Aquatics Program

Hathaway Brown is one of the few girls' schools in the country with its own aquatic center — the Carol and John Butler Aquatic Center, dedicated in 2005. Designed by Graham Gund, the Center is home to the Hathaway Brown swimming and diving teams and the Blazing Barracudas Swim Club. The pool has eight lanes, a diving well, and a three-foot-deep instructional area. The electronic scoring and timing system is provided by Daktronics, and the pool grandstand seats 150 people. Men's and women's locker rooms are available. The Butler Aquatic Center also hosts American Red Cross swim lessons and certification courses.

KISS Aquatics

Hathaway Brown School partners with KISS Aquatics to offer the Swim-Float-Swim program for Infant and Toddler Center and Early Childhood students. KISS Aquatics is a leader in providing survival swimming for children as young as six months by teaching how to react to an accidental fall in the water as well as basic swim skills. Register with KISS Aquatics by email or 216.469.6400.

American Red Cross Swim Lessons

The skills listed are covered at each level and are the requirements for joining the club swim team. Participants must be potty trained and have the ability to change independently in and out of a bathing suit in a locker room. 

Level I

  • Alternating and simultaneous leg and arm action on front and back
  • Back glide and recover to a vertical position
  • Blow bubbles for three seconds
  • Bobbing, five times
  • Combined arm and leg actions on front and back
  • Enter water using a ramp, steps or side
  • Exit water using ladder, steps or side
  • Front glide and recover to a vertical position
  • Open eyes under water and retrieve submerged objects
  • Roll from front to back and back to front
  • Treading water arm and hand action

Level II

  • Back float for 15 seconds
  • Back glide and recover to a vertical position
  • Bobbing, 10 times
  • Combined arm and leg action on front and back
  • Finning arm action on back
  • Front, jellyfish, and tuck floats for 10 seconds
  • Fully submerge and hold breath
  • Open eyes under water and retrieve submerged objects
  • Roll from front to back and back to front
  • Rotary breathing
  • Step or jump into shoulder-deep water and exit using ladder, steps
  • Tread water for 15 seconds

Level III

  • Back float for one minute
  • Bobbing while moving to safety
  • Flutter, scissor, breaststroke, and dolphin kick
  • Jump into deep water from the side, submerge, and return to the side
  • Push off in streamline, then kick
  • Rotary breathing
  • Sit dive and kneeling dive
  • Survival float for 30 seconds
  • Swim elementary backstroke for 15 yards
  • Swim freestyle for 15 yards
  • Tread water for one minute
  • Successful completion of Level III qualifies for Blazing Barracudas Swim Club tryouts. 

Blazing Barracudas Swim Club

The Blazing Barracudas are a USA Swimming club that operates in the Lake Erie Swimming Local Swimming Community. To swim with the Blazing Barracudas, swimmers must: 

  • know 25, 50, 75, and 100-yard swimming terminology
  • have a general knowledge of the butterfly or breaststroke

  • demonstrate a streamline position 

  • complete 25 freestyles and 25 backstrokes continuously in a lane

  • perform a sit dive

  • be able to independently change in and out of bathing suit in a locker room setting

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