Red Cross Preschool Lessons

Red Cross Swim Preschool is an eight-level stand-alone program for four-month to six-year-old children that allows swimmers to enter various levels based on age and ability. Each level is represented by an animal mascot that is incorporated into the content and makes the lesson engaging and fun, through songs and activities.

RC - Preschool 1 Starfish

This is the first step in our preschool program for children 4 months - 12 months. Skills learned include: Getting wet, submersion, breath control, front movement, back movement, vertical position and arm movement. This is a parent assisted class. Proper swimwear is required. See front desk staff for more information. 'Little Swimmers' water diapers are $3.50 each.

RC - Preschool 2 Duck

This is the second step in our preschool program. Children 12 months - 24 months continue to work on skills from Starfish which include: Getting wet, submersion, breath control, front movement, back movement, vertical position and arm movement. This is a parent assisted class. Proper swimwear is required. See front desk staff for more information. 'Little Swimmers' water diapers are $3.50 each.

RC - Preschool 3 Sea Turtle

This is the third step in our preschool program for children 2 years of age. Learned skills include: Entries and exits, jumping into chest deep water, submersion, rhythmic breathing, shallow water movement, front floats, back floats, front swim (assisted). This class is parent assisted. Proper swimwear is required. See front desk staff for more information. 'Little Swimmers' water diapers are $3.50 each.

RC - Preschool 4 Sea Otter

This is the first lesson offered where swimmers participate in the class without a parent/guardian in the water with them. Swimmers work on front and back floats and glides, kicking on front with a buoyant object, and will be able to swim 1 metre upon completion of this level. Swimmers must be 3 years of age prior to course start date.

RC - Preschool 5 Salamander

This is the 5th step in our preschool program (Sea Otter is the prerequisite). Learned skills include: distance swim of 2 metres, open eyes underwater, rhythmic breathing, front floats, back floats, glides, roll-over glides, and front swim (assisted). This is not a parent assisted class.

RC - Preschool 6 Sunfish

Sunfish is the 6th step in the 8 step program (Salamander is the prerequisite). They will learn their front and back glides as well as front swim for 2 metres upon completion of this level.

RC - Preschool 7 Crocodile

Crocodile is the 7th step in the preschool program (Sunfish is the prerequisite). They will be able to front swim and back swim for 5 metres upon completion of this level. *This level may be combined with Whale due to low registration.*

RC - Preschool 8 Whale

Whale is the 8th and final step in the preschool program (Crocodile is the prerequisite). Whale is designed to build on the skills learn in Crocodile. Upon completion of this level your child will be able to do their front and back glides with kicks for 5 metres, the front crawl for 7 metres and their back swim for 7 metres. *Whale may be combined with Crocodile due to low registration.*