SlugBug Swimming, our Learn-to-Swim curriculum, was developed and implemented with a family's well-being in mind. The SlugBug Swimming curriculum allows multiple children within a family to participate at the same time, decreasing the amount of time a family may have to spend at the pool. The four main components of the SlugBug Swimming curriculum are: open progression, developmentally appropriate lesson plans, proper stroke technique, and water safety.
In keeping with the goal-driven, technique-oriented objectives of the past, the SlugBug Swimming curriculum allows the student to progress through the levels at his/her own rate, giving the participant more ownership in his/her progression.
Developmentally Appropriate Lesson Plans
SlugBug Swimming is structured first by age groups then by skill level. An age-group breakdown gives each participant developmentally appropriate skills to work on while providing a comfortable atmosphere in which to participate. This set-up also provides us, as a Swim School, the opportunity to specialize our staff within each group. We, as a staff, can key in on the physical and cognitive stages of development for each group, and lesson plans are created to assist in the growth of the student as a whole, not just as a swimmer.
Proper Stroke Technique
Proper stroke mechanics are a vital component no matter your swimming goals. The SlugBug Swimming curriculum develops the swimmer progressively, focusing on the fundamentals behind each stroke in order to maintain and build on a solid foundation. Swimmers who learn the proper techniques from the start have a better feel of the water and an easier time building endurance at the higher levels. As in life, strong fundamentals provide the foundation on which we grow.
The statistics are staggering:
- On average, nine people drown every day in the United States
- In ethnically-diverse communities the youth drowning rate is 2-3 times higher than the national average
- Nearly 6 out of 10 African American and Hispanic/Latino children are unable to swim, nearly twice as many as their Caucasian counterparts
- Children from non-swimming households are 8 times more likely to be at-risk of drowning
The solution? Swimming. SlugBug Swimming promotes the education of water safety within the curriculum, providing for a well-rounded learn-to-swim program. Simple skills like roll-over and float can buy a child those extra moments needed in an emergency; moments that could mean the difference between life and death.
Matching the goals and direction of the SlugBug Swimming curriculum, the Colorado Springs Swim School has established itself as a Local Partner in the national water safety initiative, Make a Splash. Created by USA Swimming and the USA Swimming Foundation, the Make a Splash Initiative aligns the nationís top learn-to-swim resources in an effort to save lives. In addition, CSSS provides its families with educational materials and opportunities for Health and Safety education as an Authorized Provider of the Pikes Peak American Red Cross.