For children 6 months to 3 years. Basic skills of bouyancy on front and back, entries and exits, and submersions are taught to parents and children to help orientate children to the water.
For children 6 months to 3 years. Additional basic skills such as changing body positions, performing combined strokes ,gliding, and rhythmical patterns are taught. These skills offer a foundation for learning the swimming strokes. Safety topics are also presented.
Children are taught to feel comfortable in the water while learning elementary aquatic skills. Eleven new skill movements are supported. Safety behaviors are also taught.
Children build on Level 1 skills and fundamental skills, Children learn floats, recoveries, locomotion skills, and patterns for alternating movements needed in future strokes. Some of the nine movements are unsupported. Self-help and rescue skils are also presented.
Children progress on ten level 2 skills with additional guidance. Combined simultaneous arm and leg movements are coordinated. Alternating arm and leg movements are coordinated. Additional safety skills are presented. Many movements are unsupported.
Level 1: Introduction to Water Skills
Water adjustment, floating, breath control, water entry/exit, walking through the water comfortably, supported kick on front and back, alternating arm action, basic water safety rules, and simple rescue (without equipment).
Level 2: Fundamental Aquatic Skills
Breath holding, retrieving objects, orientation to deep water, front and back floating, water entry/exit, flutter kick, combined stroke, turns, and personal safety and rescue skills. Students must pass a Level 1 skills test to enter Level 2.
Level 3: Stroke Development
Object retrieval (eyes open), bobbing (submerged head), jumping into deep water, diving from a kneeling position, glides, arm strokes, back crawl, elementary backstroke, reversing directions while swimming on front and back, treading water, deep water entry with life jacket, H.E.L.P. position, huddle position, and basic rescue techniques. Must pass Level 2 skill test to enter Level 3.
Level 4: Stroke Improvement
Deep water bobbing, rotary breathing, diving from side of pool (stride and standing positions), elementary backstroke, sculling, front crawl, back crawl, breaststroke, sidestroke, wall turns, treading water, rescue breathing, and an introduction to CPR. Must pass a Level 3 Skill test to enter Level 4.
Level 5: Stroke Refinement
Alternate breathing, stride jump entry, diving progression from diving board, long shallow dive, breaststroke, sidestroke, underwater swimming, elementary backstroke, butterfly, front crawl, back crawl, open turns, feet-first surface dive, safe diving rules, spinal injury recognition, and treading water. Must pass Level 4 skills test to enter Level 5.
Level 6: Swimming and Skill Proficiency
Refines the strokes so students swim them with ease, efficiency, and power over greater distances. Level 6 is designed with "menu" options that focus on preparing students to participate in more advanced courses, such as Water Safety Instructor, Lifeguarding, Masters Swim Club, and Spring-Board Diving. These options include: Personal Water Safety (PWS), Fundamentals of Diving (F Div), and Fitness Swimming (Fit Swim).