Swimming Level Descriptions

  • NEW! American Red Cross Swimming Lesson Levels

    Parent and Child Aquatics (Ages 6 months to 3 or 4 years)
    Parent and Child Aquatics: Parents are taught to safely work with their children in the water, including how to support and hold their child. Children are introduced to basic skills to help them learn to swim.

    American Red Cross Preschool Levels 1 – 3 (Ages 3 – 5)
    PS Level 1: Basic skills: blowing bubbles, submerging, bobbing, front & back floats/glides with assistance.
    PS Level 2: Builds on PS1 skills including: bobbing, front and back floats and kicks, arm and leg actions.
    PS Level 3: Builds on PS2 skills bobbing, front & back floats, arm and leg actions, treading water, and rolling over.

    American Red Cross Learn to Swim Levels 1 – 6 (Ages 6 & Up)
    Level 1: Basic skills: blowing bubbles, submerging, bobbing, front & back floats/glides, arm & leg actions.
    Level 2: Builds on Level 1 skills: bobbing, front & back floats, arm & leg actions, treading water, and rolling over.
    Level 3: Introduces front crawl, elementary backstroke, scissors and breaststroke kicks, diving & treading water.
    Level 4: Introduces sidestroke, butterfly, breaststroke, backstroke and turns. Refines and increases endurance for front crawl, elementary backstroke, diving and treading water.
    Level 5: Coordination, refinement and increased in endurance of all strokes. Introduces turns.
    Level 6: Refines strokes to gain optimal efficiency, power and smoothness and over greater distances.

    Please note that all levels are new! Swimmers currently in Parent/Child, Preschool Levels 1 – 3 and Levels 1 – 2 should remain in their current levels. Swimmers currently in Level 3 depending on ability should consider repeating Level 2 all participants in Level 4 should repeat Level 3. Swimmers in Level 5 should repeat Level 4. Swimmers in Level 6 should repeat Level 5.