Youth Swim Lessons
American Red Cross Parent & Child Aquatics is designed for children between the ages of 6 months and approximately 3 years and their parents. The purpose of the course is to familiarize children with the water and teach swimming readiness skills. In addition, Red Cross Parent and Child Aquatics provides safety information for parents and teaches parents techniques they can use to help orient their children to the water.
PARENT & CHILD AQUATICS LEVEL 1
Level 1 introduces basic skills to parents and children. Parents learn how to safely work with their child in the water, including how to appropriately support and hold their child in the water and how to prepare and encourage their child to participate fully and try the skills. Children receive an introduction to basic skills that lays a foundation for learning to swim. In addition, parents are introduced to several water-safety topics.
PARENT & CHILD AQUATICS LEVEL 2
Parent and Child Aquatics Level 2 builds on the skills introduced in Level 1. Participants improve on these skills and learn more advanced skills in Level 2. As with Level 1, water safety topics are included in this level.
American Red Cross Preschool Aquatics is designed for children between 3 and 5 years of age. The purpose of the course is to facilitate developmentally appropriate learning of fundamental water safety and aquatic skills.
PRESCHOOL AQUATICS LEVEL 1
Level 1 introduces basic aquatic skills, which children continue to build on as they progress through Levels 2 and 3 of Preschool Aquatics and Learn to Swim. In addition, children start developing positive attitudes and safe practices around the water in Preschool Aquatics Level 1.
PRESCHOOL AQUATICS LEVEL 2
The objective of Level 2 are to further develop basic aquatic skills. Children begin to perform these skills at a slightly more advanced level (for example, for longer lengths of time, for longer distances, or in deeper water). Level 2 marks the beginning of independent aquatic locomotion skills. Children continue to explore using simultaneous and alternating arm and leg actions on the front and back to gain greater proficiency in preparation for performing strokes. Level 2 also builds on the water safety topics introduced.
PRESCHOOL AQUATICS LEVEL 3
The objective of Level 3 is to increase children’s proficiency in performing previously learned skills. This is accomplished by providing additional guided practice and increasing repetitions, distances, times, or levels of refinement. The skills in Level 3 are performed independently. Children improve their coordination and control of combined simultaneous arm and leg actions and alternating arm and leg actions. New water safety topics are introduced, and previously acquired water safety knowledge and skills are reinforced.
LEARN TO SWIM (LTS)
The objectives of the American Red Cross Learn to Swim courses are to teach children and young teens to be safe in, on, and around the water, and to swim well. Aquatic and personal water safety skills are taught in a logical progression through six levels. As they progress through the levels, participants build on their basic skills to learn and refine various propulsive movements on the front, back, and side. Upon successful completion of Level 3, participants have achieved basic water competency in a pool environment. By the end of Level 6, participants have the prerequisite skills and have developed the necessary skill and fitness levels for entrance into advanced courses, such as Water Safety Instructor and Lifeguarding, or other aquatic activities such as competitive swimming and diving.
LEARN TO SWIM LEVEL 1—INTRODUCTION TO WATER SKILLS
Level 1 introduces basic aquatic skills, which participants continue to build on as they progress through Learn to Swim. In addition, participants start developing positive attitudes, effective swimming habits, and safe practices in and around the water. Learn to Swim Level 1 skills overlap with the Preschool Aquatics Levels 1 and 2 skills.
LEARN TO SWIM LEVEL 2—FUNDAMENTAL AQUATIC SKILLS
The objective of Learn to Swim Level 2 is to give participants success with fundamental skills. Many of the skills taught in this level are the same skills taught in Preschool Aquatics Level 3. This level marks the beginning of true locomotion skills. Participants learn to glide and float without support and recover to a vertical position. Participants further develop simultaneous and alternating arm and leg actions on the front and back, laying the foundation for future strokes. New water safety topics are introduced, and previously acquired water safety knowledge and skills are reinforced.
LEARN TO SWIM LEVEL 3—STROKE DEVELOPMENT
The objectives of Learn to Swim Level 3 are to expand proficiency of previously learned skills by providing additional guided practice. Participants learn and practice survival floating and learn to swim front crawl and elementary backstroke at rudimentary proficiency levels. The scissors and dolphin kicks are introduced, and the duration time for treading water is extended. Participants also learn rules for headfirst entries and begin to learn to enter the water headfirst from a seated position poolside (if the water is 9 feet deep or deeper). As in all levels, new and previously addressed water safety topics are included. Participants who successfully complete Level 3 have achieved basic water competency in a pool environment.