Test Your Red Cross Skill Level
with our Skills Checklist



Complete our skills checklist based on the American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim 6-Level Program. Find out what level you should begin at and what particular skills you need to work on or improve.

Instructions: Skim the entire form first and skip sections that you know you have mastered. Then begin checking off skills that you can do. When you get to a point where you can't check any more boxes, that is approximately the level that you should begin your lessons.

For example: Most adults can skip Levels 1-2 and begin checking boxes at Level 3. If you check all of Levels 3 and 4 and only 2 boxes from Level 5, you should start at Level 5.

(Remember: this is only meant to give an approximate idea of your level for people who have never taken formal swimming lessons before)

Skill Level Checklist

Please note that all fields followed by an asterisk must be filled in.
Basic water safety rules
How to use a life jacket
Can submerge mouth, nose and eyes
Can open eyes underwater and pick up a submerged object
Can swim on front and back using arm and leg actions
Can recognize a swimmer in distress and get help
Can exhale underwater
Can float on front and back
Can move in the water while wearing a life jacket
Can submerge entire head
Can glide on the front and back
Can tread water using arm and leg motions
Can recognize a swimmer in distress and get help
Can bob in water
Can do a jellyfish float (in a ball)
Can swim using combined stroke on front and back
Can perform a reaching assist
Can submerge and retrieve an object
Can glide on front and back
Can do the back and front crawl
Can perform the kneeling or standing dive
Can breathe side to side in horizontal position
Can perform the survival float, back float
Can do the butterfly kick and body motion
Knows the rules of safe diving
Can dive from the stride position or shallow dive
Do survival float and back float
Knows elementary backstroke
Breaststroke
Butterfly
Can perform a throwing assist
Can perform a feet-first surface dive
Can do front and back crawl
Survival swimming
Perform a standing dive
Do open turns on front and back
Front and back crawl
Perform rescue breathing
Perform tuck surface dive and pike surface dive
Perform front flip turn
Backstroke flip turn
Elementary backstroke
Butterfly
Breaststroke
Sidestroke
I can check all the above boxes. Congratulations, you are already an accomplished swimmer. To further your skills, you have several options. Please check the ones you may be interested in:
Personal Water Safety
Fundamentals of Diving
Lifeguard Readiness
Fitness Swimmer
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