SCUBAswim1 is a SWIM SKILLS & WATER SAFETY PROGRAM for BEGINNER SWIMMERS with little to no swim skills
- Fundamental Swim & Water Safety Skills - relevant to the needs of those who want to snorkel and/or scuba dive sometime in the future
- Non-swimmer to Beginner Level - ideal for those with little to no swim skills

- Format: Five 90-minute swim lessons and agreement to practice skills independently beyond participation in this program
Is SCUBAswim1 for you?

- Participants are offered instruction on fundamental swim & water safety skills relevant to snorkeling and scuba diving
- Participants may wish to gain confidence and comfort in water in order to better enjoy future snorkeling and/or scuba diving experiences

- Participants may be interested in taking a scuba diving certification course in the future, but do not currently have fundamental swim skills
- Participants at this level usually have no breath control skills, might get water in their nose consistently or might plug nose with fingers, may not be comfortable with water on their face or placing face in water (with or without a mask), may not be comfortable with submerging head or body (going underwater), etc.

- Participants must agree to practice the skills they are taught on their own beyond participation in this program
- Participants must sign a medical waiver. Always consult with a qualified health care practitioner before registering in this or any swim/exercise program


Who teaches SCUBAswim1?
- Program taught by a certified SCUBAswim instructor who is an experienced WSI (Water Safety Instructor) and an experienced certified scuba diver

Where is SCUBAswim1 taught?

- Lessons take place at the same pool your dive shop uses during the same time slot they use the pool (with dive shop owner/management approval)


Does the instructor teach in the pool?
- Whether lessons are taught by your instructor from the pool deck or whether the instructor enters the pool is decided by your instructor. Ask your instructor before scheduling lessons

How is SCUBAswim1 taught?
- SCUBAswim1 is taught in five 90-minute lessons, because there is no substitute for time in the water (more lessons may be needed, depending on participant's ability to learn and perform skills)
- This information packed five-lesson session generally follows the participant’s pace. However, participants may require more than five lessons in order to achieve criteria required to move on to SCUBAswim2 (basic swim skills)
- Follows a block plan and individual lesson plans as a guideline, but is also customized to meet specific needs of participants
- Program taught without use of scuba gear



Example private lesson schedule: Five Saturdays 12:00-1:30pm

LESSON 1) Skills assessment, breath control fundamentals, buoyancy fundamentals, propulsion efficiency fundamentals, glides, horizontal to vertical/vertical to horizontal position, kicking fundamentals (flutter vs mod. flutter kick for divers), elementary backstroke (open water survival swim)

LESSON 2) Review, new skills assessment, front crawl/freestyle arm techniques (surface swim arm stroke), horizontal/vertical position review, body rotation (back to front & front to back), body roll fundamentals for front crawl (to reduce fatigue, head in for efficiency & out of water for sight line towards boat for long surface swims)

LESSON 3) Review, new skills assessment, kicking (flutter kick review + frog kick vs mod. frog kick for divers introduced), surface swim arm strokes (incl. front crawl & elementary backstroke review + breaststroke & sculling arm techniques introduced), importance of efficient arm stroke techniques to aid in propulsion if diver unable to use one or both legs (ex: legs fatigued or leg cramp)

LESSON 4) Review, treading water basics (using frog kick + sculling arm movement), arm strokes (review + survival swim technique using "finning" arm movements), kicking (review + intro to scissors kick), lap swimming introduced (for a scuba swim skills assessment)

LESSON 5) Review, survival float + survival swim, treading (scissors or frog kick, sculling arm movement, rotary kick introduced if appropriate), underwater swimming basics, lap swimming (to prepare for a scuba swim skills assessment in the future)

- Water Safety topics introduced as appropriate or as requested
- Block plan & lesson plans above is/are an example only - all group and private lessons are customized to meet participant needs


* Diving gear NOT USED during this swim lesson program (no BC/BCD, cylinder, regulator, etc.)

Next step: SCUBAswim2


SCUBAswim offers three levels - which one is for you?



Essential swim & water safety skills (scuba-specific). Ideal for certified scuba divers who want to review or maintain open water swim & water safety skills.

Fundamental swim skills lessons (scuba-specific). Non-swimmer to beginner level. Ideal for those with little to no swim skills who would like to take a scuba course sometime in the future.



Because a BC is not a PFD

Basic swim & water safety skills (scuba-specific). Ideal for scuba course participants. Learn or review swim skills to help you pass a recreational scuba course swim skills test with ease.