Child (Ages 6-12)

Registered aquatics programs for school-aged children aged 6 to 12 including Red Cross swim lessons and Mer-Folk Academy.

Swim Kids 1

Swim Kids 1

Participants must be 6 years old to register in this program. Swim Kids 1 is where the swimmers receive an orientation to water and the pool area. They work on floats, glides, kicking and build their endurance by working on the 5 meter front swim.

Swim Kids 2

Swim Kids 2

Children must be 6 years of age or over and have SUCCESSFULLY completed SWIM KIDS 1 to register in this level. Swimmers work on propulsion skills to move through the water and to remain at the surface. Swimmers work on the front swim and learn about deep-water activities and proper use of a Personal Floatation Device (PFD). Fitness activities include the 10m flutter kick and a 10 meter distance swim.

Swim Kids 3

Swim Kids 3

Children must be 6 years of age or over and have SUCCESSFULLY completed SWIM KIDS 2 to register in this level. This level provides an introduction to diving, the deep end and teaches swimmers how to make wise choices about where and when to swim. Endurance is achieved by building strength in the flutter kick and a 15 meter swim.

Swim Kids 4

Swim Kids 4

Children must be 6 years of age or over and have SUCCESSFULLY completed SWIM KIDS 3 to register in this level. This level introduces the front crawl and back swim with shoulder roll. Swimmers work on kneeling dives, surface support for 45 seconds in deep water and developing a greater sense of self safety by understanding their own limits. Endurance is built through a 25 meter swim.

Swim Kids 5

Swim Kids 5

Children must be 6 years of age or over and have SUCCESSFULLY completed SWIM KIDS 4 to register in this level. This level introduces the back crawl, sculling skills, whip kick on the back, stride dives, and treading water. Front crawl increases to 15 meters. An introduction to safe boating is also included. Endurance is developed through a 50 meter swim.

Swim Kids 6

Swim Kids 6

Children must be 6 years of age or over and have SUCCESSFULLY completed SWIM KIDS 5 to register in this level.This level refines front crawl with a focus on hand entry and breathing, back crawl with a focus on arm positions and body roll, and introduces elementary backstroke, safety on ice, and rescue of others with throwing assists. Swimmers demonstrate the front dive and their ability to tread water in deep water for 1.5 minutes. Endurance is built through dolphin kick and a 75 meter swim.

Swim Kids 7

Swim Kids 7

Children must be 6 years of age or over and have SUCCESSFULLY completed SWIM KIDS 6 to register in this level.This level builds skills and endurance for the front crawl, back crawl, and elementary backstroke, and introduces whip kick on the front. Swimmers learn about airway and breathing obstructions, reaching assists, and stride entry. Swimming endurance is increased to 150 meters.

Swim Kids 8

Swim Kids 8

Children must be 6 years of age or over and have SUCCESSFULLY completed SWIM KIDS 7 to register in this level. This level is an introduction to breast stroke and feet first dives. Swimmers learn about the dangers of open water, hypothermia, the performance of rescue breathing on children and adults, and standing shallow dives. Swimmers participate in timed treading water activities using the eggbeater skill for 3 minutes to improve their ability to remain at the surface in the event of an unexpected fall into the water. Endurance is built on a 300 meter swim.

Swim Kids 9

Swim Kids 9

Children must be 6 years of age or over and have SUCCESSFULLY completed SWIM KIDS 8 to register in this level. This level refines the front crawl, back crawl, elementary backstroke, and breaststroke. It encourages swimmers to combine different kicks for fitness. They also work on head first surface dives and learn about wise choices, peer influences, and self-rescue from ice. Endurance is built through a 400 meter swim.

Swim Kids 10

Swim Kids 10

Children must be 6 years of age or over and have SUCCESSFULLY completed SWIM KIDS 9 to register in this level. This is the final assessment of the stokes for technique and distance - front crawl, back crawl, elementary back stroke, breast stoke, sidestroke. Swimmers learn about sun safety, rescue of others from ice, and head first and feet first surface dives. Endurance is built using the dolphin kick and a 500 meter swim. Swim Kids 10 is one of the pre-requisites to entering the Red Cross Lifeguard & Water Safety Instructor programs.