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American Red Cross
Swimming Lesson Requirements

In order to enter a level, the child must be able to complete all skills in the preceding level.

LEVEL 1
Water Exploration

• Fully submerge face for 3 seconds
• 10 bounces in chest deep water
• Bob to chin level with support
• Float supported on front
• Float supported on back
• Blow bubbles
• Enter and exit pool alone
• Kick supported on back
• Kick supported on front
• Walk 5 yards alternating arms
• Discuss basic water safety rules
• Become familiar with getting help
• Reaching assists without equipment
LEVEL 2
Primary Skills

• Fully submerge face for 3 seconds
• Retrieve objects in chest deep water
• Retrieve objects while suspended
• Explore deep water with support
• Prone glide, float, and recovery for 5 seconds
• Supine glide, float and recovery for 5 seconds
• Leveling off from vertical float
• Rhythmic breathing while bobbing (10 times)
• Recovery from chest deep water into vertical float
• Flutter kick on front (support optional)
• Flutter kick on back (support optional)
• Finning on back
• Back crawl arm action
• Combined stroke on front for 5 yards
• Combined stroke on back for 5 yards
• Turning over – front to back
• Turning over – back to front
• Assist non-swimmer to feet
LEVEL 3
Stroke Readiness

• Retrieve chest-deep object with eyes open
• Retrieve suspended object with eyes open
• Explore deep water with support
• Bob with head under 15 times in chest-deep water
• Jump into deep water
• Dive from dock
• Prone glide two body lengths
• Supine glide two body lengths
• Front crawl 10 yards breathing front or side
• Coordinated back crawl 10 yards
• Elementary backstroke kick 10 yards
• Reverse direction while swimming on front
• Reverse direction while swimming on back
• Tread water
• Learn safe diving rules
LEVEL 4
Stroke Development

• Deep water bobbing
• Experiment with buoyancy and floating positions
• Rotary breathing
• Standing front dive
• Elementary backstroke 10 yards
• Sculling on back 5 yards or 15 seconds
• Front crawl 25 yards with rotary breathing
• Back crawl 25 yards
• Breaststroke kick 10 yards with or without support
• Sidestroke kick 10 yards with or without support
• Tread water 2 minutes with any kick
LEVEL 5
Stroke Development

• Alternate breathing
• Stride jump entry
• Long shallow dive
• Breaststroke 10 yards
• Sidestroke 10 yards
• Swim under water 3 body lengths
• Elementary backstroke 25 yards
• Back crawl 50 yards
• Dolphin kick 10 yards
• Front crawl 50 yards
• Open turn on front
LEVEL 6
Stroke Proficiency

• Front crawl 100 yards with one turn
• Back crawl 100 yards with one turn
• Breaststroke 25 yards
• Butterfly 10 yards
• Approach stroke 10 yards
• Breaststroke turn
• Sidestroke turn
• Speed turn for breaststroke
• Flip turn front crawl
• Pike surface dive
• Tuck surface dive
• Tread water for 3 minutes, one minute without hands
• Throwing rescue
• Roll spinal injury face up

 

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