The Cranford Pool and Fitness Center is pleased to announce our new affiliation with Starfish Aquatics Institute. Beginning January 2015 the Starfish Aquatics curriculum will be used in our swim school program. Starfish Aquatics Institute, a nationally recognized curriculum for swim instruction, emphasizes water safety and promotes skill development by recognizing the achievements a swimmer makes as they advance through the program.


The Starfish Swimming curriculum is designed for students aged 6 months to adult. Benchmarks are established at each stage in the program that combines both swimming and safety skills. Students will receive acknowledgment of individual achievement as they accomplish these benchmarks. Correct swimming techniques are taught from the very beginning, providing an easy transition to swim team or lifetime fitness swimming. Our Instructors are over 18 years of age and are certified swim trainers through Starfish Aquatics Institute. Many are also Certified Water Safety instructors. All have training in First Aid, CPR and AED.


Registration for 2015/2016 Winter Swim Lessons begins August 31.

Please come to our indoor location at 401 Centennial Avenue to sign up for winter swim lessons. 


All winter swim lessons are held in our indoor pool at 401 Centennial Avenue.


StarBabies™ and StarTots™

 

The purpose of this course is to foster in very young children a high comfort level in the water while at the same time training parents and caregivers in water safety and drowning prevention.  This course does not teach children to become accomplished swimmers or to survive in the water; it does provide a confidence-building, fun, and loving experience. 


 

Starfish Swim School®

Students work toward development of the five core swimming competencies and receive color stage awards for each achievement.  The color stages are used to divide students into broad ability groups.  Children progress at individual rates with the opportunity to learn the core swimming skills and progress to advanced strokes.  Learning is self-paced but challenging.

 

CLOWNFISH (formerly Level 1)

Trust and Submersion & Body Position and Air Recovery

Safety Skill: Always ask permission before getting in the water.

Put on a lifejacket, float on back, kick 20 feet.

 

Swim Skill: Assisted submersion, relaxed, 5 seconds and then come up to breathe.

Jump in, submerge, recover for air, roll on back for 5 seconds in swimwear and in regular clothes.

 

PUFFERFISH (formerly Level 2)

Submersion

Safety Skill: Reach or Throw (Don’t Go) and know how to call 911.

 

Swim Skill: Jump in, submerge, recover for air, forward movement 10 feet, change direction, and return to wall in swimwear and in regular clothes.

 

SEA TURTLES (formerly Level 3)

Body Rotation & Integrated Movement 

Safety Skill: Tread water 15 seconds.

Survival float and tread water for 30 seconds.

 

Swim Skill: Jump in, submerge, recover to side glide position and kick 10 feet. 

 

Start in side glide, swim freestyle 30 feet with 1-2-3 breathe pattern.


Starfish Stroke School 

Students refine freestyle and learn stroke technique for backstroke, butterfly, breaststroke, and more!

 

PELICANS (formerly Level 4)

Freestyle & Backstroke, Introduction to Butterfly

Safety Skill: Always ask permission before getting in the water.

Put on a lifejacket from in the water, kick 30 feet.

 

Swim Skill: Swim freestyle 30 feet with body stretched out and consistent form

Swim 30 feet backstroke with straight arm recovery, body roll, good arm and body extension

 

STINGRAYS (formerly Level 5)

Butterfly, Introduction to Breaststroke 

Safety Skill: Scenario assist and know when and how to call 911.

 

Swim Skill: Swim 4 strokes butterfly with only one breath, then remainder of pool freestyle.

 

BARRACUDAS (formerly Level 6)

Breaststroke &  Endurance

Safety Skill: Discuss the Starfish safety concepts.

Tread water or survival float for 2 minutes.

 

Swim Skill: Swim 30 feet breaststroke with good timing and extension. 

Swim freestyle 50 yards; swim backstroke 50 yards; swim 25 yards butterfly; swim 50 yards breaststroke; perform freestyle and backstroke flip turns and butterfly and breaststroke open turns.

