Swim Levels

Pre-school Levels (age 3-5)

Level a - Intro to Water Skills

  • Blow bubbles with mouth and nose

  • Front float and back float

  • Roll from front to back and back to front

  • Combined arm and leg action on front

  • Combined arm and leg action on back

Level a Exit Skill- Enter water and swim 5 yards and safely exit the water. Glide on front for 2 body lengths and roll on back for 3 seconds.

Level b - Intro to Water Skills

  • Open eyes underwater to retrieve submerged objects

  • Front float and back float for 3 seconds

  • Swim on front and roll on back for a rest

  • Combined arm and leg action on front, 3 body lengths

  • Finning on back, 3 body lengths

Level b Exit Skill- Swim using combined arm and leg actions on front for 3 body lengths, roll to back, float for 5 seconds, roll to front then continue swimming on front for 3 body lengths.

Level c - Intro to Water Skills

  • Front and back glides, 2 body lengths

  • Change direction of travle while swimming on front or back

  • Treading water using arm and leg action

  • Combined arm and leg action on front, 5 body lengths

  • Combined arm and leg action on back, 5 body lenghts

Level c Exit Skill- Push off and swim using combined arm and leg actiosn on front for 5 body lengths, roll to back, float for 15 seconds, roll to front then continue swimming for 5 body lenghts.

School-Aged Levels (over 5)

Level I - Intro to Water Skills

    • Submerge mouth, nose, and eyes

    • Blow bubles with mouth and nose

    • Open eyes underwater and pick up a ring

    • Move 5 feet on front using arms and legs

  • Move on back with finning and kicking

Level I Exit Skills- Enter unassisted, move for 5 yards, and safely exit the water. Float on front with support for 3 seconds, roll to back and float on back with support for 3 seconds.

Level II- Fundamental Skills

    • Combined arm and leg actions on front, 15 feet

    • Combined arm and leg actions on back, 15 feet

    • Change direction of travel paddling on front

    • Roll over from front to back

  • Tread Water, using arm and leg motions

Level II Exit Skills- Jump into water, move into a front float, roll over to a back float, and return to a standing position. Swim using a combination of arm and leg action on front and back.

Level III- Stroke Development

    • Perform side breathing while on front

    • Front glide and back glide for two body lengths

    • Demonstrate proper front crawl, 40 feet

    • Demonstrate proper back crawl, 40 feet

    • Butterfly kick and body motion, 15 feet

    • Whip kick on front and back

    • Introduction to elementary back stroke

  • Head-first entry from the side

Level III Exit Skills- Jump into deep water from the side, swim front crawl using rhytmic side breathing for 40 feet, tread water for 30 seconds, swim back crawl for 40 feet

Level IV- Stroke Improvement

  • Open front turn into streamline position

  • Swim underwater, 3 body lengths

  • Front crawl (freestyle) 25 yards

  • Back crawl, 25 yards

  • Elementary backstroke, 15 yards

  • Breaststroke, 15 yards

  • Butterfly, 15 yards

Level IV Exit Skills- Dive into deep water, swim front crawl for 25 yards, swim elementary backstroke for 15 yards. Swim breaststroke for 15 yards, tread water for 1 minute, and swim back crawl for 25 yards.

Level V- Stroke Refinement

    • Shallow dive from the side

    • Flip turn on front and back

    • Front crawl (freestyle) 50 yards

    • Back crawl, 50 yards

    • Elementary backstroke, 25 yards

    • Breaststroke, 25 yards

  • Butterfly, 25 yards

Level V Exit Skills- Perform a shallow dive into deep water, swim front crawl for 50 yards, swim elementary backstroke for 25 yards. Swim breaststroke for 25 yards, tread water for 2 minutes, and swim back crawl for 50 yards.