Swimming Instruction with an Eternal Difference
of the CHPC Swim Ministry is to equip students for what the American Red Cross describes as ‘survival’ swimming. An integral part of such survival is being relaxed and confident in the water so that swimming is fun. Our focus is not on speed or beautiful swimming. We prepare students for a lifetime relationship with water, including the Living Water, Jesus Christ…the rest will follow.
We believe that God has gifted the teaching staff with the talent to help others to enjoy water and swimming. We are available to teach so that God may teach through us. We are accountable to Him to use our talents, and we expect Him to do miraculous things in our midst.
The classes and teaching have been structured so that students are able to build a relationship with a teacher. We view each class as an opportunity for teachers, teachers’ aides, and students to join together to discover their unique capabilities…and to grow as people, not just as swimmers! We teach and, in turn, are taught by the LORD through meeting the special needs of the individual students.
We strongly believe in the power of prayer in the teaching and learning process: prayer by teachers, students, parents & friends. Anxiety, fear, and negative memories are powerful deterrents to learning. We have seen Jesus Christ calm such “winds & waves” of fear, just as surely as He did over 1900 years ago on the Sea of Galilee. Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do anything God wants me to do by the power He gives me to do it!” Even the smallest faith in a great God releases God’s great power.
Lastly, we seek to “catch students doing something right.” We are committed to affirming the swimmers’ personhood and abilities, rather than motivating performances by techniques that tend to devalue them in their own eyes and in the eyes of others.
The Swim Ministry offers American Red Cross (ARC) certification for Level 1 (Novice) through Level 6 (Advanced Skills). When registering a swimmer new to the Swim Ministry, please refer to these Levels. If the swimmer has had no previous experience or had a negative experience, please note that on the registration form.
An American Red Cross level is completed when the swimmer can easily do the following:
Level 1: (1) Enter the water (ladder, steps or side); travel 5 yds; bob 3 times; then exit pool. (2) Glide on front 2 Body Lengths; roll to back float (3 sec), and recover to a vertical position (with armbands or other support).
Level 2: (1) Step into chest-deep water; front float – 5 sec; roll to back and float – 5 sec; stand. (2) Back float – 5 sec; roll to front; stand. (3) Push off; swim 5 Body Lengths on front; roll to back; float 15 sec; roll to front and swim 5 Body Lengths.
Level 3: Jump into deep water from the side, swim front crawl for 15 yards; maintain position by treading or floating for 30 seconds, and swim elementary backstroke for 15 yards.
Level 4: (1) Perform a feet-first entry into deep water, swim front crawl for 25 yards, change direction and position as necessary and swim elementary backstroke for 25 yards. (2) Swim breaststroke for 15 yards, change direction and position as necessary and swim back crawl for 15 yards.
Level 5: (1) Shallow-angle dive into deep water, swim front crawl for 50 yards, change direction and position of travel as necessary and swim elementary backstroke for 50 yards. (2) Swim breaststroke for 25 yards, change direction and position of travel as necessary and swim back crawl for 25 yards.
Level 6: (1) Swim 500 yards, no stops, using 3 strokes of your choice, swimming at least 50 yards of each stroke. (2.) Jump into deep water; survival float for 5 min., roll to back; back float for 5 minutes. (3) Feet First Surface Dive; retrieve an object (7 feet of water); return to starting point.
We assign a swimmer’s teacher based on the information provided on the Application Form. During lessons, we reserve the right to move a student to a level appropriate to their abilities. The weeks and times a particular skill level is offered is established by the Registrar based on student needs and effective utilization of instructors and facilities. Levels 1 – 6 will be offered for all weeks and for several hours. Levels 5-6 must be completed in a deep water pool, but stroke training for these levels may be in either pool.
Swimmers who are at least 11 years old and working at skill Level 4 or higher may apply to participate in our Teacher’s Aide program which combines class work with experience in teaching others. Call (513-542-2442) and ask for details.
Founded in 1976, this unique ministry has a large staff of American Red Cross certified instructors, lifeguards, supervisors and Junior and Senior High teachers’ aides. Every summer there is a good mix of staff — some with 50+ years of experience and others who are new teachers being supervised by experienced staff. Adult staff are believers confessing Jesus Christ as Savior & Lord.