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Red Cross Swim Preschool Lessons

Placement in Red Cross Swim programs depends on many variables, including age, skill proficiency, previous experience and readiness. All lessons are 30 minutes per session. Check your receipt for any lesson cancellations due to statutory holidays or special events. Lesson schedules are subject to change due to registration demand.

Red Cross Swim Preschool lessons are designed for small class sizes so preschoolers can fully enjoy their time with the instructor and other children.

Starfish
4-12 months with an adult
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Babies and their caregivers explore getting wet, buoyancy and movement, front, back and vertical position in the water, and shallow water entries and exits. Babies must be able to hold their heads up.

Duck
12-24 months with an adult
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Babies and their caregivers work on rhythmic breathing, moving forward and backward, front and back float with recovery, and shallow water entries and exits.

Sea Turtle
24-36 months with an adult
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Toddlers and their caregivers work on submersion, front and back floats and glides, jumping into chest-deep water with assistance, kicking on front and front swim. Work towards swimming independently from adult.

Sea Otter
3-5 yrs
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Children learn front and back floats and glides, and kicking on front with a buoyant object. They also swim 1 metre upon completion of this level.

Salamander
3-5 yrs
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Children improve their front and back float and jumping into chest-deep water unassisted. Kicking is added to the front and back glide, and they swim 2 metres upon completion. Completion of Sea Otter required.

Sunfish 
3-6 yrs
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They learn kicking and performing glides (front and back), entering deep water safely, floating in deep water, swimming with a PFD and swimming 5 metres continuously.

Crocodile
3-6 years
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Children further develop the front and back glide with kick, front and back swim, jump into deep water, swim with a PFD in deep water, and swim 10 metres continuously. Completion of Salamander required.

Whale
3-6 years
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They increase their distance on front and back glide with kick, increase distance on front and back swim, learn the sitting dive, and swim 15 metres continuously. Completion of Sunfish required.

Swim Kids 4 Preschool
3-6 years
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Preschoolers continue to develop side glides and front and back swims with shoulder roll. Completion of Whale required.

Swim Kids 5 Preschool
3-6 years
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They continue to develop their front-crawl skills. They are introduced to back crawl and whip kick. Endurance skills are improved through the introduction of dolphin kick and the completion of a 50 metre swim. Completion of Swim Kids 4 Preschool required.
     

After completing the Red Cross Preschool Swim Lessons, students are to register in the Red Cross Swim Kids Lessons.

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