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Level Guide

Swimming Lessons

For the past thirty years, Stony Creek Swim Center has been offering the highest quality swimming lessons in Central Indiana. We have created a comfortable, nurturing environment with loving instructors. We strive to not only teach children the physical skills to navigate the water, but we want every child to develop a love and respect for the water that will contribute to their health and wellness for a lifetime. Download our New Enrollment Information Sheet for information on policies and procedures.


Finding the right level

Sometimes it’s hard to decide what level to enroll your child into. We want to make this as easy as possible. Here are some guidelines that will help you decide.

Infant/Toddler Classes: Age 4 weeks through 2 years old

  • Water Babies – 4 weeks up to 6 months
  • Little Swimmers 1 – 6-15 months
  • Little Swimmers 2 – 16-24 months

Class Schedule

Group Classes: Age 2 years old and up

  • Angelfish – 24 months to 3 ½ years old (new swimmers, fearful, hesitant, parents in water on first day)
  • Puffer Fish – 3 through 4 ½ years old (new to SCSC, comfortable in the water)
  • Clown Fish – 3 through 5 years old (comfortable swimmers who may have a little bit of experience)
  • Turtles – Swimmer is comfortable in the water, but may not have a lot of experience. They may be able to “dog” paddle, float on their back, and jump into the water.
  • Whales – Capable of swimming 15-25 feet doing freestyle and backstroke, capable of doing recognizable breaststroke.
  • Dolphins – Capable of swimming 40-50 feet doing freestyle, breaststroke, and backstroke.

Class Schedule

Stroke Development Classes

  • Angler Fish – Swimmers must be able to swim 1 length of freestyle, backstroke, & breaststroke, capable of doing recognizable butterfly
  • Sting Rays –Swimmers must be able to swim freestyle, backstroke, & breaststroke at least 100 feet with turns, capable of swimming 50 feet of butterfly
  • Sharks – Swimmers must be able to swim at least 200 feet of freestyle, backstroke, & breaststroke, capable of swimming 100 feet of butterfly with turns.

Class Schedule

Specialty Classes

  • Little Swimmers 3 – Completed LS2 and invited by teacher, must be at least 22 months
  • Seals – 3-4 years old & completed Clown Fish, not developmentally ready for Turtles, recommended by teacher
  • Crabs 1 – Age 4 years old and up, swimmers are very fearful/terrified.
  • Crabs 2 – Age 4 ½ years old and up, swimmers are not very comfortable in the water, but willing to put their face in the water and attempt floating.
  • Adults & Young Adults – 13 years old and up, beginner swimmers
  • Special Abilities – Individuals with unique physical, mental, and developmental differences.
  • Contact us to register or schedule a trial

Class Schedule

Infant/Toddler Classes

Our Infant/Toddler lessons are a great way to spend time with your child and learn together. For your child, the classes are pure fun. For you, they are a wonderful way to take advantage of the unique manner in which water can strengthen relationships. We believe that a child is never too young to start swimming lessons, therefore we offer a FREE class for infants 4 weeks through 5 months. This is a wonderful way to help your child associate water with pleasure and fun – rather than fear and anxiety, in turn, developing a life-long love and respect of the water. Water Babies, Little Swimmers 1 & 2 require that parents be in the water with their child.

  • Ages 4 weeks to 2 years
  • Parents are in the water with their child
  • Classes meet once a week for 30 minutes
  • 8:1 student-teacher ratio (Water Babies, Little Swimmers 1 & 2)
  • View our class schedule for days and times

Group Classes

We go above and beyond for the safety and education of your children. We keep a small student-to-teacher ratio of 4:1. This allows the teacher to work individually with each child as well as with the group. Small class size results in more time-on-task, which is vital to motor skill development. Our small group classes start with the most basic skills for younger swimmers and progress up to higher levels which focus on stroke technique and building endurance. Small group levels include Angelfish, Puffer Fish, Clown Fish, Turtles, Whales, & Dolphins. Parents can be in the water with Angelfish on the first day.

  • Ages 2 and older
  • Classes meet once per week for 30 minutes
  • 4:1 student-teacher ratio
  • Classes are offered year-round at our indoor facility in Noblesville.
  • View our class schedule for days and times

Stroke Development Classes

We offer three competitive stroke levels designed for swimmers who are interested in swimming on a team. Our focus is on proper stroke technique while building endurance.

  • Ages 6+ years old or completed our Dolphins class
  • Classes meet once a week
  • Length of these classes varies from 30 to 60 minutes
  • 6-8:1 student-teacher ratio, based on class
  • View our schedule for class days and times

Specialty Classes

SCSC is one of the only programs in the area that has classes specifically designed for fearful, older beginner swimmers and adults. These classes are run similarly to our small group classes, however the skills and daily structure is tailored to the needs of the students.

  • Children who started at SCSC young or excel at a young age (Little Swimmers 3 & Seals)
  • Children age 4 ½+ who are fearful or terrified (Crabs 1 & 2)
  • Adults & young adults, age 13 and up
  • Special Abilities, all ages
  • Private, semi-private, and group lessons
  • View our schedule for class days and times


Our Curriculum

At Stony Creek Swim Center, our curriculum develops proper stroke technique and fundamental swimming skills. We use the ‘rollover’ method of breathing in our lessons. Students are taught to rollover onto their back to float, relax, and get a breath. This method is taught primarily in our small pool and may be used as a review in our big pool. Once the student has mastered the rollover, we shorten this movement to a half of a rollover which is the proper method of rhythmic breathing. You will see our instructors using a ‘1,2,3, Breathe’ method to cue students on breathing. Students are taught to breathe on the same side after every other pull. In our higher levels, they will be taught to alternate sides to get their breath. Our classes are all geared toward helping children be safe around water. Floating, treading water, and safety jumps are all taught in order to provide children with resources to help themselves should they ever fall into water. We believe it is important to keep your child in swimming lessons until they can adequately swim a lap of each stroke. Learning should be fun, repetition is key, consistency is a must, and swimming is not only fun… it’s a necessity!

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