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Learn-to-swim Level 2: Fundamentals of Aquatic Skills


To give participants success with fundamental skills, including learning how to float without support and to recover to a vertical position


American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim Level 1: Introduction to Water Skills certificate or successful demonstration of all certification requirements from Level 1. Participants are age 6 years or older.

Learning Objectives

  • Enter and exit water by stepping or jumping from the side
  • Fully submerge and hold breath
  • Bobbing
  • Open eyes under water and retrieve submerged objects
  • Front, jellyfish and tuck floats
  • Front and back glides and floats
  • Recover to vertical position
  • Roll from front to back and back to front
  • Change direction of travel while swimming on front or back
  • Tread water using arm and leg actions
  • Combined arm and leg actions on front and back
  • Finning arm action
  • Learn how to stay safe, including recognizing an emergency, knowing how to call for help and perform simple non-swimming assists
  • Learn how to stay safe in, on and around the water, including the use of a life jacket, recognizing lifeguards and sun safety
  • Learn to look carefully before entering the water
  • Learn what to think about and do when exhausted or caught in a dangerous situation

Certification Requirements

  • Demonstrate competency in all required skills and activities, including in-water skills
  • Successfully complete the following exit skills assessment:

1. Step from side into chest-deep water, move into a front float for 5 seconds, roll to back, float for 5 seconds then return to a vertical position.

2. Move into a back float for 5 seconds, roll to front then recover to a vertical position.

3. Push off and swim using combined arm and leg actions on front for 5 body lengths, roll to back, float for 15 seconds, roll to the front then continue swimming for 5 body lengths. (You can assist the participant when taking a breath.)

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