The Lifesaving Society's 6-level
Swimmer program makes sure your children learn how to swim before
they get in too deep. Swimmer progressions accommodate children 5
years and older including absolute beginners as well as swimmers
who want to build on the basics.
We stress lots of in-water practice to develop solid swimming
strokes and skills. We incorporate Water Smart® education in all levels.
We've organized the content of each
level like this:
- Entries and exits
- Surface support
- Underwater skills
- Swim to Survive® skills
- Movement / Swimming skills
- Water Smart® education
As an integral part of the Swim for Life® program, Water Smart education provides
information and experiences that helps participants make smart
decisions when in, on and around water and ice.
Review the Swimmer content here.
Swimmer 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Swimmer 1: These beginners will become
comfortable jumping into water with and without a lifejacket.
They'll learn to open their eyes, exhale and hold their breath
underwater. They'll work on floats, glides and kicking through the
water on their front and back.
Swimmer 2: These advanced beginners will jump
into deeper water, and learn to be comfortable falling sideways
into the water wearing a lifejacket. They'll be able to support
themselves at the surface without an aid, learn whip kick, swim 10
m on their front and back, and be introduced to flutter kick
interval training (4 x 5 m).
Swimmer 3: These junior swimmers will dive and
do in-water front somersaults and handstands. They'll work on 15 m
of front crawl, back crawl and 10 m of whip kick. Flutter kick
interval training increases to 4 x 15 m.
Swimmer 4: These intermediate swimmers will
swim 5 m underwater and lengths of front, back crawl, whip kick,
and breaststroke arms with breathing. Their new bag of tricks
includes the completion of the Canadian Swim to Survive® Standard.
They'll cap it all off with front crawl sprints over 25 m and 4 x
25 m front or back crawl interval training.
Swimmer 5: These swimmers will master shallow
dives, cannonball entries, eggbeater kicks, and in-water backward
somersaults. They'll refine their front and back crawl over 50 m
swims of each, and breaststroke over 25 m. Then they'll pick up the
pace in 25 m sprints and two interval training bouts: 4 x 50 m
front or back crawl; and 4 x 15 m breaststroke.
Swimmer 6: These advanced swimmers will rise to
the challenge of sophisticated aquatic skills including stride
entries, compact jumps and lifesaving kicks like eggbeater and
scissor kick. They'll develop strength and power in head-up
breaststroke sprints over 25 m. They'll easily swim lengths of
front crawl, back crawl, and breaststroke, and they'll complain
about the 300 m workout.