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Lesson Descriptions



Preschool Aquatics

Purpose

To learn basic aquatic skills

Prerequisites

Participants are 3 to 5 years old.

Learning Objectives

  • Enter water by stepping in
  • Exit water using ladder, steps or side
  • Bobbing
  • Open eyes under water and retrieve submerged objects
  • Front and back floats and glides
  • Recover from a front or back float or glide to a vertical position
  • Roll from front to back and back to front
  • Tread water using arm and leg actions
  • Combined arm and leg actions on front and back or back
  • Finning arm action on back
  • Learn how to stay safe, including recognizing an emergency and knowing how to call for help
  • Learn how to stay safe in, on and around the water, including the use of a life jacket, recognizing lifeguards and sun safety

Certification Requirements

  • Demonstrate competency in all required skills and activities, including in-water skills
  • Successfully complete the following exit skills assessment (can be done with assistance):
    1. Glide on front at least 2 body lengths, roll to back, float on back for 5 seconds then recover to a vertical position.
    2. Glide on back for at least 2 body lengths, roll to front, float for 5 seconds then recover to a vertical position.
    3. 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.

Learn-to-swim Level 1: Introduction to Water Skills

Purpose

To begin developing positive attitudes, good swimming habits and safe practices in and around the water

Prerequisites

None - Participants start at age 6 years.

Learning Objectives

  • Enter and exit water using ladder, steps or side
  • Blow bubbles through mouth and nose
  • Bobbing
  • Open eyes under water and retrieve submerged objects
  • Front and back glides and floats
  • Recover to vertical position
  • Roll from front to back and back to front
  • Tread water using arm and hand actions
  • Alternating and simultaneous leg actions on front and back
  • Alternating and simultaneous arm actions on front and back
  • Combined arm and leg actions on front and back
  • Learn how to stay safe, including recognizing an emergency and knowing how to call for help
  • Learn how to stay safe in, on and around the water, including the use of a life jacket, recognizing lifeguards and sun safety

Certification Requirements

  • Demonstrate competency in all required skills and activities, including in-water skills
  • Successfully complete the following exit skills assessment:
    1. Enter independently, using either the ladder, steps or side, travel at least 5 yards, bob 3 times then safely exit the water. (Participants can walk, move along the gutter or “swim.”)
    2. Glide on front at least 2 body lengths, roll to a back float for 3 seconds and recover to a vertical position. (This part of the assessment can be performed with support)

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

Purpose

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

Prerequisites

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.)

Learn-to-swim Level 3: Stroke Development

Purpose

To build on the skills in Level 2 by providing additional guided practice in deeper water

Prerequisites

American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim Level 2: Fundamental Aquatic Skills certificate or successful demonstration of all certification requirements from Level 2. Participants are age 6 years or older.

Learning Objectives

  • Enter water by jumping from the side
  • Headfirst entries from the side in sitting and kneeling positions
  • Bobbing while moving toward safety
  • Rotary breathing
  • Survival float
  • Back float
  • Change from vertical to horizontal position on front and back
  • Tread water
  • Flutter, scissor, dolphin and breaststroke kicks on front
  • Front crawl and elementary backstroke
  • Learn to look carefully before entering the water
  • Learn to perform simple non-swimming assists
  • Learn to recognize, prevent and respond to cold water emergencies

Certification Requirements

  • Demonstrate competency in all required skills and activities, including in-water skills
  • Successfully complete the following exit skills assessment: Jump into deep water from the side, swim front crawl for 15 yards, maintain position by treading or floating for 30 seconds and swim elementary backstroke for 15 yards.

Learn-to-swim Level 4: Stroke Improvement

Purpose

To develop participant's confidence in the strokes learned in Level 3 and to improve other aquatic skills

Prerequisites

Valid American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim Level 3: Stroke Development certificate or successful demonstration of all completion requirements from Level 3. Minimum age is 6 years or older.

