Swim Level Information

Our philosophy differs from many schools in that we will teach our swimmers as much as they can learn, regardless of their level.


For instance, if a swimmer is having difficulty passing a certain level due to not being able to perform certain skills in that level, BUT can do skills at the next level, we will teach those added skills while continuing to work on the necessary skills for advancement. This way the swimmers do not get bored doing the same thing over and over AND are ready to advance quickly once in the next level. Perhaps even Skip the next level and move on. A good example is the butterfly kick. While butterfly is not normally taught in Red Cross classes, the kick is a skill that young swimmers can learn. Learning to dive or doing the Backstroke are two more examples of skills we might teach at a much earlier stage of our swimmers' progressions.


*Also, if your child masters skills in a certain level quickly, we will move them to the next level before the two-week session is completed. Most recreation department classes will wait. We will always try to teach our swimmers as much as possible to help them advance at a pace they can handle.


LEVELs used for testing. If the swimmer can accomplish most/all of the level, we would feel they could move to the next level. When deciding what level is best for your child, use the descriptions below. Find the level that your kid can do everything and sign them up for the next highest level.

*We assess the swimmers on Day 1 of each session and place them in the best class so that everyone can progress in a safe and productive manner. The levels below are simply a guide for you and our instructors.

Tiny Tots

  • Will get in the water 

  • Will blow bubbles

  • Will jump in with help

  • Will back float w/help

  • Can put face in

  • Can kick on stomach

  • Can hold breath underwater

  • Can prone float (on stomach) w/ help


Tiny Tots and Level 1 are basically the same. Tiny Tots however are typically younger (3-5 years old) and Level 1’s are older (5-10). The assumption is that Level 1’s are not as apprehensive and might progress a bit faster. We understand that there are exceptions and some 3 or 4 year olds have no fear, which can present problems with where the class is held regarding the depth of the water. 

Level 1

  • Will jump in w/ help

  • Can put face in the water

  • Will hold breath underwater

  • Can do bobs.(Rhythmic breathing)

  • Can kick on front

  • Kick on back w/ help


*If a swimmer cannot do several of the items listed in Level 2, but is able to do most of the things in Level 1, we would put them in a Level 2 Class.  The checklist is a guide to their ability and  the skills listed are some of the things we will teach in that level.

Level 2

  • Can do rhythmic breathing

  • Can prone float

  • Can back float

  • Can use arms

  • Can kick on stomach 8 ft

  • Can kick on back 8 ft.

Level 3

  • Can do freestyle arms 

  • Can kick on back

  • Can open eyes underwater

  • Can do side breathing

  • Can kick and wing

  • Has Begun dolphin kicking

Level 4

  • Can swim freestyle 12 yards

  • Can swim backstroke 12 yards

  •  Can do elementary backstroke

  •  Can dolphin kick 6 yards

  • Beginning diving

  • Begin treading water 10 seconds

Level 5

  • Begin breaststroke

  • Begin butterfly

  • Can do a surface dive

  • Tread water 30 sec

  • Swim freestyle 25 yds.

  • Backstroke 25 yds.

  • Pick up object on bottom 6 ft.


In our level 5 classes we sometimes begin teaching the elements of Competitive Swimming

Level 6

  • Breaststroke 25 yds.

  • Butterfly 12 yds.

  • Tread water 1 min.

  • Dive & pick up object

  • Swim freestyle 50 yds.

  • Backstroke 50 yds.

  • Sidestroke 15 yds.

  • Do competitive turns


​​Our level 6 classes have many elements of Competitive Swimming mixed in.