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Swim Lessons at Highland Lakes

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The following is a short summary of the Level Categories of the American Red Cross Swim Lesson Program. Please note that during the summer of 2019 lessons will be conducted only at Beach 1 , Beach 3 and the Swim Lanes. The registration form (one per child) is available here.

Note: clarifications have been sought from the Governor’s Office regarding the continuing prohibition against conducting organized activities at lakeshores and beaches. It is expected that swim lessons will be able to be conducted. However, parents will be required to be in the water with their younger children who need assistance as our lifeguards will be maintaining social distancing at all times.

Level 1 – Introduction to Water Skills
This level allows the student to feel comfortable in the water and to enjoy the water safely. At the conclusion of Level 1, students must successfully enter unassisted, move 5 yards, bob 5 times to chin level and safely exit the water. Students can walk, travel along the shore or swim, float on front with support for 3 seconds, rollover onto their back (with assistance), float on back with support for 3 seconds before advancing to the next level.

Level 2 – Fundamental Aquatic Skills
This level provides students success with fundamental skills. At the conclusion of Level 2, students will successfully complete skills assessment of stepping from waterside into chest-deep water, move into a front float for 5 seconds, rollover to a back float, return to standing position, then move into a back float for 5 seconds and return to a standing position. The student must also push off and swim using a combination of arm and leg movements for 15 feet on the front, push off and swim using a combination of arm movement for 15 feet on the back before advancing to the next level. 

Level 3 – Stroke Development
The student builds on the skills introduced in Level 2 by providing additional guided practice. At the completion of Level 3, the student will successfully complete these skill assessments: Jump into chest-deep water from the side, swim front crawl for 15 yards with face in the water and rhythmic breathing pattern (to front or side), maintain position by treading or floating for 30 seconds and swim back crawl for 15 yards before advancing to Level 4.

Level 4 – Stroke Improvement
The student develops confidence in the strokes learned and to improve other aquatic skills. At the completion of Level 4, the student will successfully complete these skills assessments: perform a feet-first entry into chest-deep water, swim front crawl for 25 yards, maintain position on back 1 minute in deep water (floating or sculling), and swim elementary backstroke for 15 yards, swim breaststroke 15 yards, tread water for 1 minute, swim back crawl 25 yards before advancing to Level 5.

Level  5 – Stroke Refinement
The student provides further coordination and refinement of strokes. At the completion of Level 5, swimmers will successfully complete these skill assessments: perform a shallow dive into deep water, swim front crawl for 50 yards, maintain a back float position for 2 minutes in deep water (float or scull), swim elementary backstroke for 25 yards, swim breaststroke for 25 yards, tread water for 2 minutes and swim back crawl for 50 yards before advancing to Level 6. 

Level 6 – Swimming and Skill Proficiency
At this level, strokes are refined so students swim them with ease, efficiency, power and smoothness over greater distances. At the completion of Level 6, swimmers will swim 500 yards continuously using various strokes including:  the front crawl for 100 yards, back crawl for 100 yards, breaststroke for 50 yards, elementary backstroke for 50 yards, sidestroke for 50 yards, butterfly for 50 yards, and choice of stroke for 100 yards.

Swimmers will perform the Cooper 12-minute swim test and compare with pre-assessment results, perform a front approach and hurdle feet-first and head-first entry from a 1 meter springboard (if applicable), for lifeguard readiness in addition to above skills that are applicable:  Swim 20 yards using a front crawl or breaststroke to a depth of 7 to 10 feet, retrieve a 10 lb. object, return to the surface and swim 20 yards on the back or side to the starting point with the object (students must hold object with both hands and keep his or her face out of the water) with additional skills for Personal Water Safety in addition to the above skills before completion of the American Red Cross swim program. 

Should you have questions, your child’s Water Safety Instructor will be able to address them for you.


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