Red Cross Swim Kids (5 years and up)

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Kids in a pool at a Red Cross Swim Kids classRed Cross Swim Kids is a 10-level stand-alone program for five to twelve-year-old children. Children learn to swim, be fit, and stay safe in a fun environment that promotes achieving a personal best and celebrates personal success.

The program teaches competitive and survival strokes, as well as increasing the distance and speed that each swimmer can achieve, while focusing on making safe decisions in, on and around the water.

Program Structure

The 10 levels of the program allow for solid progression of skills and knowledge.

  • The skills and water safety throughout the program are targeted to each age group, with an increased focus on staying active and safe in the water.
  • Swimming strokes are built throughout the levels, using solid, proven progressions with a focus on drills and distance.
  • The fitness activities components build endurance and promote individual success and improvement. They also encourage lifelong physical activity as part of a healthy lifestyle.

Evaluation

The program is based on a foundation of continuous evaluation that challenges the individual swimmers to continually go beyond what they have acquired.

The Water Safety Instructors use performance criteria on the Instructor worksheets to determine the minimum standards for each item in the level, while targeting feedback and practice opportunities to the learning needs of each swimmer.

Information for Parents