STRONG SWIMMERS, SAFE KIDS

Preschool Swimmers are Safe Swimmers

Learning to Swim For Ages 4-5 Years Old

Preschool swim courses are designed for children approximately 4 and 5 years of age. The purpose of these courses are to facilitate developmentally appropriate learning of fundamental water safety and aquatic skills. 

Preschool Badge 1

Level 1 introduces basic aquatic skills, which children continue to build on as they progress through Levels 2 and 3 of Preschool Aquatics and then Learn-to-Swim. In addition, children start developing positive attitudes and safe practices around the water in Preschool Aquatics Level 1.

Purpose

  • Orient participants to the aquatic environment and help them gain basic aquatic skills.

  • Help participants begin to develop positive attitudes and safe practices around water

Prerequisites

  • No skill prerequisites

  • Participants usually start at about 4 years of age but may start at a younger or older age depending on need.

Preschool Badge 2

The objectives of Level 2 are to further develop basic aquatic skills. Children begin to perform these skills at a slightly more advanced level (for example, for longer lengths of time, for longer distances or in deeper water). Many skills in Level 1 are performed with assistance. Level 2 marks the beginning of independent aquatic locomotion skills. Children continue to explore using simultaneous and alternating arm and leg actions on the front and back to gain greater proficiency in preparation for performing strokes. Level 2 also builds on the water safety topics introduced in Level 1.

Purpose

  • Build on the skills learned in level 1.

  • Gain rudimentary propulsive skills on front and back.

Prerequisites

  • Participants must be able to demonstrate the exit skills assessment of level 1.

Preschool Badge 3

The objective of Level 3 is to increase children’s proficiency in performing previously learned skills. This is accomplished by providing additional guided practice and increasing repetitions, distances, times or levels of refinement. The skills in Level 3 are performed independently. Children improve their coordination and control of combined simultaneous arm and leg actions and alternating arm and leg actions. New water safety topics are introduced, and previously acquired water safety knowledge and skills are reinforced.

Purpose

  • Build on the skills learned in Levels 1 and 2.

  • Increase safety knowledge and physical endurance.

Prerequisites

  • Participants must be able to demonstrate the exit skills assessment of level 2.

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