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Swim Lesson Levels

Level 1: Age 4 or Older    

Fully submerge face-3 seconds    
Bob 10 times-chest deep
Supported front and back float    
Bubble blowing
Enter/exit pool independently    
Supported front and back kick
Demonstrate alternating arms    
Reaching assists without equipment
Basic water safety rules

Level 2: Ages 5 and 6

Hold breath and fully submerge head-3 seconds
Explore deep water with support
Submerge and retrieve objects underwater    
Back and front float-5 seconds each
Rhythmic breathing-10 bobs    
Leveling off from vertical position
Enter chest-deep water    
Get out at side of pool
Fluter kick on front    
Flutter kick on back
Finning on back    
Back crawl arm action
5 yards front stroke    
5 yards back stroke
Turn over front to back    
Turn over back to front
Perform reaching and extension assist from deck

Level 3: Ages 7 and 8

Retrieve object with no support    
Bob, submerging head completely
Bob in water over head to travel to safe area    
Jump into deep water
Kneeling dive    
Compact dive
Prone glide with push-off    
Supine glide with push-off
Front crawl with breathing and proper arms    
Back crawl-10 yards
Elementary backstroke kick-10 yards    
Reverse direction while swimming-front to back/back to front
Tread water

Level 4: Ages 9 and 10

Deep water bobbing    
Front float
Back float    
Rotary breathing
Stride dive    
Standing dive
Elementary backstroke-10 yards    
Sculling on back-5 yards
Front crawl with rotary breathing-25 yards    
Back crawl-25 yards
Breaststroke kick-10 yards    
Side stroke kick-10 yards
Demonstrate wall turn    
Tread water

Level 5: Ages 11 and 12 

Alternate breathing    
Long shallow dive
Breaststroke-10 yards    
Side stroke-10 yards
Swimming underwater-3 body lengths    
Elementary backstroke-25 yards
Dolphin kick    
Front crawl-50 yards
Back crawl-50 yards    
Open turn on front
Open turn on back    
Rules for safe diving
Recognition of spinal injury    
Hip/shoulder support
Feet-first surface dive    
Tread water-2 minutes

Level 6: 13 and 14

Front crawl-100 yards    
Front crawl flip turn
Back crawl-100 yards    
Back crawl turn
Breaststroke-25 yards    
Side stroke-25 yards
Butterfly-10 yards    
Breaststroke turn
Side stroke turn    
Speed turn and pull-out for breaststroke
Pike surface dive    
Tuck surface dive
Throwing assists    
Alternative kicks for treading water 

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