Level 1 (Red Cross Preschool Level 1)

  • Enter / Exit water using ladder, steps or side
  • Blowing bubbles through mouth and nose, 3 seconds
  • Submerging mouth, nose and eyes
  • Opening eyes under water & retrieving submerged objects, 2 times (in shallow water)
  • Front glide, 2 body lengths
  • Back glide, 2 body lengths
  • Back float, 3 seconds
  • Treading with 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

Swim on the back

  • Combined arm and leg actions on front, 2 body lengths
  • 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, submerge to mouth and blow bubbles for at least 3 seconds then safely exit the water. (Children can walk, move along the gutter or “swim.”)
  • While in shallow water, glide on front at least 2 body lengths, then roll to back and float on back for 3 seconds then recover to a vertical position.

 

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