Learning Objectives

  • Headfirst entries from the side in compact and stride positions
  • Swim under water
  • Feet-first surface dive
  • Survival swimming
  • Front crawl and backstroke open turns
  • Tread water using 2 different kicks
  • Front and back crawl, elementary backstroke, breaststroke, sidestroke and butterfly
  • Flutter and dolphin kicks on back
  • Learn to look carefully before entering the water
  • Learn what to think about and do when exhausted or caught in a dangerous situation
  • Learn to perform simple non-swimming assists
  • Learn about recreational water illnesses and how to prevent them

Certification Requirements

  • Demonstrate competency in all required skills and activities, including in-water skills
  • Successfully complete the following exit skills assessment:
    1. Perform a feet first entry into deep water, swim front crawl for 25 yards, change direction and position as necessary and swim elementary backstroke for 25 yards.
    2. Swim breaststroke for 15 yards, change direction and position as necessary and swim back crawl for 15 yards.

Learn-to-swim Level 5: Stroke Refinement

Purpose

To further learn how to coordinate and refine strokes

Prerequisites

Valid American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim Level 4: Fundamental Aquatic Skills certificate or

successful demonstration of all completion requirements from Level 4. Minimum age is 6 years or older.

Learning Objectives

  • Shallow-angle dive from the side then glide and begin a front stroke
  • Tuck and pike surface dives, submerge completely
  • Front flip turn and backstroke flip turn while swimming
  • Front and back crawl, elementary backstroke, breaststroke, sidestroke and butterfly
  • Sculling
  • Learn to look carefully before entering the water
  • Learn what to think about and do when exhausted or caught in a dangerous situation
  • Learn to perform simple non-swimming assists
  • Learn about recreational water illnesses and how to prevent them
  • Learn how to call for help and the importance of knowing first aid and CPR
  • Learn basic safety guidelines for participating in aquatic activities at water-parks

Certification Requirements

  • Demonstrate competency in all required skills and activities, including in-water skills.
  • Successfully complete the following exit skills assessment:
    1. Perform a shallow-angle dive into deep water, swim front crawl for 50 yards, change direction and position of travel as necessary and swim elementary backstroke for 50 yards.
    2. Swim breaststroke for 25 yards, change direction and position of travel as necessary and swim back crawl for 25 yards.

Learn-to-swim Level 6: Fitness Swimmer

Purpose

To refine strokes so participants swim them with more ease, efficiency, power and smoothness and over greater distances

Prerequisites

Valid American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim Level 5: Stroke Refinement certificate or successful demonstration of all completion requirements from Level 5. Minimum age is 6 years.

Learning Objectives

  • Increase endurance while swimming the following strokes:
  • Front crawl–100 yards
  • Back crawl–100 yards
  • Butterfly–50 yards
  • Elementary backstroke–50 yards
  • Breaststroke–50 yards
  • Sidestroke–50 yards
  • Demonstrate the following turns while swimming:
    1. Front crawl open turn
    2. Backstroke open turn
    3. Sidestroke turn
    4. Front flip turn
    5. Backstroke flip turn
    6. Breaststroke turn
    7. Butterfly turn
  • Demonstrate etiquette in fitness swimming
  • Discuss and demonstrate how to use the following equipment while swimming:
    1. Pull buoy
    2. Fins
    3. Pace clock
    4. Paddles
  • Describe the principles of setting up a fitness program
  • Demonstrate various training techniques
  • Calculate target heart rate
  • Apply the principles of water exercise

Certification Requirements

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

1. Swim 500 yards continuously using any 3 strokes of your choice, swimming at least 50 yards of each stroke.

2. Perform the Cooper 12-minute swim test and compare results with the pre-assessment results. (Swim for 12 minutes to cover the greatest distance possible, using whatever stroke is preferred. Rest as necessary, but go as far as possible.)

Parent and Child

Course: Parent and Child

This is a 30 minute class.


Purpose:
To familiarize young children (from ages 6 months to about 3 years) to the water and prepare them to learn to swim in the Preschool Learn-to-Swim courses. It is not designed to teach children to survive in the water on their own.

Prerequisites:

  • No skill prerequisites.
  • Child must be at least 6 months old to enroll.
  • Parent or other caregiver must accompany each child into the water and participate in each class.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn to ask for permission before entering the water.
  • Learn how to enter and exit the water in a safe manner.
  • Feel comfortable in the water.
  • Explore submerging to the mouth, nose and eyes completely.
  • Explore buoyancy on the front and back position.
  • Change body position in the water with support.
  • Learn basic water safety rules and how to avoid water hazards around the home.
  • Learn about the importance of wearing a life jacket and experience wearing one.
  • Learn and become familiar with songs

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