The "Learn To Swim" Program

The Red Cross "Learn to Swim" Program features six levels of instruction to help swimmers of all ages and abilities develop their skills. Here is a short description of each level:

  • Level 1: Introduction to Water Skills

    Prerequisites: None

    This level teaches children to be comfortable in the water and enjoy the water safely. Most of the skills covered at this level are also part of the Parent and Child Aquatics Program. Students will learn elementary aquatic skills, explore arm and leg movements and be introduced to basic water safety rules. Unless a child has a fear of the water, they should progress through this level fairly quickly.

  • Level 2: Fundamental Aquatic Skills

    Prerequisites: A certificate from Level 1 or the ability to complete all the Level 1 requirements.

    This level builds upon "Learn to Swim" skills learned in Level 1. Students learn to perform the previous skills without support as well as explore simultaneous and alternating arm and leg actions on the front and back. They also continue to build up their self-help and basic rescue skills.

  • Level 3: Stroke Development

    Prerequisites: A certificate from Level 2 or the ability to complete all the Level 2 requirements.

    At this level, students will begin to incorporate earlier skills into actual strokes and continue to explore and learn new skills. At this level the student will be introduced to the front and back crawl (freestyle and backstroke), elements of the butterfly stroke, and elements of treading water. They are also introduced to head-first entries (dives).

  • Level 4: Stroke Improvement

    Prerequisites: A certificate from Level 3 or the ability to complete all the Level 3 requirements.

    At this level, the student continues to improve on the earlier strokes as well as further develop the butterfly. They begin to learn elementary backstroke, breaststroke, and elements of the sidestroke, as well as how to turn on the wall. At this level, students also work on their endurance by swimming each stroke for greater distances.

  • Level 5: Stroke Refinement

    Prerequisites: A certificate from Level 4 or the ability to complete all the Level 4 requirements.

    At Level 5, as it's named, is for the refinement and further coordination of all the strokes (front crawl, back crawl, butterfly, breaststroke, elementary backstroke, and sidestroke). Students will work on increasing their endurance levels and will also learn flip turns.

  • Level 6: Swimming and Skill Proficiency

    Prerequisites: A certificate from Level 5 or the ability to complete all the Level 5 requirements.

    By Level 6, the objective is to refine the strokes so students swim with more efficiency and power over greater distances. At this point, the classes are very customizable and can take many different paths, such as "Personal Water Safety," "Fundamentals of Diving," "Fitness Swimmer" and "Lifeguard Readiness." It can also be customized around an aquatic sport such as water polo. This is the most customizable "Learn to Swim" level and can be designed to fit your needs.

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