Level 5 (Red Cross Level 2: Fundamental Aquatic Skills)

  • Enter water by stepping or jumping from the side (in shoulder-deep water)
  • Exit water using ladder, steps or side (in chest-deep water)
  • Fully submerging and holding breath, 5 seconds
  • Bobbing, 5 times (in chest-deep water)
  • Opening eyes under water and retrieving submerged objects, 2 times
  • Front float, 5 seconds
  • Jellyfish float, 5 seconds
  • Tuck float, 5 seconds
  • Front glide, 2 body lengths
  • Recover from a front float or glide to a vertical position
  • Back float, 15 seconds
  • Back glide, 2 body lengths
  • Recover from a back float or glide to a vertical position
  • Roll from front to back
  • Roll from back to front
  • Change direction of travel while swimming on front or back
  • Treading using arm and leg actions, 15 seconds
  • Combined arm and leg actions on front, 5 body lengths
  • Finning arm action on back, 5 body lengths
  • Combined arm and leg actions on back, 5 body lengths

Safety Topics

  • Staying safe around aquatic environments
  • Don’t just pack it, wear your jacket
  • Recognizing an emergency
  • How to call for help
  • Too much sun is no fun
  • Look before you leap
  • Think so you don’t sink
  • Reach or throw, don’t go

Exit Skills Assessment

  • Step from side into chest-deep water, move into a front float for 5 seconds, roll to back, float for 5 seconds then return to vertical position.
  • Move into a back float for 5 seconds, roll to front then recover to a vertical position.
  • Push off and swim using combined arm and leg actions on front for 5 body lengths, roll to back, float for 15 seconds, roll to the front then continue swimming for 5 body lengths. (You can assist the participant when taking a breath.)
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