We’re excited that you are looking into our Adult Stroke Improvement program, our classes for adult triathletes, fitness, and Masters swimmers who want to improve their efficiency, speed, and enjoyment. Please contact us if you have questions unanswered by the following sections:
- Program Overview
- Group Class Tuition and Class Size
- Private and Semi-Private Tuition
- Upcoming Class Schedule
Our Stroke Improvement program is for those adults who can swim but want to improve their efficiency, speed, or general swimming enjoyment. This track is appealing to our triathletes who want to improve their swim splits while saving energy for the bike and run.
To enter directly into the Stroke Improvement track, you must be able to swim 100 yards of freestyle or 50 yards of the other strokes without stopping. Our coaches will assume that you have a developed stroke already and are looking to improve its efficiency. If you don’t think you can meet these standards, we would suggest you go through out Adult Learn-to-Swim track. When you graduate from the Adult Learn-to-Swim 3 class, you will have the foundations necessary to move into the Stroke Improvement track.
Each of our stroke improvement classes uses a sequence of technical skills drills that gradually build the stroke from the simplest movement to the full stroke. Our adults like this approach because it breaks down and builds the strokes and explains how to train in a methodical way that makes sense to an adult sensibility. Your stroke improvement will be targeted so that your time in the water is most effective — something important in our schedule stretched lives.
Film of your stroke and position in the water is key! And, of course, the corrective instruction to follow. The instructor breaking down the stroke from his own footage is powerful pedagogical tool. It gave me a lot of confidence in the method. –L.A.
We were there for the purpose of stroke refinement, and my opinion is that the Endless Pool with the underwater camera was instrumental in achieving our goals. This setup allowed for visual feedback and allowed the coach the ability to physically adjust the swimmer, while he was swimming. Impressive and effective. — D.C.
What I like most about CBD is the feedback on correcting technique and drills to correct it so you become more streamlined and FASTER. Both the Endless Pool and real pool have benefits with doing both. I am amazed that Coach Fitz can just watch us and know how many minutes/seconds our strokes should be. Best swim coach in Chicago! — RY
Group Class Formats and Tuition
We offer stroke improvement classes in all four strokes. Since most adults have an interest in learning Freestyle, we offer stand-alone Freestyle classes and Three Stroke classes that work on Backstroke, Breaststroke, and Butterfly.
We currently offer the following Freestyle stroke improvement classes:
- Freestyle 1 — Set the foundation for efficient freestyle by learning how to swim with a balanced, streamlined, and well-timed stroke. We will teach you the mechanics of breathing and also how to manage your breath.
- Freestyle 2 — Build a more flowing and balanced stroke by emphasizing swimming with the whole body, integrating a relaxed high-elbow recovery, further refining bilateral breath integration, and swimming with a consistent tempo.
- Freestyle 3 — Focus more on the propulsive and speed side of the stroke by learning how to harness hip drive and core power, improving the catch in the arm stroke, integrating the flutter kicking into the timing of the stroke, and learning to change speeds with controlled tempo changes.
We offer the following Three Stroke improvement classes for Backstroke, Breaststroke, and Butterfly. These classes will follow our monthly session schedule and we will do one stroke per monthly session, so you can get all three in over a three month period. If you have a desire to learn a particular stroke, contact our office to find out which stroke is being taught during that month.
- Three Strokes 1 — This class teaches the foundations of competitive backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly. With each stroke, we will learn the principles of balance, streamlined body positions, and integrating the arm, leg, and core motion into a well-timed and efficient stroke.
- Three Strokes 2 — This class works on adding flow, power, and tempo/speed awareness to the strokes learned in the Three Strokes 1 class. This is a great class for those who are looking to train in these strokes for a competition or just to learn to swim further and faster.
Class Size and Formats
We offer our Adult Stroke Improvement classes in a small group setting. We keep the size of our group classes small to give each swimmer more attention and practice. Our student-to-teacher ratio in these classes is 3:1. Adult Stroke Improvement classes meet one time per week with each class 60 minutes in duration.
Our adult group classes run for 3 months at a time. This is the amount of time it takes for you to see a measurable improvement. We are confident in our methods. Stick with us for 3 months, and you’ll understand the difference!
Even though each class runs for 3 months, tuition is paid monthly instead of in one lump sump. This makes it easier on your budget. In addition to tuition, there is a $20 annual membership fee to cover insurance and safety costs. If you continue on with us beyond one year (and we hope you do), you’ll be charged the membership fee on each anniversary.
If you withdraw from the class before the end of the 3-month term, there is a $50 cancellation fee. For more details about withdrawing from a class, see “Disenrollment from Automatic Tuition Renewal” on our Policies and Procedures page.
How Our Billing Works
When you register for a class, we charge your credit card that day for the first month of tuition. We will then set you up for automatic payment on the same day in subsequent months. You’ll remain on auto pay until you move to a class with a different tuition or until you discontinue classes.
Adult Learn-to-Swim Tuition
Our Adult Learn-to-Swim classes are 60 minutes in duration. The table below shows the tuition cost per month for each plan:
|Location||Tuition Per Month|
Private and Semi-Private Lesson Tuition
While we offer both 25 and 50 minute private lessons, adults seem to work best with 50 minute lessons. With all of the different priorities in our adult lives, having a longer lesson usually allows more work to get done in each session. We offer private lessons in one, two, and three person options; if you would like to do semi-private lessons, you need to provide the other members in the party. Purchases of five lessons at a time will receive a 10% discount.
If you are unsure where you fit in to our group class progression or whether private or group classes best meet your needs, contact our office to schedule a 25-minute Skills Assessment lesson. Our instructor will run you through a series of exercises to determine your current skill level and then will give you an overview of the skills progression that best matches your skills and goals.
If you opt to move ahead with one of our private lesson tuition plans, you will be charged for a $20.00 annual membership to cover insurance and safety costs. If you continue on with us beyond one year (and we hope you do), you will be charged the annual membership fee on each anniversary you have with us.
||25 Minute Single||25 Minute Five Pack||50 Minute Single||50 Minute Five Pack||Tier I Coach
50 Minute Five Pack
|Two Swimmers (Per Person)||$32.50||$146.25||$65.00||$292.50||$373.00|
|Three Swimmers (Per Person)||$25.00||$112.50||$50.00||$225.50||$285.50|
The following table lists the schedule for upcoming Adult Stroke Improvement group classes. If you would like to register for a class, click “Sign Up” to register online or contact our office to check on availability.