American Red Cross Learn-To-Swim Program
Children Ages 2 - 5:
(for children ages 2 - 5)
The Parent & Child Aquatics class is designed to help young children become comfortable in and around the water which lays the foundation for future aquatic skills.
Pre-requisite: Child must be potty trained
Course: Structured for children 2 to 5 years of age. This class builds swimming readiness by emphasizing fun in the water. Parents and children participate in several guided practice sessions that help children learn elementary skills, including water entry, bubble blowing, kicking, floating, underwater exploration and more.
(for children ages 4 & 5)
The Preschool Program is designed to give young children a positive developmentally appropriate aquatic learning experience. The two preschool levels are the equivalent of level one of the Learn to Swim Program.
Preschool level 1
Course: The primary focus is on introducing the child to the aquatic environment while helping gain basic aquatic skills such as blowing bubbles, submerging their head, kicking and more.
Preschool level 2
Prerequisite: Submerge head, blow bubbles under water
Course: The primary focus is to have the child develop more comfort in & around the water while gaining more independence with glides and floats.
The Learn to Swim Program is designed to give children ages 6 and older a positive developmentally appropriate aquatic learning experience.
Level 1 - Introduction to Water Skills
Course: The primary focus is building swimming readiness by teaching elementary skills including bubble blowing, kicking, floating, breath control, gliding, and more.
Level 2 - Fundamental Aquatic Skills
Prerequisite: Submerge head, blow bubbles, front & back float
Course: The primary focus is on proper body position and the coordination of arms & legs in order to perform the elementary backstroke and front stroke, as well as introduce side breathing.
Level 3 - Stroke Development
Prerequisite: Front stroke & elementary backstroke
Course: The primary focus is on coordinating side breathing while swimming front stroke as well as learning dolphin kick, scissor kick, and whip kick.
Level 4 - Stroke Improvement
Prerequisite: Front stroke with side breathing, elementary backstroke, scissors kick, and dolphin kick
Course: The primary focus is learning backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, and sidestroke while increasing swimming distance for previous strokes learned.
Level 5 - Stroke Refinement
Prerequisite: Front crawl, back crawl, breaststroke, butterfly, elementary stroke and sidestroke
Course: The primary focus is stroke refinement and increasing swimming distance while using open and flip turns.
Level 6 - Fitness Swimmer
Prerequisite: Demonstrate all previous skills while using open & flip turns
Course: The primary focus is stroke refinement, distance, and the fundamentals of fitness swimming including the use of a pace clock and skill sets.