Rob Knight's Swim America

PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN 3 1/2 YEARS (100% Potty Trained) - 12 YEARS OLD

Step 1 - Please Watch the Video on the Swim Test Page under 'Getting Started". The swim test video only shows the skills for lane 1 (level 1) as that is our most requested lane.  See below for all of our Levels/Lanes. 

  • If we have a wait list, the test will not be scheduled immediately.  Always plan ahead about 30-60 days before you'd like to begin. There is no cost/obligation for the swim test,  and they are typically scheduled on a Friday night or Saturday am when it's less busy. 
  • During the 5-minute test, if there are tears or signs of distress we will immediately end the test and recommend Nervous Beginner Semi-Privates or additional pool time with parents to get them comfortable with the skills. There is a long wait list for Nervous Beginners.   
  • If your child passes the test, we will provide you with group lesson timeslots that are currently available.  If you want to secure a time slot, we will give you instructions as to how to set up your online account using our swimming software. If you begin in the middle of a payment date (session), your fees are prorated.  
  • If we do not have an opening that works with your schedule, we will place you on a waiting list. Please send us an email occasionally to check the status of our openings. 


Once you have a time slot, it is yours to keep until you decide to take a break or fail to make a payment on-time. After you get your online account set up, you'll have your credit card on file, and will be automatically deducted for the upcoming payment period.  If you want to opt out, you simply send us an email and will be cancel the autodraft.  If you don't want to keep a card, on file, you can pay with a check (or cash) but it must be by the autodraft payment date.  


Option 1– Nervous Beginner Semi-Privates (3 1/2 - 6 yrs old)  However, at this time, this program is SUSPENDED FOR NOW, AS OUR WAIT LIST IS SO LONG. 

Option 2 -  Practice the skills with your swimmer from the swim test.  In some cases if you keep practicing, you can bypass the nervous beginners and simply ask to be re-tested.  It is important that parents are involved in the swimming process. If your child has had minimal exposure to a pool, take your child to a swimming pool as much as possible.  Swimming as family is a great way to create a fun and positive pool experience. We are always happy to talk with customers on the pool deck to offer suggestions as to how they can help their swimmer move forward and expeditite the process. 


Swim America puts safety first and lessons are designed to teach all the skills your child needs to be safe in and around the water

for a lifetime. Our swim school focuses on safety skills and the ability to swim a minimum of 300 yards of freestyle upon completion   

of the program. We test all swimmers for proper lane placement beginning at age 3.5. Small groups, warm water and a well-

qualified staff define the foundation of our program. 


The goal is to have families with different ability levels swim at the same lesson time. That often will not happen initially, as families may have to take what is OPEN at the time, but part of our service is trying to get your swimmers together at some point.   Re-enrollment is designed to be simple with our automated software allowing for autodraft payments. Once swimmers are enrolled, families can renew the same time slot given the programming day, time and lane remain the same. If a swimmer does not renew by the stated deadline, that time slot becomes available. Many families start in the Baby n’ Me and continue through the program with the goal of completely their #10 sticker.

                                                                        SKILL LEVELS:  LANES 1-5 - GROUP LESSONS



               Advancement Goals


Continue to work on breath holding so swimmers can front float for 10 seconds independently.  Once they can front and back float, they advance to kicking and swimming.

1A) Older Starters - swimmers Age 7-12 who have the skill level of lane 1, however,

we have an Older Starter (OS) class so they are placed age appropriately. 

  • Front Kick 25ft independently
  • Back Kick 25ft with minimal assistance
  • Follows directions so they are safe in lane 2


Swimmers front kick in a streamline position over 25 feet without stopping/breathing. They'll continue to improve their freestyle and, once back kick is perfected, then advance to backstroke.

  • Front Kick 25ft independently
  • Back Kick 25ft independently
  • Freestyle 25ft independently
  • Backstroke 25ft independently


Instructed on freestyle side breathing, and backstroke; also introduction to breaststroke kick in order to advance of moving to lane 4. In order to advance to lane 4, swimmers must master side breathing.

  • Freestyle with side breathing with a minimum of four good and rhythmic breaths
  • Backstroke with proper technique


Continue to work on freestyle and backstroke in the deep area of the pool. Also, work  on treading, and breaststroke kick. Once they have breaststroke kick, they have an introduction to whole breaststroke.

  • Strong freestyle with proper technique
  • Strong backstroke with proper technique
  • Breaststroke kick 50ft
  • Knowledge of whole stroke - breaststroke (arms, breath, kick)


Primarily focus on breaststroke and butterfly, but in order to finish the program (sticker #10) they must swim 300 yards freestyle. To secure their 8th sticker, they must swim whole breaststroke butterfly. At that point, they have mastered the four competitive strokes, so we move on to “safety strokes”.

 After Sticker #10, you can stay in our  program  for a short time to work on endurance; join a local swim team, or just swim for fun!