Swim Kids

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Swim Kids - 6-16 yrs

Red Cross Swim Kids

The Red Cross Swim Kids program is a 10-level program for school-aged children (5 to 16). 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 are challenged to achieve personal bests in distance and time, which is a strong motivator through all 10 levels. Unless otherwise stated, the classes are offered in the Fall and the Winter sessions.

Please see the table at the bottom of the page for a description of each level.

Our lessons run on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

If you have already taken lessons before using a program other than the Canadian Red Cross, please click here for our Conversion Chart to help determine the appropriate Red Cross level for your child.

Please note that we do not offer make up lessons for missed classes. 

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Red Cross Swim Program Level Descriptions

Level

Prerequisites

In This Level

Swim Kids 1

30 mins

5 children/class

At least 5 years of age, no previous swimming experience required

 

Swimmers develop front and back float, front and back glide, flutter kick (assisted), shallow water entries and exits, and swim 5 metres.

Swim Kids 2

30 mins

5 children/class

At least 5 years of age and successful completion of Swim Kids 1

Swimmers learn front and back glide with flutter kick, develop front swim, complete deep-water activities (assisted) and swim 10 metres continuously.

Swim Kids 3

30 mins

5 children/class

At least 5 years of age and successful completion of Swim Kids 2

Swimmers increase their distance on front and back glide with flutter kick, perform flutter kick unassisted, wear a PFD in deep water, float in deep water, and swim 15 metres continuously.

Swim Kids 4

30 mins

6 children/class

At least 5 years of age and successful completion of Swim Kids 3

Swimmers learn back swim with shoulder roll and front crawl (10m), work on flutter kick on back, perform kneeling dive, introduction to sculling and swim 25 metres continuously.

Swim Kids 5

45 mins

6 children/class

At least 5 years of age and successful completion of Swim Kids 4

Swimmers develop front crawl (15m), learn back crawl (15m) and whip kick on back, learn stride dive and treading water, perform head-first sculling on back, and swim 50 metres continuously.

Swim Kids 6

45 mins

6 children/class

At least 5 years of age and successful completion of Swim Kids 5

Swimmers increase their distance on front and back crawl (25m), learn elementary back stroke (15m), learn dolphin kick, tread water in deep water, perform front dive, and swim 75 metres continuously

Swim Kids 7

45 mins

6-8 children/class

At least 5 years of age and successful completion of Swim Kids 6

Swimmers increase their distance on front and back crawl (50m) and elementary back stroke (25m), learn front scull, perform whip kick on front and dolphin kick, learn stride entry and swim 150 metres continuously.

Swim Kids 8

45 mins

6-8 children/class

At least 5 years of age and successful completion of Swim Kids 7

Swimmers increase their distance on front and back crawl (75m) and elementary back stroke (25m), learn breast stroke(15m), learn eggbeater/tread water, perform feet-first surface dive and standing shallow dive, and swim 300 metres continuously.

Swim Kids 9

45 mins

8-10 children/class

At least 5 years of age and successful completion of Swim Kids 8

Swimmers increase their distance on front and back crawl (100m), elementary back stroke (50m) and breast stroke (25m), learn sidestroke kick, perform head-first surface dive, and swim 400 metres continuously.

Swim Kids 10

45 mins

8-10 children/class

At least 5 years of age and successful completion of Swim Kids 9

Swimmers increase their distance on front and back crawl (100m), elementary back stroke (50m) and breast stroke (50m), learn sidestroke (25m), perform dolphin kick (vertical), learn feet- and head-first surface dives with underwater swim, and swim 500 metres continuously.