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RAA logoWhat is Redmond Aquatic Academy?

Redmond Aquatic Academy is a swim lesson and water safety curriculum developed by RAPRD and tailored to the aquatic programming needs of the Redmond community. Over three decades of swim lesson programming experience has been utilized to create the Redmond Aquatic Academy program. 

Our Mission                                                                                                    
At Redmond Aquatic Academy we believe that teaching water safety saves lives. We believe that learning to swim opens up a world of recreational and fitness opportunities that span a lifetime. Our mission is to provide effective, accessible and engaging aquatic programs for all ages and abilities.

How does Redmond Aquatic Academy AquaKids Program work?                                       
Redmond Aquatic Academy programming is based on a progressive levels structure. The program starts with water-babies, which is a parent and child water safety and skills program for infants and toddlers. Aqua kids begin with 4 progressive preschool levels that provide the basics of water safety, skills acquisition and building blocks of stroke development.  After the preschool levels (or beginning here if the child is over age 6) are the 6 and up Basic levels (White, Orange and Green.)  After completing the 6 and up basic levels,  parents and participants can choose to continue to the Swim-for life recreational track and complete the blue and black levels, or branch of to the competitive swimming track.

What is Water Babies?                                                                                                              
Redmond Aquatic Academy Water Babies is a parent and child aquatics program designed to introduce infants and toddlers (ages 6 months-3 years) to water environments, teach basic skills and support parent/child aquatic activities. Water babies will learn to be comfortable in the pool, blow bubbles, learn basic water safety skills, floats, rudimentary kicking, etc. Parents will learn how to help their children become swimmers.  Children who start early learning water safety skills are shown to be more successful in learn to swim programming than those with no prior exposure to lessons programming. Participation in Water babies prior to introducing children to Aqua-kids programming is highly recommended.

What is the structure of the Aqua-Kids program?                                                              
Redmond Aquatic Academy Aqua-Kids Programming is a curriculum that is focused on teaching water safety and aquatic life skills with the end result of producing confident and competent swimmers with the skills they will need to safely enjoy all of the leisure, sport and fitness opportunities that aquatics provides.  From Water-polo to lap swims, and everything in-between, graduates of the RAA Aqua-kids will have the safety knowledge and skills they require to enjoy a lifetime of aquatic activities. The first three levels of Aqua kids (White, Orange and Green) are the 6 and up Basic Levels.  After the participant completes these levels, they can either continue in the Aqua-kids program and take the “Swim for Life” Track, or branch off to the Junior Eels program.

What is the “Swim for Life” Track?                                                                    
The last two levels of the Aquakids Color level program (Blue and Black) are known as the Swim for Life track. The Swim-for-Life water safety and recreational swimming track is designed to provide participants with a well rounded foundation for a lifetime of safe and enjoyable aquatic activities.  The focus of this branch of the program is aquatic safety, competence and enjoyment. Participants will graduate from AquaKids Swim-For-Life with the knowledge and skills to be water safe, competent and confident swimmers. Additionally, participants in the Swim for Life track of the program will be introduced to a wide variety of fun aquatic activities, snorkeling, water polo, springboard diving and much more.

What is Junior Eels CompetitionTrack?                                                                                                    
The Junior Eels
Competition track is designed for swim lesson participants who have the goal of becoming competitive swimmers and joining the Redmond Aquatic Club Eels (RACE.)  RACE is Redmond’s year round USA Swimming age group swim team (ages 8-18.)  The focus of the two Junior Eels levels is to prepare participants to be competitive swimmers.  Aquatic activities and swim skills that are unrelated competitive swimming are deemphasized, and, in some cases, excluded from the curriculum of the Junior Eel levels.  The program is designed to be a fun, but rigorous, initiation into the world of competitive swimming. It is recommended that participants in this program have a sincere interest in the sport of swimming and plan on joining a competitive team.

How do I decide which level to sign my child up for?  
For Aqua-kids water babies through 6 and up Basic Levels: If your child has participated in the swim lessons program previously, the instructor will have given you a recommended level of registration. If your child is new to the program, please review the level entry requirements and enter your child in the level that best fits their current ability. The first day of the session, the instructor will evaluate your child to determine if they are enrolled in the appropriate level. Adjustments may be made by the instructor post-registration.
When deciding whether or not to enroll your child in the Swim-for-Life Track or the Junior Eels Competitive Track, consider your child’s interests and motivations. If your child is primarily interested in swimming activities that are recreational, than they will most likely prefer the Swim-for-Life Track, where they will build on their skills while participating in a variety of fun aquatic activities such as snorkeling and spring board diving. If your child wants to be a competitive swimmer and join the RACE swim team, then the Junior Eels Competitive track is the right choice. (Note: Once enrolled in one track or the other, the child must complete the session in the track they began it in, however, they may register for a different track once the session is completed.)

How do I get started?                                                                                                 
A schedule of upcoming lessons sessions is available in our seasonal recreation guide, and online at raprd.org  In-person registrations are taken at the front desk of the Cascade Swim Center and Activity Center. Online registration is also available through our website raprd.org (note: online registrations incur an additional service charge.)

Inclusive programming for participants with disabilities: RAPRD is proud to have a philosophy of inclusion. If your child has a disability and you would like to discuss accommodations or adaptations please contact Jessica Rowan at 541-548-6066 or email jessica.rowan @raprd.org. All consultations are private are conducted with the goal of providing a successful programming experience for your child.

For questions about Redmond Aquatic Academy Programming, please contact Jessica Rowan at 541-548-6066 or email jessica.rowan@raprd.org.


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