American Red Cross         

Learn to Swimtm program



The American Red Cross Learn to Swimtm program puts water safety first. Each level includes training in basic water safety and helping others in an emergency, in addition to stroke development. Swimmers progress through the levels at their own pace, mastering the skills in one level before advancing to the next. 

American Red Cross Learn to Swimtm Levels

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Baby and Me

Learn how to handle your future swimmer! Come introduce your child to water fun. This American Red Cross IPAP program will guide you to become comfortable with your child in the water. Learn how to hold your child, develop basic swimming skills, songs, and water play to help build a positive parent-child relationship. We will work on kicking, floating, blowing bubbles, arm strokes and water safety. We ask that children who are not toilet-trained wear a swim diaper. Parents are required to be in the water for the class.​

Preschool 1

Build your toddler’s confidence in the water through safe exploration. We will introduce your child to being comfortable in the water for the first time in a group setting without mom and dad. They will learn basic swimming skills, blowing bubbles, kicking, floating on front and back while assisted and most importantly having fun!

Preschool 2

Children will continue learning the foundations of safe exploration and basic swimming skills from bobbing in the water to working on basic arm and leg action on their front up to three body lengths in the water. They will continue developing confidence in the water.

Level 1-Introduction to Water Skills

This class is designed to allow your child to learn basic swimming skills, to become comfortable in water, front crawl while assisted and kick and float unassisted.

Level 2-Fundamental Water Skills

Children must have passed Level 1 OR be able to submerge under water comfortably and float on back and front while supported. Skills taught in Level 2 include paddling with face in water, front and back float unassisted, treading, side swimming and rotary breathing.

Level 3-Stroke Development

Children must have passed level 2 OR be able to swim on front and back 15 ft. unassisted and be comfortable in deep water. Skills taught in Level 3 include elementary backstroke, treading, water front and back crawl 10 meters, front and back glides and butterfly kick.

Level 4-Stroke Improvement

Children must have passed level 3 OR be able to swim 15 yards front and back crawl, elementary backstroke, rhythmic breathing. Skills taught in Level 4 include sidestroke, breaststroke, butterfly, treading, turns, and endurance swimming.

Level 5-Stroke Refinement

Children must have passed Level 4 OR be able to swim 25 yards front crawl, back crawl & breaststroke kick. Skills taught in Level 5 include breaststroke, alternate breathing, sidestroke, flip turns, survival swimming and endurance.