Preschool Swimming Levels

PRESCHOOL

Sea Otter:

Prerequisites: under 6 years of age.
Level equivalency: Once the child reaches six years of age they should move to Swim Kids Level One.

Sea Otter no longer requires the parents attendance. The level is to be completed without the parents attendance and assistance. Swimmers learn the importance of supervision when swimming, introducing them to the various aspects of aquatic safety. This includes pool rules, safe entries and exits, and faculty orientation. Swimmers will be introduced to front floats, back floats, and glides.

Salamander:

Prerequisites: under 6 years of age and successful completion of Sea Otter.
Level Equivalency: Once the child reaches six years of age they should move to Swim Kids Level One.

Swimmers will build upon their safety knowledge acquired in Sea Otter. Swimming skills are increased in distance to two meters. Swimmers are expected to perform floats, glides, front swim, and rollover glides. To orient the swimmers with the various movements that are the basis for advanced strokes.

Sunfish:

Prerequisites: under 6 years of age, and successful completion of Salamander.
Level Equivalency: Once the child reaches six years or older and successfully completes Sunfish the equivalent level is Swim Kids Level Two. If Sunfish is incomplete the equivalent level is Swim Kids Level One.

Sunfish swimmers are introduced to water weight transfer through a series games intended to have the swimmers retrieve objects from the bottom of the pool. Swimmers are also encouraged to jump into chest deep water, and learn how to change direction when swimming. Sunfish swimmers begin adding proportionally kicks to their glides and are expected to be able to recover from floats on their own.

Crocodile:

Prerequisites: under 6 years of age, and successful completion of Sunfish.
Level Equivalency: Once the child reaches six years or older and successfully completes Crocodile the level they should move to Swim Kids Level Three. If Crocodile is incomplete the level they should move to is Swim Kids Level Two.

Crocodile swimmers begin their orientation with deep water. They will learn to jump into deep water, do surface supports, and the introductory progression for treading water. For ten seconds. Glides will increase in distance with the furthest distance being seven meters.

Whale:

Prerequisites: under 6 years of age, and successful completion of Sunfish.
Level Equivalency: Once the child reaches six years or older and successfully completes Whale the level they should move to is Swim Kids Level Four. If Whale is incomplete the level they should move to is Swim Kids Level Three.

Swimmers at the Whale level will swim a maximum distance of fifteen meters. They will also learn new entry skills such as sitting dives. Surface support time will be increased to twenty seconds, and they will be expected to swim ten meters for swimming skills such as front glide, back glide, and side glide.