Patti O'Brien

Castro Valley, CA

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Patti's Swim School uses the Red Cross Water Safety curriculum to structure lessons. Tried and true, this curriculum incorporates all levels of instruction, from water adaptation to the skills needed to become lifeguard certified. Patti specifically trains each of her instructors on how to effectively and efficiently facilitate this curriculum. It is critical that all students feel safe and secure at all times while they rapidly gain their new swimming skills.

We begin by teaching water adaptation and the correct techniques for kicking, floating and arm strokes. The Red Cross skills are designed to build on themselves as each level is mastered. When students have completed all levels of instruction at Patti’s Swim School they will be accomplished in the six essential strokes; freestyle, traditional backstroke, elementary backstroke, breaststroke, sidestroke and butterfly. In addition to this traditional set of skills we teach the importance of open water safety and survival. All students who have completed our program will be strong at treading water, demonstrate swimming endurance and know the safety strokes. All students will also be taught to dive. We begin with the kneeling dive and progress to teach standing, shallow and racing dives. Flip turns and swim team techniques are taught at advanced levels. Proper form is emphasized throughout the program as learning to swim properly is a skill for life.

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