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Swimming Lessons

Swimming Levels

By May 21, 2019June 24th, 2019No Comments

Red Cross Swim LevelsAquastream Swimming School delivers year-round swimming lessons for kids of all ages. Generally, the structure of our swimming classes is designed according to the Canada Red Cross Swim program. Similarly, each level of the program meets all the requirements designated by Red Cross Swim Levels.

All swimming lessons are delivered by our certified instructors. Our instructors use passion and trust to educate kids on how to be safe in and around the water. Also, they tailor the swimming programs according to the needs of every child.  You can find more information regarding all swimming levels set by Red Cross Canada.

Red Cross “Swim Preschool” Swimming Levels

  1. Starfish

Age: 4-12 months

Requirements: in this swimming level babies must be able to hold their head up

Orientation to water for babies and their parent/caregiver.  The goals are to help babies experience buoyancy and a well as movement through songs and play in the water and to teach the parents/caregiver age-specific water safety.  This level is participation-based only, without formal evaluation

  1. Duck

Age: 12-24 months

Requirements: 12-24 months

Orientation to water for toddlers and their parent/caregiver.  Swimmers learn how to use floating objects for support and explore different water movements through games, song and active water play. The parent/caregiver also learns age-specific water safety  This level is a formal evaluation

  1. Sea Turtle

Age: 24-36 month

Requirements: 24-36 month of age.

Orientation to water for toddlers and their parent/caregiver.  Swimmers learn, through fun games and songs, how to combine skills, how to kick with a buoyant object and how to perform basic floats, glides, and kicks.  This level is a formal evaluation

  1. Sea Otter

Age: 3-5 years

Requirements: at least 3 years of age.

A transitional level that transfers the preschooler to care of the instructor  Using games and activities, swimmers learn to open their eyes under water, further develop basic floats and glides, and swim 1 meter.  Swimmers are evaluated on performance criteria

  1. Salamander

Age: 3-5 years

Requirements: This swimming level requires successful completion of Sea Otter

Using games and activities, swimmers learn to swim 2  meters, further develop basic floats and increase their distance on front and back glide. Front swim and roll-over glides are also included, and swimmers learn appropriate water safety skills such as how to jump in chest deep water and how to use a Personal Floating Device (PFD)  Swimmers are evaluated on performance criteria

  1. Sunfish

Age: 3-6 years

Requirements: This swimming level requires successful completion of Salamander

Using games and activities, swimmers learn to swim 5 meters, increase their distance using buoyant objects, increase their front and back glide with kick, and develop their roll-over glide, side glide, and front swim. Safety skills include deep-water skills and use a Personal Floating Device (PFD)  Swimmers are evaluated on performance criteria

  1. Crocodile

Age: 3-6 years

Requirements: Successfully completing Sunfish

Using games and activities, swimmers learn to swim 5 meters on their front, back and side. They also progress with kicking drills to increase their swimming distance to 10 meters.  Safety skills include jumping into chest deep-water skills  and performing support for 10 seconds, recognizing when a swimmer needs help and using Personal Floating Device (PFD) Swimmers are evaluated on performance criteria

  1. Whale

Age: 3-6 years

Requirements: This swimming level requires successfully completion of Crocodile

Through fun activities, swimmers perform a front and back swim for 10 meters. Swimmers work on developing flutter kick and perform a distance swim of 15 meters.  Safety skills include identifying safe swimming areas, jumping into deep-water, surface support for 20 seconds a return to safety, throwing assist and sitting dives.  Swimmers are evaluated on performance criteria

“Swim Kids” Swimming Levels

 

  1. Level 1 (sunfish)

Requirements: at least 5 years of age.

Swimmers receive an orientation to water and pool area and work on floats, glides, and kicking. Swimmers build their endurance by working on the 5 meters front swim.

  1. Level 2 (crocodile)

Requirements:  successful completion of skills in Level 1.

Swimmers work on propulsion skills to move through the water and to remain at the surface while doing the front, back and side glide. Swimmers work on the front swim and learn about deep-water activities and the proper use of Personal Floating Device (PFD) Perform a 10 meters swim

  1. Level 3 (Whale)

Requirements:  Successful completion of skills in Level 2

Swimmers increase their distance on the front, back and Swimmers receive an orientation to water and pool area and work on floats, glides and kicking. Swimmers build their endurance by working on the 5 meters front swim. side glide with kick, increase distance on front and back swim, learn the sitting dive and will be able to swim 15 meters continuously upon completion of level

  1. Level 4

Requirements:  Successful completion of skills in Level 3

In this level of swimming, swimmers learn back to swim and front crawl (10m), work on flutter kick on back, perform kneeling dive, introduction to sculling and can swim 25 meters continuously

  1. Level 5

Requirements:  Successful completion of skills in Level 4

Swimmers develop front crawl (15m), learn back crawl (15m) and whip kick on back, learn stride dive and treading water, perform head-first sculling on back, and swim 50 meters continuously

  1. Level 6

Requirements:  Successful completion of skills in Level 5

Swimmers increase their distance on front and back crawl (25m), learn elementary backstroke and the dolphin kick. They also swim 75 meters continuously

  1. Levels 7

* Requirements:  Successful completion of skills in Level 6

Swimmers increase their distance on front and back crawl (50m) and elementary back stroke (25m). Additionally, they learn front skull and stride entry. Perform whip kick on front and the dolphin kick. They also swim 150 meters continuously

  1. Level 8

Requirements:  Successful completion of skills in Level 7

Kids refine front crawl, back crawl, and elementary backstroke. In addition, they learn breaststroke, eggbeater/tread water, feet-first surface dive and standing shallow dive. Swim 300 meters continuously

  1.  Level 9

Requirements:  Successful completion of skills in Level 8

Front crawl, back crawl, elementary backstroke, and as well as breaststroke continue to be refined. Learn side stroke kick and head-first surface dive. Swim 400 meters continuously

  1. Red Cross Swim Kids Level 10

Further refinement of strokes. They learn side stroke, dolphin kick (vertical), and feet- and also head-first surface dives with the underwater swim. Swim 500 meters continuously

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