Red Cross Swim Kids (6 to 13 years)

Level 1

This entry level provides swimmers with an orientation to water and the pool area. They work on independent floats, glides, and kicking. Swimmers build their endurance by working on the 5 metre front swim.

Level 2

Swimmers work on propulsion skills to move through the water and to remain at the surface. This level provides an introduction to front crawl as the front swim is completed by having arms come out of the water while moving in a circular motion. Children are introduced to deep water activities and proper use of a Personal Flotation Device (PFD). Fitness activities include the 10 metre flutter kick and a 10 metre distance swim.

Level 3

This level further develops front swim and introduces proper breathing technique. Swimmer receives an introduction to diving and learns how to make wise choices about where and when to swim. Endurance is achieved by building strength in flutter kick and a 15 metre swim.

Level 4

The front crawl, back glide, and shoulder roll for back crawl are further developed. Swimmers work on kneeling dives, surface support (45 seconds), and developing a greater sense of self-safety by understanding their own limits. Endurance is built through a 25 metre swim.

Level 5

This level introduces the back crawl (15 metres), sculling skills, whip kick on the back, stride dives, and treading water. Front crawl increases to 15 metres. An introduction to safe boating skills is also included. Endurance is developed through a 50 metre swim.

Level 6

This level refines front crawl with a focus on hand entry and breathing (25 metre), back crawl with a focus on arm positions and body roll (25 metre), and introduces elementary backstroke (15 metre), safety on ice, and rescue of others with throwing assists. Swimmers demonstrate the front dive and their ability to tread water in deep water for 1½ minutes. Endurance is built through dolphin kick and a 75 metre swim.

Level 7/8

This level builds skills and endurance for the front crawl, back crawl (50 - 75m) and elementary back stroke (25m). It introduces swimmers to whip kick on the front and breast stroke (15m). Swimmers learn about airway and breathing obstructions, the performance of rescue breathing, the dangers of open water, hypothermia, reach assists, stride entry, and standing shallow dives. Swimmers participate in timed treading water activities using the eggbeater skill for 3 minutes. Endurance is built on a 150 - 300m swim.

Level 9/10

This level refines the front crawl (100), back crawl (100m), elementary back stroke (50m), breast stroke (25 - 50m), and sidestroke (25m). It encourages swimmers to combine different kicks for fitness (3 mins). Swimmers learn about sun safety, wise choices, peer influences, rescue of others from ice, and head-first and feet-first surface dives. Endurance is built through a 400m - 500m swim.