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Learn to Swim Classes: 

Parent-Child 1, 2
Pre-School 1, 2, 3
Learn-to-Swim Level 1(Introduction to Water Skills)
Learn-to-Swim Level 2 (Fundamentals of Aquatic Skills)
Learn-to Swim level 3 (Stroke Development)
North Shore Swim Club (NSSC) Pre-Team Level 4 ,5, & 6

*View our Learn to Swim Schedule for class availability. 

Parent-Child 1, 2:

The American Red Cross Parent & Child Aquatic program familiarizes young children (6 mo. to 3 yrs.) to the water, and prepares them as they progress, to learn to swim in the American Red Cross Pre-School Aquatics or Learn-to-Swim courses:

Parent-Child 1:

The goals for Level 1 are to provide experiences and activities for children to:

  • Learn to ask permission before entering the water
  • Learn how to exit and enter the water in a safe manner
  • Feel comfortable in the water
  • Explore submerging to the mouth, nose and eyes completely
  • Explore buoyancy on front and back position
  • Change body position in the water
  • Learn how to play safely
  • Experience wearing a life jacket

Parent-Child 2:

The goals for Level 2 are to provide experiences and activities for children to:

  • Establish expectations for adult supervision
  • Explore submerging in a rhythmic pattern
  • Glide on front and back with assistance
  • Perform combined stroke on front and back with assistance
  • Change body position in the water
  • Experience wearing a lifejacket in the water.

Pre-School 1, 2, 3:

These classes are designed specifically for 3-4 year old children as a transition between Parent-Child and Level 1. The curriculum is set up to allow each student to progress at a more independent pace in a safe, comfortable environment. With all Pre-School lessons the water safety instructor solely facilitates each lesson. Parents do not take part in the class. All skills introduced are done with teacher assistance and hands-on support unless the student is completely comfortable. Once a student has passed all 3 Pre-school levels they are eligible to enter level 1; even if they are NOT 5 years old)

Preschool Aquatics Level 1 Skills:

May be performed with support:

  • Enter water using ramps, steps or side
  • Exit water using ladder, steps or side
  • Blow bubbles for 3 seconds
  • Submerge mouth, nose and eyes
  • Open eyes under water and retrieve submerged objects
  • Front glide and recover to a vertical position
  • Back glide and recover to a vertical position
  • Back float for 3 seconds
  • Roll from front to back and back to front
  • Arm and hand treading actions
  • Alternating and simultaneous leg actions and arm actions on front
  • Alternating and simultaneous leg actions and arm actions on back
  • Combined arm and leg actions on front
  • Combined arm and leg actions on back

Exit Assessment

With support:

  • Enter independently, using either the ramp, steps or side, travel at least 5 yards, submerge to mouth and blow bubbles for at least 3 seconds, then safely exit the water. (Children can walk, move along the gutter or “swim”.)
  • While in shallow water, glide on front at least 2 body lengths, then roll to back and float on back for 3 seconds, then recover to a vertical position.
  • Safety Focus
  • Staying safe around water
  • Recognizing the lifeguards
  • Don’t Just Pack It, Wear Your Jacket
  • Recognizing an emergency
  • How to call for help
  • Too Much Sun Is No Fun

Preschool Aquatics Level 2

Skills: May be performed with assistance:

  • Enter water by stepping in from deck or low height
  • Exit water using ladder, steps or side
  • Bobbing, 5 times
  • Open eyes under water and retrieve submerged objects
  • Front glide and recover to a vertical position
  • Front float for 3 seconds
  • Back glide and recover to a vertical position
  • Back float for 5 seconds
  • Roll from front to back and back to front
  • Tread water using arm and leg actions for 15 seconds
  • Combined arm and leg actions on front
  • Finning arm action on back
  • Combined arm and leg actions on back

Exit Assessment with assistance:

  • Glide on front at least 2 body lengths, roll to back, float on back for 15 seconds, then recover to a vertical position.
  • Glide on back for at least 2 body lengths, roll to front, then recover to a vertical position.
  • Swim using combined arm and leg actions on front for at least 3 body lengths, roll to back, float for 15 seconds, roll to front, then continue swimming on front for at least 3 body lengths.
  • Safety Focus
  • Staying safe around water
  • Recognizing the lifeguards
  • Don’t Just Pack It, Wear Your Jacket
  • Recognizing an emergency
  • How to call for help
  • Too Much Sun Is No Fun

Preschool Aquatics Level 3

Skills

  • Performed independently:
  • Jump in to shoulder-deep water
  • Fully submerge and hold breath
  • Bobbing, 10 times
  • Rotary breathing
  • Front glide and recover to a vertical position
  • Front, jellyfish and tuck floats for 10 seconds
  • Back glide and recover to a vertical position
  • Back float for 15 seconds
  • Change direction of travel while swimming on front and back
  • Tread water for 30 seconds
  • Combined arm and leg actions on front
  • Finning arm action on back
  • Combined arm and leg actions on back

Exit Assessment

Independently:

