Level 4 (Red Cross Level 1: Introduction to Water Skills)

  • Enter / Exit water using ladder, steps or side
  • Blowing bubbles through mouth and nose, 3 seconds
  • Bobbing, 3 times
  • Opening eyes under water and retrieving submerged objects, 2 times (in shallow water)
  • Front glide, 2 body lengths
  • Back glide, 2 body lengths
  • Back float, 3 seconds
  • Recover from a back float or glide to a vertical position
  • Treading using arm and hand actions (in chest-deep water)

Swim on the front

  • Alternating leg action on front, 2 body lengths
  • Simultaneous leg action on front, 2 body lengths
  • Alternating arm action on front, 2 body lengths
  • Simultaneous arm action on front, 2 body lengths
  • Combined arm and leg actions on front, 2 body lengths

Swim on the back

  • Alternating leg action on back, 2 body lengths
  • Simultaneous leg action on back, 2 body lengths
  • Alternating arm action on back,2 body lengths
  • Simultaneous arm action on back, 2 body lengths
  • Combined arm and leg actions on back, 2 body lengths

Safety Topics

  • Staying safe around aquatic environments
  • Recognizing the lifeguards
  • Don’t just pack it, wear your jacket
  • Recognizing an emergency
  • How to call for help
  • Too much sun is no fun

Exit Skills Assessment

  • Enter independently, using either the ladder, steps or side, travel at least 5 yards, bob 3 times then safely exit the water. (Participants can walk move along the gutter or “swim.”)
  • Glide on front at least 2 body lengths, roll to a back float for 3 seconds and recover to a vertical position. (This part of the assessment can be performed with support.)

 

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