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Red Cross Preschool Swimming Levels

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Sea Turtle

Sea Otter (3 to 5 years)

A transitional level that transfers the preschooler to the care of the instructor. All skills are assisted by the instructor.
Using games and activities, swimmers learn to open their eyes under water, further develop basic floats and glides, and swim 1 metre. They also learn age-appropriate water safety skills




Salamander

Salamander (3 to 5 years)

Swimming a distance of two metres.
Staying afloat for five seconds.
Learning to jump into chest-deep water safely – after getting permission from a parent or Instructor.
Opening his or her eyes underwater – a necessary skill for finding the way to the surface.
Floating on his or her front and back without assistance.
Performing front, back and rollover glides.
Learning how to stay safe in, on and around the water.




Sun Fish

Sunfish (3 to 5 years)

Swimming a distance of five metres.
Stop! Look! Ask! an adult before entering the water – an important safety lesson.
Jumping into chest-deep water and maintaining surface support for five seconds – an essential skill for entering deep water.
Floating on his or her front and back in deep water.
Performing front, back and rollover glides with kicking.
How to stay safe in, on and around the water.




Crocodile

Crocodile (3 to 5 years)

Swimming five metres on front and back.
Beginning use of rhythmic breathing as an important skill for the front crawl.
How to help a distressed swimmer using the Stop! Call for help! method.
Front, back and rollover glides with kicking for longer distances.
Recognizing swimming skills as essential to water sports.
Dolphin kick – a movement that increases kicking strength.
How to stay safe in, on and around the water.




Whale

Whale (3 to 5 years)

Swimming a greater distance – ten metres.
Jumping into chest-deep water and staying safe at the surface for 20 seconds – an important self-rescue skill.
Stop! Throw! Call for help! to aid a distressed swimmer.
Front crawl using appropriate technique for seven metres.
Back swim using appropriate technique for seven metres.
Learn how to stay safe in, on and around the water.





Red Cross Swim Kids Levels

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Red Cross Swim Kids:

A 10 level program for kids 6 years and older. This program for school aged children will help swimmers develop all six swimming strokes (front crawl, back crawl, elementary backstroke, breast stroke, butterfly and sidestroke). Swimmers will learn how to be safe around the water, and increase their fitness levels and endurance through fun activities. Children will be challenged to achieve personal bests in distance and time, which will be a strong motivator through all 10 levels.

Level 1 Badge

Red Cross Swim Kids Level 1

This is the entry level for those who didn’t take the Red Cross Swim Preschool Lessons. This level provides an orientation to water and the pool area. It introduces floats, glides with kicks and children will build their endurance by improving distance.



Level 2 Badge

Red Cross Swim Kids Level 2

A second orientation level which helps the child build skills in front and back swims. Children are introduced to deep water activities and proper use of a PFD. Endurance is built on flutter kicking with assisted glides.



Level 3 Badge

Red Cross Swim Kids Level 3

The level provides an introduction to front crawl as well the foundation for making wise choices on where and when to swim. Diving is introduced and children will work on floats and changing direction. Endurance is achieved by building strength in flutter kick and a 15 meter swim.



Level 4 Badge

Red Cross Swim Kids Level 4

The front crawl, back glide and shoulder roll for back crawl are further developed. Children work on kneeling dives, surface support and developing a greater sense of self-safety by understanding their own limits. Endurance is built through a 25 meter swim.



Level 5 Badge

Red Cross Swim Kids Level 5

Back crawl is introduced, along with sculling skills and whip kick on back. Children try stride dives and receive an introduction to safe boating skills. Endurance is developed through dolphin kick and a 50 meter swim.



Level 6 Badge

Red Cross Swim Kids Level 6

Front and back crawl continue to be refined as the elementary backstroke is introduced. Children are also introduced to safety on ice, elementary rescue of others with throwing assists, treading water and the front dive. Endurance is built through a 75 meter swim.



Level 7 Badge

Red Cross Swim Kids Level 7

Level 7 continues to build skills and endurance for front crawl, back crawl and elementary backstroke and introduces whip kick on front. Children learn about airway and breathing obstructions and participate in timed treading water to increase endurance along with a 150 meter swim.



Level 8 Badge

Red Cross Swim Kids Level 8

Level 8 provides an introduction to breaststroke, foot first surface dives and rescue entries. Children learn about the dangers of open water, hypothermia and the performance of rescue breathing on children and adults. Endurance is built on the dolphin kick and a 300 meter swim.



Level 9 Badge

Red Cross Swim Kids Level 9

Front crawl, back crawl, elementary backstroke, breaststroke continue to be refined. In this level children are encouraged to try combining different strokes and kicks for fitness. They also work on head first surface dives, shallow dives and learn about wise choices, peer influences and self rescue from ice. Endurance is built through a 400 meter swim.



Level 10 Badge

Red Cross Swim Kids Level 10

Further refinement in strokes, with an introduction to butterfly and scissor kick. Children learn about sun safety, rescue of others from ice and continue development on surface dives. Endurance is built using dolphin kick and butterfly drills and a 500 meter swim.