About Swim Kids Program

A Unique Mix Of Swimming, Water Safety, And Fun (5-13 years old)

Accredited by Red Cross Swim, the ten-level Swim Kids program is designed for children from 5 years to 13 years old. The program is a unique mix of swimming, water safety, and fun. Swimmers receive progress reports after each level adding it to their personal achievements. The Swim Kids program starts with stroke improvement and survival skills, gradually increasing the distance and stroke efficiency.

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Swim Level 1

Fitness Activities in Swim Kids Program

  • Flutter kick 5m (assisted)
  • Distance swim 5m

 

 

Skills & Water Safety

  • Facility/Site orientation
  • Supervision
  • Shallow water entries and exits
  • Submerge head
  • Exhale through mouth and/or nose

Swimming

  • Rhythmic breathing 5 times
  • Front float and recovery 3 sec
  • Back float and recovery 3 sec
  • Front glide 5 sec
  • Front glide with kick 5m
  • Back glide 5 sec
  • Roll-over glides 5 sec (assisted)
  • Front swim 5m

Swim Level 2

Fitness Activities in Swim Kids program

  • Flutter kick 10m (assisted)
  • Distance swim 10m

 

 

 

 

Swim Kids Program Skills & Water Safety

  • Site rules
  • EMS/9-1-1
  • Introduction to PFDs/Lifejackets
  • Weight transfer, shallow water
  • Deep-water activities (assisted)

Swimming

  • Rhythmic breathing 10 times (2 ways)
  • Front glide with flutter kick 10m
  • Back glide with flutter kick 5m
  • Side glide with flutter kick 5m (assisted)
  • Roll-over glide with flutter kick 5m
  • Front swim 5m

Swim Level 3

Fitness Activities

  • Flutter kick 15m
  • Distance swim 15 m

 

 

 

 

Skills & Water Safety

  • When and where to swim
  • PFDs/Lifejackets, deep water
  • Deepwater float 5 sec
  • Jump in, change direction, return to safety, deep water
  • Surface support, deep water 20 sec
  • Sitting dive, change direction, return to safety

Swimming

  • Rhythmic breathing 15 times
  • Front glide with flutter kick 15 m
  • Back glide with flutter kick 10m
  • Side glide with flutter kick 10m
  • Front glide/side glide combo 10m (assisted)
  • Front swim 10m

Swim Level 4

Swim Kids Program Fitness Activities

  • Flutter kick on back 15m
  • Distance swim 25 m

 

 

 

Skills & Water Safety

  • Self-safety
  • Show how to contact EMS/911
  • Self-safety – safe diving
  • Introduction to sculling, shallow water
  • Kneeling dive
  • Surface support, deep water 45 sec

Swimming

  • Rhythmic breathing 15 times (front crawl specific)
  • Front glide/side glide combo 15m
  • Back swim with shoulder roll 15m
  • Front crawl 10m

Swim Level 5

Fitness Activities

  • Flutter kick 25m
  • Distance swim 50m

 

 

 

Skills & Water Safety

  • How to be a safe boater
  • Staying warm
  • Cold water HELP/Huddle
  • Disorienting entries
  • Tread water 1 min
  • Stride dive
  • Head-first sculling on back 5m

Swimming

  • Rhythmic breathing 20 times (2 ways)
  • Front crawl 15m
  • Back crawl 15m
  • Whip kick on back 10m

 

 

 

Swim Level 6

Fitness Activities

  • Dolphin kick 10m
  • Distance swim 75m

 

 

 

 

 

Skills & Water Safety

  • Causes of boating incidents
  • When and where to go on ice
  • Distressed swimmer recognition and simulation
  • Throwing assist without a line
  • Head-first sculling on back 10m
  • Tread water, deep water 1 1⁄2 min
  • Front dive

Swimming

  • Front crawl 25m
  • Back crawl 25m
  • Elementary back stroke 15m

 

 

 

 

Swim Level 7

Swim Kids Program Fitness Activities

  • Dolphin kick 15m
  • Distance swim 150m

 

 

 

Skills & Water Safety

  • Mild and severe airway obstruction 
  • Choking rescue, mild and severe airway obstruction conscious person
  • Throwing assist with a line
  • Reaching assist with rescue equipment
  • Stride entry

Swimming

  • Front crawl 50m
  • Back crawl 50m
  • Elementary back stroke 25m
  • Front scull 15m
  • Whip kick on front 15m

 

Swim Level 8

Swim Kids Program Fitness Activities

  • Eggbeater/tread water 3 min
  • Distance swim 300m

 

 

 

Skills & Water Safety

  • Hypothermia
  • Dangers of open water
  • Rescue breathing, adult and child
  • Feet-first surface dive
  • Standing shallow dive

Swimming

  • Front crawl 75m
  • Back crawl 75m
  • Elementary back stroke 25m
  • Breast stroke 15m

 

 

Swim Level 9

Fitness Activities

  • Travelling, legs only 3 min
  • Distance swim 400m

 

 

 

Skills & Water Safety

  • Wise choices and peer influence
  • Complications of rescue breathing
  • Boating regulations
  • Self-rescue: fall through ice
  • Head-first surface dive

Swimming

  • Front crawl 100m
  • Back crawl 100m
  • Elementary back stroke 50m
  • Breast stroke 25m
  • Sidestroke kick 15m

 

 

Swim Level 10

Swim Kids Program Fitness Activities

  • Dolphin kick (vertical) 3 x 10 sec
  • Distance swim 500m

 

 

Skills & Water Safety

  • Sun smart
  • Ice rescue from safe zone
  • Next steps
  • Feet-/head-first surface dives with underwater swim 2m

Swimming

  • Front crawl 100m
  • Back crawl 100m
  • Elementary back stroke 50m
  • Breast stroke 50m
  • Sidestroke 25m