Swim Lesson Description

All classes are taught using the Red Cross group swim lesson format and taught by certified Water Safety Instructors. Courses are designed to teach children the fundamentals of swimming in a fun and patient environment. A progressive level format is used to build on skills learned in the previous class level. Parents should enroll children in the level for which they have adequate skills.

Cuttle Fish Parent/Tot Program
Cuttle Fish A is designed for ages 6 months to 17 months. Cuttle Fish B is designed for ages 18 months to 35 months. This program teaches children how to become accustomed to the water through playful interaction and games. Parents learn about aquatic safety for children. Parent participation is required.

Cuttle Fish

Parents must accompany children in the water and children must wear swim diapers which can be purchased at the swim lesson site. This class does not teach children to be accomplished swimmer or survive in the water by themselves.

Beginning Skills

  • Exploring the pool with parent, holding positions
  • Out of water and in water exploration with toys
  • Blowing bubbles on surface
  • Submerging mouth, nose, eyes
  • Blowing bubbles with mouth submerged
  • Underwater explorations
  • Leg actions (kicks)
  • Front float and back float with support
  • Roll front to back, back to front with support
  • Passing glide from parent to instructor, instructor to parent
  • Arm movement, front position, combined with kicking

Advanced Skills

  • Enter water in seated position, roll over from seated position, slide in
  • Jump in from side
  • Bobbing
  • Underwater exploration (eyes open)
  • Retrieving objects below the water surface
  • Kick up to surface
  • Front glide to parent and from parent to wall
  • Passing with kicks from instructor to parent
  • Front glide, drifting with breathing
  • Changing positions, vertical to front and vertical to back float
  • Arm movement on back, finning combined with kicking
  • Exit independently at side of pool or using ladder or stairs

Clown Fish Level I (3-5 Years)
This level focuses on water adjustment through games and playful interaction. There is no formal introduction to swimming strokes. It is designed to develop a comfort level in the water that will prepare the child to learn how to swim.

Clown Fish

Parent participation in the water is optional but the child must be able to take direction from the instructor if the parent does not participate. 

Skills

  • Exploring the pool in shallow water
  • Blowing bubbles on surface
  • Submerging mouth, nose, and eyes
  • Combining bubbles with submerged mouth, nose and eyes
  • Underwater exploration with eyes open
  • Bobs (10X)
  • Front float with support
  • Back float with support
  • Front glide
  • Kicking on front with support
  • Back glide
  • Kicking on back with support
  • Front glide and recover to vertical position
  • Back glide and recover to vertical position
  • Alternating arm movements on front
  • Basic water safety rules
  • Wear a lifejacket on deck and enter shallow water

Jelly Fish Level II (3-5 Years)

Clown Fish level skills are required. Child must be able to take direction from the instructor. Instruction focuses on supported floating and beginning arm movements as well as rhythmic bobbing. 

Jelly Fish

Skills

  • Pool entries (seated, slide in)
  • Blow bubbles through mouth and nose
  • Fully submerged bobs with controlled bubbles
  • Open eyes underwater and retrieve submerged objects
  • Front float with support and unsupported 
  • Back float with support and unsupported
  • Roll from front float to back float with support
  • Front glide with flutter kick
  • Back glide with flutter kick-arms at side
  • Combined arm and leg action on front crawl
  • Combined arm and leg action on back crawl
  • Freestyle and recover to vertical position
  • Introduction to finning
  • Basic water safety rules
  • Lifejacket float

Balloon Fish Level III  (3 - 5 Years)

Children enrolled in Level III must be able to perform Level II skills without instructor assistance. Unsupported floating and gliding as well as front and back crawl arm movements are taught. Also personal safety skills are introduced.

Balloon Fish

Skills

  • Pool entries (slide in, jump in, sit dive assisted)
  • Rhythmic bobbing with controlled breath (10X)
  • Fully submerged and retrieve objects from bottom of pool
  • Front float without support
  • Back float without support
  • Front glide with kick, streamline body
  • Back glide with kick
  • Freestyle arms with flutter kick (5 yds)
  • Back stroke arms with flutter kick (5 yds)
  • Introduction to side breathing
  • Treading water with arm and hand action
  • Basic water safety rules
  • Float face up in shallow water with lifejacket on 1 minute

Flying Fish Level IV (3-5 Years)

This class is designed for those who have mastered the skills taught in levels I through III. Elementary backstroke is introduced and children become accustomed with bobbing to safety, treading water and swimming in deeper water. Diving from the side of the pool is also introduced.

Flying Fish

Skills

  • Unassisted sit dive
  • Freestyle with side breathing and flutter kicks (15 yds)
  • Back stroke (15 yds)
  • Elementary back stroke (15 yds)
  • Introduction to breast stroke arms
  • Introduction to breast stroke kicks
  • Introduction to scissor kicks and sidestroke
  • Introduction to butterfly kick
  • Jump into deep water
  • Compact dive in deep water from side of pool
  • Kneeling dive in deep water from side of pool
  • Tread water in deep water with arm and leg actions
  • Basic water safety rules
  • Jump into deep water with lifejacket on
  • Demonstrate H.E.L.P position (1 minute)
  • Demonstrate Huddle position (1 minute)

Tang Fish Level V 
This course is designed for those who have mastered the skills taught in levels 1 through 4. 

