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Aquatic Lessons

BTCC Water Babies
6 months - 3 years old
This parent/child class is designed to acclimate the child to the water environment through songs and games. Fundamentals including stomach and back positions, kicking and blowing bubbles are introduced.


Pre-Beginner
Starfish (Pre-Beginner I)
3 - 4 years old
A first time group experience without parents. Work toward independent performance of the basic skills including body positions, blowing bubbles, floats, kicking and jumps.

Hermit Crabs (Pre-Beginner II)
3 - 4 years old
Continue to reinforce basic skills and increased comfort level. Children should be able to put face in water comfortably for at least 3 seconds and be able to perfom a back float assisted for 3 to 5 seconds.

Tadpoles (Pre-beginner III)
3 - 4 years old
This course reinforces the basic skills and introduces new strokes. Pre-requisite: must be able to swim independently above and under water.


Five Year Olds & Up
Sea Turtles (Level I)
Introduction to Water Skills
In this introductory class, students will learn the basic skills: blowing bubbles, bobs, submerge mouth, nose and eyes, floats and recovery, alternating arm action, supported kicking and jumps. Prerequisites: Must be comfortable leaving parent for duration of lession.

Manta Rays (Level II)
Fundamental Aquatic Skills
Students will work toward independent performance of the basic skills: bob, floats, glides, flutter kick, jumps, front and back crawl, body alignment, turning over and body position and will begin work on rhythmic breathing. Prerequisites: Students must be comfortable in the water, be able to perfom an assited back float for 3-5 seconds.

Swordfish (Level III)
Stroke Development
Introduction to deep water bobs, elementary breaststroke, butterfly kick and body motion and treading. Continued improvement in front and back crawl, glides and rotary breathing. Prerequisites: Must be able to swim independently on back and front for 5 yards, must be comfortable in deeper water.

Seal (Level IV)
Stroke Improvement
Introduction to breaststroke, open and flip turns. Continued improvement in front crawl with rotary breathing, back crawl, breaststroke, butterfly, sidestroke and elementary backstroke. Prerequisites: Must be able to swim one pool length using front crawl and backstroke.

Orcas (Level V)
Stroke Refinement
Introduction to stride jump, long shallow dive, tuck and pike surface dives and two minute tread. Continued improvement in front and back crawl, breaststroke, elementary breaststroke and sidestroke and butterfly. Prerequisites: Student must have endurance to complete numerous laps of front crawl, back stroke, breast stroke, and elementary backstroke with correct breathing technique.

Adult Comfort
Designed for older adults uncomfortable around the water or with little or no experience in the water.


Private Lessons
Ages 3 Years and Up
Private Lessons will be available for participants of all ages. Private Lessons will be one-on-one with an experienced swim instructor. Each session meets for six-thirty minute classes once a week. Aquatics Management will put together a list of all available times and days we haev for private lessons each session. Patrons will select the day and time from the list of available private lessons and select which day and time matches their schedule. Please call the Aquatics Office at 610-332-1842 to inquire about private swim lessons.


Dates, Times, and Prices of all Aquatics Programs can be found in our online brochure.
Please refer all questions to the Bethlehem Township Community Center at 610-332-1900


Community Center
2900 Farmersville Road
Bethlehem, Pa. 18020
Phone: 610-332-1900
Fax: 610-332-1788
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