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Stroke School

Stroke School is the entry level program of H2okie Aquatics.  All levels are offered out of both Blacksburg Aquatic Center and Christiansburg Aquatic Center and have several flexible options available for swimmers and parents to choose from.

Most swimmers that particpate in Stroke School are between the age of 4 and 12 years old and have a little swimming experience, such as one or two years of participation with a summer league swim team or have taken swim lessons with a local swim lesson program.  Swimmers are encouraged to participate in Stroke School Meets throughout the year, and a few swimmers elect to participate in USA Swimming meets.  The focus of Stroke School is teaching the 4 competitive strokes while having fun and making new friends!

All levels of stroke schoolers can choose their own schedule.  SS1 and SS2 swimmers can choose to attend practice 1, 2, or 3 times per week, and SS3 swimmers can choose to practice 2, 3, or 4 times per week.  In addition, oftentimes swimmers have a choice of which days they would prefer to attend.

Stroke School 1 (SS1)

SS1 is the beginning level to our team.  Most swimmers in SS1 are between the ages of 5-7 and have minimal swimming/lesson experience.  Practice is offered between 2-4 times per week for approximately 45 minutes, and it is recommended that swimmers try to attend 2-3 times per week to see steady improvement, if they are able to do so.

SS1 swimmers must be able to swim 20 yards unassisted before entering SS1.  Swimmers not able to swim 20 yards unassisted should take swim lessons with a lesson program in the area before joining SS1.  SS1 swimmers are strongly encouraged to participate in Stroke School Swim Meets throughout the year.  These meets are typically offered during practice times about once per month.

 

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Stroke School 2 (SS2)

Most swimmers in SS2 are between the ages of 6-9 and have a little swimming/lesson experience.  Practice is offered between 2-4 times per week for approximately 1 Hour, and it is recommended that swimmers try to attend 2-3 times per week to see steady improvement, if they are able to do so.

SS2 swimmers must be able to swim 25 yards of basic freestyle and backstroke before entering SS2.  SS2 swimmers are strongly encouraged to participate in Stroke School Swim Meets throughout the year.  These meets are typically offered during practice times about once per month.

 

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Stroke School 3 (SS3)

Most swimmers in SS3 are between the ages of 7-11 and are beginning to become fluid swimmers.  Practice is offered between 3-5 times per week for approximately 1 Hour, and it is recommended that swimmers try to attend 2-4 times per week to see steady improvement, if they are able to do so.

SS3 swimmers must be able to swim 50 yards of freestyle with side breathing and 25 yards of backstroke before entering SS3.  In addition, swimmers should be able to attempt a dive from the blocks and a flipturn.  SS3 swimmers are strongly encouraged to participate in Stroke School Swim Meets throughout the year.  These meets are typically offered during practice times about once per month.

 

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