Youth Levels

The focus of this program is to provide children, ages 6 – 17 years, with basic and advanced water safety and survival skills, including the 4 competitive strokes for potential swim team membership. We believe this is best achieved in a small group format with children of similar age and skill level, as this helps build their self-confidence, develops socialization skills and makes swimming fun. Participants will begin by learning breath control, floating and kicking. Once these introductory skills are mastered, freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, sidestroke and elementary backstroke will be introduced as they progress through our 10 youth levels. Upon completion of our program, swimmers will have the ability and skills to swim 300 yards freestyle, 100 yards backstroke and a 100 yard individual medley.

Level 1

10 Bobs (relaxed, continuous and unassisted)

Level 2

Front Float & Recover – 5 seconds

Back Float & Recover – 5 seconds

Front Glide and Recover

Back Glide and Recover


Level 3

Front Torpedo – 15 feet

Back Torpedo – 15 feet


Level 4

Freestyle – 20 feet(no breathing)

Rollover – back to front

Side-Glide-Kick – 15 feet

Jump in, Back Float & Recover – 5 seconds


Level 5

Freestyle with side breathing – 40 feet

Reverse Direction Freestyle to Backstroke


Level 6

Freestyle – 75 feet with Bilateral Breathing

Backstroke – 30 Feet

Tread water – 30 seconds


Level 7

Freestyle – 50 yards

Backstroke – 25 yards

Breaststroke kick – 20 feet

Tread water – 1 minute


Level 8

Freestyle – 100 yards

Breaststroke – 25 yards

Butterfly – 30 feet

Elementary Backstroke – 50 yards


Level 9

Freestyle – 200 yards with Open Turns

Butterfly – 25 yards

Breaststroke – 50 yards

Sidestroke – 50 yards


Level 10

Freestyle – 300 yards with Flip Turns

Backstroke – 100 yards

Individual Medley – 100 yards

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