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About East Lyme Aquatic & Fitness Center in East Lyme, CT
ELAFC is your local community pool and fitness center. Located in the heart of your town, we offer a wide range of swimming and fitness programs for all ages! Residents and non-residents alike are welcome to take advantage of our top-notch facilities. Whether you're looking for a fun way to cool off this summer or a place to stay fit year-round, ELAFC has something for everyone!
Our aquatics programs are designed to keep kids of all ages entertained and safe. We offer swim lessons, open swim and lap swim times, as well as kids activities like pool games and water aerobics. We also have a full fitness center with a variety of classes such as yoga, Pilates, and Zumba.
At ELAFC, our goal is to provide a safe and enjoyable environment for the whole family. We strive to foster a sense of community by offering a variety of social and recreational activities. From special holiday events to pool parties, there's something for everyone at ELAFC!
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Programs at East Lyme Aquatic & Fitness Center in East Lyme, CT
Beginner Level: Preschool (ages 3-4):
Preschool aquatics are an exciting experience but can also be stressful being put in a new environment. Our instructors work hard to make the class fun and welcome all of the participants. Each participant is challenged to try new skills with the focus being on floating, motor skills in the water, and water adaptation. Advanced students are taught to push off the wall and glide on their stomachs and on their backs. Air exchange is a vital part of this class and time is spent learning how to inhale and exhale on a rhythmic basis. As they progress through the session kicking will be covered in more detail.
Beginner 1 (ages 5+):
Beginner 1 is the beginner class for participants who have never taken swim lessons before or have not completed the graduation requirements to advance to Intermediate 1. Students in Beginner 1 will learn how to float on their backs unassisted, properly exchange air in and out of the water, submerge under water, and float on their front with assistance. We continue to work on independence in the water. Students will progress to learn how to push off the wall in a "streamline" position on their front and on their back. The goal is to be comfortable pushing off from the wall and gliding without panic.
Intermediate 1 (ages 4+):
Intermediate 1 builds upon the independence that was learned in Beginner 1. Participants will work on the correct kicking motion and incorporating that kick into front and back glides. Once students are moving back and forth in the lane, primarily unassisted, with front glides and back glides, they are taught how to roll into the water. We then introduce arm movement in the form of strokes. The goal is for participants to learn how to take a stroke correctly and then start linking more than one stroke together.
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