  • Step from the side into chest-deep water, push off the bottom, move into a treading or floating position for 15 seconds, swim on front and/or back for 5 body lengths, then exit the water.
  • Move into a back float for 15 seconds, roll to front, then recover to a vertical position.
  • Push off and swim using combined arm and leg actions on front for 5 body lengths, roll to back, float for 15 seconds, roll to front, then continue swimming for 5 body lengths.
  • Safety Focus
  • The danger of drains
  • Don’t Just Pack It, Wear Your Life Jacket
  • Recognizing an emergency
  • How to call for help
  • Too Much Sun Is No Fun
  • Look Before You Leap
  • Thank So You Don’t Sink
  • Reach or Throw, Don’t Go

Learn-to-Swim Level 1(Introduction to Water Skills)

There is no pre-requisite for this course. The objective of Level 1 is to help student's feel comfortable in the water, and to enjoy the water safely. In Level 1, students are taught elementary aquatic skills, which student's build on as they progress through our 3 "Learn to Swim" levels.

Skills

May be performed with assistance:

  • Enter water using a ramp, steps or side
  • Exit water using ladder, steps or side
  • Blow bubbles for 3 seconds
  • Bobbing, 5 times
  • Open eyes under water and retrieve submerged objects
  • Front glide and recover to a vertical position
  • Back glide and recover to a vertical position
  • Back float for 5 seconds
  • Roll from front to back and back to front
  • Treading water arm and hand actions
  • Alternating and simultaneous leg and arm actions on front
  • Alternating and simultaneous leg and arm actions on back
  • Combined arm and leg actions on front
  • Combined arm and leg actions on back

Exit Assessment

  • Enter independently, travel at least 5 yards, bob 5 times, then safely exit the water
  • Glide on front at least 2 body lengths, roll to a back float for 5 seconds, and recover to a vertical position
  • Safety Focus
  • Staying safe around water
  • Recognizing the lifeguards
  • Don’t Just Pack It, Wear Your Jacket
  • Recognizing an emergency
  • How to call for help
  • Too Much Sun Is No Fun

Learn-to-Swim Level 2 (Fundamentals of Aquatic Skills)

Student's entering this course must have a Level 1 certification, or must be able to demonstrate all the completion requirements for Level 1. The objective for Level 2 is to give students success with fundamental skills and introduce them to true locomotion skills.
Examples: Floating w/out support and recover to a vertical position; exploring simultaneous and alternating arm and leg action on the front and back; self-help and basic rescue skills.

Skills

  • Step or jump from the side into shoulder-deep water
  • Exit water using ladder, steps or side
  • Fully submerge and hold breath
  • Bobbing, 10 times
  • Open eyes under water and retrieve submerged objects
  • Rotary breathing
  • Front, jellyfish and tuck floats for 10 seconds
  • Front glide and recover to a vertical position
  • Back glide and recover to a vertical position
  • Back float for 15 seconds
  • Roll from front to back and back to front
  • Tread water for 15 seconds
  • Change direction of travel while swimming on front or back
  • Combined arm and leg actions on front
  • Combined arm and leg actions on back
  • Finning arm action on back

Exit Assessment

  • Step from side into chest-deep water, push off the bottom, move into a treading or floating position for at least 15 seconds, swim on front and/or back for 5 body lengths, then exit the water.
  • Move into back float for 15 seconds, roll to front, then recover to a vertical position.
  • Push off and swim using combined arm and leg actions on front for 5 body lengths, roll to back, float for 15 seconds, roll to front, then continue swimming for at least 5 body lengths.
  • Safety Focus
  • Staying safe around water
  • Don’t Just Pack It, Wear Your Jacket
  • Recognizing an emergency
  • How to call for help
  • Too Much Sun Is No Fun
  • Look Before You Leap
  • Think So You Don’t Sink
  • Reach and Throw, Don’t Go
  • The danger of drains

Learn-to Swim level 3 (Stroke Development)

Student's entering this course must have a Level 2 certification, or must be able to demonstrate all the completion requirements for Level 2. The objective for level 3 is to build on the skills from Level 2 by providing additional guided practice.

Students will be taught:

  • Coordination of the front crawl & back crawl; introductory elements of the butterfly; fundamentals of
  • treading water, rules of head-first entries and begin to learn to enter the water head-first from the side of the pool @ a depth of 9 feet; a continuum of personal rescue skills.

