Red Cross Preschool Swimming Levels

Sea Otter (3 to 5 years)

A transitional level that transfers the preschooler to the care of the instructor. All skills are assisted by the instructor.
Using games and activities, swimmers learn to open their eyes under water, further develop basic floats and glides, and swim 1 metre. They also learn age-appropriate water safety skills.

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Salamander (3 to 5 years)

Swimming a distance of two metres.
Staying afloat for five seconds.
Learning to jump into chest-deep water safely – after getting permission from a parent or Instructor.
Opening his or her eyes underwater – a necessary skill for finding the way to the surface.
Floating on his or her front and back without assistance.
Performing front, back and rollover glides.
Learning how to stay safe in, on and around the water.

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Sunfish (3 to 5 years)

Swimming a distance of five metres.
Stop! Look! Ask! an adult before entering the water – an important safety lesson.
Jumping into chest-deep water and maintaining surface support for five seconds – an essential skill for entering deep water.
Floating on his or her front and back in deep water.
Performing front, back and rollover glides with kicking.
How to stay safe in, on and around the water.

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Crocodile (3 to 5 years)

Swimming five metres on front and back.
Beginning use of rhythmic breathing as an important skill for the front crawl.
How to help a distressed swimmer using the Stop! Call for help! method.
Front, back and rollover glides with kicking for longer distances.
Recognizing swimming skills as essential to water sports.
Dolphin kick – a movement that increases kicking strength.
How to stay safe in, on and around the water.

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Whale (3 to 5 years)

Swimming a greater distance – ten metres.
Jumping into chest-deep water and staying safe at the surface for 20 seconds – an important self-rescue skill.
Stop! Throw! Call for help! to aid a distressed swimmer.
Front crawl using appropriate technique for seven metres.
Back swim using appropriate technique for seven metres.
Learn how to stay safe in, on and around the water.

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