LEVEL 1

OBJECTIVE:

To help students feel comfortable in the water and to enjoy the water safely.

 

REQUIREMENTS:

Students must be at least three years old and able to interact with someone other than his/her parents.

 

SKILLS COVERED:

Entering and exiting the water safely, learning to submerge mouth, nose and eyes and breath control, front and back float and recovering to a stand, changing direction in the water, swimming 5 feet on front and back.

LEVEL 2

OBJECTIVE:

To give swimmers success with fundamental skills

 

REQUIREMENTS:

Students will work toward overcoming their fear of water while giving the non-swimmers an opportunity to acquire basic skills such as breath control, gliding, and kick and arm strokes.

 

SKILLS COVERED:

Entering water by stepping or jumping in from the side, submerging entire head, blowing bubbles, open eyes underwater, front and back glide, swim 15 feet on front and 10 feet on back, swim on side

LEVEL 3

OBJECTIVE:

To build on skills in Level 2 through additional guided practice

 

REQUIREMENTS:

Students entering this level must possess a Level 2 certificate or demonstrate all the Level 2 skills

 

SKILLS COVERED:

Jump into deep water, head first entry from sitting or kneeling, submerging and retrieving an object, bobbing, survival float for 30 seconds, treading water for 30 seconds, front crawl 15 yards, butterfly 15 feet, back crawl 15 yards, elementary rescues, safe diving, check-call-care

LEVEL 4

OBJECTIVE:

To develop confidence in the strokes learned thus far and to improve other aquatic skills by increasing endurance through swimming greater distances.

 

REQUIREMENTS:

Students entering this level must possess a Level 3 certificate or demonstrate all the Level 3 skills.

 

SKILLS COVERED:

diving, underwater swimming, feet-first surface dive, 1 minute of survival floating, treading and back floating, 25 yards of front crawl, breaststroke and back crawl, 15 yards of butterfly and elementary backstroke and sidestroke, compact jump from height in a lifejacket, throwing assists and caring for conscious choking victim.

LEVEL 5

OBJECTIVE:

To develop confidence in the strokes learned thus far and to improve other aquatic skills by increasing endurance through swimming greater distances.

REQUIREMENTS:

Students entering this level must possess a Level 3 certificate or demonstrate all the Level 4 skills.

 

SKILLS COVERED:

diving, underwater swimming, feet-first surface dive, 1 minute of survival floating, treading and back floating, 25 yards of front crawl, breaststroke and back crawl, 15 yards of butterfly and elementary backstroke and sidestroke, compact jump from height in a lifejacket, throwing assists and caring for conscious choking victim.

LEVEL 6

OBJECTIVE:

Refine strokes so students swim them with more ease, efficiency, power and smoothness over greater distances; includes "menu options" - Personal Water Safety, Fitness Swimmer and Fundamentals of Diving

REQUIREMENTS:

Students entering this level must possess a Level 5 certificate or demonstrate all the Level 5 skills

 

SKILLS COVERED:

500 yards continuous swim using 100 yards each of front & back crawl, 50 yards each of breastroke, elementary backstroke, sidestroke & butterfly and 100 yards choice of any of those strokes, survival floating and back floating 5 minutes each, feet first surface dive & retrieve an object from 7 feet, Cooper 12-minute swim test