Skills

  • Jump into deep water from the side, submerge and return to the side
  • Headfirst entry from the side in seated and kneeling positions
  • Bobbing while moving to safety
  • Rotary breathing
  • Survival float for 30 seconds
  • Back float for 1 minute
  • Tread water for 1 minute
  • Change from vertical to horizontal position on front and back
  • Push off in streamlined position on front, then begin kicking
  • Swim the front crawl for 15 yards
  • Swim the elementary backstroke for 15 yards
  • Flutter, scissors, breaststroke, and dolphin kicks

Exit Assessment

  • Jump into deep water from the side, recover to the surface, maintain position by treading or floating for 1 minute, rotate one full turn, then turn as necessary to orient to the exit point, level off, swim front crawl and/or elementary backstroke for 25 yards, then exit the water.
  • Push off in a streamlined position, then swim front crawl for 15 yards, change position and direction as necessary, swim elementary backstroke 15 yards, then exit the water.
  • Safety Focus
  • Reach or Throw, Don’t Go
  • Think Twice Before Going Near Cold Water or Ice
  • Look Before You Leap
  • Developing breath control safely
  • Making good decisions-choosing an exit point

North Shore Swim Club (NSSC) Pre-Team Level 4 ,5, & 6:

All swimmers who have passed Level 3 must go through a two day free “Pre-Team” evaluation in order to advance to levels 4-6. This evaluation will take place during the first two days of lessons. Swimmers will be asked to do a half hour of swimming where they will be evaluated based on basic lane etiquette, individual stroke skills, endurance, overall comfort level in the water and ability to be coached. After the evaluation swimmers will be placed in one of the following groups:

  • Pre-Team Level 4 = All strokes are in need of correction. The swimmer needs to improve body position and awareness along with breathing and general fitness. Lane etiquette needs to be introduced and reinforced.
  • Pre-Team Level 5 = One or more strokes need significant improvement and endurance needs improvement.
  • Pre-Team Level 6 = There is a need to increase endurance and proficiency in one or more strokes and become more efficient in lane etiquette.
  • North Shore Swim Club (NSSC) Level 4

Skills:

  • Headfirst entry
  • Feet first surface dive
  • Swim underwater
  • Tread water
  • Training pool conduct

Swimming

  • USA Swimming legal front crawl 25 yards
  • USA Swimming legal breaststroke 25 yards
  • USA Swimming legal backstroke 25 yards
  • USA Swimming legal butterfly 25 yards
  • USA Swimming legal turns on front and back
  • Flutter, breaststroke, and dolphin kicks
  • Push off in streamlined position then begin kicking

Exit Assessment

  • Perform a dive entry from the side into deep water, swim a USA Swimming legal front crawl for 25 yards, turn and swim a USA Swimming legal backstroke 25 yards.
  • Swim a USA Swimming legal breaststroke 25 yards turn and swim a USA Swimming legal backstroke 25 yards.
  • Submerge and kick a distance of 2 to 4 body lengths in streamline body position underwater without hyperventilating, return to the surface, then finish the length of the pool.

Safety Focus

  • Reaching assist
  • Throwing assist
  • Think so you don’t sink
  • Look before you leap

NSSC Level 5

Skills:

  • Shallow-angle dive from side and off block into deep water
  • Tuck surface dive
  • Pike surface dive
  • Tread water 5 minutes
  • Training pool conduct and pace clock reading

Swimming

  • USA Swimming legal front crawl 50 yards
  • USA Swimming legal breaststroke 50 yards
  • USA Swimming legal backstroke 50 yards
  • USA Swimming legal butterfly 50 yards
  • Front flip turn with streamline
  • Back flip turn with streamline
  • Dive start off block

Exit Assessment

  • Perform a shallow-angle dive entry from the block into deep water, swim a USA Swimming legal front crawl for 50 yards, then swim a USA Swimming legal backstroke 50 yards using appropriate and efficient turns throughout.
  • Perform a shallow-angle dive entry from the block into deep water, swim a USA Swimming legal breaststroke 50 yards turn and swim a USA Swimming legal butterfly 25 yards using appropriate and efficient turns throughout.

Safety Focus

  • How to call for help and the importance of knowing first aid and CPR
  • Recreational water illnesses
  • Reach or throw, don’t go
  • Look before you leap
  • Think so you don’t sink
  • Think twice before going near cold water or ice
  • Wave, tide or ride, follow the guide

NSSC Level 6

Skills:

  • Surface dive and retrieve object from 7-10 feet deep
  • Swimming for fitness and refinement of strokes

Swimming

  • USA Swimming legal front crawl 100 yards
  • USA Swimming legal breaststroke 50 yards
  • USA Swimming legal backstroke 50 yards
  • USA Swimming legal butterfly 50 yards
  • USA Swimming legal 100 Individual Medley
  • Appropriate starts, turns and streamline

Exit Assessment

  • Swim USA Swimming legal front crawl at 1:10-1:20 per 50 for a set of 500-700 yards,
  • Swim USA Swimming legal Individual Medley strokes at 1:30-1:40 per 50 yards pace for a set of 400-600 yards..
  • Kick any USA Swimming competitive stroke at 1:20 per 50 for a set up to 600 yards long.
  • Complete a 2,000 – 3,500 yard practice

Safety Focus

  • Learn about boating before you go floating
  • Swim as a pair near a lifeguard’s chair
  • Reach or throw, don’t go
  • Look before you leap
  • Think so you don’t sink
  • The dangers of hyperventilation and extended breath-holding
  • Wave, tide or ride, follow the guide

For more information about levels 4, 5 & 6, contact Ted Patton the North Shore Swim Club Head Coach @ 218-726-6759 / tpatton@d.umn.edu
Visit the North Shore Swim Club website.

* Please view our Learn to Swim schedule for class availability.