Level 8 (Red Cross Level 5: Stroke Refinement)

  • Tuck surface dive, submerging completely
  • Pike surface dive, submerging completely
  • Front flip turn while swimming
  • Backstroke flip turn while swimming
  • Tread water, 5 minutes
  • Front crawl, 50 yards
  • Breaststroke, 25 yards
  • Butterfly, 25 yards
  • Elementary backstroke, 50 yards
  • Back crawl, 25 yards
  • Standard scull, 30 seconds
  • Sidestroke, 25 yards

Safety Topics

  • How to call for help and the importance of knowing first aid and CPR
  • Recreational water illnesses
  • Reach or throw, don’t go
  • Look before you leap
  • Think so you don’t sink
  • Think twice before going near cold water or ice Wave, tide

Exit Skills Assessment

  • Perform a shallow-angle dive into deep water, swim front crawl for 50 yards, change direction and position of travel as necessary and swim elementary backstroke for 50 yards.
  • Swim breaststroke for 25 yards, change direction and position of travel as necessary and swim back crawl for 25 yards.
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