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Break the Barriers certifies all of its swim instructors using the American Red Cross Swimming and Water Safety program.

We are excited to have you improve your swimming abilities with us! The students will be taught by the Certified Water Safety Instructors through the American Red Cross. This combines the best in swim instruction with a strong emphasis on drowning prevention and water safety. Our coaches work to improve students’ swimming skills through kicking, technique work, and stroke practice. Courses are available for a variety of ages and skill levels to develop strong, competitive swimmers; encourage healthy, lifelong recreational habits; and to help keep your family safe. If you have questions about the Aquatics program, please contact us!

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Program Details

 
Program Class Age Days & Times
Aquatics (June 1st-June 29th) Group Classes – Baby & Me 0.5 – 1.5 Friday: 3:15-3:45pm
Saturday: 9:15-9:45am
Aquatics (June 1st-June 29th) Group Classes – Toddler & Me 1.5 – 3 Friday: 4:00-4:30pm
Friday: 4:45-5:15pm
Saturday: 10:00-10:30am
Aquatics (June 1st-June 29th) Private Classes – Once a week 3 + Monday: 11:00-11:30am
Monday: 11:45-12:15pm
Monday: 12:30-1:00pm
Monday: 1:00-1:30pm
Monday: 1:45-2:15pm
Monday: 2:30-3:00pm
Tuesday: 11:00-11:30am
Tuesday: 11:45-12:15pm
Tuesday: 12:30-1:00pm
Tuesday: 1:00-1:30pm
Tuesday: 1:45-2:15pm
Tuesday: 2:30-3:00pm
Wednesday: 11:00-11:30am
Wednesday: 11:45-12:15pm
Wednesday: 12:30-1:00pm
Wednesday: 1:00-1:30pm
Wednesday: 1:45-2:15pm
Wednesday: 2:30-3:00pm
Thursday: 11:00-11:30am
Thursday: 11:45-12:15pm
Thursday: 12:30-1:00pm
Thursday: 1:00-1:30pm
Thursday: 1:45-2:15pm
Thursday: 2:30-3:00pm
Friday: 11:00-11:30am
Friday: 11:45-12:15pm
Friday: 12:30-1:00pm
Friday: 1:00-1:30pm
Friday: 1:45-2:15pm
Friday: 2:30-3:00pm
Friday: 3:15-3:45pm
Friday: 4:00-4:30pm
Friday: 4:45-5:15pm
Saturday: 9:15-9:45am
Saturday: 10:00-10:30am
Saturday: 10:45-11:15am
Saturday: 11:30-12:00pm
Saturday: 12:15-12:45pm
Aquatics (June 1st-June 29th) Private Lessons – Once a day for Two weeks (June 3rd-June 13th) 3 + Monday-Thursday: 3:15-3:45pm
Monday-Thursday: 4:00-4:30pm
Monday-Thursday: 4:45-5:15pm
Monday-Thursday: 5:30-6:00pm
Monday-Thursday: 6:15-6:45pm
Monday-Thursday: 7:00-7:30pm
Aquatics (July 1st-August 3rd) Group Classes – Baby & Me 0.5 – 1.5 Friday: 3:15-3:45pm
Saturday: 9:15-9:45am
Aquatics (July 1st-August 3rd) Group Classes – Toddler & Me 1.5 – 3 Friday: 4:00-4:30pm
Friday: 4:45-5:15pm
Saturday: 10:00-10:30am
Aquatics (July 1st-August 3rd) Private Classes – Once a week 3 + Monday: 11:00-11:30am
Monday: 11:45-12:15pm
Monday: 12:30-1:00pm
Monday: 1:00-1:30pm
Monday: 1:45-2:15pm
Monday: 2:30-3:00pm
Tuesday: 11:00-11:30am
Tuesday: 11:45-12:15pm
Tuesday: 12:30-1:00pm
Tuesday: 1:00-1:30pm
Tuesday: 1:45-2:15pm
Tuesday: 2:30-3:00pm
Wednesday: 11:00-11:30am
Wednesday: 11:45-12:15pm
Wednesday: 12:30-1:00pm
Wednesday: 1:00-1:30pm
Wednesday: 1:45-2:15pm
Wednesday: 2:30-3:00pm
Thursday: 11:00-11:30am
Thursday: 11:45-12:15pm
Thursday: 12:30-1:00pm
Thursday: 1:00-1:30pm
Thursday: 1:45-2:15pm
Thursday: 2:30-3:00pm
Friday: 11:00-11:30am
Friday: 11:45-12:15pm
Friday: 12:30-1:00pm
Friday: 1:00-1:30pm
Friday: 1:45-2:15pm
Friday: 2:30-3:00pm
Friday: 3:15-3:45pm
Friday: 4:00-4:30pm
Friday: 4:45-5:15pm
Saturday: 9:15-9:45am
Saturday: 10:00-10:30am
Saturday: 10:45-11:15am
Saturday: 11:30-12:00pm
Saturday: 12:15-12:45pm

All fees are due at time of registration. All fees are non-refundable and no credit can be given. Does not apply to classes through Yosemite/Monarch, Central Valley Regional Center or Self Determination. Regarding class fees for Yosemite/Monarch classes please refer to the Yosemite/Monarch section below.

