For each level of Preschool Aquatics, our instructors follow a plan to introduce new swimming and water safety skills that are developmentally appropriate for young children. Preschool Aquatics puts the “fun” in fundamentals. Each class is loaded with enjoyable, engaging and challenging activities that motivate children to want to perform and learn to swim.
In Preschool Aquatics Level 1, your child is introduced to basic skills. These skills lay the foundation for developing SWIMMING AND WATER SAFETY NEWS Welcome to American Red Cross Preschool Aquatics Level 1! Congratulations! You have started your child on a journey to learn how to be safe in, on and around the water and to swim well. American Red Cross Preschool Aquatics consists of three levels of progressive swim instruction for children about 4 and 5 years old. Preschool Aquatics Level 1 water competency and the future skill development of swimming strokes. In addition, your child starts to develop positive attitudes and safe practices around the water.
Certain milestones are necessary for successful completion of Preschool Aquatics Level 1, including:
• Entering the water independently using ramp, steps or side and travel at least 5 yards.
• Submerging mouth and blowing bubbles for at least 3 seconds.
• Exiting the water safely.
• Gliding on front for at least 2 body lengths with support.
• Rolling to back and floating for 3 seconds with support.
• Recovering to a vertical position with support.
It is quite common for children to participate in several sessions of Preschool Aquatics Level 1 before they are able to successfully demonstrate all the skills. That’s okay! It is not important how quickly they move through a level, but that they achieve each skill.