Goddard
435 Crowne Drive Goddard KS 67052
Today's Hours: 5:00 am - 9:00 pm

Aquatics

Our Goddard location will soon have an outstanding aquatics program - including a diving club, water polo, private and group swim lessons, and a swim club!

This club is home to a natatorium, featuring a 25-yard, ten-lane pool with stadium seating, competition pool with blocks and one diving board, as well as a 25-yard warm-up pool.

For more information on the aquatics programs we offer, please contact our swim team:

Emily McVay, Aquatics Director | emily.mcvay@genesishealthclubs.com

Maranda Taylor, Aquatics Lesson Coordinator | maranda.taylor@genesishealthclubs.com

Genesis Swim Academy

Genesis Swim Academy is the premier swim destination in the Wichita and Goddard communities. It is our pleasure to watch your children learn to love the water, to teach them how to be safe in and around the water, and to expand their passion for swimming beyond recreation and onto our Genesis Triton Swim Team.

Genesis Health Clubs is partnered with SwimAmerica to provide quality, certified, and progress-driven instruction. SwimAmerica curriculum is goal-focused and technique-driven which allows participants to progress at their own rate. Class ratios are low (4:1) to ensure quality swim instruction time. All participants are continuously evaluated and moved up to the next progressive station once they can successfully demonstrate the required benchmarks.

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Our number one goal is to teach your child to really swim by increasing their chance of surviving in the event of a water emergency. Our second goal is to teach them to swim well by emphasizing correct competitive swimming techniques from the start. Breath control, streamline, and bilateral breathing are just a few of the skills taught in SwimAmerica.

At our Goddard location, we are now offering:

  • SwimAmerica Group Lessons
  • Private Lessons
  • Semi-Private Lessons
  • ISR
  • Pre-Swim Team
  • High School Prep Teams
  • Adult Swim Instruction
  • Adaptive Lessons

We are also excited to offer the Genesis Swim Team. For more information about these programs, reach out to our aquatics coordinator or director, Emily McVay (contact info listed above).

Genesis Swim Academy Group Stations

Station 1 - Bubbles

This station is the foundation of learning to swim. We encourage swimmers to have excellent breath control through long repeated bubble blowing under the water. We expect the bubbles to be slow, relaxed and the child willing to submerge their face independently. They should recover to the surface, retrieve air, and repeat this process at least 10 times in total.

This is necessary so that the child understands the importance of swimming with their face in the water and feels comfortable and confident to do so. It is such a vital piece of the building process. Similar to trees needing roots, swimmers will not survive in water very long without good breath control.

Station 2 - Floating

Floating, or being horizontal in the water, is the necessary posture to be able to swim efficiently.

It is important that swimmers learn the value of this posture with their face down in the water while lying on their stomach. To perform a back float, swimmers learn to float with their chin up, head back, with their face out of the water while lying on their back. These float postures are expected to be maintained for at least 5 seconds.

Mastering the float is similar to building the trunk of the tree. If the trunk isn’t solid, the tree will not be stable once branches and leaves are added. This is the same for floating. We must establish a solid float before we add the motor skills involving the arms and legs.

Station 3 - Kicking

Once floating is established, kicking with straight legs and pointed toes is the next progression.

Swimmers must be able to kick at least 15 ft across the pool on their stomachs, on their backs, and recover at the wall. This is the first introduction of adding “limbs” to our growing tree scenario. The kicks should be with straight legs and pointed toes, rather than with bent knees, in order to ensure forward movement.

Station 4 - Side-Glide Kick and Crawl Stroke

This is a tough station for many swimmers to master because swimmers must learn to find a solid balance on their side while kicking and gliding across the pool. Kicking on the side involves extending one arm up over head, laying the ear on the inside of the shoulder of the extended arm, placing the opposite arm at the side and laying horizontal in the water.

The swimmer must kick and glide at least 20 ft on each side while in the side position. Along with side kicking, we introduce the crawl stroke. This is the beginning of the freestyle arms. The swimmer must swim at least 20 ft with their face in the water while pulling with their hands and keeping an emphasis on clean, “quiet,” controlled arm strokes.

All of these details for proper side-glide-kick and the crawl stroke will develop smooth, efficient, and effective bilateral swimmers.

Station 5 - Freestyle

This is a fun station for most swimmers. All of the previous work starts to come together to create the freestyle stroke.

Swimmers can now begin to swim with continuous arm strokes, kick with straight legs, and breathe bi-laterally. To advance out of this station, swimmers must swim a minimum of 30 ft and breathe 4 times. Backstroke is also introduced.

Station 6 - Backstroke

The focus of this station is to make sure the student progresses from minimum freestyle and backstroke skills to substantial distances. This requires real air exchanges and building some endurance.

Along with the endurance, swimmers are taught to tread water for at least 1 minute which also aids as a lifesaving technique. Swimmers will progressively work on diving; this starts with a sitting dive, progresses to a kneeling dive, and then a standing dive.

Swimmers must complete 75 ft of freestyle, 30 ft of backstroke, and 1 minute of treading water to move on to station 7.

Station 7 - Breaststroke

This station extends the ability of the student to swim freestyle and backstroke. This is also where the basics of breaststroke and butterfly are introduced.

Swimmers learn a strong breaststroke kick. Timing the breaststroke kick along with the arms is a challenging task for many swimmers. We will be there to teach and assist along the way! Along with the breaststroke kick, the butterfly basics are learned by practicing dolphin kicks and learning the fundamental body movements required for the butterfly stroke.

Swimmers must complete 50 yds of freestyle, 25 yds of backstroke, and 20 ft of breaststroke to move on to station 8.

Station 8 - Butterfly Stroke and Turns

Swimmers learn to develop the butterfly stroke efficiently in this station. While the butterfly stroke portions are introduced in previous stations, station 8 is where students learn how to effectively swim this stroke in its entirety.

Learning the butterfly stroke consists of learning the core body movements correctly, then adding the arms, and then the kick. Another focus of this station is turns. Swimmers learn flip turns as well as competitive turns on the wall for each stroke. Building endurance in freestyle, backstroke, and breaststroke is important for swimmers to be able to move on to the pre-swim team.

Once swimmers are competent in all 4 strokes, dives, turns, and can swim 100 yards freestyle with bilateral breathing, 25 yards of breaststroke, and 30 feet of butterfly, they can graduate to pre-team.

Pre-Swim Team

Our final station is our non-competitive pre-swim team. The price for this squad is the same as our monthly tuition for swim lessons; however, the practice time will increase from 30 minutes to 45 minutes each class, and our swimmer-to-coach ratio will increase from 4:1 to 8:1.

Pre-team is coached by an experienced swim team coach who works to develop endurance and strokes in order to prepare swimmers to transition into competitive swimming. Swimmers may also participate in our pre-team if they simply want to have the opportunity to be on a team but do not want to be on a competitive team. It is also a good way to prepare swimmers for summer leagues.

Pre-team offers mock meets so that swimmers can understand how a swim meet operates and get comfortable in a meet setting.

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