Youth Class Levels

RED CROSS Swim Class Descriptions

Water Babies: Parent and Child Aquatic Skills / Builds swimming readiness by emphasizing fun in the water.

  • Learn elementary skills: water entry, bubble blowing, front kicking, back floating and underwater exploration.

Level 1: Introduction to Water Skills / Helps students feel comfortable in the water.

  • Enter and exit water safely

  • Open eyes underwater, pick up a submerged object

  • Swim on front and back using arm and leg actions

  • Submerge mouth, nose and eyes

  • Float on front and back

  • Follow basic water safety rules

  • Exhale underwater through mouth and nose

  • Explore arm and hand movements

  • Use a life jacket

Level 2: Fundamental Aquatic Skills / Gives students success with fundamental skills.

  • Enter water by stepping or jumping from the side

  • Open eyes underwater, pick up a submerged object

  • Roll over from front to back, back to front

  • Swim on side

  • Exit water safely using ladder or side

  • Float on front and back

  • Tread water using arm and leg motions

  • Move in the water while wearing a life jacket

  • Submerge entire head

  • Perform front and back glide

  • Swim on front and back using combined strokes.

Level 3: Stroke Development / Builds on the skills in Level 2 through additional guided practice.

  • Jump into deep water from the side

  • Bob with the head fully submerged

  • Perform survival float

  • Butterfly kick and body motion

  • Use CHECK-CALL-CARE in an emergency

  • Dive from kneeling or standing position

  • Use rotary breathing in horizontal position

  • Change from horizontal to vertical position on front and back

  • Perform the HELP and Huddle positions

  • Submerge and retrieve on object

  • Perform front and back glide

  • Perform front and back crawl

  • Perform a reaching assist

Level 4: Stroke Improvement / Develops confidence in the skills learned and improves other aquatic skills.

  • Perform shallow dive or dive from stride position

  • Perform open turns on front and back using any stroke

  • Use safe diving rules

  • Perform a throwing assist

  • Swim underwater

  • Tread water using sculling arm motions and kick

  • Perform compact jump into water from a height while wearing a life jacket

  • Care for conscious choking victim

  • Perform fee-first surface dive

  • Perform the following: Front and back crawl, swim on side using scissor-like kick, breaststroke, butterfly and elementary backstroke.

Level 5: Stroke Refinement / Provides further coordination and refinement of strokes.

  • Tread water with two different kicks

  • Learn survival swimming

  • Perform rescue breathing

  • Perform the following: standing dive, pike surface dive, butterfly, shallow dive, glide two body lengths and begin any front stroke, front flip turn, breaststroke, backstroke flip turn, elementary backstroke, tuck surface dive, front and back crawl and sidestroke.

OTHER Swim Class Descriptions

TRI Training – TRI it! This class is for those who wish to learn techniques and build endurance for triathlons. The class focuses on improving swimming strokes, including free style, backstroke, breast stroke and side stroke. Workouts will include one on one instruction and drills.