Swim Lessons



Tues. 5/30 – Sat. 6/3    NOTE: Starts on Tuesday and includes Saturday!
Mon. 6/5 – Fri. 6/9
Mon.6/12 – Fri.6/16
Mon. 6/19 – Fri.6/23
Mon.6/26 – Fri. 6/30
Mon.7/3 – Fri.7/7     NOTE: Only 4 days – $48.00 NO CLASS 714/17!!
Mon.7/10 – Fri.7/14
Mon.7/17 – Fri.7/21
Mon.7/24- Fri.7/28
Mon.7/31- Fri. 8/4

For all weeks, except noted, the class schedules are:

Level I & II 9:00 am ­ – 10:00 am
Level III 10:00 am ­ – 11:00 am
Level IV & V 11:00 am ­ – 12:00 pm

Cost:  Group Lessons – $60/week
Private Lessons: $20.00/half hour or $35.00/hour

Due to low demand there are no evening classes scheduled. All instructors are available for private lessons to be set up with you and the individual instructor. Private lessons may start Tuesday, May 30th, just call or email to set up. Remember, even the Dive & Swim coaches will teach private lessons; contact them directly to set up.

Sign-up for classes and private lessons at Avalon on Sunday, May 7th (2 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.), OR by calling Sharon Ligon 338-0501, OR at the pool office when the pool opens on Saturday, May 27th. There is a registration binder on the shelf to the left when you enter the pool office. You just sign up your child for the class that works for you. Again, private lessons are set up directly with the instructors. Payment for classes can be made anytime before the class begins to the instructor or in the pool office. W​e must have at least four students to make a class.



Summer is coming soon! I am definitely looking forward to some warm weather; remember, when it is hot and humid, this keeps your children warm. I have been teaching children to swim since I was 16 years old and I love to see the excitement, the expressions and the accomplishment of the children. When I am not in the water, you will find me at The Steele Group So the by’ s International Realty; I am also a licensed real estate agent. So, if you do not get me on the phone, please leave a message; I will return your call as soon as possible. As I enter my thirteenth summer of teaching at Avalon, I look forward to teaching your children and sharing in their excitement to learn. I truly love it!

Returning for her eleventh summer is Nicole Ligon Jones, whom also enjoys working with each of your children. Nicole married her college sweetheart last summer and has just completed teaching Junior Kindergarten at Collegiate. As many of you know, she is a great instructor and loves to work with your children.

As a Water Safety Instructor, I am to follow a lesson plan that is given to me by the Red Cross, provide the skills checklist and give feedback after each class. If at anytime you feel that we are not accomplishing this, please contact the pool manager, Jack Cox, or myself to discuss.

If you have any questions or want a particular class to be taught, please contact me. Summer really is just around the corner!

Sharon Ligon
Swim Lesson Coordinator – sharon.ligon@sothebysrealty.com
cell- 804-338-0501


Avalon’s swim lessons run in one week sessions through August. There are six levels of classes organized by the American Red Cross swim ability classifications.These levels are based on the American Red Cross Learn-To-Swim Program.

Level 1 – Water Exploration

Purpose: Orient to aquatic environment and create a sound foundation for aquatic and safety skills.


  • Understand the basic water safety rules
  • Know how to get help
  • Perform reaching assists without equipment
  • Enter and exit water independently
  • Fully submerge face for 3 seconds
  • Blow bubbles
  • Bob in water with assistance
  • Float, while supported, on front and back
  • Kick, while supported, on front and back
  • Practice basic alternating arm action

Level 2 – Primary Skills

Purpose: Expand on fundamental aquatic locomotion and safety skills.


  • Perform reaching & extension assist from deck
  • Move from standing to horizontal position
  • Hold breath and fully submerge head for 3 seconds
  • Float or glide on front, unsupported, for 5 seconds
  • Float or glide on back, unsupported, for 5 seconds
  • Submerge to retrieve object in chest-deep water
  • Explore deep water, with floatation support
  • Perform flutter kick on front & back (support optional)
  • Turn over from front to back and back to front
  • Practice back crawl arm action
  • Perform combined (kick & arms) stroke front, 5 yards

Level 3 – Stroke Readiness

Purpose: Increase swimming skill competency; practice safety and non-swimming rescue skills.


  • Understand basic diving rules
  • Bob in water slightly over head to travel to safe area
  • Dive from the side of pool from kneeling and compact positions
  • Learn about spinal injuries
  • Retrieve an object from the bottom in chest-deep water
  • Perform 15 bobs in chest-deep water
  • Do back crawl, 10 yards
  • Do elementary backstroke kick, 10 yards
  • Tread water
  • Coordinate arm stroke for front crawl while breathing to the front or side, 10 yards
  • Perform front and back glide, 5 yards

Level 4 – Stroke Development & Level 5 – Stroke Refinement (Combined)

Purpose: Develop confidence and competency in multiple strokes.


  • Introduce breaststroke and sidestroke
  • Become familiar with CPR and rescue breathing
  • Practice deep water bobbing
  • Demonstrate diving from pool side, from both stride and standing positions
  • Practice treading water with a modified scissors, modified breaststroke and/or rotary kicks (2 minutes)
  • Demonstrate turning at the wall
  • Front crawl, 25 yards with rotary breathing
  • Back crawl, 25 yards
  • Elementary backstroke, 10 yards
  • Scissor kick, 10 yards
  • Sculling on back 5 yards or 15 seconds
  • Breaststroke kick, 10 yards

Level 5 (see above)

Level 6 – Stroke Refinement

Purpose: Continue stroke refinement as well as develop maximum efficiency and endurance for strokes.


  • Diving board safety
  • Long Shallow Dive
  • Standing front dive from board
  • Turns for all strokes
  • Refinement of all strokes
  • Continuous swim, 500 yards
  • Breaststroke, 50 yards
  • Front Crawl, 200 yards
  • Sidestroke, 50 yards
  • Swim Underwater, 15 yards
  • Butterfly, 25 yards
  • Back Crawl, 100 yards
  • Backstroke Flip turn
  • Tread Water for 5 minutes