 

The Starfish Swimming® skills included in this guide are proprietary information of SAI and cannot be copied or reproduced.


2015-2016 WINTER SWIM LESSONS

CLASS DATES AND TIMES

Fee per session: $70.00 Members or $85.00 Non-Members.

Each session includes 7 classes.

You may enroll in one session at a time. 

No make-ups and no refunds.

If your child needs to be swim tested to see what class they would be in, please call 908-709-7260 to set up a swim test.

StarBabies™ and StarTots™

 (6 months – 3 years)
 

Mondays

10:00am-10:30am

Session 1: 9/28 – 11/9   

Session 2: 2/15 – 3/28

Session 3: 4/4 – 5/16

 

Tuesdays

10:00am-10:30am

Session 1: 9/29 – 11/10   

Session 2: 2/16 – 3/29

Session 3: 4/5 – 5/17


 

SEA SQUIRTS *must be potty trained

(3 years – 5 years)
 

Wednesdays

10:00am–10:30am OR 1:30pm-2:00pm

Session 1: 9/30 – 11/11   

Session 2: 12/2 – 2/10 *2 snow days built in

Session 3: 2/17 – 3/30

Session 4: 4/6 – 5/18

 

Thursdays

10:00am–10:30am OR 1:30pm-2:00pm

Session 1: 10/1 – 11/12   

Session 2: 12/3 – 2/11 *2 snow days built in

Session 3: 2/18 – 3/31

Session 4: 4/7 – 5/19

 

Thursdays

3:30pm – 4:00pm

Session 1: 10/1 – 11/12   

Session 2: 2/18 – 3/31

Session 3: 4/7 – 5/19


 

SWIM CLASSES 6 YRS AND OLDER

 

CLOWNFISH (FORMERLY Level 1)

(6 years and up)

Mondays OR Wednesdays 3:30pm-4pm

Session 1: 9/28 - 11/9 OR 9/30 - 11/11

Session 2: 2/15 - 3/28 OR 2/17 - 3/30

Session 3: 4/4 - 5/16 OR 4/6 - 5/18

 

PUFFERFISH (FORMERLY Level 2)

 (6 years and up)

Mondays OR Wednesdays at 3:30pm-4pm

Session 1: 9/28 - 11/9 OR 9/30 - 11/11

Session 2: 2/15 - 3/28 OR 2/17 - 3/30

Session 3: 4/4 - 5/16 OR 4/6 - 5/18

 

SEA TURTLES  (FORMERLY Level 3)

 (6 years and up)

Mondays OR Wednesdays at 3:30pm-4pm

Session 1: 9/28 - 11/9 OR 9/30 - 11/11

Session 2: 2/15 - 3/28 OR 2/17 - 3/30

Session 3: 4/4 - 5/16 OR 4/6 - 5/18

 

PELICANS (FORMERLY Level 4)

 (6 years and up)

Tuesdays at 3:30pm-4pm

Session 1: 9/29-11/10   

Session 2: 2/16 - 3/29

Session 3: 4/5 – 5/17

 

STINGRAYS (FORMERLY Level 5)

(6 years and up)

Tuesdays at 3:30pm-4pm

Session 1: 9/29-11/10   

Session 2: 2/16 - 3/29

Session 3: 4/5 – 5/17
 

BARRACUDAS  (FORMERLY Level 6)

 (6 years and up)

Tuesdays at 3:30pm-4pm

Session 1: 9/29-11/10   

Session 2: 2/16 - 3/29

Session 3: 4/5 – 5/17
 
 

SWIMPREP (passed Barracudas)

Thursdays

7:30pm-8:00pm

Session 1: 10/1 – 11/12   

Session 2: 12/3 – 2/11 *2 snow days built in

Session 3: 2/18 – 3/31

Session 4: 4/7 – 5/19

 

 
 
 
 




 

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