Starting on Monday Feb. 25 the individual dual sports class at Laramie High School started a new group of swimming.

In the class individual dual sports taught by Nancy Gold-Smith-Perry, teaches different units throughout the semester including swimming.

The swimming units are usually about three to four weeks long.

There are four different sections of swimming and it is one through four, four is the best and one is the worst.

Each class period is 50 minutes long, except on block days which is an hour and a half.

On all days, they swim for 20 minutes and on block days the students swim for more than an hour.

In the pool the student has to do conditioning in the swimming pool and the students have to swim up and down the lanes with the new swimming moves they have learned.

“We go into class and Gold Smith-Perry takes attendance and we then split into our different groups and Tom Hudson takes us to the pool and tells us what we are doing for the day,” Junior Harley Wick said.

To determine what group you are in, you have to complete a swim test.

The swim test consists of floating on your stomach for ten seconds and floating on your back for 10 seconds and then you swim half of the 25 meters to the end of the pool.

Hudson then announces what group you belong in.

Each group has about ten kids so the teacher can watch carefully and help each individual student improve in their swimming skills.

“Every day we learn something new. On block days we play water games like basketball, we free swim or we have the choice to go on the diving boards,” Wick said.

Individual sports gives every student the opportunity to learn how to do different individual sports and better the students.

Gold-Smith- Perry gives each student an opportunity to be themselves and work on themselves.

“Hudson does a great job of making sure we all feel comfortable around the water and have the proper techniques to make us enjoy and feel comfortable swimming. This has helped all of us become more comfortable and be able to enjoy the opportunity our school has given us to use the nice swimming facilities,” Wick said.

Each student gets the opportunity to learn how to swim or just to learn new swim techniques.

In this class you get to learn how to do backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and learning how to keep your head under your water.

Wick has had past swimming history from when she did club swimming in elementary school.

Wick made it to level six when she was in the first grade.

“My favorite thing I have learned so far in this unit is backstroke because we do not have to put our head under the water which what I struggle with.  I also like how I get to work all my muscles in an easy low impact way,” Wick said.