, feet first

Beginner I High is for the child who is gaining confidence in the water and learning to move independently forward in the pool. The class will continue to support those skills and start to teach students how to feel comfortable floating and kicking on their backs. Skills that will be taught and practiced:
Submerge whole head – 3 seconds
Supported float on back
Supported kicking on back
Basic safety rules and importance of following them
“swimming” at least 5 strokes
Wear life jacket on deck and enter water

Beginner II is for the child who has mastered skills in the Beginner I series and is ready to start swimming more independently in the water. The students will practice holding their breath under water, bobbing in the water, gliding and floating, turning in the water, and will start to put arm strokes together. Skills that will be taught and practiced:
Bob x10
Breath-holding (does not have to be underwater) – 10 seconds.
Submerge and retrieve objects from chest deep water
Prone float
Prone glide – 10 feet
Back float
Back glide – 6 feet
Prone glide with kick – 10 feet
Back glide with kick – 10 feet
Beginner arm stroke – 5 feet (arms only)
Finning or sculling – 10 feet (arms only)
Finning with kick on back -5 years (or any other backstroke)
Jump in chest-deep water, push off bottom of pool, get out at side
Demonstrate back crawl arms
Turn front to back, back to front
Safety skills: float with a lifejacket with face out, watch rescue breathing

Beginner III is for the child who is ready to start combining kicks and arms to learn front crawl stroke with breathing, jumping into the water, and reversing direction. Skills that will be taught and practiced:
Retrieve object from bottom, eyes open, in chest deep water
Bob x5 in chest deep water
Bob to side of pool
Jump into deep water
Dive into deep water from side of pool
Prone glide two body lengths with push off
Front crawl with breathing – 10 yards
Back crawl 10 yards
Elementary backstroke kick
Reverse direction swimming on front and back
Safety – diving rules, treading water, jumping to deep water with lifejacket on, HELP position, huddle position, open airway for rescue breathing

Advanced Beginner is for the child who is starting to learn the fundamentals of swimming breaststroke and elementary backstroke, improving crawl stroke with rotary breathing, treading water and floating for extended periods of time, and diving into the water. Skills that will be taught and practiced:
Deep water bobbing
Show buoyancy by floating
Rotary breathing – can be in water or on land
Standing front dive
10 yards elementary backstroke
5 yards or 15 seconds sculling on back
25 yards front crawl with rotary breathing
5-10 yards of whip kick with kickboard
5-10 yards of scissors kick with kickboard
Turn at wall
Tread water 2 minutes
Mouth to mouth breathing

Intermediate I is for children who need to gain comfort in deeper waters and wants to improve crawl and backstroke, and practice the kicks necessary to swim breast stroke. Skills that will be taught and practiced:
Deep water bobbing
Show buoyancy by floating
Rotary breathing
Standing front dive
10 yards elementary backstroke
5 yards or 15 seconds sculling on back
25 yards front crawl with rotary breathing
5-10 yards of whip kick with kickboard
5-10 yards of scissors kick with kickboard
Turn at wall
Tread water 2 minutes

Intermediate II will teach children how to put kicks and arms together to form breaststroke, sidestroke and backstroke, and will start to learn dolphin kick and breath control/underwater swimming. Skills that will be taught and practiced:
Alternate breathing in water
Standing front dive from board or side of pool
Long shallow dive
Breaststroke – 10 yards
Side stroke – 10 yards
Underwater swim – 3 body length
Elementary backstroke – 25 yards
Dolphin kick – 10 yards (with or without kickboard)
Front crawl – 50 yards, using correct turns
Back crawl – 50 yards, using correct turns
Tread water two minutes using at least two different kicks
Feet first surface dive

Members Only! Mornings Only
Starts and Turns is for athletes who already know how to swim all four strokes and want to improve their competitive starts, turns, and pull-outs. Skills that will be taught and practiced:
Learn and practice competitive diving positioning on deck and under water
Learn and practice proper underwater opening pulls
Learn and improve competitive turns and pull-outs for all four strokes and individual medley
Learn strategies for minimizing number of breaths per length
Relay starts and good sportsmanship

Members Only! Mornings Only
Stroke Improvement is for athletes who already know how to swim all four strokes and want to improve their technique to drop time. Although all four strokes will be practiced during this session, the heavy focus will be on Butterfly and Breaststroke. We will offer two sections, one for ages 8 and under and the other for ages 7-12+ Skills that will be taught and practiced:
Breaststroke – kick, arm pull, breathing, coordination
Butterfly – kick, arm pull, breathing, coordination
Backstroke – kick, head and hip placement, pull and body roll
Freestyle – breathing, arm catch, kick, and coordination/placement in water