First Flippers and Little Flippers Safety Week Lesson Plan


Skills Criteria 2024



Safety is always our number one concern! Please be aware that your students’ strength and endurance may be different while swimming with clothes. Also, when incorporating drop ins or backwards, please remember to practice these techniques carefully and follow the strategies in the videos as well as the two key tips below:

  1. When dropping in, do not swing the child back and forth or drop from above your head.  It is simply a lift and drop, NOT A SWING AND TOSS!  Also, the student must be dropped in FEET FIRST ONLY.  Never head first and facing away from you!
  2. Students should ONLY be allowed to fall in backwards from a seated position!  DO NOT DROP THE STUDENT IN BACKWARDS!





No Slides or Canoes 



Keep your head on a swivel. ALWAYS position yourself within arms reach of a non swimmer. Stay outside of the Box or with your Back to the Ropes.  Keep your class in your line of sight at all times! 


Listen for the Whistle


One short blast from the Deck Supervisor

Addresses Directional Teaching using Whistle Protocol 

Two short blasts from an Instructor

Get the attention of the Deck Supervisor/Deck Assistant/Water Watcher

One long blast from the Deck Supervisor

EAP Activation – In the event the Deck Supervisor is unavailable and it is a life threatening emergency, this whistle may be blown by the instructor.






Natick Training Forms

Winchester Training Forms


DOOR GREETING (to be used each time a class is called in).


As we welcome our students today, please make sure they are standing on the appropriate dolphins. In addition, all swimmers under 4 years old MUST have the proper protective layers on to enter the pool. Either: A single layer Splashabout swim product OR a double layer of any other swim diapering product one of the layers MUST be non-disposable and Splash About products are available for purchase at the office.




Hello and Welcome to Week 15 of our Spring Session!


My name is ____________ and I will be your deck supervisor. 


Today, we have invited all of our students to come to class wearing clothes and shoes over their swimsuits and/or protective layers. Throughout those weeks, we will be practicing skills that will simulate an unexpected fall into the water. Often children become very comfortable in our controlled environment and we utilize our safety weeks as opportunities to guide to react if they entered the water without being prepared and/or feeling disoriented. We are hoping that by practicing these scenarios, our student’s will learn to stay calm and utilize the skills that they have developed to return to safety if they ever fell in.


  • More children ages 1–4 die from drowning than any other cause of death.
  • For children ages 5–14, drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury death.
  • Often drowning happens when children were not intended to be in or near the water (during unplanned swim time).
  • It is our greatest hope, that with our safety week practices, (including coming to class fully clothed and with shoes on),children will come to  “expect the unexpected” and recover quickly and safely if they access the water unplanned.


Summer Registration is now available in the Parent Portal (currently enrolled families).

This Summer, you will have two swim lesson options to choose from. 

Either a class that meets once per week for the entire 10 week Session


Swim 4 consecutive days in 1 week in our Daily Lesson Program.  



Upcoming Facility Closures: Saturday May 25th – Monday, May 27th

Did you know that we have an unlimited absence and makeup policy!  Reporting your absence in the parent portal will ensure that your account is credited with an absence which you can use for a MAKEUP in another class that is not fully enrolled, has an absence already reported for the day or is a designated makeup class. Please report your absences ASAP so another family can take your spot! 

If you are running late, please wait at the door in the center of the of the lobby and the Deck Supervisor will greet you and escort your students to class.  Also, at the end of class, please remember to wait at or near exit doors for your swimmers.  As a safety precaution, we cannot allow students to wander independently into the locker room, if we do not see a parent/guardian with them. Just give us a friendly wave to confirm if you are not right up front. 

On deck showers are available and can be used for a quick rinse after class (no soap, shampoo, etc. please).  However if you are showering in the locker room, please be mindful of others in the facility and limit your time spent in the shower and please no reserving showers. Thanks for your cooperation! 

ADDITIONAL ANNOUNCEMENT FOR WINCHESTER ONLY We ask that all customers please park in the YELLOW lined spots only. They do extend all the way around the building onto the other side of the pool. The white lined spots are for our neighbors across the street.