For every level of Learn-to-Swim, our instructors follow a plan to introduce new swimming and water safety skills and build on previously learned skills. Each class is loaded with fun, engaging and challenging activities that motivate children to want to perform and learn to swim.
In Level 1—Introduction to Water Skills, your child is introduced to basic skills as the foundation for future skills and the development of water competency (the basic minimum SWIMMING AND WATER SAFETY NEWS Welcome to American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim 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 Learn-to-Swim is made up of six levels of swimming and water safety instruction. As participants progress through the levels and develop these skills, they become safer and better swimmers. Learn-to-Swim Level 1—Introduction to Water Skills skills needed for water safety). Certain milestones are necessary for successful completion of Level 1, including:
• Entering the water independently using the ramp, steps or side.
• Traveling at least 5 yards, bobbing 5 times and then safely exiting the water.
• Opening eyes underwater and retrieving submerged object.
• Gliding on front with assistance at least 2 body lengths.
• Rolling to a back float for 5 seconds with assistance.
• Recovering to a vertical position with assistance.
• Combined arm and leg actions on front and back with assistance.
• Alternating and simultaneous arm and leg actions on front and back with assistance.
It is common for children to participate in several sessions of Level 1 before they successfully demonstrate each skill. That is okay! It is not important how quickly they move through a level, but that they acquire each skill.