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Red Cross - Swimming Levels

Requirements to pass each level.

Level 1 - "Introduction to Water Skills"
Skills
  • Enter water using a ramp, steps or side
  • Exit water using a ladder, steps or side
  • Blow bubbles for 3 seconds
  • Bobbing, 5 times
  • Open eyes under water and retrieve submerged objects
  • Front and back glides and floats
  • Recover to vertical position
  • Roll from front to back and back to front
  • Tread water using arm and hand actions
  • Back Float for 5 seconds
  • Alternating and simultaneous leg actions on front and back
  • Alternating and simultaneous arm actions on front and back
  • Combined arm and leg actions on front and back

Exit Assessment
  • Enter independently, travel at least 5 yards, bob 5 times, then safely exit the water.
  • Glide on front at least 2 body lengths, roll to a back float for 5 seconds, and recover to a vertical position.

Safety Focus
  • Staying safe around water
  • Recognizing the lifeguards
  • Don't Just Pack It, Wear Your Jacket
  • Recognizing an emergency
  • How to call for help
  • Too Much Sun Is No Fun

Level 2 - "Primary Skills"
Skills
  • Enter water by stepping or jumping from the side
  • Exit water using ladder, steps or side
  • Fully submerge and hold breath
  • Bobbing, 10 times
  • Open eyes under water and retrieve submerged objects
  • Rotary breathing
  • Front, jellyfish and tuck floats for 10 seconds
  • Front glide and recover to vertical position
  • Back glide and recover to vertical position
  • Back float for 15 seconds
  • Roll from front to back and back to front
  • Change direction of travel while swimming on front or back
  • Tread water for 15 seconds
  • Combined arm and leg actions on front and back
  • Finning arm action on back

Exit Assessment
  • Step from side into chest-deep water, push off the bottom, move into a treading or floating position for at least 15 seconds, swim on front and/or back for 5 body lengths, then exit water.
  • Move into a back float for 15 seconds, roll to front, then recover to a vertical position.
  • Push off and swim using combined arm and leg actions on front for 5 body lengths, roll to back, float for 15 seconds, roll to front, then continue swimming for at least 5 body lengths.

Safety Focus
  • Staying safe around water
  • Don't Just Pack It, Wear Your Jacket
  • Recognizing an emergency
  • How to call for help
  • Too Much Sun Is No Fun
  • Look Before You Leap
  • Think So You Don't Sink
  • Reach or Throw, Don't Go
  • The danger of drains

 

 

 

Level 3 - "Stroke Development"
Skills
  • Jump into deep water from the side, submerge, return to the surface then to the side
  • Headfirst entry from the side in seated and kneeling positions
  • Bobbing while moving to safety
  • Rotary breathing
  • Survival float for 30 seconds
  • Back float for 1 minute
  • Tread water for 1 minute
  • Change from vertical to horizontal position on front and back
  • Push off in streamlined position on front, then begin kicking
  • Swim front crawl for 15 yards
  • Swim elementary backstroke for 15 yards
  • Flutter, scissors, breaststroke, and dolphin kicks

Exit Assessment
  • Jump into deep water from the side, recover to the surface, maintain position by treading or floating for 1 minute, rotate one full turn, then turn as necessary to orient to the exit point, level off, swim front crawl and/or elementary backstroke for 25 yards, then exit water.
  • Push off in a streamlined position, then swim front crawl for 15 yards, change position and direction as necessary, swim elementary backstroke 15 yards, then exit water.

Safety Focus
  • Reach or Throw, Don't Go
  • Think Twice Before Going Near Cold Water or Ice
  • Look Before You Leap
  • Developing breath control safety
  • Making good decisions – choosing an exit point

Level 4 - "Stroke Improvement"
Skills
  • Headfirst entry in compact and stride positions
  • Feetfirst surface dive
  • Swim underwater
  • Tread water, using 2 different kicks
  • Survival swimming for 1 minute
  • Front crawl for 25 yards
  • Elementary backstroke for 25 yards
  • Breaststroke for 15 yards
  • Back crawl for 15 yards
  • Butterfly for 15 yards
  • Sidestroke for 15 yards
  • Open turns on the front and back
  • Flutter and dolphin kicks on back
  • Push off in streamlined position on back, then begin kicking

Exit Assessment
  • Perform a feetfirst entry into deep water, swim front crawl for 25 yards, change direction and position as necessary, and swim elementary backstroke for 25 yards.
  • Swim breaststroke for 15 yards, change direction and position as necessary, and swim back crawl for 15 yards.
  • Submerge and swim a distance of 3 to 5 body lengths underwater without hyperventilating, return to the surface, then exit the water.

Safety Focus
  • Reaching assist
  • Throwing assist
  • Recreational water illness
  • Think So You Don't Sink
  • Look Before You Leap

 

 

 

Level 5 - "Stroke Refinement"
Skills
  • Shallow-angle dive into deep water
  • Tuck surface dive
  • Pike surface dive
  • Tread water for 5 minutes
  • Tread water, using legs only, for 2 minutes
  • Sculling for 30 seconds
  • Front crawl for 50 yards
  • Elementary backstroke for 50 yards
  • Breaststroke for 25 yards
  • Back crawl for 25 yards
  • Butterfly for 25 yards
  • Sidestroke for 25 yards
  • Front flip turn
  • Backstroke flip turn

Exit Assessment
  • Perform a shallow-angle dive into deep water, swim front crawl for 50 yards, then swim elementary backstroke for 50 yards, using appropriate and efficient turning styles throughout.
  • Swim breaststroke for 25 yards, change direction and position of travel as necessary, and swim back crawl for 25 yards, using appropriate and efficient turning styles throughout.

Safety Focus
  • How to call for help and the importance of knowing first aid and CPR
  • Recreational water illnesses
  • Reach or Throw, Don't Go
  • Look Before You Leap
  • Think So You Don't Sink
  • Think Twice Before Going Near Cold Water of Ice
  • Wave, Tide or Ride, Follow the Guide

Level 6 - "Swimming and Skill Proficiency"
Skills
  • Surface dive and retrieve object from the bottom, 7-10 feet deep
  • Front crawl for 100 yards
  • Elementary backstroke for 100 yards
  • Breaststroke for 50 yards
  • Back crawl for 50 yards
  • Butterfly for 50 yards
  • Sidestroke for 50 yards
  • Demonstrate open turns and front and back flip turns when swimming

Exit Assessment
  • Swim 500 yards continuously, using any 3 strokes of choice, swimming at least 50 yards of each stroke.
  • Note: Additional exit assessments are required, depending on the course option selected.

Safety Focus
  • Learn About Boating Before You Go Floating
  • Think So You Don't Sink
  • Swim as a Pair Near a Lifeguard's Chair
  • Look Before You Leap
  • The danger of drains
  • The dangers of hyperventilation and extended breath-holding

Course Options
  • Fitness Swimmer
  • Personal Water Safety
  • Fundamentals of Diving

Private

30-minute Private class
Cost: $250 / student (4 lessons)
Type: 30-minute private
Ages: 1.5 - 5 years
Recommended for: Students ready to transition from the Water Angels program to a student / teacher program.

Semi-Private

Group Class
Cost: $150 / student (4 lessons)
Ratio: 2-3 students per teacher
Type: 30-minute group
Ages: 3 years - adult
Recommended for: Students who are able to wait on the steps or practice independently between turns. Great for siblings!

Adult Lessons

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