New Student BTB Aquatics registration fee: $35

  • June 1st-June 29th
    • Group Classes
      • Baby & Me & Toddler & Me
        • Friday (4 weeks): $120
        • Saturday (5 weeks): $150
    • Private Classes
      • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday (4 weeks): $200
      • Saturday (5 weeks): $250
    • Two Week Private Class: June 3rd-June 13th
      • Monday-Thursday (8 classes): $400
  • July 1st-August 3rd
    • Group Classes
      • Baby & Me & Toddler & Me
        • Friday or Saturday (5 weeks): $150
    • Private Classes
      • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday or Saturday (5 weeks): $250
      • Thursday (5 weeks): $200
      • Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday, 1:45-2:15pm & 2:30-3:00pm (4 weeks): $200

Due to the large number of referrals for the summer session, it may take longer than average to process your referral. To keep everything running smooth, please contact your service coordinator to confirm they sent your referral before contacting Break the Barriers.

To schedule a class for your student, please contact your service coordinator and have them send a referral to Break the Barriers. Referrals will be processed in the order they have been sent. Once the referral has been processed, you will receive a call from Break the Barriers regarding day and time of the class, as well as any further forms that will be needed.

All students, both new and returning, must fill out a Aquatics Registration and Waiver for each session. This form will be provided by your service coordinator.

To participate in our programs, first check with our office staff for class availability by calling (559) 432-6292. If your student has never attended a class at Break the Barriers before, or if they have not attended a class within the last two years, then you will need to fill out the Child Liability Waiver (for students under 18yrs) or the Adult Liability Waiver (for students 18yrs+). In addition to the Liability Waiver, all Aquatics students must also fill out the Aquatics Registration and Waiver. Once you have submitted the forms, contact the office to secure a space in class.  All new students must pay a one time $35 Red Cross registration fee, which includes a t-shirt.

Doctor’s Releases

Sometimes a doctor’s release is required to participate if a student has specific physical or medical conditions such as (but not limited to) heart conditions, epilepsy, or bone and joint issues.  Please contact us if you have questions about specific medical conditions.

Baby & Me

  • Ages 6 months to 18 months
  • Focuses on helping swimmer feel comfortable in the water and teaching how to safely climb out of the water

Toddler & Me

  • Ages 18 months to 3 years
  • Focuses on helping swimmer feel comfortable in the water and teaching how to safely climb out of the water

Preschool | Levels 1-3

  • Ages 3 to 5 years
  • Focuses on more independence in the pool, building confidence in putting face under the water, back floating, learning how to safely climb out of the pool, and basic swimming strokes 

Learn-to-Swim | Levels 1-6

  • Ages 5 years to adult
  • Focuses on the basics of kicking and water safety all the way up to mastery of strokes and endurance building

Elite Squad | Levels 3+

  • Must be Learn to Swim level 3+, can swim independently, and can swim the full length of the pool
  • Focuses on improving stroke technique and stroke endurance

Basic Water Rescue Certification

Basic Water Rescue provides parents and caregivers with the knowledge and skills necessary to prevent, recognize, and respond to aquatics emergencies. This course meets the State of California’s water safety certification requirements for foster care and adoptive parents.

Spectrum Swim Program

Students on the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) begin their swim experience with a private lesson.

  • Swimmers 3 years and younger: Required to wear a tight fitting reusable cloth swim diaper
  • Swimmers 4 years and older: must either be toilet trained or wear a tight fitting reusable cloth swim diaper.
  • G-Tubes & Mic-Key tubes: tubes must be 3 months matured before they are allowed to swim. Swimmers with G-tubes will swim in the small pool.
  • No sunscreen or lotion: Our new facility is indoors, we ask that your student comes without sunscreen or lotion on their skin. Please have your student rinse off in the showers before entering the pool.
  • One-piece bathing suits: Mandatory for all female students, including parents
  • Tie back long hair: It is mandatory for all swimmers with long hair who are in LTS3 and above to wear a swim cap. If your swimmer is in a lower level we ask that their hair is tied back; swim caps are optional.
  • No running & no diving: Safety is one of our top priorities around the pool and as a safety requirement we request that you walk around the pool and enter the water feet first.
  • Supervise your child: Our coaching staff’s number one priority is for the safety of all swimmers so we ask you to keep an eye on them too. In partnership with Dr. Mike Allshouse and Valley Children’s Hospital, we are a no cell phone zone and request that you refrain from using your cell phone during your child’s swim class unless you are taking pictures of your swimmer. Please be attentive to your swimmer before, during, and after class.
  • Students may be asked to sit out of the pool: If a student begins drinking pool water or coughing excessively during class, which may cause them to vomit due to ingesting pool water or inhaling water through the nose, they will be required to sit out on the side of the pool with the lifeguard for a short time period. This is for their safety and to ensure that everyone can continue swimming in a safe and clean environment.

At the beginning of each class, students will be taught an American Red Cross topic that will educate them on how to be safe in and around the pool. After this, they will start to learn their lesson with a review of skills previously mastered and then begin learning new skills or techniques that will improve their swimming abilities.

If your child is afraid to go under water, we will never force him/her to go under. However, we do encourage everyone to overcome their fears. We have an array of fun and creative ways to help your child achieve mastery over water, from blowing bubbles and diving for toys, to flying through the butterfly stroke. We earnestly seek success for your child! Our swim lessons will help each student learn at a pace that is comfortable, and will help those who may have forgotten the skills they learned last summer to catch up quickly.

To ensure a successful experience for all students at Break the Barriers, a student may be transferred to a class that is more beneficial to them at the discretion of the Director.

We can tell that every coach our son has ever been with has been super invested, supercaring, super patient, and it’s just really nice to see.

-Aquatics Parent

Staff Training

We strive to prepare our staff to effectively work with and teach children of all abilities to be in a class with other students. All staff are required to attend workshops where they are:

  • Trained in an ability awareness class with co-founder, Deby Hergenrader
  • Familiarized with ASD
  • Learn how to use PECs, a structured schedule, social stories, and the Timed Timer
  • Co-teach spectrum classes with a trained staff member

Thank you to our MAJOR sponsors