Swimming Lesson Levels

Starfish

Ages 4-12 Months

 

  • Play and songs

  • Facility orientation and Active supervision

  • Shallow water entries and exits

  • Show how to stay warm

  • When and how to get help

  • Choking prevention

  • Choosing a PDF

  • Getting wet (assisted)

  • Supports and hold techniques for the caregiver

  • Submersion(optional)

  • Buoyancy and movement (assisted)

  • Front position (assisted)

  • Back position (assisted)

  • Vertical position (assisted)

Duck

Ages 12-24 Months

 

  • Play and songs

  • Uses byoyant object for support (assisted)

  • Facility/site orientation and active supervision

  • Stop! Look! Ask!

  • Shallow water entries and exits

  • PFD/Lifejacket and me (assisted)

  • Show how to stay warm

  • Buoyant objects

  • Change direction (assisted)

  • When and how to get help

  • Choking prevention

  • Choking response

  • Getting wet

  • Submersion (optional)

  • Introduction to rhythmic breathing:breath control

  • Buoyancy and movement (assisted)

  • Move forward (assisted)

  • Move backward (assited)

  • Front float and recovery (assisted)

  • Back float and recovery (assisted)

Sea Turtle

Ages 24-36 Months

 

  • Play and songs

  • Kick on front with buoyant object 2m (assisted)

  • Facility/site orientation and active supervision

  • Stop! Look! Ask! (Find the adult)

  • Entires and exits (assisted)

  • Jump into chest-deep water (assisted)

  • Jump into chest-deep water and return (assisted)

  • PFD/Lifejacket and me (assisted)

  • Getting wet

  • Submersion 3 sec 

  • Intro. to rhythmic breathing: breath control

  • Buoyancy and movement (assisted)

  • Shallow water movement

  • Front float and recovery 3 sec (assisted)

  • Back float and recovery 3 sec (assisted)

  • Front and back glide and recovery (assisted)

  • Basic kick on front (assisted)

  • Front swim (assisted)

Sea Otter

Ages 3-5 Years

 

  • Play and songs

  • Kick on front with buoyant and active supervision

  • Distance swim 1m (assisted)

  • Facility/site orientation and active supervision

  • Stop! Look! Ask! (find the adult)

  • Safe entries and exits

  • PFD/Lifejacket and Me (assisted)

  • Open eyes underwater (attempted)

  • Rhythmic breathing 3 times

  • Front float and recovery 3 sec (assisted)

  • Back float and recovery 3 sec (assisted)

  • Front glide 3 sec

  • Back glide 3 sec (assisted)

  • Front swim 1m (assisted)

Salamander

Ages 3-5 Years

 

  • Play and songs

  • Kick on front with buoyant object 2m

  • Distance swim 2m

  • Facility/site orientation and active supervision

  • Stop! Look! Ask! (find the adult)

  • Weight transfer in shallow water

  • Jump into Chest-deeip water

  • PFD/Lifejacket and me (assisted) and HELP

  • Buoyant objects 

  • Surface support 5 sec (assisted)

  • Open eyes underwater (attempted)

  • Rhythmic breathing 5 times

  • Front float and recovery

  • Back float and recovery

  • Front glide with kick 2m

  • Back glide with kick 2m

  • Roll-over glide, front to back, 2m

  • Roll-over glide, back to front, 2m

  • Front swim 2m

Sunfish

Ages 3-6 Years

 

  • Kicking with buoyant object 5m

  • Distance swim 5m

  • Facility/site orientation and active supervision

  • Stop! Look! Ask!

  • Weight transfer in chest-deep water

  • Slip into deep water

  • PFD/Lifejacket and me and swim 5m

  • Change direction in shallow water

  • Surface support in chest-deep water 5 sec

  • Jump into chest-deep water, surface support 5 sec

  • Front float and recovery in deep water 5 sec

  • Back float and recovery in deep water 5 sec

  • Rhythmic breathing 5 times, 2 ways

  • Front glide with kick 5m

  • Back glide with kick 5m

  • Roll-over glide with kick 5m

  • Side glide with kick 2m

  • Front swim 5m

Crocodile

Ages 3-6 Years

 

  • Kicking with buoyant object 10m

  • Distance swim 10m

  • Facility/site orientation and active supervision

  • Stop! Look! Ask!

  • PFD/Lifejacket and me and deep water

  • Surface support 10 sec

  • Jump into deep water, surface support 10 sec

  • Stop! Call for Help!

  • Rhythmic breathing 10 times, 2 ways

  • Front glide with kick 7m

  • Back glide with kick 7m

  • Side glide with kick 5m

  • Front swim 5m

  • Back swim 5m

Whale

Ages 3-6 Years

 

  • Kicking 15m

  • Distance swim 15m

  • Facility/site orientation and active supervision

  • When and where to swim

  • Stop! Look! Ask!

  • Sitting dive

  • Surface support 20 sec

  • Jump into deep water, swim 5m, stationary surface support 20 sec

  • Stop! Call for help! Throwing assist

  • Rhythmic breathing, front to side glide with kick, 10 times

  • Front glide with kick 10m

  • Back glide with kick 10m

  • Side glide with kick 10m

  • Front swim 10m

  • Back swim 10m