The following American Red Cross lessons run 30 minutes. These lessons strive for a 1:6 teacher to student ratio.
Level 1: Introduction to Water Skills
Students will be taught basic water safety to help build comfort in the water. Elementary aquatic skills such as putting your face in the water, floating with support and basic arm and leg movements will be taught to help build confidence in the water. Pre-requisite: Child must be ready to participate in a group setting.
Level 2: Fundamental Aquatic Skills
Students will build on their confidence in the water by learning to float independently and begin development of locomotion skills. Students will also further develop simultaneous and alternating arm and leg actions on the front and back for future stroke development. Pre-requisite: Pass Level 1; OR Go underwater without hesitation; comfortable floating on front and back with support.
Level 3: Stroke Development
Students will build on skills learned in Levels 1 and 2 and start to learn stroke proficiency in the front crawl and elementary backstroke. Students will also be introduced to the fundamentals of treading water to help build comfort in deep water. Pre-requisite: Pass Level 2; OR Independently floating on front and back for 5 seconds; forward movement through water.
Level 4: Stroke Improvement
Students will continue development of learned strokes (front crawl, elementary backstroke) to achieve greater distances and proficiency. Students will also be introduced to the back crawl, breaststroke, side stroke and butterfly to help build on their aquatic skills. Pre-requisite: Pass Level 3; OR Swim 15 yards front crawl with rotary breathing.
Level 5: Stroke Refinement
Students will refine their performance of all strokes (front crawl, back crawl, butterfly, breaststroke, sidestroke, and elementary backstroke) and increase their distances. Flip turns for the front crawl and back crawl will also be introduced. Pre-requisite: Pass Level 4; OR Swim 25 yards front and back crawl.
Level 6: Stroke Clinic
Stroke Clinic is designed for swimmers who can swim at least 50 meters. Stroke Clinic will refine your swimming skills for lifelong success in the water. Whether you are refining your strokes to become a lifeguard, join a swim team, or just learn to swim efficiently, this class is for you. This is a 45 minute class.