Swim Levels

Swim levels

Please review the requirements below to place your child in the appropriate review level.

To Pass Level 1: Water Exploration

  • Fully submerge face
  • Release cramp
  • Supported kicking on back
  • Supported kicking on front
  • Walk 5 yards in chest-deep water, alternating arms
  • Supported float on front
  • Supported float on back
  • Walk 5 yards in chest-deep water, maintaining balance
  • Bubble blowing
  • Put on a life jacket on deck and enter shallow water
  • Learn water safety rules
  • Reaching assists without equipment
  • Enter and exit water independently using ladder, ramp, or steps
  • Bounce up and down in chest-deep water 10 bounces

To Pass Level 2: Primary Skills

  • Hold breath and fully submerge head for 3 seconds
  • Assist non-swimmer to feet
  • Step from the side into chest-deep water and recover to a vertical position
  • Get out from the side of pool
  • Supine float or glide, unsupported, and recovery
  • Level off from a vertical position
  • Rhythmic breathing with or without support
  • Orientation to deep water
  • Prone float or glide, unsupported, and recovery
  • Flutter-kick on front
  • Flutter-kick on back
  • Finning on back
  • Back-crawl arm action
  • Combined stroke from front, using kick and alternating arm action
  • Combined stroke on back, using kick and choice of arm movement
  • Turn over, front to back
  • Float in life jacket with face out of water
  • Perform reaching and extension assists from deck
  • Retrieve objects
  • Become familiar with rescue breathing

To Pass Level 3 – “Stroke Readiness”

  • Retrieve object, eyes open, no support
  • Bob, submerging head completely
  • Bob in water slightly over head to travel to safe area
  • Bob to standing depth
  • Dive from side of pool from kneeling and compact positions
  • Learn safe diving rules
  • Tread water
  • Jump into deep water wearing a life jacket
  • Reverse direction while swimming on back
  • Coordinate arm stroke for front crawl with breathing, breathing to the side
  • Prone glide with push-off
  • Supine glide with push-off
  • Reverse direction while swimming on front
  • Coordinate back crawl
  • Elementary backstroke
  • Learn how to open airway for rescue breathing
  • H.E.L.P. position
  • Huddle position
  • Jump into deep water from side of pool

To Pass Level 4

  • Deep-water bobbing
  • Floating
  • Rhythmic breathing/rotary breathing
  • Front crawl with rotary breathing, 25 yards
  • Back crawl, 25 yards
  • Breaststroke on back, 5 yards
  • Elementary backstroke, 10 yards
  • Scissor kick for sidestroke, 10 yards
  • Turning at the wall
  • Stride and standing dives
  • Tread water, 2 minutes

To Pass Level 5

  • Alternate breathing
  • Front crawl, 50 yards
  • Back crawl, 50 yards
  • Breaststroke, 10 yards
  • Sidestroke, 10 yards
  • Elementary backstroke, 25 yards
  • Underwater swim, 3 body lengths
  • Racing dives, long shallow dives
  • Dolphin kick, 10 yards for butterfly
  • Open turns on front and back
  • Flip turns
  • Feet-first surface dives
  • Tread water, 2 minutes

To Pass Level 6

  • Front crawl, 100 yards
  • Front crawl with flip turns
  • Back crawl, 100 yards
  • Breaststroke, 25 yards
  • Breaststroke open turn
  • Breaststroke speed turn
  • Sidestroke turn
  • Racing dives, long shallow dives
  • Butterfly, 10 yards
  • Pike surface dive
  • Tuck surface dive
  • Tread water, 3 minutes, 1 minute no hands

To Pass Level 7

  • Front crawl, 200 yards
  • Back crawl, 100 yards
  • Back crawl with flip turn
  • Breaststroke, 50 yards
  • Sidestroke, 50 yards
  • Butterfly, 25 yards
  • Retrieve brick in deep water
  • Swim underwater, 15 yards
  • Tread water, 5 minutes
  • Review all strokes and turns from previous levels:
  • Front crawl with flip turn
  • Breaststroke with open turn
  • Breaststroke with speed turn
  • Sidestroke with turn
  • Backstroke with open turn