Swimmer 1 (Red Cross Swim Kids 1)
- Building the foundation of swimming skill development beginner swimmers will gain confidence in the water as they learn safe entries into various depths of water, treading water in a lifejacket, opening their eyes underwater, and breath control. Once they have learned their floats, rollovers, glides, and kicks from front to back, they will front crawl their way into the next level.
Swimmer 2 (Red Cross Swim Kids 2 and 3)
- Swimmer will gain comfort in deeper water by jumping in, learning their sideways entries, and treading water without a lifejacket. Swimmers will be challenged by the introduction of various skills including flutter kick on their front, back, and side, vertical whip kick with an aid, and swimming front crawl and back crawl for 10 meters. Swimmers will get to work on their Swim to Survive skills and be introduced to interval training.
Swimmer 3 (Red Cross Swim Kids 4 and 5)
- Swimmers will make a splash with their kneeling dives and forward roll entries. Swimmers will be challenged with the introductions to more difficult (but fun) skills such as handstands in shallow water and front somersaults (in water). Increased time and distance components are incorporated for skills learned such as flutter kick on front and back, whip kick on back, front and back crawl, and interval training.
Swimmer 4 (Red Cross Swim Kids 6)
- Swimmers will move from a beginner to intermediate swimming level. Swimmers will complete standing dives, tread water for 1 minute, and work towards being able to swim underwater for 5 meters. Swimmers will achieve the Swim to Survive standard by being able to roll into deep water, tread for 1 minute, and swim 50 meters. In addition to improving their front crawl, back crawl, and whip kick, swimmers will be introduced to breaststroke.
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