Receive the American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim Level 3 Stroke Development or YMCA equivalent in Swimming—Beginner’s OR pass the following requirements:
Water Entry Skills:
1.Enter water by jumping from the side of the pool, or from into the water from a dock into a safe area for jumping.
2.Headfirst entry from the side in a sitting position.*
3.Headfirst entry from the side in a kneeling position.*
* Headfirst entry should NOT be taught unless the water depth is at least 9 feet.
Breath Control and Submerging:
1.Bobbing while moving toward safety – demonstrate in chest-deep water at least 5 times.
2.Demonstrate rotary breathing, at least 10 times.
1.On front, demonstrate the survival float, at least 30 seconds in deep water.
2.On back, demonstrate moving into a back float in deep water, and hold the float at least 30 seconds.
1.Change from a vertical to horizontal position on the front, in deep water.
2.Change from a vertical to horizontal position on the back, in deep water.
1.Demonstrate treading water for at least 30 seconds in deep water.
1.Push off in a streamline position, then begin the flutter kick. Kick in streamline position 3-5 body lengths.
2.Push off in a streamline position, then begin the dolphin kick. Demonstrate 3-5 body lengths.
3.Front crawl, at least 15 yards, with good rotary breathing.
1.Elementary backstroke, demonstrate smooth finning and whip kick for at least 15 yards.
1.Demonstrate, at least 10 yards, the side scissors kick.
1.Reach or Throw, Don’t Go—reaching assists, demonstrate.
2.Think Twice Before Going Near Cold Water or Ice—discuss/demonstrate.
3.Look Before You Leap—understand and demonstrate.
Jump into chest-deep water from the side, swim front crawl for 15 yards, maintain positions by treading water or floating for 30 seconds, and swim elementary backstroke for 15 yards.