American Red Cross “Learn to Swim Program”
Levels one through four will involve working with the children on a one to one basis with the instructor and aide in the water.
Level 1 – Water Exploration
Students must be at least 3 years old and able to interact with someone other than his/her parents. Students will be given instruction on water skills including breath control, floating and fundamentals of self-propulsion. (To advance to Level 2, student must pass a skill test.)
Level 2 – Primary Skills
Students will work toward overcoming their fear of water while giving the non-swimmers an opportunity to acquire basics skills such as breath control, gliding, kick and arm strokes. (To advance to Level 3, students must pass a skill test.)
Level 3 – Stroke Readiness
Students will build on locomotion, safety, and rescue skills learned in Level 2 by providing additional guided practice. New skills to be taught are diving, elementary backstroke and treading water. (To advance to Level 4, students must pass a skill test.)
Levels four through six will be taught in deep water with instruction given from in the water as well as from the pool side.
Level 4 – Stroke Development
Students will continue to advance in swimming and safety skills and prepare for a series of new skills designed to improve stamina and coordination. Students will be presented with the basic elements of the breaststroke and sidestroke. (To advance to Level 5, student must pass a skill test.)
Level 5 – Stroke Refinement
To coordinate and refine the key strokes presented thus far in the “Learn to Swim Program” and to introduce the butterfly, open turns, feet-first surface dive, to increase endurance, and skill in treading water. (To advance to Level 6, student must pass a skill test.)
Level 6 – Junior Life Guard
To train the general public and individuals in recreation education, public service, and how to respond in an aquatic emergency. This course can serve as a sound foundation for further training in lifeguarding and aquatics. MUST HAVE SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED LEVEL 4 OR EQUIVALENT.
Level 6 – Pre-Competition
For students who have gone through level 5 and are interested in continuing in the field of aquatics in preparation for swimming with a club or on a high school team. This class focuses on the four competitive strokes: freestyle, backstroke, butterfly, and breaststroke. Students are taught how to do racing starts and turns.
SPECIALTY CLASS -- Mommy/Daddy and Me (Ages 6 months to 3 years)
This class requires that a parent or guardian over 18 participate in the water with the child. Group instruction is provided to the class so parents can share in the fun of the child learning water safety skills. Class is designed to orient children to the water where they will begin to learn basic safety skills, breath control, floating, kicking, and paddling. UP TO TWO ADULTS PER CHILD ARE PERMITTED TO PARTICIPATE.