Level 7 (Red Cross Level 4: Stroke Improvement)

  • Swim under water, 3–5 body lengths
  • Feetfirst surface dive, submerging completely
  • Survival swimming, 30 seconds
  • Front crawl open turn
  • Backstroke open turn
  • Tread water using 2 different kicks (modified scissors, modified breaststroke or rotary), 2 minutes
  • Front crawl, 25 yards
  • Breaststroke, 15 yards
  • Butterfly, 15 yards
  • Push off in a streamlined position on back and begin flutter kicking, 3–5 body lengths
  • Push off in a streamlined position on back and begin dolphin kicking, 3–5 body lengths
  • Elementary backstroke, 25 yards
  • Back crawl, 15 yards
  • Sidestroke, 15 yards

Safety Topics

  • Reach or throw, don’t go (reaching assist, throwing assist)
  • Recreational water illnesses
  • Think so you don’t sink
  • Look before you leap

Exit Skills Assessment

  • Perform a feetfirst entry into deep water, swim front crawl for 25 yards, change direction and position as necessary and swim elementary backstroke for 25 yards.
  • Swim breaststroke for 15 yards, change direction and position as necessary and swim back crawl for 15 yards. 
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