Eagles Swim School
Safety, Confidence, Proper Technique
The Eagles Swim School is based in the eight-lane pool in the John A. Driscoll '90 Aquatics Center in the Leo and Joan Mahoney Wellness Center on the Prep campus. Jeff Fiore brings 20 years of experience to leading the program as aquatics coordinator.
Developing comfort and safety in the water is the top priority, but the learning doesn’t stop there. Once swimmers feel confident, we focus on developing proper technique in all four major strokes: freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly. For those who are interested, learning to prepare for competition is part of the more advanced level program.
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Swimmers are placed in their class based on their skill level. There are estimates of swimmer age in each level, but every swimmer is different and will be placed in the class that makes the most sense for them to ensure they are working on necessary skills. If there are multiple classes available for the same level, we will then break it down by age if there is a wide range to keep swimmers with others close to their age and skill.
Level 1—Assisted w/instructor in water
- Approximate Age: 3-6 years old
- Requirements: At least three years old, toilet trained, and able to be separated from parents/guardians for 30 minutes at a time.
- Skills Covered: Entering and exiting the water safely, learning to submerge mouth, nose and eyes and breath control, front and back float with assistance, changing direction in the water with assistance, proper kicking on front and back with assistance.
Level 2—Assisted w/instructor in water
- Students “graduate” to level 3 not needing assistance)
- Approximate Age: 4-9 years old
- Requirements: Swimmers must demonstrate all Level 1 skills
- Skills Covered: Entering water by stepping or jumping in from the side, submerging entire head, bobbing, blowing bubbles, front and back glide, kicking with side breathing, kicking on back unassisted, turning from front to back, life jacket use. Begin level with assistance, graduate from level with independence.
Level 3—Independent swimmers w/instructor in water
- Requirements: Students entering this level must demonstrate all the Level 1-2 skills
- Approximate Age: 6-10 years old
- Skills Covered: Jump into deep water, head first entry from sitting or kneeling, submerging and retrieving an object, survival float for 30 seconds, treading water for 30 seconds, basics of front crawl (freestyle) 15 yards, basics of backstroke 15 yards, streamline push-offs on front and back.
Level 4—Instructor in and out of water
- Requirements: Students entering this level must demonstrate all the Level 1-3 skills
- Approximate Age: 7-11 years old
- Skills Covered: Standing dives, underwater swimming, 1 minute of treading with eggbeater kick, 25 yards freestyle and 25 yards backstroke with proper technique, introductory dolphin and breaststroke kick, circle swimming.
Level 5—Instructor out of water
- Requirements: Students entering this level must demonstrate all the Level 1-4 skills
- Approximate Age: 8-12 years old
- Skills Covered: Racing dives, 2 minutes of treading, flip turns on front and back, 50 yards freestyle and backstroke, 25 yards breaststroke, 25 yards beginner butterfly, open turns.
Level 6—Instructor out of water
- Requirements: Students entering this level must demonstrate all the Level 1-5 skills
- Approximate Age: 9-13 years old
- Skills Covered: 100 yards freestyle, 100 yards backstroke, 50 yards breaststroke, 50 yards butterfly all with proper technique, 200 individual medley with proper turns, diving from starting blocks, usage of pace clock, 5 minutes treading
For a lesson we require goggles. Important: goggles should not cover the nose. Goggles allow swimmers to see and swim with their eyes open, and having the nose exposed encourages proper rhythmic breathing techniques.
Long hair should be tied up to stay out of the swimmer’s face, and any hair past shoulder length requires a swim cap. For levels 4 and up, we do not recommend a swim shirt as they drastically increase drag and decrease mobility required for more advanced stroke techniques. A one-piece suit for girls and tighter trunks or jammer for a boy is recommended past this level.
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Our instructors are fully trained in our program method and are American Red Cross Lifeguard/First Aid/CPR/AED certified. Competitive experience and previous experience teaching swim lessons is required for application.
Jeff Fiore grew up in Peabody, and found his passion for swimming in his backyard pool when he was eight years old. Since then, he’s not been out of the water for more than a week. He was a member of local teams at the Danvers YMCA and then North Shore Swim Club, where he swam throughout high school.
A 2008 graduate of St. John's Prep, Jeff was captain of the swim team his senior year and also played water polo. He went on to swim for the University of Tampa where he was a National Qualifier, senior captain, and achieved all NCAA All-American status in multiple races and relays throughout his time there.
Jeff spent his first six years out of college at Charles River Aquatics in Boston. While managing lessons and the age group program of the swim team, he continued to cultivate his coaching philosophies and teaching techniques.
Jeff became aquatics coordinator at St. John's in September 2018, bringing a strong connection to SJP swimming and 20 years of aquatics experience with him.