Red Cross Swim Kids Lessons

Red Cross Swim Kids is a 10-level stand-alone program for five to fourteen-year-olds. Children learn to swim, be fit, and stay safe in a fun environment that promotes achieving a personal best and celebrates personal success. The program teaches competitive and survival strokes, as well as increasing the distance and speed that each swimmer can achieve, while focusing on making safe decisions in, on and around the water.

RC - Swim Kids 1

Swimmers receive an orientation to water and the pool area and work on floats, glides and kicking. Swimmers build their endurance by working on the 5 metres front swim. *Due to low registration, Swim Kids 1 may be combined with Swim Kids 2*

RC - Swim Kids 2

Swimmers work on propulsion skills to move through the water and to remain at the surface. Work on front swim (3 x 5 metres) and back swims, and create awareness about deep-water activities and proper use of a Personal Flotation Device (PFD). Fitness activities include the flutter kick 15 metres and a distance swim 10 metres. *Due to low registration, Swim Kids 2 may be combined with Swim Kids 1*

RC - Swim Kids 3

This level provides an introduction to the front crawl (3 x 5 metres) and diving, and teaches making wise choices about where and when to swim. Endurance is achieved by building strength in the flutter kick and a 15-metre swim. *Due to low registration, Swim Kids 3 may be combined with Swim Kids 4*

RC - Swim Kids 4

This level further develops the front crawl (3 x 10 metres) and back glides with shoulder roll for back crawl. Swimmers work on kneeling dives, surface support (45 seconds, deep water) and developing a greater sense of self-safety by understanding their own limits. Endurance is built through a 25-metre swim. *Due to low registration, Swim Kids 4 may be combined with Swim Kids 3*

RC - Swim Kids 5

This level introduces the back crawl (3 x 15 metres), sculling skills, whip kick on the back and stride dives. Front crawl focus is on the hand entry and the distance is increased to 3 x 15 metres. An introduction to safe boating skills is also included. Endurance is developed through the dolphin kick and a 50-metre swim. *Due to low registration, Swim Kids 5 may be combined with Swim Kids 6*

RC - Swim Kids 6

This level refines front crawl with a focus on body roll and breathing (3 x 25 metres), back crawl with a focus on arm positions (3 x 25 metres) and introduces elementary backstroke (3 x 15 metres), safety on ice and rescue of others with throwing assists. Swimmers demonstrate their ability to tread water in deep water for 1½ minutes and the front dive. Endurance is built through a 75-metre swim. *Due to low registration, Swim Kids 6 may be combined with Swim Kids 5*

RC - Swim Kids 7

This level builds skills and endurance for the front crawl (50 metres), back crawl (50 metres) and elementary backstroke (3 x 25 metres) and introduces whip kick on the front. Swimmers learn about airway and breathing obstructions and participate in timed treading water using the eggbeater skill for 3 minutes to improve their ability to remain at the surface of the water in the event of an unexpected fall into water. Swimming endurance is increased to a 150-metre swim. *Due to low registration, Swim Kids 7 will be combined with Swim Kids 8*

RC - Swim Kids 8

Swim Kids 8 is an introduction to breaststroke (3 x 15 metres), feet-first surface dives and rescue entries. Swimmers learn about the dangers of open water, hypothermia and the performance of rescue breathing on children and adults. Endurance is built on the dolphin kick and a 300-metre swim. Front crawl and back crawl distances are increased to 75 metres each. *Due to low registration, Swim Kids 8 will be combined with Swim Kids 7*

RC - Swim Kids 9

In this level swimmers work on refining Front Crawl (100 metres), Back Crawl (100 metres), Elementary Backstroke (50 metres), Breaststroke (3 x 25 metres) and encouraging swimmers to combine different strokes and kicks (3 min) for fitness. They also work on head-first surface dives, standing dives and learn about wise choices, peer influences and self-rescue from ice. Endurance is built through a 400-metre swim. *Due to low registration, Swim Kids 9 will be combined with Swim Kids 10*

RC - Swim Kids 10

In Swim Kids 10, a final assessment of the strokes for technique and distance Front Crawl (100 metres), Back Crawl (100 metres), Elementary Backstroke (50 metres), Breaststroke (50 metres) and introduces Butterfly and scissor kick as a warm-up/cool-down stroke for fitness. Swimmers learn about sun safety, rescue of others from the ice, and head-first and feet-first surface dives. Endurance is built using the dolphin kick and butterfly drills and a 500-metre swim. *Due to low registration, Swim Kids 10 will be combined with Swim Kids 9*