Swimming Levels

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Private swimming lessons taught by our certified American Red Cross Water Safety Instructors are available for all ages and abilities. These classes are designed for those students who need a little extra one-on-one attention. Instruction will be specifically geared toward the individual's ability. These classes are set up to meet your schedule during open recreational swimming hours.

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Parent-Child Aquatics (for children 6 months to 3 years of age with parents)

A parent and child class designed for the little swimmer, where parents experience bonding time. A gentle and loving approach teaches students water adjustment, water safety skills and swim skills at their own pace. This class is for all students who are not yet ready to be in swim lessons without a parent. The program builds swimming readiness while emphasizing fun in the water. The class is taught through creative songs and games. Parents and children participate in several guided practice sessions that help children learn elementary skills, including bubble blowing, front and back kicking and floating, and experience underwater exploration and more. Once children can perform basic skills without parental assistance, they may begin Learn-to-Swim courses.


childLevel I: Water Exploration (Ages 5 & Up)


For first-time swimmers or children fearful of the water, this class will help students feel comfortable.  Skills include safety, floating, bubbles, kicking and arm action.

Level 1 participants learn to:

  • Enter and exit water safely
  • Submerge mouth (head) independently
  • Exhale underwater through mouth and nose
  • Open eyes underwater, pick up submerged object, at least 2 times
  • Float on front and back with support
  • Swim on front and back using arm/leg actions
  • Rollover front to back, back to front with support
  • Tread by exploring arm and hand movements in chest-deep water
  • Follow basic water safety rules, helping others

Level 1 Exit Skills Assessment:clientuploads/images/DSC_7435A.JPG

  1. Enter unassisted, move 5 yards with help, bob 5 times to chin level & safely exit water;
  2. Float on front w/support for 3 seconds, assisted roll to back, assisted float on back for at least 3 seconds.

Level II: Primary Skills (Ages 5 & Up)


Pre-beginner's skills, such as water adjustment, bobbing, bubbles, kicking, front and back glide and beginners stroke, are taught with sensitivity for first-timers and children not comfortable putting their faces into the water.  Gives students independent success with fundamental skills.

Level 2 participants learn to:

  • Enter water independently, jumping from the side, in chest deep water
  • Exit water safely using ladder or side
  • Swim on side
  • Submerge entire head, at least 5 seconds
  • Bob - Rhythmic pattern of exhaling while head is submerged
  • Open eyes underwater, pick up a submerged object, at least 3 times in shallow water
  • Float on front and back unsupported
  • Perform front and back glide, unsupported
  • Roll over from front to back, back to front
  • Swim on front and back using combined strokes, at least 15 feet unsupported
  • Tread using arms and legs unsupported in chest-deep water
  • Follow water safety rules, helping others, swim while wearing a life jacket

Level 2 Exit Skills Assessment:


  1. Without assistance, step from side into chest-deep water, move into front float for 5 seconds, roll over to a back float, return to standing position, then move to back float for 5 seconds and return to standing position;
  2. Push off and swim using a combination of arm and leg actions for 15 feet on the front; push off and swim using a combination of arm and leg actions for 15 feet on the back.

Level III: Stroke Readiness (Ages 5 & Up)


Children learn rotary breathing, backstroke, water safety, and improve upon skills learned in Level II.  Geared for those children who are comfortable putting their faces in the water, and can glide in the water on their fronts as well as their backs.

Level 3 participants learn to:

  • Jump into deep water from the side
  • Dive from kneeling or standing position, in water at least 5 feet deep
  • Perform front and back float at least 30 seconds
  • Submerge and retrieve an object
  • Bob with the head fully submerged, chest deep
  • Perform front and back glide w/2 different kicks
  • Use rotary breathing in horizontal position
  • Perform front and back crawl, 15 yards
  • Breaststroke - kick and arms, 15 feet
  • Change from horizontal to vertical position on front and back
  • Follow water safety rules

Level 3 Exit Skills Assessment:

  1. Jump into chest-deep water from the side, swim front crawl for 15 yards with face in the water breathing (to front or side), maintain position by treading or floating for 30 seconds, back crawl for 15 yards.

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For children who have passed Level III.  Develops confidence and strength, and introduces new aquatic skills.  Learn rhythmic breathing, crawl, stroke, backstroke, survival floating and improved safety skills.  Breast stroke and side stroke are introduced.

Level 4 participants learn to:

  • Shallow dive or dive from stride position, in at least 5 feet of water
  • Swim underwater, 3 body lengths
  • Front and back float, survival float, 1 minute
  • Perform feet-first surface dive
  • Perform open turn on front/back using any stroke
  • Tread water using sculling arm motions and various kicks, 1 minute

Perform the following:

  • Front and back crawl, 25 yards
  • Breaststroke and Elementary backstroke, 15 yards
  • Butterfly, 15 yards
  • Swim on side with scissors kick, 15 yards

Level 4 Exit Skills Assessment:

  1. Perform a feet-first entry into chest-deep water, swim front crawl for 25 yards, maintain position on back 1 minute in deep water (float or scull) and swim elementary backstroke for 15 yards;
  2. Swim breaststroke for 15 yards, tread water for 1 minute and swim back crawl for 25 yards.

Level V: Stroke Refinement (Grades 2 – 8)


For children who have passed Level IV and can successfully perform pre-requisite skills, this class provides further coordination and refinement of strokes.  Children will learn breast stroke, side stroke, turns and rescue skills and improve their front crawl, back crawl and endurance.  The purpose of this class is to facilitate lap swimming skills.

Level 5 participants learn to:

  • Tread water with two different kicks, 2 minutes
  • Survival swimming, 2 minutes
  • Survival floating, 2 minutes • Water safety, helping others

Perform the following:

  • Standing dive, shallow dive, glide two body lengths and begin any front stroke
  • Sidestroke, elementary backstroke, 25 yds
  • Tuck and pike surface dive
  • Front and back flip turns
  • Front and back crawl, 50 yards
  • Butterfly and breaststroke, 25 yards

Level 5 Exit Skills Assessment:

  1. Perform a shallow dive into deep water, swim front crawl for 50 yards, maintain position on back for 2 minutes in deep water (float or scull), and swim elementary backstroke for 25 yards;
  2. Swim breaststroke for 25 yards, tread water for 2 minutes and swim.


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