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We are now registering for Fall 2017 Red Cross Swimming Lessons for Adults and Children

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Fall YWCA Swim Lesson Schedule 2017


Red Cross Swim Preschool is for children ages three to five.

Otter Level (3 to 5 years)

Preschoolers actively learn new swimming skills including assisted floats and glides through games and songs. The fun includes learning to jump into chest deep water.

Sunfish Level (3 to 5 years)

Assisted by an Instructor, preschoolers work on stroke and skills progressions. Learning also focuses on good judgement in, on and around the water, and entries and floats in deep water.

Crocodile Level (3 to 5 years)

Preschoolers start independent glides and kicking in deep water. Endurance is built through increasing distance for front and back swims. Swimmers learn about the dolphin kick and try synchro skills in the water.

Whale Level (3 to 5 years)

In Whale, children will learn to swim independently and participate in team games. Preschoolers will increase their distance and improve skills in front and back swims. Swimmers also learn about throwing assists to help another person in the water.


 Red Cross Swim Kids for 6-year-old children and older.This 10-level program for school aged children will help swimmers develop all six swimming strokes (front and back crawl, elementary back stroke, breast stroke, butterfly, sidestroke), actively learn how to be safe around the water, and increase their fitness and endurance through fun activities. Children will be challenged to achieve personal bests in distance and time, which will be a strong motivator through all 10 levels.

Red Cross Swim Kids Level 1

This is the entry level for those who didn’t take the Red Cross Swim Preschool lessons. This level provides an orientation to the water and the pool area and introduces floats and glides with kicks. Children build their endurance by improving distance.

Red Cross Swim Kids Level 2

A second orientation level which helps the child build skills in front and back swims. Children are introduced to deep water activities and proper use of a Personal Flotation Device (PFD). Endurance is built on flutter kicking with assisted glides.

Red Cross Swim Kids Level 3

This level provides an introduction to front crawl as well the foundation for making wise choices on where and when to swim. Diving is introduced and children will work on floats and changing direction. Endurance is achieved by building strength in flutter kick and a 15-metre swim.

Red Cross Swim Kids Level 4

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

Red Cross Swim Kids Level 5

Back crawl is introduced, along with sculling skills and whip kick on the back. Children try stride dives receive an introduction to safe boating skills. Endurance is developed through dolphin kick and a 50-metre swim.

Red Cross Swim Kids Level 6

Front and back crawl continue to be refined as the elementary backstroke is newly introduced. Children are also introduced to safety on ice, elementary rescue of others with throwing assists, treading water and the front dive. Endurance is built through a 75- metre swim.

Red Cross Swim Kids Level 7

Level 7 continues to build skills and endurance for front crawl, back crawl and elementary back stroke and introduces whip kick on the front. Children learn about airway and breathing obstructions, and participate in timed treading water for increasing endurance. Endurance is built through timed treading water and a 150-metre swim.

Red Cross Swim Kids Level 8

Level 8 provides an introduction to the breaststroke, foot first surface dives, and rescue entries. Children learn about the dangers of open water, hypothermia, and the performance of rescue breathing on children and adults. Endurance is built on the dolphin kick and 300-metre swim.

Red Cross Swim Kids Level 9

Front crawl, back crawl, elementary backstroke and breaststroke continue to be refined. In this level children are encouraged to try combining different strokes and kicks for fitness. They also work on head-first shallow dives and standing dives and learn about wise choices, peer influences, and self-rescue from ice. Endurance is built through a 400- metre swim.

Red Cross Swim Kids Level 10

Further refinement of strokes, with an introduction to butterfly and scissor kick as a warm-up/cool down stroke for fitness. Children learn about sun safety, rescue of others from the ice, and head-first and feet-first shallow dives. Endurance is built using dolphin kick and butterfly drills and a 500-metre swim.


Former ProgramNew Program
AquaTotsRed Cross Swim Preschool
Level 1Starfish
Level 2Duck
Level 3Duck/Sea Turtle
AquaQuestRed Cross Swim Preschool
Level 1 incompletedSea Turtle
Level 1 completedOtter
Level 2 incompletedOtter
Level 2 completedSunfish
Level 3 incompletedSunfish
Level 3 completedDolphin
Level 4 incompletedDolphin
Level 4 completedWhale
Level 5 incompletedWhale
AquaQuestRed Cross Swim Kids
Level 1 completed or incompletedLevel 1
Level 2 completed or incompletedLevel 1
Level 3 completed or incompletedLevel 2
Level 4 completed or incompletedLevel 3
Level 5 completed or incompletedLevel 4
Level 6 completed or incompletedLevel 5
Level 7 completed or incompletedLevel 6
Level 8 completed or incompletedLevel 7
Level 9 completed or incompletedLevel 8
Level 10 completed or incompletedLevel 9
Level 11 completed or incompleted
Level 12 incompleted
Level 10