Tang Fish

Skills

  • Unassisted pool entries (jump in deep water from side of pool, sitting dive, kneeling dive, compact dive)
  • Freestyle with flutter kick (20 yds)
  • Backstroke with flutter kick (20 yds)
  • Elementary Backstroke (20 yds)
  • Breaststroke (15 yds)
  • Sidestroke with scissor kick (5 yds)
  • Push off in streamline position then flutter kick for 2 body lengths
  • Push off in streamline position on back then kick on back for 2 body
  • lengths
  • Push off in streamline position then begin dolphin kick for 2 body lengths
  • Introduce Butterfly arms
  • Butterfly kick and body motion (5 yds)
  • Tread water for 30-60 seconds with arm and leg action
  • Feet first surface dive in 5 ft
  • Survival Float on back (30 secs)
  • Rules for safe diving

Sea Turtle Level I (6-12 Years)
This program is designed for youth age 6-12. No swimming skills required. 

Sea Turtle

Skills

  • Demonstrate safe pool entry and exit (slide in, steps, ladder)
  • Submerge head and exhale underwater through mouth and nose
  • Open eyes underwater
  • Pick up submerged objects underwater
  • Bobs with controlled exhales
  • Front float (supported and unsupported)
  • Back float (supported and unsupported)
  • Front float for 3 seconds, roll to back and back float for 3 seconds
  • Front glide with flutter kick
  • Back glide with flutter kick
  • Roll over from front glide to back glide
  • Roll over from back glide to front glide
  • Freestyle with arms and legs actions (5 yds)
  • Back stroke with arm and leg actions (5 yds)
  • Discuss basic water safety rules
  • Demonstrate proper use of a lifejacket

Sting Ray Level II (6-12 Years)
This program is designed for youth age 6-12 who have completed level 1 Sea Turtle skills and are comfortable in the water. 

Sting Ray

Skills

  • Pool entry (jump in, compact dive assisted in deep water)
  • Rhythmic bobs (10X)
  • Retrieve objects from bottom of pool (shallow water)
  • Freestyle with side breathing (10 yds)
  • Back stroke (10 yds)
  • Elementary backstroke
  • Sidestroke
  • Breaststroke pulls
  • Breaststroke kicks
  • Sculling arm action
  • Finning arm action
  • Treading water with arm and leg action
  • Introduction to egg beater kicks
  • Move in water while wearing a lifejacket
  • H.E.L.P position
  • Huddle position

Seal Level III (6-12 Years)
This program is designed for youth age 6-12 who have completed Sting Ray skills (or have mastered Flying Fish skills). 

Seal

Skills

  • Pool entries (jump in deep water from side of pool, sitting dive, kneeling dive, compact dive)
  • Push off in streamline position then begin flutter kick
  • Push off in streamline position on back then begin kicking
  • Push off in streamline position then begin dolphin kick
  • Freestyle with side breathing (15 yds)
  • Back stroke with flutter kicks (15 yds)
  • Breaststroke (15 yds)
  • Butterfly kick and body motion (5yds)
  • Introduction to butterfly arms
  • Egg beater kicks and arm sculling
  • Tread water with arm and kick action (30 seconds -1 minute)
  • Survival float on back (30 seconds in deep water)
  • Feet first surface dive
  • Rules for safe diving
  • H.E.L.P position (1 minute)
  • Huddle position (1 minute)

Dolphin Level IV (6-12 Years)
This program is designed for youth age 6-12 who have completed the level III Seal skills. This program is only offered during the summer months. 

Dolphin

Skills

  • Freestyle with side breathing and flutter kicks (25 yds)
  • Back stroke with flutter kicks (25 yds)
  • Breaststroke (25 yds)
  • Elementary Back stroke (25 yds)
  • Butterfly (15 yds)
  • Tread water with egg beater kicks (1 minute)
  • Swim underwater (3 body lengths)
  • Open turn on front and swim 2 body lengths
  • Open turn on back and swim 2 body lengths
  • Swim on side with scissor kicks (15 yds)
  • Dive in deep water from stride position (race dive)
  • Feet first surface dive in deep water

Orca Level 5 (6 - 12 Years)
This program is designed for youth age 6-12 who have completed the level IV Dolphin skills. The purpose of this level is to refine the strokes so students swim them with ease, efficiency, power and smoothness over greater distances. This class requires a higher level of proficiency and endurance in each of the strokes taught at previous levels. This program is only offered during the summer months. 

Orca

Skills

  • Freestyle with side breathing (50 yds)
  • Back stroke (25 yds)
  • Elementary Back stroke (25 yds)
  • Breaststroke (25 yds)
  • Butterfly (25 yds)
  • Tread water (2 minutes)
  • Flip turn on front and swim 2 body lengths
  • Flip turn on back and swim 2 body lengths in 1 continuous motion
  • Sidestroke (25 yds)
  • Dive in deep water from stride position (racing dive)
  • Race start with streamline
  • Tuck surface dive and pike surface dive

Great White Level VI (6-12 Years)

This program is designed for youth age 6-12 who have completed the level V Orca skills. This class requires a higher level of proficiency and endurance in each of the strokes taught at previous levels. This program is only offered during the summer months. 

Great White

Skills

  • Freestyle with side breathing (1 breath every 3rd stroke) with flip turns (100 yds)
  • Back stroke with flip turns (100 yds)
  • Elementary backstroke (50 yds)
  • Breaststroke pull down
  • Breaststroke with two hand touch turns (50 yds)
  • Butterfly, breathing every other stroke, with two hand touch turns (100 yds)
  • Tread water with legs only, no hands (50 yds)
  • Tread water with arms (3 minutes)
  • Sidestroke (50 yds) 
  • Swim continuously 500 yards with combination of any strokes
  • Retrieve a diving brick from 8-10 feet deep water