Students learn to float, hold their breath properly underwater, and other starting points for learning the basics of how to paddle, swim and participate in aquatic activities. The American Council on Exercise suggests that children and teenagers should have up to 60 minutes of exercise each day. Swimming works most muscle groups in the body, improving flexibility and increasing muscle strength. It's a life-long activity.
Instructors Lindsay Staufenberg and Suzy Snyder at Owen J. Roberts Middle School, also teach students how to work collaboratively and develop an end team-project with their synchronized swimming lessons and friendly competition. Students must select music and develop a routine to perform.